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MATRIC MATTERS: Olefin Oligomerization

A customer had sponsored initial studies at a university to explore the possibility of olefin oligomerization or polymerization to prepare a range of potentially useful products. When the need for larger quantities of materials arose, MATRIC was identified as an organization that could help scale up the technology. Working closely with the customer, MATRIC was [...]

MATRIC CTO Elected Among Acclaimed AIChE Fellows

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va., November 10, 2020 – Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research & Innovation Center, Inc. (MATRIC) today announced the election of Dr. Jack Dever, chief technology officer and executive vice president, as a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). The highest grade of membership, this honor marks Dever’s distinctive professional achievements and accomplishments [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Technology Assessment and Process Conceptualization

A mid-size manufacturer engaged MATRIC to assess potential new routes to one of its major products. A comprehensive overview of potential routes was developed, including an assessment of the economic and practical considerations. A conceptual process was developed for the route with the most promise, and a path to implementation was proposed. - For additional [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Scientific Glassblowing

A team from NASA requested help in the design and construction of a collection of specialized glass vessels. The stringent requirements included specific dimensions, pressure and temperature capability, and glass-to-metal seals. After finalizing the proposed design, MATRIC’s glassblower, Mike Hale, constructed two prototype units that were delivered to the NASA team. After they inspected these [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Technology Review and Assessment

A manufacturer of advanced materials brought in MATRIC to provide an analysis of opportunities to expand their market share in a specific technology area. A literature review was carried out, with particular attention to recent relevant patents and applications. An in-depth analysis of the relevant prior art was developed, with areas identified for potential future [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Integrated Biorefinery Process Design

MATRIC worked with an independent organization on the concept of an integrated biorefinery. MATRIC developed a preliminary design package for a specific location. The design included production of fuel gas, electricity, fuel ethanol, and biodiesel, all from locally available renewable resources. The design features very low waste and environmental emissions. - For additional information, contact [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Organic Synthesis

A client needed quantities of a series of products that were not commercially available. MATRIC identified the preferred synthetic routes and prepared 100- to 500-gram samples of each product. - For additional information, contact communications@matricinnovates.com

MATRIC MATTERS: Concept Evaluation and Scale-Up

A chemical manufacturer wanted to ramp up production of an existing product, and was interested in exploring an alternative process that offered the potential for significant advantages in reduced investment and improved product quality. MATRIC carried out laboratory studies of the process to demonstrate its feasibility as well as identifying specific technical issues to consider [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Heterogeneous Catalyst Preparation and Testing

MATRIC undertook a catalyst exploration and testing program for a client. A continuous multi-reactor catalyst testing facility was designed and constructed with on-line gas-phase analysis capability. Novel catalysts were prepared for evaluation, and testing has shown that significant performance gains are possible. For additional information, please contact communications@

MATRIC MATTERS: Process Simulation, Distillation

MATRIC assisted a customer evaluate the feasibility of distilling a heavy polymerizable monomer away from a solvent. The separation was studied with process simulation software, and a laboratory system was constructed with continuous feed and product removal capability and the ability to introduce inhibitors at appropriate points.  The desired data on the separation was generated [...]