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Science is evolving – fast! Come along to find out how advances in scientific technologies, some of which were conceived right here in Reading, have revolutionalised our world so far. The ultimate goal is to use clever chemistry to build a more sustainable future for us all to live in; we challenge you to get involved.
Johnson Matthey in Reading - 40 Years of Protecting People and the Planet
Timothy Johnson (Senior Scientist at Johnson Matthey)
Johnson Matthey (JM) is world-leading, 200 year old company, in sustainable technologies with products that impact people and the planet. JM moved from a metal refiner producing wires for Faraday’s experiments and billets for the standard kilo-and-meter. R&D has been key in developing many of the technologies we now add into products, mainly conducted near Reading at the JM Technology Center (JMTC). This talk will explore advancements in the JMTC within the last 40 years and new areas of cutting-edge science. Do you know what world class science is happening so close to home?
Catalysts – Precious little Helpers of Chemistry
Professor Georg Held (Professor of Material Chemistry)
Catalysts are ubiquitous substances involved in chemical reactions. In modern life, they are used to purify exhaust gases in cars and chimneys, produce electricity in fuel cells, or to produce chemicals, such as petrol, ammonia (used for fertilizers), solvents, plastics, and many others. Although catalysts have common features, they work in slighlty different ways from each other. This means the features of catalysts can help us solve global problems, such as limiting our carbon output or providing affordable pharmaceuticals for developing parts of the world.