Report of the Directors
Business Review

Supporting
Our Strategy
– Research and
Development

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Our Strategic Intent. Our Strategy. Supported by:

R&D

We are applying our R&D expertise to create new products to tackle toxic contaminants in industrial water applications.

Clever Chemistry to Clean Up Water

“As part of our new business development activities we are working on high technology purification products for industrial applications in the water industry. Alarmingly, there isn’t a single country in the world whose regulations meet or exceed all of the World Health Organization’s recommended limits for pollutants in water. Whilst this can be a result of economic factors, in some cases it is simply because there isn’t effective technology to meet the recommendations.

At Johnson Matthey we are focusing our R&D efforts on technology to remove a range of low level toxic contaminants, including mercury, from water. Mercury is a particularly harmful environmental pollutant which can enter the water cycle from many sources and is present as a mixture of chemical species.

Creating a product to remove mercury effectively is a tough chemistry challenge. First of all, our product must selectively isolate the range of mercury species in a soluble form from the water – which also contains a wide range of other chemical species. It must then convert the mixture of soluble mercury species into an inert, solid form which can be removed. We are using chemical modelling to design the best materials to strongly bind mercury. We then take our designs and develop complex lab based chemistries to create materials that can be tested and scaled up for manufacture.

We are making good progress to date and our products are being trialled by customers on three continents. With strong demand for more effective water purification technologies, we are applying our R&D expertise to develop a new generation of products to improve water quality.”

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