We have a balanced portfolio of short, medium and long term research which gives us a sustained pipeline of new products

R&D to Deliver Future Growth

External / university collaborations provide fundamental science knowledge to underpin our longer term R&D goals. This complements the work of our core science teams which is focused on the core expertise that underpins all Johnson Matthey's divisions and their ongoing R&D.

Our business funded R&D ensures a pipeline of new products and facilitates technology transfer into the divisions.

This supports technology development within the group's divisions where work is mainly focused on delivery of shorter term business specific projects and ongoing product development to address particular market developments or customer needs.

External / university collaborations

Developing our knowledge and expertise in advanced analytical and characterisation methods are a key component of our R&D programme. The continued development of new products or access to new markets requires us to collaborate with both leading participants in these markets and with academic researchers who have an understanding of the latest developments.

To support this, Johnson Matthey participates in a diverse range of UK and US government and European Union (EU) funded R&D programmes.

Example: industrial spectroscopy with the University of Warwick

For a number of years we have worked closely with the University of Warwick in the UK to apply solid state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy to industrial R&D issues. The successful application of this method has led to major improvements in our understanding of the fundamental science of catalyst, glass and ceramic materials. We are also working to automate the technique, which will allow for rapid screening and early identification of novel, highly tailored catalysts.

As a result of our work with Warwick, we have purchased a solid state NMR spectrometer for our own in-house studies. This technique is in constant use and is proving to be an invaluable addition to our characterisation capabilities.

Example: gold catalysis with Cardiff University

Core science

Some research skills are considered core to the company's technical expertise and are applicable across multiple businesses. In order to develop these skills the core science group develops fundamental knowledge about the science underpinning many of Johnson Matthey's technologies, transferring new products and processes to our businesses as appropriate.

Example: flame spray pyrolysis

Johnson Matthey has a dedicated facility to produce a range of advanced materials using a state of the art technique called flame spray pyrolysis. This can be used to produce a wide array of materials ranging from metals, metal oxides and more complex mixed oxides or catalysts.

Flame spray pyrolysis is a single step process where one or more precursor compounds are dissolved in a solvent and sprayed into a flame zone. The spray is combusted and the precursor is converted into extremely small metal or metal oxide particles. This technique has wide applications in our catalyst businesses.

Business funded R&D

The group technology centre undertakes a wide range of work directly funded by Johnson Matthey's divisions.