Inspiring science

The pace of scientific development never stands still, and neither do we.

R&D

£193m

investment in R&D, 2017-18

R&D

1,450

employees working in R&D

We're dedicated to creating the sustainable technologies of the future, shaped around our customers’ needs. Using our knowledge of chemistry and its applications we research, develop and innovate solutions to make the world cleaner and healthier.

Our central research and development (R&D) team provides the backbone of JM's core scientific capabilities and deepens our chemistry expertise. They work alongside customer-facing R&D specialists to develop cutting edge innovations to meet our customers' challenges. Collectively they deliver a balanced portfolio of short, medium and long-term research, giving us a sustained pipeline of new and enhanced products.

 

Cultivating innovation

As a leading science and technology company we’re continuously inventing new and better products, technologies and processes. Delivering successful innovations takes time, and we’re prepared to take a long-term view, making well considered investments in the future.

Innovation doesn’t always begin in the lab and we’re committed to investing in the people and processes that bring breakthrough science and new products to the market faster and more cost-effectively.

Proper investment across a range of activities allows us to create the right environments for innovation to flourish. We run programmes internally and externally to foster new ideas from our people, our partners and our collaborations, including internal and external innovation projects and partnerships.

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A culture of collaboration

Great R&D and innovation can’t happen in isolation. We're committed to working with our external partners such as universities, industries bodies, suppliers, peers and customers to help innovation flourish. We collaborate with our customers, industry stakeholders and organisations throughout the innovation ecosystem to develop breakthrough ideas and convert our core science expertise into new products and processes.

Find out about some of our collaborations

 

Most importantly, our people

JM is full of incredibly talented people with a real passion for science and commitment to innovation. We take pride in the fact that what we do makes the world cleaner and healthier for millions of people around the world. That pride is nurtured through a range of initiatives that enable professional development, including working in cross-sector teams, colleague shadowing and mentoring, innovation projects, formal training and memberships of professional organisations.

Innovation stories

Innovation

JM wins grant from Innovate UK to develop HTX sensor wire

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Innovation

JM and BP license waste-to-fuels technology to Fulcrum BioEnergy

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Innovation

Johnson Matthey and Eastman Chemical Company licence new ethylene glycol technology to Jiutai

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Innovation

JM to offer new process to synthesise ultra-pure cannabidiol

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Innovation

Johnson Matthey awarded 1.8 million mtpa methanol technology contract

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Thoughts

Leading the way in binder jet ceramic 3D printing

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Innovation

Cornerstone laying ceremony for our catalyst project in Zhangjiagang, China

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Innovation

Groundbreaking ceremony for Johnson Matthey's new factory in Gliwice, Poland

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Thoughts

Supporting the hydrogen economy

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Driving pharmaceutical innovation

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Innovation

Johnson Matthey to build battery materials demonstration plant in Clitheroe UK

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