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MATRIC MATTERS: Co-Polymer Sample Production

A customer was interested in the properties of a family of co-polymers produced from ethylene and a selection of functionalized co-monomers. MATRIC set up a small 300 mL reactor to perform the polymerization under high ethylene pressure and prepared several small samples to prove the concept and evaluate the effects of reaction conditions. The process [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Technology Evaluation

A techno-economic study was completed for a customer who was evaluating a new process technology. This study provided a summary of the advantages and disadvantages of the new technology relative to competitive technologies. Using available information, a cost estimate for capital and operating cost was developed. Ways to differentiate the technology and improve its competitiveness [...]

MATRIC Employees Donate Toys for Children during the Holidays

Recently, MATRIC employees gave back to the South Charleston community by donating toys to Secret Santa Foundation of WV. Employees generously donated nearly 50 new, unwrapped gifts, which were picked up at Ball Toyota of Charleston by parents from Kanawha and Boone County. MATRIC, which is headquartered in Charleston and employs approx. 100 people, has a history of engaging [...]

Congratulations MATRIC Chief Scientific Advisor Dr. Madan Bhasin

MATRIC today announced that Dr. Madan Bhasin, chief scientific advisor, has been recognized by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) as a 2021 NAI Fellow. This prominent recognition honors individuals who “have demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on the quality of [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Novel Polyolefin Products

A novel family of polymers with a polyolefin backbone was being produced in small batches at laboratory scale by a customer. MATRIC undertook a process development project to investigate the effects of a number of process variables on the polymer properties. A semi-continuous process was instituted, which allowed the production of multiple kilograms of product [...]

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 [...]