Professor Daryl R. Williams graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Physical Chemistry from the University of Melbourne, Australia and an MSc in Polymer Science from Lehigh University, USA before coming to Imperial College London to complete his PhD. He is the founder and Managing Director of Surface Measurement Systems and is the Professor of Particle Science at Imperial College.
He has published more than 100 papers in refereed journals and been granted five international patents. His research interests include the surface, solution and bulk characterisation of complex organic solids, including especially biopharmaceutics, foods, pharmaceuticals and polymers, as well as their related manufacture. The Surface and Particle Engineering Laboratory at Imperial College he leads has four Postdoctoral research fellows and eleven PhD students.
Surface Measurement Systems (SMS) is the technological market leader of scientific instruments for vapour sorption characterisation of solid state materials, with offices in the UK, USA and India. The Dynamic Vapour Sorption (DVS) instrument invented by Professor Williams, and commercialised by SMS, allows water sorption isotherms for solids to be obtained 20 times faster, using 20 times less sample and 20 times more accurately than traditional measurement approaches. Pharmaceutical solid state stability testing, formulation development and polymorph screening studies can be significantly accelerated and performed more accurately. DVS is the standard method used by the world’s 20 largest pharmaceutical companies, as well as more than 1,000 research laboratories in more than 25 countries.
Professor Williams’s work has been recognised by Imperial College’s President’s Medal in 2017, the EEF’s Future Manufacturing Award in Innovation for 2018 and the Institution of Chemical Engineers’ Geldart Medal in 2018/19.