November 8, 2013, by Graham Kendall

Lecture by Robin Grimes – The role of simulation in addressing technological problems

The role of simulation in addressing technological problems

In his talk, Robin will also speak about the use of simulation in developing new materials and also in developing nuclear energy.

Venue: The Great Hall.

Date: Monday, 18 November 2013.

Time: 2:00pm to 3:00pm

If you wish to register to attend this lecture, please email Anita (, as we need to have an accurate count of the people who will be attending.

Robin Grimes is the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Chief Scientific Advisor and Professor of Materials Physics at Imperial College. His primary research interest is the application and development of computer simulation techniques to predict structural and dynamic properties of inorganic materials for energy applications to improve performance of semiconductors for solar, electrolytes and electrodes for fuel cells, nuclear fuel for higher burn-up and waste forms of greater durability.  He has published over 250 scientific papers.  He was the specialist advisor to the UK House of Lords for their 2011 review of Nuclear Research Requirements for the UK, a member of the Royal Society Working Group on nuclear non-proliferation and the UK Government’s Nuclear Research and Development Advisory Board. He was awarded the Institute of Materials Rosenhain Medal in 2002 and the Griffith Medal in 2010.


Professor Robin Grimes is a nuclear energy specialist, currently Professor of Materials Physics at Imperial College. He has been Director of the Imperial Centre for Nuclear Engineering at Imperial College, London, since 2008 and became Director of the Imperial College Rolls Royce University Technology Centre in Nuclear Engineering in 2010.  He is also Principal Investigator of the Research Council’s UK Nuclear Fission Champion consortium Project.

Prof. 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) which provided official advice on the 2011 Fukushima disaster.  He has considerable experience of high-level international work with HMG, including overseas missions to Vietnam, Malaysia and Japan.

Professor Grimes succeeds Professor David Clary FRS, who was the first FCO Chief Scientific Adviser, since February 2013.

FCO Chief Scientific Advisor

The FCO’s Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) is responsible for providing advice to the Foreign Secretary, Ministers and officials on science, technology and innovation. His role is to ensure that our work on key issues undergoes proper scientific challenge, and to strengthen the scientific and engineering capacity within the Foreign Office. The CSA works closely with the cross-government community of Chief Scientific Advisers and the wider UK and international academic science community.

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