SHERIDAN — Ramaco Carbon, a coal technology company headquartered in Sheridan, announced it had hired Christopher Yurchick to serve as director of research. Yurchick will manage research operations in both Sheridan and Charleston, West Virginia.

Coming to Ramaco with a more than a decade of experience working in joint academic/industrial ventures, and 15 years of prior experience in carbon science and intellectual property development, Yurchick will help spearhead the development of Ramaco’s research facilities, called iCAM centers, or “Carbon Advanced Materials” centers.

The first research center is now under construction in Sheridan, and scheduled to open this summer. This month the governor of West Virginia, Jim Justice, announced a partnership with Ramaco regarding the creation of a second research facility in that state. That research facility is tentatively scheduled to open this spring.

“Our company is dedicated to building a Carbon Valley, where researchers can pioneer innovative and environmentally friendly ways to create valuable advanced products and materials from the carbon in coal,” said Randall Atkins, Ramaco Carbon’s Chairman and CEO. “Christopher is the perfect person to help us build this future, with an unparalleled combination of scientific prowess, management experience, and understanding of research commercialization and development. We’re expanding our vision of the Carbon Valley to both the East and the West, and are very excited to work with Christopher in realizing it.”

Yurchick noted that he could see carbon from coal enhancing numerous industries, including automotive and aerospace, electronics, building materials, batteries and medicine. He will divide his time between the Sheridan and Charleston research facilities, where research efforts will be focused initially on Ramaco’s work related to its current DOE grants, as well as work with partners such as NETL and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.