Prior to joining MATRIC in 2010, Bill Etzkorn had nearly 30 years of industrial research and development experience, with Union Carbide and Dow Chemical. His process development experience encompasses process design, development, lab and pilot plant design, construction, and operation. He also has extensive project management experience, involving R&D support of commercial operations, new process and new product R&D, and general technology management support of several specialty chemical businesses.
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 scale-up, raw materials, engineering, etc. These assessments help derive technology and economic goals and prioritize development studies.