Robin William Grimes
|Alma mater||University of Nottingham (BSc)|
Case Western Reserve University (MS)
Keele University (PhD)
|Institutions||Imperial College London|
Ministry of Defence
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
|Thesis||Quantum mechanical and classical modelling of defects in metal oxides. (1988)|
|Doctoral advisor||Richard Catlow|
Robin William Grimes  is chief scientific adviser in the Ministry of Defense (MoD) for nuclear science and technology and professor of materials physics at Imperial College London. From February 2013 to August 2018 he served as chief scientific adviser to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).
Grimes has used computer simulation and high performance computing (HPC) to predict the structural and dynamic behaviour of ceramics, metals and semiconductors for energy applications. This has allowed him to identify ways in which atomic scale defects modify materials properties. He has investigated a wide range of properties, including thermal conductivity and how materials deform but also how atoms are transported through solids. While best known for modelling nuclear materials, he has worked as much on electrochemical systems, optical and electronic materials.
Grimes established science diplomacy within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office working as chief scientific adviser. He has mainstreamed science as a tool in the UK's diplomatic tool box, using science evidence and science networks to place science collaboration as the heart of key international relationships. He maintains a leading role in the nuclear power academic community.
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