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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: 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 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 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 [...]

Innovation is Essential to Defeating Pandemic

An opinion editorial by MATRIC Chairman & CEO Steve Hedrick The past few weeks and months have put life into perspective – for everyone, regardless of geography, age, race or income. We’ve been forced to identify the difference between wants and needs for ourselves and others around us. Real needs. Such as life-saving tools and [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Rubber Recycle, Process Development and Design

MATRIC MATTERS: Rubber Recycle, Process Development and Design. MATRIC assisted a client in developing a process for recovery and recycle of rubber. The basic concept had been demonstrated in laboratory experiments. MATRIC then undertook an experimental program and developed a process with potential for continuous operation. Several of the key steps were demonstrated in semi-continuous operation. [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Rubber Recycle, Process Development and Design

MATRIC assisted a client in developing a process for recovery and recycle of rubber. The basic concept had been demonstrated in laboratory experiments. MATRIC then undertook an experimental program and developed a process with potential for continuous operation. Several of the key steps were demonstrated in semi-continuous operation. Process designs were developed for both a commercial scale [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Process Development, Pilot Plant Operation

A liquid-phase batch process operated by a client had potential for conversion to a continuous process, which would increase the capacity of the unit. The process included hazardous materials with stringent requirements for temperature control. MATRIC prepared a process design for a unit, based on a small CSTR. Design safety reviews were held with client [...]

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: Safety Consulting

Numerous projects have been carried out for various customers to evaluate specific hazards and provide recommendations on safe operations. The subjects include:     evaluating the flammability limits and autoignition temperatures of mixtures of hydrocarbons and oxygen assessment of electrostatic hazards in handling flammable materials safe operating procedures for handling acetylene dealing with ignition hazards [...]

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