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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 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. Process designs were developed for both a commercial scale [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Polymerization Scale-Up

A client had carried out an olefin polymerization reaction in a batch process at small laboratory scale, but needed to obtain larger quantities of the polymer product. MATRIC assembled a reaction system that could be operated in batch, semi-batch or continuous modes. Reactions were then performed to make product samples and determine their properties as [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Process Development, Pilot Plant Operation

A liquid-phase batch process operated by a client had potential for conversion to a continuous process, which would increase the capacity of the unit. The process included hazardous materials with stringent requirements for temperature control. MATRIC prepared a process design for a unit, based on a small CSTR. Design safety reviews were held with client [...]