Category Archives: MATRIC Matters Blog

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WVU, OSU Students Join MATRIC for the Summer

A leader in science and technology research and development, MATRIC has invited three undergraduate chemical engineering students to join the team as interns for the summer. Some of the best and brightest from West Virginia University (WVU) and The Ohio State University (OSU) will assist the 100+ MATRICians with their daily work in the labs, in the pilot plants …

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MATRIC Presents at 2016 AIChe Spring Conference

Traveling to the numerous AIChe conferences each year is nothing new to MATRICians Rob Nunley and Brooke Albin, who most recently attended the AIChe spring meeting in Houston. AIChE is the world’s leading organization for chemical engineering professionals, with more than 50,000 members from more than 100 countries.


Jeff Hippler: MATRIC’s Master of Discipline, Control and Patience

Jeff Hippler joined MATRIC in 2014 as a Senior Chemical Engineer, overseeing the execution of various projects in the lab. Before this role, he spent 30 years in the chemical industry working with control systems to simplify his work. These systems watch temperatures, speed and pressures – and automatically adjust accordingly – to ensure that experiments, scale-ups and …


Rob Nunley: Pilot Plant Manager

When Rob Nunley isn’t working at MATRIC, he’s probably chasing around his teenagers, fly-fishing, woodworking, or working on any of a number of DIY projects around his house. A father of two, Nunley is a pilot plant manager at MATRIC, a role he’s held since 2013. He’s responsible for working with clients to ensure their pilot plant

Steve Hedrick, MATRIC CEO

MATRIC CEO Steve Hedrick Delivers Remarks at Marcellus & Manufacturing Development Conference

On Thursday, March 23, 2016, MATRIC President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Hedrick stood before more than 350 people in Charleston, W. Va., and delivered a clear message. The quad-state region – including Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia — needs substantial underground storage of the highest-value and broadly used raw materials available from the Marcellus, Rogersville and Utica …


MATRIC Unveils Company Video

MATRIC recently unveiled its newest company video. In two minutes, MATRIC President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Hedrick describes the company, its capabilities, its locations and its people.

Watch the video today!


MATRIC Participates in Renewable Carbon Fiber Project

MATRIC is an R&D partner in a project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy with the goal of producing high-performance carbon fibers from ligno-cellulosic biomass. Carbon fiber (CF) composites are strong, lightweight materials with many applications in the automotive, aircraft, and other industries. An economically viable, efficient production of these materials could have a dramatic impact …


A Real-Life Jack of All Trades

In 2011, Eric King joined MATRIC as a chemist, but he didn’t realize that he would become a jack of all trades to the MATRIC team and to its customers.


The MATRIC Pilot Plant Advantage

The Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research & Innovation Center (MATRIC) is a non-profit, contract research company that offers, among other things, pilot plant construction and operation as one of our core competencies. Building and operating a pilot plant is the natural step between bench top chemistry and commercial operation. It’s an opportunity to prove out the concept with conditions that closely match …


MATRIC University Attracts Best and Brightest

Pratik Pednekar is a chemical engineering Ph.D. graduate student at West Virginia University (WVU) with a focus on modeling and simulation of key equipment and plants in the integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) power plant for condition monitoring and to diagnose faults. With graduation slated for early 2016, he can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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