Dr Williams will oversee the commercial development and the commercial proving of NSU's rare earth extraction process to target heavy rare earth elements, a group of rare earth elements for which cost-effective purification technologies are lacking.

A chemist with a PhD in biochemistry, Dr Williams has 22 years’ experience in the isolation of rare molecules in the industrial sector.  He has authored and co-authored 1 patent and 10 papers. He has worked in various capacities in private and public companies, including Avance Pharma.