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MATRIC Forms Education Partnership with The Challenge Program

MATRIC CEO Keith Pauley prepares to address students at G.W. High School as The Challenge Program's Mary Dreliszak discusses the importance of attendance. In our fields of expertise, knowledge of science, mathematics and technology is necessary. Developing these skill sets require education, the critical component that facilitates informed experimentation and discovery. With this [...]

BioAmber Making its Mark Within Sustainable Chemicals Industry

Rarely has a company received both the ICIS Award for Best Business Innovation and the EPA's Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award and in the same year. But in 2011, BioAmber Inc. achieved this distinction, an accomplishment that only the Dow Chemical Co. had previously obtained. The ICIS award recognizes companies that establish outside partnerships which [...]

Tech Park is an Engine for Economic Development

Economic development and advancement are cornerstones of the Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research & Innovation Center's (MATRIC) mission, and our work environment at the West Virginia Regional Technology Park is an essential component of business growth throughout our region. Phil Halstead, the technology park's executive director, describes the site as "one of the top economic development projects [...]

MATRIC Team Adds Project Manager and Organic Chemist

Dr. John P. “Jack” Dever recently joined the Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research & Innovation Center (MATRIC) team, as senior project manager. He previously worked for Union Carbide and Dow Chemical Co. in West Virginia, Louisiana, and Canada, most recently as director of technology development. In addition to working as a research scientist and production manager, he [...]

Disaster Response Planning: MATRIC and Prime Partner Azimuth Inc. Deliver Value

In a post 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina world, as federal and state governments expand their focus on emergency preparedness, the Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research & Innovation Center's (MATRIC) advanced systems technologies division has helped develop a tool to aide such efforts. The  Modeling & Simulation (M&S) Consequence Management System can assist with attack and disaster preparation, [...]

Expert to Discuss the Industry of Nanotechnology

On Wednesday, Oct. 12, Dr. Craig Friedrich will trace the history of nanotechnology, its techniques and applications, along with the potential for industrial growth through nanoscale advances and innovations in science. Friedrich is professor of mechanical engineering at Michigan Technological University. Nanotechnology processes are characterized by the manipulation of matter on extremely small atomic and [...]

Kureha’s New PGA Plant to Produce Biodegradable Plastic

Photo of polyglycolic acid, provided by Charleston Area Alliance. Yesterday’s opening of a new polyglycolic acid plant in Belle, W.Va., was good news for the state's economy and the world’s environment. Kureha will annually produce several million pounds of the polymer, which is biodegradable, for use in products such as soft drink bottles. [...]

MATRIC Wows ESRI Technical Staff At Annual Users Conference

While most of us are familiar with the most common Geographic Information Systems (GIS) application “Google Earth”, few of us realize the impact that targeted GIS applications can have on everyday events.  Fewer still are aware that some software companies specialize in applications dedicated to the manipulation of GIS data for decision-making purposes. One such [...]

MATRIC Expanding Environmental Services Menu in West Virginia

Several service areas have been identified as having potentially positive impacts for businesses in West Virginia, including:  Oil and gas related activities including enhanced oil recovery (EOR) using ethane for re-pressurization of former oil-producing reservoirs, CO2 flooding and ethane storage. Coal mining environmental impact and safety related issues including methane removal using horizontal drilling methods, [...]

MATRIC To Host International Year Of Chemistry Event In Philadelphia

With 2011 having been designated The International Year of Chemistry (IYC 2011), many organizations are celebrating chemistry and its contributions to the well being of humankind. MATRIC has been invited by The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) to sponsor a symposium “Commercializing Green Chemistry and Biomass-Derived Product Lines,” moderated by Greg W. Clutter, chief operating officer, [...]