Industry-Academia Collaboration Award 2017 Winner

Gold VCM
Gold VCM

Cardiff University & Johnson Matthey


Awarded for the development of a new catalyst formulation for vinyl chloride monomer production, replacing the existing 50 year old technology.

About Gold VCM

PVC is an important plastic used in the construction industry, where long lifetimes and durability are required (e.g. for electrical cables, windows and doors). It is made on a large scale using acetylene as a raw material and for the last 60 years mercury has been used as the catalyst for its manufacture. Working together, Johnson Matthey and Cardiff University have commercialised a new non-polluting gold catalyst that has far superior performance thereby enabling the highly polluting and toxic mercury catalyst to be replaced. This is delivering a unique combination of safety, environmental and commercial benefits for the sustainable manufacture of this material.