Congratulations to Professor Nicole Grobert, Professor of Nanomaterials at the Department of Materials in the University of Oxford, who has been appointed as the newest member of the European Commission's Group of Chief Scientific Advisors. There are seven advisors in total; Professor Sir Paul Nurse, Director of the Francis Crick Institute, is the only other member from a UK institution.
The European Commission's Group of Chief Scientific Advisors provides the Commission with high quality, timely and independent scientific advice on specific policy issues where such advice is critical to the development of Union policies or legislation. Professor Grobert will formally join the Scientific Advisors in May 2018, following the departure of Cédric Villani due to his election to the French Assemblée Nationale in 2017.
Professor Grobert is a Royal Society Industry Fellow at Williams Advanced Engineering, a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and a visiting Professor at the Bio-Nano Electronics Research Centre at Toyo University, Japan. Her research group focuses on the synthesis, processing, and characterisation of novel carbon and non-carbon based nanomaterials, including nanoparticles, nanotubes, nanorods, graphene and other 2D nanomaterials. Multifunctional hierarchical nanostructures are also developed and investigated for their implementation in the health-care sectors and for their use in energy applications.
Nicole Grobert is a vocal defender of best practices and efficient leadership, experience obtained over almost 20 years as a frontline researcher and representative of young researchers in Europe, having previously been the Chair of the Young Academy of Europe and a founder member. She has been awarded three Royal Society Research Fellowships and has held has also held four ERC Grants. Moreover, she has been selected as an outstanding young scientist by the Royal Society in 2005, the STS Forum in 2008, and the World Economic Forum in 2013.