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  • Professor Michael Myrick

Faculty Spotlight: Michael Myrick

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
B.S. North Carolina State University
Ph.D. New Mexico State University

Technology developed by Arts & Sciences Chemistry faculty purchased by a Fortune 500 company, resulting in substantial savings for one of the largest providers of products and services to the energy industry.

Arts & Sciences Chemistry professor and Ometric Founder, Dr. Michael Myrick is assisting one of the largest providers of products and services to the energy industry.  Halliburton Energy Services, Inc., operates oil well sites among its myriad energy services.  To ensure the safety of their oil wells, they routinely check the oil-to-gas ratios and other key details by taking samples that are sent off-site to a lab for testing. 

Dr. Michael Myrick, developed a scanning technology called Multivariate Optical ComputingTM (MOC) that allows a company to look inside a product or pipeline to check the chemical contents inside, eliminating the need for samples to be sent to a laboratory for testing.

Not only did the scanning technology save Halliburton time and money, it marks the first time a startup based on USC technology has been bought by a Fortune 500 company. In addition, USC has retained the rights to use and develop the technology for use in all other fields except energy. Licensing application opportunities include agriculture, pharmaceuticals, food and beverage testing, and more.  This is one more example of how our faculty are transferring their knowledge from the lab to the real world.

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