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MATRIC MATTERS: Process Development and Continuous Pilot Plant

MATRIC, working closely with a technically sophisticated client, developed a highly energy efficient reactive absorption/desorption process for the removal of environmental contaminants from stack gases. After the client proved the basic reactive absorption/desorption concept with batch tests in lab glassware, MATRIC first demonstrated the key features of the process in simple and inexpensive bench scale equipment.  [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Homogeneous Catalytic Carbonylation

A client had discovered a novel carbonylation catalyst and had carried out batch reactions on a small laboratory scale. However, important questions remained regarding the potential for operating as a continuous process, such as catalyst life and the ability to separate products from the reaction mixture. MATRIC designed and constructed a small continuous reaction system [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Continuous Process Development

A client commissioned work with MATRIC to define reaction conditions for a desired product in a continuous process.  They had conducted an extensive batch-reaction study on this chemistry but needed to know how to operate continuously for scale-up.  Among the issues needing definition/resolution were conditions to achieve full conversion, a separation/recovery process for the product [...]

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 [...]

Conversion of Renewable Raw Materials to Chemicals and Fuels

Sustainability is an issue of concern for many companies that plan to provide the chemicals, plastics and fuels of the future. The use of fossil resources needs to be managed to conserve the existing stocks and provide time to invest in research and the development of new technologies. Renewable raw materials have been utilized for [...]

MATRIC Expanding Pilot Plant Capacity

MATRIC Expanding Pilot Plant Capacity MATRIC | Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research & Innovation Center is pleased to announce two new staff members have joined the company's pilot plant team. Michael Nehme : MATRIC expands pilot plant capability Michael Nehme is a senior laboratory technologist with extensive experience in chemical research, development and manufacturing. He [...]

MATRIC Supports North American Catalysis Society Meeting

Over 1,000 participants recently traveled to Louisville, Ky., for the biennial North American Catalysis Society Meeting, which convenes scientific leaders in the field’s research and development community from across the continent. The event was sponsored by a large community of industry and institutional supporters, which included a contribution from MATRIC | Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research & [...]

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 [...]

MATRIC to Present Pilot Plant Safety Overview

MATRIC to Present Pilot Plant Safety Overview There are many safety considerations to account for at the pilot plant development scale, and MATRIC | Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research & Innovation Center’s team has significant experience in this discipline. Attendees of the 2013 American Chemical Society Spring National Meeting in New Orleans are welcomed to the following [...]

Marcellus to Manufacturing: Forum Highlights Potential of Ethane

A specialty at MATRIC | Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research & Innovation Center is working with chemical companies to improve and create technologies used in production. The materials these chemical firms produce in turn generate hundreds of consumer products and create significant economic output. MATRIC Chief Executive Steve Hedrick moderated during the 2013 Marcellus to Manufacturing (M2M) [...]