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MATRIC MATTERS: Fermentation Product Isolation, Conceptual Process Design

A biological and chemical technology company had engineered an organism useful for generating a fermentation product of interest. Assistance was requested from MATRIC on isolating and purifying the product, which was obtained in a dilute aqueous broth. The first activity undertaken was to develop a preliminary process design, including an analysis of the very approximate [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Oxidation, Proof of Concept

A small company had originated a novel process concept for conversion of inexpensive starting materials into products of interest in an oxidation process. MATRIC assembled a small continuous reaction system to determine the viability of the process. A number of runs were carried out under a variety of conditions. The results allowed the company to [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Catalyst Validation

A manufacturing company wanted to evaluate the performance of a new batch ofcatalyst before replacing their current operating catalyst with the new material. MATRIC set up a catalyst test unit that allowed the concurrent testing of the new batch along with samples of previous batches. Results allowed the company to reduce the risk in switching [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Catalytic Oxidation, Proof of Concept

A company wanted to evaluate the feasibility of carrying out a liquid-phase oxidation as a route to a product of interest. MATRIC assembled a pressure reaction system with a continuous oxidant flow and carried out tests under a range of conditions to examine the effects on the reaction. Results allowed the company to develop a [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Catalysis, Proof of Concept

A client proposed a novel catalytic route to a product of interest and came to MATRIC to test the concept. Relevant literature was reviewed to identify potential catalysts for the process. Several catalysts were prepared and tested in a continuous packed-bed reactor under a range of conditions. The client was then able to make an [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Technology Assessment, Market Analysis

A company with an interest in a particular material asked MATRIC to survey the potential for growth in use of the material, taking into account developments in the U.S. energy market. An extensive review was prepared documenting the status of the sectors of the energy market, the projected developments, and the potential for use of [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Ethylene Oxide and Glycol Manufacturing Assessment

A MATRIC team worked with technical teams from a manufacturer of ethylene oxide and glycol to identify opportunities to improve productivity, efficiency, reliability, process safety, energy efficiency and reliability in the manufacturing operations. The team traveled to the overseas locations of the plants and spent several days at each site. Pre-assessment, on-site assessment and post-assessment [...]

MATRIC Supports Award Winning NETL Project

The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) Global Oil and Gas Infrastructure (GOGI) Team was recently honored by the Carnegie Science Center with its “Innovation in Energy” Award. MATRIC’s Aaron Barkhurst and Vic Baker supported the award-winning NETL team, providing Geographical Information System (GIS) expertise and Big Data analysis. MATRIC supported NETL as a team member [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Material Testing, Analytical

A company wanted information on the stability of heat transfer fluids in contact with various materials. MATRIC designed an experimental system for long-term operation at elevated temperatures. Tests were then conducted on a wide selection of materials, and analyses were performed to provide stability data. - For additional information, contact communications@matricinnovates.com

MATRIC MATTERS: Rubber Recycle, Process Development and Design

MATRIC MATTERS: Rubber Recycle, Process Development and Design. MATRIC assisted a client in developing a process for recovery and recycle of rubber. The basic concept had been demonstrated in laboratory experiments. MATRIC then undertook an experimental program and developed a process with potential for continuous operation. Several of the key steps were demonstrated in semi-continuous operation. [...]