On 24th April 2018, Cambridge University held the official opening of its Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (CEB) building, and named a lecture theatre ‘The Johnson Matthey Lecture Theatre’.
Johnson Matthey has had a long-standing relationship with Cambridge's Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, and has provided support and funding to them for the past 10 years; this includes supporting the undergraduate, development and educational programmes through the ‘Teaching Consortium’, setting the undergraduate design project for 3rd year students, and suggesting areas for economic evaluations ranging from 3D printing to biomass gasification.
Chemical engineering is very important to JM’s activities, and over the years the university has provided JM with access to equipment and world class experts in chemical engineering research, to allow the further understanding of how materials behave in-operando, formulation and manufacturing.
Andrew York, Senior Principal Scientist at Johnson Matthey, has been involved since the beginning of the relationship, and spent 5 years at the department, building relationships and leading collaborative opportunities. At the opening ceremony, he commented: "Our relationship with CEB means a lot to me, and I was thrilled when CEB approached me saying they wanted to name the lecture theatre after Johnson Matthey. We have a very fruitful relationship, built over many years, and are proud to be recognised by the University of Cambridge in this way.”
Dave Thompsett, Technology Manager at Johnson Matthey, unveiled the CEB plaque alongside Lord Sainsbury of Turville, Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, at the opening ceremony.