Robert Nunley

Pilot Plant Manager,

Robert Nunley


Job Function

  • Process & Product Development


I am currently the Pilot Plant Manager for the Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research, and Innovation Center (MATRIC), a non-profit, contract research facility in South Charleston, West Virginia. I joined MATRIC in 2013 and spent much of my early time here developing and upgrading MATRIC's emerging pilot plant capabilities. As the pilot plant operations have grown, I have transitioned into more business development support activities, although I still oversee two pilot plant facilities and an expert staff of engineers and technicians doing research for a variety of companies.  

Prior to joining MATRIC, I spent over 20 years in the chemical industry working in numerous roles for Union Carbide and Dow Chemical.  The first 10 years of my career were spent in Union Carbide's Process Engineering Department where I worked on a variety of projects, including retrofits of existing facilities, leading new facility designs, serving as section lead on the conceptual design of a $2B grassroots petrochemical complex, and a three-year stint supporting the new products development area.  Upon leaving process engineering, I moved into an improvement role for Dow's hydroxyethyl cellulose business where I was the lead improvement engineer for the plant.  In that role, I had responsibility for identifying and executing plant improvements as well as coordinating the plant capital and expense project plan.  During that time I also served as project manager for small projects up to a $20M expansion.  I spent my last three years in the plant in a production role, focusing on day-to-day operations, production planning & scheduling, troubleshooting, etc.

I have a Bachelors Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester and a Masters Degree in Engineering Science with a Chemical Engineering Focus from Marshall University.


Marshall University
Huntington, West Virginia, United States
Other Engineering
To 2002

University of Rochester
Rochester, New York, United States
Chemical Engineering
To 1992


  • AIChE Senior Member
  • Process Development Division

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