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MATRIC CTO Inducted into the Academy of Chemical Engineers at West Virginia University

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va., April 13, 2021 – Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research & Innovation Center, Inc. (MATRIC) today announced that Dr. John “Jack” Dever, chief technology officer and executive vice president, has been inducted into the Academy of Chemical Engineers at West Virginia University. This honor recognizes Dr. Dever’s distinguished professional achievements in the practice of chemical engineering.  The Academy of Chemical Engineers recognizes those graduates of the Department and others who bring honor to chemical [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Process Development, Crystallization

A major chemical producer was looking for assistance with a crystallization process that was being carried out in a batch process. The objective was to redesign the process and increase its capacity by use of a continuous process. Simultaneously, the purity of the product needed to be improved to meet market demand. A possible process [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Novel Technology Identification and Evaluation

Working with a customer’s technical team, MATRIC chemists generated several potential novel routes to organic carbonates. An experimental project was then begun to investigate the potential of these processes. Through this short but productive laboratory effort, the technical challenges involved were identified and possible extensions were proposed. - For additional information, contact communications@matricinnovates.com

MATRIC MATTERS: Process Evaluation, Distillation

A company was exploring technology for processing used motor oil into high quality lubricating oil. Distillation of crude used oil commonly generates undesirable levels of odorous emissions, so pre-treatment options to reduce the odor potential were of interest. MATRIC designed and carried out a series of laboratory tests of treatments followed by distillation. After evaluating [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Crystallization

MATRIC undertook a project to assist a customer who wanted to improve the recovery and purity of a product obtained by solution phase crystallization. The situation was complicated by the presence of two crystalline polymorphs that differed significantly in their ease of separation from the mother liquor. MATRIC staff carried out a series of batch [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: MATRIC Supports DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory

MATRIC develops powerful big data computing capabilities for the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). SmartSearch is leading the way in advancing NETL's artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) techniques. The Energy Data eXchange (EDX) is named the first preferred DOE-wide platform for curation, access and management of geospatial data resources. #ai #bigdata #advancedsoftware #MATRICMatters [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Fixed Bed Catalyst Testing

Catalysts were being developed for a liquid phase reaction of interest to a customer. MATRIC assembled three parallel fixed bed reaction systems with continuous feeds of the reactants. The units were operated around the clock with periodic mass balance and composition analyses over a period of more than 12 months. The effects of different feed [...]

MATRIC Employees Volunteer at Local COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

On Saturday, February 13, 2021, MATRIC employees spent their day volunteering at the Kanawha County Health Department’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Charleston, W.Va. While West Virginia is gaining national attention for our ability to vaccinate its citizens, clinics still need volunteers and additional help to continue vaccinating the communities. During the weekend of February 13-14, [...]

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 [...]