More on JM's catalysis expertise
JM has been involved catalysis for over 60 years. Our first patents on catalysis were granted in the 1960s. Then our focus then was on the catalytic activity of the platinum group metals (pgms). Many of these related to heterogeneous catalysts for purifying gases or treating effluent tail gases. Now we work in all areas of catalysis and apply our deep knowledge across a wide range of activities.
Platinum has impressive catalytic abilities and precious metals form the centrepiece of many of the catalysts we produce. But our catalysts business is much more than just precious metals; we select the right material for the job in hand, resulting in a range of precious metal, base metal, organic and enzyme catalysts using our chemistry expertise to help our customers develop efficient, cost-effective processes.
To do this, we find ways to get more from precious metal catalysts by looking at how the particles are formulated and supported, we look for ways of improving the durability and performance of metal catalysts such as iron, copper and nickel and we identify biocatalysts that are fit for purpose. We also make sure that any new catalyst we develop can be manufactured at industrial scales and will fit seamlessly into our customers’ existing production processes.
Support at any stage
Because of our wide range of catalysis expertise, customers can come to us at any stage. They might want us to develop a catalyst for a completely new production process or an improved version of an existing catalyst, or they might want us to find a way to scale up the production of a catalyst they have already developed. Our expertise can be tailored to almost any requirement.
Using our expertise in catalysis and sustainable technologies we developed a mercury-free catalyst to support a more environmentally friendly method of producing PVC (polyvinyl chloride) plastic. Our catalyst uses gold as the active component. The gold is positioned on the surface of a carbon support, allowing us to minimise the amount of gold used but make it readily available for reaction. By combining our chemistry skills and applications knowledge, we can now offer our customers a new, economically viable catalyst that offers a more sustainable route to PVC.