Dr. Jonathan Grizou

Affiliated Member
After obtaining a MSc in electrical and computer science, I moved to do a PhD in developmental robotics in the Flowers Team ( I worked on calibration-free interactive systems with practical application to brain-computer interfaces.

I am now interested to apply principles from developmental robotics to the study of physical interacting chemical entities. I am convinced that the encounter between robotics, AI, and chemistry can unveil surprising phenomenon and help studying the properties of self-organization in the real world.

I am also a maker and an active member of the Poppy project (, an open-source project providing tools to enable the creative exploration of interactive robots for science, education, and art.

Group Publications

10. A nanomaterials discovery robot for the Darwinian evolution of shape programmable gold nanoparticles, D. Salley, G. Keenan, J. Grizou, A. Sharma, S. Martin, L. Cronin, Nat. Commun., 2020, 11, 2771
9. A curious formulation robot enables the discovery of a novel protocell behavior, J. Grizou, L. J. Points, A. Sharma, L. Cronin, Sci. Adv., 2020, 6, eaay4237
8. A Nanomaterials Discovery Robot for the Darwinian Evolution of Shape Programmable Gold Nanoparticles, G. Keenan, D. Salley, S. Martin, J. Grizou, A. Sharma, L. Cronin, ChemRxiv, 2019
7. Intuition-enabled Machine Learning beats the Competition when Joint Human-Robot Teams per-form Inorganic Chemical Experiments, V. Duros, J. Grizou, A. Sharma, S. Hessam M. Mehr, A. Bubliauskas, P. Frei, H. N. Miras, L. Cronin, J. Chem. Inf. Model, 2019, 59, 2664-2671
6. Exploration of Self-Propelling Droplets Using a Curiosity Driven Robotic Assistant, J. Grizou, L. J. Points, A. Sharma, L. Cronin, Arxiv, 2019
5. A Closed Loop Discovery Robot Driven by a Curiosity Algorithm Discovers Proto-Cells That Show Complex and Emergent Behaviours, J. Grizou, L. J. Points, A. Sharma, L. Cronin, ChemRxiv, 2018
4. Artificial intelligence exploration of unstable protocells leads to predictable properties and discovery of collective behavior, L. J. Points, J. W. Taylor, J. Grizou, K. Donkers, L. Cronin, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 2018, 115, 885-890
3. Adaptive artificial evolution of droplet protocells in a 3D-printed fluidic chemorobotic platform with configurable environments, J. M. P. Gutierrez, S. Tsuda, J. Grizou, J. W. Taylor, A. Henson, L. Cronin, Nat. Commun., 2017, 8, 1144
2. Human vs Robots in the discovery and crystallization of gigantic polyoxometalates, V. Duros, J. Grizou, W. Xuan, Z. Hosni, D. -L. Long, H. N. Miras, L. Cronin, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2017, 56, 10815-10820
1. Robotic chemistry sets for the classroom, L. J. Points, J. Grizou, L. Cronin, E. I. C., 2016, 53, 22-25