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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) [...]

MATRIC Recognizes its STAR Teams

BioAmber One of the companies most influential in MATRIC’s growth over its lifetime has been BioAmber. Correspondingly, MATRIC has played a significant role in helping BioAmber grow from a very small organization to an increasingly self-sufficient commercial operation. MATRIC’s contributions have included novel process concepts, laboratory proof of concept, pilot-scale demonstration, and engineering design. Although [...]

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 [...]