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Mr Richard Grant

Richard Grant

Honorary Fellow

Room B11

University of Edinburgh
Joseph Black Building
David Brewster Road

Research Overview

Richard Grant graduated in Chemistry from Imperial College, London in 1971. He became fascinated by the chemistry of the Platinum Group Metals (PGM) following his Final year project investigating the speciation of oxo and nitrido bridged polynuclear iridium and ruthenium sulfate complexes. Richard pursued his interest in PGM joinin Johnson Matthey for ???a couple of years??? to work in a small team researching novel approaches for the refining of the Precious Metals. He was instrumental in developing many of the technologies now employed by Johnson Matthey in their world leading Secondary PGM refinery and also by AngloAmerican Platinum who account for 40% of Primary platinum production. He is currently the Scientific Consultant for the Refining Technology Group and in addition to numerous publications holds over twenty patents.

In recent years Richard has fostered increasing links between Industrial and Academic Research and for the last 7 years has worked extensively with the Love, Morrison and Tasker groups at EaStCHEM. He has also been involved in research projects involving universities in South Africa, Australia and England.


  1. I Carson, KJ MacRuary, ED Doidge, RJ Ellis, RA Grant, RJ Gordon, JB Love, CA Morrison, GS Nichol, PA Tasker, AM Wilson, “Anion Receptor Design: Exploiting Outer-Sphere Coordination Chemistry to Obtain High Selectivity for Chloridometalates over Chloride”,  Inorg. Chem. 2015, 54(17), 8685.
  2. FH Kriel, G Holzner, RA Grant, SF Woollam, J Ralston, C Priest, “Microfluidic Solvent Extraction, Stripping and Phase Disengagement for High-Value Platinum Chloride Solutions”, Chem. Eng. Sci. 2015, 136, 827.
  3. AM Wilson, PJ Bailey, PA Tasker, JR Turkington, RA Grant, JB Love, “The Chemistry Behind Extractive Metallurgy”, Chem. Soc. Rev. 2014, 43, 123.
  4. RA Grant, SF Woollam, “The Role of Solvent Extraction in Platinum Group Metal Refining – Past, Present and Future”, International Solvent Extraction Conference ISEC 2014, Wurzburg, Germany Sept 2014.
  5. RA Grant, SF Woollam, “The Development of a Computer Simulation of the Platinum Solvent Extraction at AngloAmerican Platinum’s Precious Metal Refiners”, Solvent Extraction: Fundamentals to Industrial Applications, ISEC 2008, (Ed) Moyer, BA, Tucson USA, 2008, 1, 415
  6. FL Bernardis, RA Grant, DC Sherrington, “A Review of Methods of Separation of the Platinum-Group Metals Through Their Chloro-Complexes”, React. & Funct. Polymers 2005, 65(3), 205.