Roger Wise, PhD

Development & Manufacturing

Professor Roger Wise is Smart Separations’ Manufacturing Manager. He has a degree in Physics from the University of Exeter and a PGDC from the same University. He has a PhD in Materials Science from the University of Cambridge, an MBA (Open University) and is a visiting Professor at the University of Hertfordshire.

Roger spent most of his career at TWI, undertaking and leading contract R&D for industry, and he has won and led many UK Government and EU contracts. He also spent 7 years managing TWI’s Advanced Materials & Process group (50 people developing joining technology mainly in non metallics) to profitability.

Roger has written a book about welding plastics, many other journal and conference papers, and is an inventor on more than 5 patents. From 2000-2003 he worked for Antenova Ltd where he was Engineering Director in charge of the manufacture of the ceramic antennas.

Get to know Roger

Name a favourite scientist, inventor or researcher and tell us why you like them?

Marie Curie, succeeded against the odds

What do you think is the most interesting area of research for the future? (Yes, it’s broad).

Astronomy, great advances being made all of the time

Tell us one of your favourite quotes?

Every cloud…...

What gadget or piece of technology are you most excited by?


If you could put SSL’s filter in anything, where would you put it?

Car exhaust

Which book have you given away the most. Why?

Disturbing the Universe, Freeman Dyson. Personal link, it is very interesting

Tremendous energy, culturally rich, focused on product, really intends to produce something.

Roger Wise, PhD

Fun Filtration Facts

Juice with or without pulp/bits? (i.e. filtered or unfiltered)


Do you filter your coffee? If so how do you take it? (moka pot, espresso machine, french press etc.)

No. I think that coffee is overrated

Where/what was the best water you ever tasted? (i.e. tap water in Lisbon or Volvic water etc.)

Tap water in Marlborough, Wiltshire, after a long run, when I was 19 - from a chalk stream

What’s the freshest air you’ve ever experienced? (i.e. on a mountain in the Pyrenees).

The top of Silbury Hill

If you could put SSL’s filter in anything, where would you put itIf you had to get rid of one tiny particle, which would it be? (i.e. cat hair, pollen)


If your air purifier had to emit an odour instead of absorbing them, which smell would you choose?