Johnson Matthey PLC (JM), United Kingdom

Johnson Matthey is a specialty chemicals company focused on its core skills in catalysis, precious metals, fine chemicals and process technology. Johnson Matthey's principal activities are the manufacture of autocatalysts, heavy duty diesel catalysts and pollution control systems, catalysts and components for fuel cells, catalysts and technologies for chemical processes, fine chemicals, chemical catalysts and active pharmaceutical ingredients and the marketing, refining, and fabrication of precious metals.

Johnson Matthey has continued to develop its technology for almost 200 years, demonstrating the company's ability to maintain world leadership by adapting constantly to rapidly changing customer needs. Rigorous in its own environmental policies, many of Johnson Matthey's products have a major beneficial impact on the environment and enhance the quality of life for millions of people around the world. Johnson Matthey has operations in over 30 countries and employs around 12,000 people. Its products are sold across the world to a wide range of advanced technology industries.

The involved business unit (Chemical Catalysts) is involved in several existing and developing catalytic processes for conversion of renewable materials.

Key people involved

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is a chemical engineer who trained at Delft University, The Netherlands. After internships at Unilever and DSM he graduated in 1997 on a catalytic reaction engineering topic (structured reactors). Also at Delft University, Bart carried out a PhD study on propylene epoxidation over gold and silver catalysts and obtained a PhD in 2002. Since 2002 Bart has been with Johnson Matthey and is since 2005 Technology Manager. His main interests are in the field of renewables: catalyst development and scale up to commercial production.

Major role in the project

JM is leader of the work package ‘Valuation and validation’ (WP5) and is responsible for validating catalyst activity, selectivity and stability based on catalyst manufacturing real costs and process operation costs. JM also provides commercial catalysts, judges technical feasibility of catalyst production processes.