Perlemax is led by a small but focused team located in both the UK and the US.

Will Zimmerman BSc MSc PhD CEng FIChemE, Founder, Chief Technical Officer, Perlemax Ltd

Will is Professor of Biochemical Dynamical Systems, graduate of Princeton and Stanford Universities in Chemical Engineering, the author of over 100 scientific publications, past Director of the M Sc in Environmental and Energy Engineering, and a winner in US and UK national competitions of five prestigious fellowships. He has been principal or coinvestigator in research projects worth over £4.3m since 1994.

Creative inventor of low energy fluidic oscillator driven microbubbles (patented) and plasma microreactors (patent pending) and founder of Perlemax, the most recent spinout company from the University of Sheffield.

Currently supervising a research team with 13 PhD students and 3 post-doctoral researchers with all external research grants focused on microbubble and plasma microreactor technologies.

Graeme Hitchen, Managing Director, Perlemax Ltd

Graeme has worked with the Perlemax technology since its inception first when working with Sheffield University Enterprises Ltd and latterly as a director. He comes from the technology sector and has helped several new companies to start up.

Graeme was educated at the University of Sheffield and received his MBA from the University of Bradford.

Algae Growth & Harvesting

Investigate the feasibility of growing microalgae using CO2 rich steel plant exhaust gas.


Analyze the use of novel micro bubble technology to improve energy efficiency and minimise the environmental impact on the Aquaculture industry.

Anaerobic Digestion

Explore how Perlemax is perfecting a method to break down plant and animal materials by microorganisms in the absence of oxygen.


Examine how our new Ozone Generators can save 80-90% energy costs compared to the tradition generators.

Waste Water Treatment

Analyze the use of novel micro bubble technology to improve energy efficiency for the Waste Water Treatment industry.