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MATRIC MATTERS: Algal Oil Esters

Working together, MATRIC and a customer’s technical team developed technology for processing algal oil to yield desired ester products. After demonstration in the laboratory, a continuous pilot plant was designed and constructed. With a budget of approximately $1M, this pilot plant included eight major capital items and 26 instruments, and it was completed under budget [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Acrolein Distillation

A customer needed to determine the feasibility of recovering acrolein from an aqueous product stream. MATRIC investigated the separation at the lab scale in a distillation column constructed of 1-inch Oldershaw sections, equipped for continuous feeds, including inhibitors. The required column design and operating conditions were determined, and the data were used to refine an [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Acrylic Acid Melt Crystallization

A customer wanted to evaluate the effectiveness of melt crystallization for the purification of acrylic acid prepared by an alternative process scheme. This commercially practiced technique involves a carefully controlled partial crystallization of a falling film which selectively crystallizes product and rejects impurities into the liquid residue. MATRIC designed an experimental plan to enable determination [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Olefin Oligomerization

A customer had sponsored initial studies at a university to explore the possibility of olefin oligomerization or polymerization to prepare a range of potentially useful products. When the need for larger quantities of materials arose, MATRIC was identified as an organization that could help scale up the technology. Working closely with the customer, MATRIC was [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Catalyst Screening and Process Concept Development

A client’s research had discovered that an unexpected product was obtained in a fermentation process. Although this product had no established market, it was a potential intermediate for production of other valuable products. MATRIC helped identify three specific target molecules of value, and then carried out proof-of-concept studies that demonstrated the efficient catalytic conversion to [...]

MATRIC to Conduct All WV Brewery Testing

With more than two dozen West Virginia-based craft breweries making a growing economic impact across the state, the Charleston Area Alliance teamed up with MATRIC to help these small businesses operate more efficiently. Working with the West Virginia Craft Brewers Guild, MATRIC will now conduct all of the state breweries’ testing from their headquarters in [...]

Potential Design Implications of Certain Objectives for a Pilot Plant

In our previous blog posting, we discussed The Importance of Understanding Owner’s Project Objectives for a Pilot Plant. In that discussion, we emphasized that clear understanding of the sponsor’s underlying objectives is the key to a good design. The project team must make an effort to define and comprehend the sponsor’s primary objective and the [...]