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MATRIC MATTERS: Innovation During the COVID-19 Pandemic

When COVID-19 brought the world to a standstill in 2020, MATRIC had to make operational adjustments to accomplish tasks remotely and unite distributed teams. As a contract research and pilot plant operations company, MATRIC has always been closely engaged with clients and their facilities. We know that collaboration is an essential part of successful research. [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Process Development, Organic Synthesis

A producer of fine chemicals wanted to improve the efficiency of a multi-step synthesis they were operating at a relatively large commercial scale. MATRIC participated with the customer technical team in an ideation phase, which identified several potential improvements to the process. MATRIC then set up a laboratory reaction system and carried out a catalyst [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Analytical Chemistry

A company in the service industry relied on several analytical providers to determine the detailed composition of complex product streams. Samples were being sent to various locations for analysis, and slow turnaround times meant that the results of process changes could not be tracked in a timely manner. The result was lost time and efficiency [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Polymer Functionalization

A customer was developing a new family of polymers and wanted to evaluate the properties of the new materials after a functionalization step by reaction with an additional monomer. The reaction needed to be performed under the same conditions used in commercial operation for the existing product line. MATRIC evaluated the commercial process, devised a [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Polymerization Process, New Polymer Products

A customer had conceived of a series of potential new polymer products that could be produced by a liquid phase polymerization. MATRIC set up laboratory equipment to perform the polymerization and carried out several batch runs. Key steps included addition of the required amount of initiator, generation of the desired molecular weight product, and removal [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Leading the Pack in Advanced Software Technologies 

In an increasingly competitive industry, MATRIC continues to drive and support development opportunities for our employees that not only set themselves apart in the workforce, but set us apart from our competition. We are excited to share that our own, Vic Baker, has been awarded Google’s Professional Cloud Architect certification.  Google’s Professional Cloud Architect certification empowers individuals to [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Ethoxylation

A customer had prepared small amounts of novel products derived from ethylene oxide in laboratory studies, but needed larger quantities of these materials. MATRIC installed a larger pressure reactor with process controls for safe operation. After thorough safety reviews, the reactor was successfully operated to prepare multiple samples on the kilogram scale. -- For more [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Process Development and Continuous Pilot Plant

MATRIC, working closely with a technically sophisticated client, developed a highly energy efficient reactive absorption/desorption process for the removal of environmental contaminants from stack gases. After the client proved the basic reactive absorption/desorption concept with batch tests in lab glassware, MATRIC first demonstrated the key features of the process in simple and inexpensive bench scale equipment.  [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Solid-Liquid Separations in Biomass Conversion

A company encountered difficulties in solid-liquid separations in a biomass-based process. A MATRIC team visited the pilot plant location and investigated the process. Samples of product streams were provided for study in MATRIC’s laboratories. After a short experimental project, MATRIC offered recommendations, which were implemented in the customer’s facility. The results were very successful, leading [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Incident Investigation and Process Safety

An Australian company experienced two explosions in its chemical manufacturing unit and made contact with MATRIC for assistance. Within 10 days of initial contact, MATRIC had assembled a project team and sent a contingent to Australia. The root cause of the incidents was identified and a revised process with inherent safety and improved reliability was [...]