Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Professor of Materials Physics



+44 (0)20 7594 6730r.grimes




B303cBessemer BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Robin has published a paper in Science with Bill Nuttall on Generating the Option of a Two-Stage Nuclear Renaissance (Abstract, Reprint, Full Text) and recently in Nature with colleagues from Cambridge, Open and Lancaster Universities, concerning proliferation risks of the thoriun nuclear fuel cycle (Vol 492, Pages 31–33, 2012).

Since 2002 Robin has been Professor of Materials Physics and in 2013 was appointed the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Chief Scientific Advisor (  He joined the Materials Department at Imperial College in 1995 as Governors'' Lecturer.  Prior to this he was Assistant Director of the Davy Faraday Research Laboratory at the Royal Institution.  He spent the year 2000 at Los Alamos National Laboratory as Bernd T. Matthias Scholar.

His primary research interest is the application and development of computer simulation techniques to predict structural and dynamic properties of inorganic materials.  Topics of particular interest include radiation damage, nuclear fuels and waste form behaviour and performance (in collaboration with industry and national laboratories), ionic conductivity and defect processes for fuel cell materials, surface structural processes and interfaces between glass and ceramic. 

Since 1984 Robin has authored over 280 peer-reviewed publications.  He is currently a member of the editorial boards for Journal of Materials Science and Solid State Ionics. In 2002 he and was awarded the Rosenhain Medal and in 2010 the Griffith Medal of the IOM3, of which society he is a Fellow.  From 2008 until 2013 he was Director of the Imperial Centre for Nuclear Engineering and from 2010 to 2013 he was Director of the Imperial College Rolls Royce University Technology Centre in Nuclear Engineering.  He was appointed Principal Investigator of the Research Councils Nuclear Champion consortium in 2010.  In 2011 he was Specialist Advisor to the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology for their report on Nuclear Research and Development Capabilities, in 2013 was made a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and in 2016 Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering. He is currently the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

For Robin's research group's web pages see:



Fossati PC, Grimes RW, Cation ordering and oxygen transport behaviour in Sr1−3x/2LaxTiO3 perovskites, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, ISSN:2050-7496

Hodgson APJ, Jarvis KE, Grimes RW, et al., 2017, Advances in the development of a dissolution method for the attribution of iridium source materials, Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, Vol:311, ISSN:0236-5731, Pages:1193-1199

Kuganathan N, Ghosh PS, Galvin COT, et al., 2017, Fission gas in thoria, Journal of Nuclear Materials, Vol:485, ISSN:0022-3115, Pages:47-55

Vălu SO, Beneš O, Manara D, et al., 2017, The high-temperature heat capacity of the (Th,U)O<inf>2</inf> and (U,Pu)O<inf>2</inf> solid solutions, Journal of Nuclear Materials, Vol:484, ISSN:0022-3115, Pages:1-6

Bell BDC, Murphy ST, Burr PA, et al., 2016, The influence of alloying elements on the corrosion of Zr alloys, Corrosion Science, Vol:105, ISSN:0010-938X, Pages:36-43

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