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Pilot Plants: Informing and Improving the Scale-Up Process

Pilot Plants: Informing and Improving the Scale-Up Process In the chemical industry, large manufacturing facilities are not built haphazardly, but instead require much planning and testing before production level plants can be established. Much of the technical know-how is derived from the operation of pilot-scale facilities prior to the design of large plants. This [...]

MATRIC Launches New Website and Logo

In an effort to improve chemical-catalyst-catalyst-testing-chemical-catalyst-chemical-pilot-plant-demonstration-plant-solids-processing-chemical-separations and strengthen its brand, MATRIC | Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research & Innovation Center has established a new website and logo. We have established a new website and URL at www.matricinnovates.com, which is a domain name reflective of MATRIC’s primary service: assisting customers with innovation in breakthrough technologies and product /process [...]

MATRIC is on the Move

MATRIC is on the Move A small group of big thinkers can have a significant impact. Take for example the formation of MATRIC | Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research & Innovation Center. Created during a local economic downturn in 2003, its founders recognized the opportunity to retain specialized workers, many of whom had been displaced during the [...]

MATRIC Highlights National Youth Science Camp’s 50th Anniversary

MATRIC Research Scientist Nye Clinton, Ph.D., demonstrates the reaction of isosorbide for NYSC delegates. As part of West Virginia’s Centennial celebration in 1963, supporters of science education in West Virginia envisioned a month-long summer experience for talented high school seniors from across the nation. The National Youth Science Camp was then established to [...]

A Distinction Between Invention and Innovation

George Keller, Ph.D., chief engineer at MATRIC | Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research & Innovation Center, addresses the Society of Plastics Engineers' ANTEC 2013 conference today in Cincinnati, Ohio. His presentation outlines the importance of differentiating between invention and innovation. The former primarily concerns the discovery or identification of something new with possible uses in the real [...]

The ‘Techno-Economics’ of R&D

A series of activities are required to foster innovation in the chemical industry. One of the most critical first steps is to determine if a technology is commercially viable. This discipline is known as "techno-economics," in which an expert team analyzes the variables required to introduce a new innovation into the marketplace, which include costs [...]

Licensing Package Development and Commercial Production

Given the complexities associated with creating new products and processes, chemical companies must carefully select partners with the knowledge and resources to enable safe, economical, and timely entrance into the marketplace. How does a company move from concept into the realm of actual commercialization? If large enough, the following steps could be completed internally, but [...]

Concept to Commercialization: MATRIC’s Innovation Life Cycle

MATRIC's Innovation Life CycleOur people, expertise and facilities form a unique research and development model. A distinguishing characteristic of the Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research & Innovation Center (MATRIC) is the ability to provide clients value from “concept to commercialization.” Our renowned staff support new processes and technologies from initial laboratory scales to pilot plant [...]

The People of MATRIC

Learn about the experience of MATRIC's senior scientists and researchers, the promising direction of junior employees, and the manner in which they are creating innovation together.

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