Pratik-Pic2MATRIC today announced that Pratik Pednekar has joined the company as research chemical engineer. In this role, Pratik will be involved in the development of technology transfer packages from the laboratory to the pilot plant and ultimately to commercial scale processes. He joins MATRIC after earning his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from West Virginia University and after completing a co-op with MATRIC as part of its recently formalized MATRIC University program.

For his dissertation, he devised algorithms to identify optimal sensor networks that can be placed in plants or in key equipment to identify faults that are otherwise difficult to detect. He is experienced in developing plant level simulations and in mathematical modeling of equipment using first principle models. He worked extensively with the integrated gasification combined cycle technology during his Ph.D. and has developed novel models of key reactors to capture commonly occurring faults during operation. During the MATRIC co-op, he assisted in the process conceptual design for the commercial scale production of commodity chemicals, identifying key operating procedures for the recovery of chemicals from a novel green process and setting-up simulations to help validate lab-scale data from a batch distillation experiments.

“We are pleased to have Pratik officially join the MATRIC team,” said Jack Dever, chief technology officer, MATRIC. “He has an in depth knowledge of advanced process conceptualization and modeling that will enhance the innovative solutions our team develops.”

In addition to his Ph.D., he holds a B.Chem.Eng. in Chemical Engineering from the Institute of Chemical Technology. Originally from India, Pratik will reside in Charleston, W.Va.

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