Oxford, United Kingdom, 20 September 2023 – FluoRok, a deep-tech start-up company developing revolutionary processes to access fluorochemicals in an efficient, safe, clean and sustainable way, today announces the appointment of Steve Dobson as a non-executive director.

Steve is a Chartered Scientist and a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers with a 40-year career in the chemical industry. For ten years Steve was Head of the Electronic Chemicals division of Solvay SA, a business which grew more than tenfold under his leadership and where he played a key role in commercializing new technologies and materials, including working with a number of start-up and spin out companies. Steve is presently a board member with lithium-ion battery materials maker Nexeon Ltd and leading specialty coating company Tullis Russell as well as a number of not-for-profit boards. For full profile click here.


Steve Dobson said, “Having many years of experience in both the upstream and downstream fluorine based markets I could immediately see the potential of FluoRok’s innovative technology to impact these industries from both an economic and sustainability perspective and I am delighted to be joining the board at this early stage to realize its potential.”

Dr Gabriele Pupo, FluoRok’s CEO said, “I am thrilled to welcome Steve to FluoRok’s board. He brings a wealth of international commercial experience in the fluorochemicals industry which will be of critical importance in enabling FluoRok to bring its revolutionary technology to the market and build our business.”

About Fluorok FluoRok is a start-up company based in Oxford, UK and focused on fluorochemical R&D, manufacturing and licensing. It develops novel and transformational technologies to access fluorochemicals in an efficient, safe and sustainable way. Founded in 2022, the company builds on decades of research in the laboratories of Professor Véronique Gouverneur at the University of Oxford.

FluoRok’s proprietary technology directly employs fluorinated waste material or naturally occurring fluorite mineral as a source, to access high-value compounds that are key to the world’s energy transition, our global food supply, and our health. Its innovative solution reduces energy requirements, lowers CO2 emissions and enables reshoring of fluorochemical manufacturing due to intrinsic process safety.

FluoRok is backed by Oxford Science Enterprises, an independent, billion-pound investment company, that funds transformational businesses via its unique partnership with the University of Oxford.

Contact – Gabriele Pupo, Ph.D. or Clare Simpson,, +44 (0)1865 309668