Category Archives: MATRIC Matters Blog


Solving a mystery of high impurity concentrations

Early in 2014, one of our customers was experiencing high impurity concentrations in their product. High levels of both the typical impurities and unexpected oxidized contaminations were present in their product overhead. This was problematic because a high-value stream was failing specifications and the only solution was to sell it as a lower-value commodity. Using our uncommon expertise in …


What is Gained by Experimental Simulation of a Chemical Process?

Simulation is defined in the dictionary as “imitation of a situation or the operation of a real-world process” or “the production of a computer model of something, especially for the purpose of study.”

Do you have a great idea for a new product or maybe you have a product that can be made by new raw materials, or by some …

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MATRIC Presents at 2017 AIChE Spring Conference

Traveling to the numerous conferences each year is nothing new to MATRICian Rob Nunley who attended the AIChE spring meeting in San Antonio, Texas, this week. AIChE is the world’s leading organization for chemical engineering professionals, with more than 50,000 members from more than 100 countries.


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 and conditions of research, development, process …

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Practical Considerations of Melt Crystallization

Crystallization involves purification of a chemical from a liquid mixture by solidification of the desired component.  Crystallization falls into two main categories: solution crystallization and crystallization from the melt (also referred to as “fractional crystallization”).  Solution crystallization means a material is crystallized from a mixture containing a solvent.  Crystals are formed by either concentrating the desired component by evaporation …


Joel Chittum Joins MATRIC as Software Developer

Joel Chittum has joined MATRIC as a new software developer. In this role, he will be a part of the Advanced Software Technologies team and will be working on the development of a platform to integrate multiple geologic modeling tools.

Previously, Joel worked on the Comprehensive Large Array-data Stewardship System (CLASS) developed for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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MATRIC Announces Thomas A. Heywood to Succeed Gregory S. Babe as Chairman of the Board of Directors

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va., January 12, 2017 – Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research & Innovation Center (MATRIC) announced today that Thomas A. Heywood has succeeded Gregory S. Babe as Chairman of the Board of Directors, effective Jan. 1, 2017.

Babe served as Chairman since 2014 will remain a member of the board.


Q&A With Timothy Jones

Name: Timothy “TJ” Jones

Title: Management Information Systems Specialist III

Education: B.S. Management Information Systems, West Virginia University

When did you join MATRIC and what is your role?
I joined MATRIC in the summer of 2010. As a Management Information Systems Specialist, I’m responsible for managing various parts of the software development lifecycle for MATRIC’s Advanced Software Technologies (AST) division.


MATRIC Participates in George Washington High School STEM Career Fair

MATRIC recently participated in the George Washington High School STEM Career Fair in Charleston, W.Va. The purpose of the event is to help educate students on career opportunities and educational requirements needed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Not only is MATRIC able to talk to students about opportunities in the chemistry and chemical engineering fields, but it’s also …


Knowledge Custodian – Incorporation of Technology Expert Role Enhances Effective Communication throughout Project Implementation

The importance of the effective and timely communication of know-how and technical information is highlighted in practically all project management guidelines and project critiques.  An approach to project implementation that focuses on facilitating communication promises to streamline knowledge flow and directly influence efficiency throughout all stages of the project.

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