MATRIC Deep Dives into Ethylene Oxide for Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology

MATRIC was recently featured in the Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology about Ethylene Oxide. The Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology is a leading publisher of scholarly articles on key chemicals—including their properties, manufacturing, and uses, all written by prominent scholars from industry, academia, and research institutions. It also focuses on industrial processes and unit operations [...]

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 [...]


SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va.; January 31, 2022 – Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research & Innovation Center (MATRIC) today announced that its long-term partner, Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB), recently announced that it has entered into an Asset Purchase Agreement with another company for it to acquire ICPB’s patents, technology and rights for the process technology to produce monoethylene [...]

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 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 [...]

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: Pilot Scale Alkylation

MATRIC undertook a project to test the performance of novel catalysts for an alkylation process at pilot scale. A fixed bed catalytic reaction system was designed and constructed, with full automation and safeguards for operating with highly hazardous materials. The unit was safely started up and operated to prove the performance of the catalysts. Multiple [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Distillation

A major industrial company was investigating a new process for production of a commodity chemical and had concerns about whether the product of the new process would meet the current industry quality specifications. Final purification of the product was done by distillation, so MATRIC assembled a distillation system capable of simulating the separation being done [...]

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