Our Team

The Board

Dr. Christian Peters

Director & CEO

Christian is the CEO and co-founder of Seloxium Limited, He completed his D.Phil at the University of Oxford in Chemical Engineering. His research focuses on improving the availability of more sustainable desalination solutions in medium & low-income countries, and on brine concentration and valorization. He is now an academic visitor at the University of Oxford co-supervising current D.Phil students working in the same field. During his D.Phil, Christian helped develop Seloxium’s multi-patented Selectal technology in the lab and with customers. He has strong experience in water treatment, membrane technology, as well as metal recovery via innovative methods. In addition, he has a MEng degree in Mechanical Engineering, and worked for a Veolia subsidiary which offers him experience in plant design, modelling, commissioning, and operation.

Nelson Mora

Non Executive Director

Nelson brings more than 20 years’ commercial mining experience and will help Seloxium develop and commercialise its patented selective flocculation technology. Nelson also has vast experience in growing a company from a university lab. to one with ‘unicorn’ status whilst CTO at Jetti Resources (a technology-driven natural resources company unlocking vast stranded copper resources), where he has been key in successfully taking the company to commercial operations. Prior to joining Jetti Resources, Nelson held positions at Orway Mineral Consultants, a global leader in mineral processing, and leadership roles spanning technology, projects and operations in leading mining conglomerates BHP, Xstrata Copper (now Glencore) and Vale

Dr. Steve Colley

Director, CTO

Steve’s industrial career spans 45 years, from R&D chemist at the now defunct ICI, though senior R&D and management positions at Davy Process Technology, and leadership roles at Johnson Matthey, and finally founding & running a successful SME in ion exchange & metal recovery. Steve is based in the north of England and is best described as an Industrial Technologist, with qualifications in Chemistry, Engineering, and an MBA in technology management. Steve’s driving interest in process development and industrialisation continues with Seloxium, where he is developing disruptive smart ion exchange materials.

Prof. Nick Hankins

Academic Founder, Director & CSO

Nick is an Associate Professor in Chemical Engineering at the Department of Engineering Science, The University of Oxford. He holds an M.A. from Cambridge, a PhD from the University of Oklahoma and is a Chartered Chemical Engineer. He has extensive industrial experience in the petroleum and chemical industries with Shell Research and Aspen Technology, and many years of academic experience. His area of expertise is the application of colloids, surfactants, interfaces and membranes in process technology, particularly in potable and wastewater treatment. He is the Director of the Centre for Sustainable Water Engineering at Oxford, and acted as the Oxford Director of the Singapore-Peking-Oxford Research enterprise. He is Joint Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Water Process Engineering, and sits on the editorial board of four other journals.

George Todd

Director

George is an investor with Oxford Science Enterprises, working with founders to scale businesses from Oxford University science. George invests across deep tech in sectors including cleantech, compute, agtech and industrials. Previously George has worked in strategy consulting and new product development for high growth SMEs and holds an MEng in Engineering Science from Oxford University.

The Team

Dr. Christian Peters

Director & CEO

Christian is the CEO and co-founder of Seloxium Limited, He completed his D.Phil at the University of Oxford in Chemical Engineering. His research focuses on improving the availability of more sustainable desalination solutions in medium & low-income countries, and on brine concentration and valorization. He is now an academic visitor at the University of Oxford co-supervising current D.Phil students working in the same field. During his D.Phil, Christian helped develop Seloxium’s multi-patented Selectal technology in the lab and with customers. He has strong experience in water treatment, membrane technology, as well as metal recovery via innovative methods. In addition, he has a MEng degree in Mechanical Engineering, and worked for a Veolia subsidiary which offers him experience in plant design, modelling, commissioning, and operation.

Mariffa Kidoge

Maarifa Kidoge

Head of Technology

Maarifa newly leads the technology team at Seloxium, and brings a rich blend of expertise and innovative leadership in the field of chemical engineering. With over eight years of diverse experience, including pivotal roles in technology development and project management, he has a proven track record of driving technological advancement and sustainable growth. His tenure as CTO at a mineral technology development firm reflects his deep commitment to revolutionising resource management practices in the mining sector. At Seloxium, Maarifa will be instrumental in leading the development of and commercialisation of cutting-edge technologies, notably Selectal technology in applications such gold extraction.

Dr. Steve Colley

Director, CTO

Steve’s industrial career spans 45 years, from R&D chemist at the now defunct ICI, though senior R&D and management positions at Davy Process Technology, and leadership roles at Johnson Matthey, and finally founding & running a successful SME in ion exchange & metal recovery. Steve is based in the north of England and is best described as an Industrial Technologist, with qualifications in Chemistry, Engineering, and an MBA in technology management. Steve’s driving interest in process development and industrialisation continues with Seloxium, where he is developing disruptive smart ion exchange materials.

Dr. Steve van Zutphen

CMO, Board Observer

Steven is a chemist by training and previously built and sold a start-up (Magpie Polymers) which made resins for selective metal recovery from wastewater. He then spent two years on the business development of mining chemicals with customers and is now putting his experience and networks to use at his consulting company (ISATIS partners) for SELOXIUM and several other projects.

Prof. Nick Hankins

Academic Founder, Director & CSO

Nick is an Associate Professor in Chemical Engineering at the Department of Engineering Science, The University of Oxford. He holds an M.A. from Cambridge, a PhD from the University of Oklahoma and is a Chartered Chemical Engineer. He has extensive industrial experience in the petroleum and chemical industries with Shell Research and Aspen Technology, and many years of academic experience. His area of expertise is the application of colloids, surfactants, interfaces and membranes in process technology, particularly in potable and wastewater treatment. He is the Director of the Centre for Sustainable Water Engineering at Oxford, and acted as the Oxford Director of the Singapore-Peking-Oxford Research enterprise. He is Joint Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Water Process Engineering, and sits on the editorial board of four other journals.

Joanna Dunne

CFO

Joanna is an experienced finance professional, who qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1996. Over the last 15 years she has focused on VC backed technology companies as CFO or Finance Director for companies including Salience Labs, Bodle Technologies, Cambridge Touch Technologies and ACAL Energy. Earlier in her career she worked for larger companies notably Ernst and Young and Pilkington Plc.

Kane Hands

Dr Kane Hands

Senior Development Chemist

Kane has a PhD in Chemistry & Chemical Engineering (Imperial College) and industrial experience of scale-up of chemicals & pharmaceuticals. Kane is an accomplished chemist with a background in synthesis and catalysis, and strong expertise in designing and developing novel compounds.

Dr Krishna Mistry

Senior Development Chemist

Krishna is a synthetic chemist who has specialised in organometallic chemistry, after studying for her PhD at the University of Bristol with the Chemical Synthesis Centre for Doctoral Training. Since her PhD in 2018, Krishna has spent 4.5 years at Johnson Matthey in various scientist roles, taking a keen interest in the recycling and refining of precious metals. After taking a slight career pivot into trace chemical detection, she has joined Seloxium as a development chemist, returning to the themes of metal recovery and sustainable chemistry.

Dr Sepideh Sharif

Senior Development Chemist

Sepideh holds a PhD in Chemistry from York University, Canada. She has dedicated her career to working with precious metals, focusing on on synthesizing small molecules using metal-based catalysts during her PhD. Recognizing the limited availability of these valuable resources, her primary concern is finding effective methods for their recovery and re-use, which combines her extensive expertise in organic chemistry with a passion for precious metal reclamation.

Rostyslav Bardovskyi

Rostyslav Bardovskyi

Junior Development Chemist

Rostyslav has extensive experience in analytical and organic chemistry, specialising in the recovery of rare earth elements from low-grade sources. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Karazin Kharkiv National University, Ukraine and a Master’s from University Cote d’Azur, France. Rostyslav’s PhD was a collaborative project with the University of Cote d’Azur, University Mohammed 6, Polytechnique, Morocco and the Chemical manufacturing company OCP Group. He has over seven years’ experience in organic synthesis and material development for solid-liquid extraction and has significantly contributed to the field via publications in notable journals like Minerals Engineering, New Journal of Chemistry, and SynOpen. Rostyslav is committed to advancing sustainable extraction technologies for vital metals recovery.

Seda Keles

Development Chemist

Seda has a degree in Chemical Engineering and was an academic visitor in Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University working on water treatment and desalination technologies and previously worked on this technology as an intern in Oxford University. Seda has spent a large portion of her time at Seloxium specialising in REE extraction and separation.

Arslan Khan

Arslan Khan

Development Chemist

Arslan is a development chemist at Seloxium and applies his expertise in chemical engineering and materials science ( honed at Queen’s University Belfast), to enhance our flocculation technology. With his interdisciplinary approach and prior experience in metal extraction processes, he spearheads Seloxium’s efforts to innovate sustainable solutions, driving advancements in metal extraction technologies.

Alejandro Navas

Product & Data Strategist

Alejandro conducts medium- to long-term research on internal business models, target customers, and competing technologies. Prior to joining Seloxium, Alejandro spent several years modelling commodity markets for investment research on climate-related risks. As a technician with Veolia, he also gained experience in drinking water treatment. Alejandro has degrees in chemistry, physics, and philosophy (University of South Florida), a master’s in environmental governance (Oxford), and a CFA charter.

Dr Gail Savage

Dr Gail Savage

Operations Manager

Gail is a former chemist with extensive experience managing research & technology transfer at the University of Oxford, civic organisations and in business. She has successfully supported large projects such as the Oxford-ESRC Public Services Programme; EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training, and large philanthropic organisations such as the Oxford Martin School and community gramnts such as the Mary Portas Govt. backed scheme. She has also studied with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) at the Reed Business School.

Kate Carruthers

Kate Carruthers

Operations Manager (Facilities & Quality Systems)

Kate is an experienced operations professional, with a background in startups, spin-outs, and supporting early stage business growth. She has worked with leadership teams in areas such as improving systems and processes, project management, streamlining, innovation, relationship building, stakeholder liaison, coaching, and mentoring. Prior to working for Seloxium, Kate managed the Agile Lab. at University of Oxford, Begbroke Science Park supporting the start-ups there in the first part of their entrepreneurial journey.

Kate has over five years of experience in managing shared working spaces, office systems, and innovation projects for science and technology spinouts and start-ups as well as over twenty years experience of operations management. She has a background in architecture, and holds certifications in digital transformation, life and leadership coaching, social media management and continuous improvement.

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