Imperial College London

Professor Richard Templer

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Chemistry

Director of Innovation at the Grantham Institute



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Professor Templer holds a joint appointment with the Department of Chemistry and the Grantham Institute.  He is the Director of Development for Chemistry and the Director of Innovation at the Grantham Institute. He is the current Hofmann Chair in Chemistry and is a member of the London Sustainable Development Commission and advisory body to the Mayor of London.

Professor Templer is part of the Membrane Biophysics Platform ( a group that includes John Seddon, Oscar Ces, Rob Law, Nick Brooks and Yuval Elani. Their group covers a wide range of interconnected research on the physico-chemical nature of lipid membranes and its application in interpreting and controlling natural and artificial phenomena in cell membranes. Professor Templer's research interests are now principally focused on manipulating the micro-mechanical stresses in lipid membranes in order to create ordered sponge-like structures that can be swollen indefinitely.

Prompted by the outcome of collaborative research on biorefining he led, Professor Templer was part of a successful bid to the European Institute for Innovation and Technology to create a Climate Knowledge Innovation Community. In 2010 he became the Director of Climate-KIC UK and Director of Education. He and his team created a programme of education to inspire climate innovators and entrepreneurs and developed and ran the UK Cleantech Accelerator. The education programme has now trained almost 2,000 students in the arts of environmentally sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship and the accelerator has graduated 50 new cleantech businesses that have between them raised $180M in investment since 2012. 

Professor Templer stood down from the Climate-KIC in 2015 and joined the Grantham Institute to work on creating the Centre for Cleantech Innovation at Imperial. The Centre is now seeking to establish a co-location centre at the College's White City Campus as a collaboration with the Energy Futures Lab and the Centre for Environmental Policy. It is hoped that the centre will open by 2021. It's activities will support the education and training of cleantech innovators and entrepreneurs and enhance their R&D by enabling access to the College's science and engineering ecosystem. The Mayor of London and the UN are seeking to support the centre's establishment.

In his position on the London Sustainable Development Commission has led its work on Cleantech Innovation. This has resulted in Mayoral environmental, economic and spatial planning policy measures to support the creation of a Cleantech Innovation Cluster in London, a heightened profile for this within the Greater London Authority and an initiative to increase female participation in cleantech innovation.




Miller DM, Findlay HE, Ces O, et al., 2016, Light-activated control of protein channel assembly mediated by membrane mechanics, Nanotechnology, Vol:27, ISSN:1361-6528, Pages:1-10

Furse S, Brooks NJ, Woscholski R, et al., 2016, Pressure-dependent inverse bicontinuous cubic phase formation in a phosphatidylinositol 4-phosphate/phosphatidylcholine system, Chemical Data Collections, Vol:3-4, ISSN:2405-8300, Pages:15-20

Barriga HMG, Bazin R, Templer RH, et al., 2015, Buffer-Induced Swelling and Vesicle Budding in Binary Lipid Mixtures of Dioleoylphosphatidylcholine:Dioleoylphosphatidylethanolamine and Dioleoylphosphatidylcholine:Lysophosphatidylcholine Using Small-Angle X-ray Scattering and P-31 Static NMR, Langmuir, Vol:31, ISSN:0743-7463, Pages:2979-2987

Tang T-YD, Brooks NJ, Ces O, et al., 2015, Structural studies of the lamellar to bicontinuous gyroid cubic (Q(II)(G)) phase transitions under limited hydration conditions, Soft Matter, Vol:11, ISSN:1744-683X, Pages:1991-1997


Seddon JM, Brooks NJ, Ces O, et al., 2015, Lipid bicontinuous cubic phases: effects of chain-branching and hydrostatic pressure, 10th European-Biophysical-Societies-Association (EBSA) European Biophysics Congress, SPRINGER, Pages:S187-S187, ISSN:0175-7571

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