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MATRIC MATTERS: Concept Evaluation and Scale-Up

A chemical manufacturer wanted to ramp up production of an existing product, and was interested in exploring an alternative process that offered the potential for significant advantages in reduced investment and improved product quality. MATRIC carried out laboratory studies of the process to demonstrate its feasibility as well as identifying specific technical issues to consider [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Heterogeneous Catalyst Preparation and Testing

MATRIC undertook a catalyst exploration and testing program for a client. A continuous multi-reactor catalyst testing facility was designed and constructed with on-line gas-phase analysis capability. Novel catalysts were prepared for evaluation, and testing has shown that significant performance gains are possible. For additional information, please contact communications@

MATRIC MATTERS: Process Simulation, Distillation

MATRIC assisted a customer evaluate the feasibility of distilling a heavy polymerizable monomer away from a solvent. The separation was studied with process simulation software, and a laboratory system was constructed with continuous feed and product removal capability and the ability to introduce inhibitors at appropriate points.  The desired data on the separation was generated [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Skid Unit Design and Construction

A client had a need for a skid-mounted unit to add separations capability to a demonstration plant. MATRIC designed and constructed the unit, with a dedicated control system, and arranged to have the unit transported to the plant site. Staff then participated in the start-up and initial operation of the unit. For additional information, please [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Low Temperature Olefin Polymerization

  A novel catalyst had been discovered for the sub-ambient polymerization of an olefinic precursor, but the reaction had only been carried out at very small laboratory scale. MATRIC assembled a reaction system that allowed the reaction to be performed at -40°C to produce kilogram quantities of products. The process was successfully demonstrated and [...]


A customer wanted to improve the on-stream performance of a manufacturing operation involving filtration. MATRIC reviewed the operation and obtained samples of process streams. Laboratory filtration studies were then carried out, and options were investigated to improve process throughput and quality. Recommendations were provided on modifications, which were demonstrated to provide improved performance. - [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Purification by Adsorption and Ion Exchange

A customer wanted to obtain a high purity grade of a standard product. MATRIC worked with the customer technical team to develop a purification process, which was demonstrated at laboratory scale. The multi-step process involved a solid-phase adsorbent and ion exchange. Then a larger-scale system was constructed and operated to process drum quantities of material. [...]

MATRIC Implements Update for NETL’s Energy Data eXchange (EDX)

MATRIC recently implemented a significant update to the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) Energy Data eXchange (EDX) platform. EDX was part of the NETL Offshore Risk Modeling (ORM) Suite that was recognized by R&D Magazine as one of the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace in the past year. The platform provides [...]

MATRIC produces hand sanitizer in fight against COVID-19 pandemic

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va., May 4, 2020 – Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research & Innovation Center (MATRIC) today announced that it has completed production of hand sanitizer at its facility in South Charleston, W.Va., to support the ongoing demand for medical, health and hygiene products amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. MATRIC's initial batch of hand sanitizer equates to over [...]