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 works in the Grantam Institute as their Director of Innovation and holds the Hofmann Chair in Chemistry.

Since 2007 Professor Templer has been active in the creation of initiatives to drive innovation that combats the causes and effects of climate change. In 2009 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 the UK arm of Climate-KIC and Director of Education for the whole KIC. He and his team created a very successful programme of education to inspire climate innovators and entrepreneurs and developed and ran what became the world's leading Cleantech Accelerator.

He stood down from the Climate-KIC in 2015 and joined the Grantham Institute - Climate Change and the Environment, as their Director of Innovation. He is working with Professors Jo Haigh and Martin Siegert, the Co-Directors of the Grantham on founding a world-leading co-location centre for climate change research, education and innovation.

Professor Templer's research has been handed on to collaborations with his colleagues John Seddon, Oscar Ces, Rob Law and Nick Brooks. This group of colleagues work together in the Membrane Biophysics Platform ( and their research on membranes has been supported through a Programme Grant with collaborators in Cambridge, Nottingham, Leeds, Durham and at ISIS (

Over the past decade Professor Templer and a group of like-minded colleagues founded the Chemical Biology Centre ( to bring together physical and life scientists interested in applying quantitative measurement and interpretation to biomolecular phenomena. He helped to found the postgraduate research courses in biomolecular science and chemical biology that gave birth to the Doctoral Training Centre in Chemical Biology ( ).




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, Pages:15-20

Miller DM, Findlay HE, Ces O, et al., 2016, Light-activated control of protein channel assembly mediated by membrane mechanics, Nanotechnology, Vol:27, ISSN:0957-4484

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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