Robin Grimes is currently Professor of Materials Physics at Imperial College London. His research focuses on the use of high performance computing techniques to understand the behaviour of materials for energy applications, including nuclear fission and fusion, fuel cells, batteries and solar cells. He is also Principal Investigator of the nuclear fission consortium project of Research Councils UK.
Professor Grimes has advised the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee’s inquiry into nuclear research requirements and was part of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) that provided official advice on the 2011 Fukushima disaster. He has considerable experience of high level international work with the British Government, including overseas missions to India, Viet Nam, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia and Japan.
Professor Grimes is also the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) and is responsible for providing advice to the Foreign Secretary, ministers and officials on science, technology and innovation. His role is to ensure that work on key issues undergoes proper scientific challenge and to strengthen the scientific and engineering capacity within the FCO. The CSA works closely with the cross-government community of Chief Scientific Advisers and the wider British and international academic science community.