Quinton Johnson joined MATRIC in 2013 as an operations technician to assist in the fabrication, operations and maintenance of large-scale pilot plants. Johnson is a member of MATRIC’s operational support team charged with installation and fitting of pipes and tubing; installation, operation and maintenance of boilers; and, general building and equipment repairs and maintenance.
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.