Technology, LLC (SGT) is a Minnesota limited liability company (LLC)
organized on February 1, 2010. We are a technology company that is
developing technology for use in the production of syngas from biomass.
SGT was created by Gradient Technology, a small technology company dedicated to the development of emerging technologies in basic sciences and engineering fields.Gradient Technologywas
formed in 1994 by a group of experienced chemical engineers who
previously developed successful gasifiers and Fischer-Tropsch liquid
Chief Executive Officer
is an experienced business development professional with a broad
background in the automotive, chemical, and materials industries with a
track record of both developing and extracting commercial value from new
technology. Prior to joining SynGas technology, Goralski worked for 3M
Corporation in a variety of Strategy and Business Development roles as
well as for Ford Motor Company in the development of advanced exhaust
aftertreatment and controls technologies. He has over 38 US patents and
numerous papers in the areas of catalysis, automotive exhaust
aftertreatment, and electronic controls. Goralski received his
Bachelors Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of
Michigan, and his Ph.D and MBA from the University of Minnesota.
Chief Technical Officer
is an entrepreneur and chemical engineer with more than thirty years of
experience in the fuels and chemical processing industries. Goetsch has a
long track record of successfully developing business operations
involving chemical engineering services. These business operations have
included advanced process research, chemical engineering laboratories,
pilot plant operations, process design, equipment design, process
control, chemical plant operations, and fabrication of chemical process
equipment. Goetsch was the founder of Gradient Technology and currently
serves as their President. Prior to Gradient Technology, Goetsch was a
principal investigator at the Exxon Research Laboratories for many
technical programs, including Fast-Fluidization High Pressure Gasifier
for Syngas Production. He has over 14 patents and numerous papers in the
areas of gasification, fuels upgrading, and catalysis. Goetsch is a
graduate of the University of Illinois and also taught at the University
Vice-President of Operations
is a chemical engineer with more than thirty-five years of experience
in synthetic fuels. He extensively researched the Fischer-Tropsch
process for converting syngas to liquid hydrocarbons at Exxon Research
Laboratories, Syntroleum, Emerging Fuels Technology, and as an
independent researcher. Arcuri has served as the Chief Technical Officer
for Syntroleum and currently serves as the Vice President of
Engineering for Emerging Fuels Technology. He has received over 26
patents and has published numerous papers in the areas of reactor
chemistry associated with high exothermic reactions.
Senior Engineering Leader (High Pressure Gasifier)
LeRoy Clavenna, Ph.D.,
is a chemical engineer and entrepreneur and the owner of Fuels Research
Consulting, LLC. Clavenna worked for over 30 years with ExxonMobil
leading research teams in pioneering new gasification techniques and
discovering advanced alloys and ceramics that can endure the extreme
pressures and temperatures used in the gasification process. He has
received over 24 patents for his innovations.
Senior Engineering Leader (CO2 Management)
Lloyd White, Ph.D.,
is a chemical engineer, entrepreneur, and professor at the University
of Minnesota. He is one of the founders of Rational Energies, a company
devoted to producing liquid fuels from biomass. As an adjunct professor
at the University of Minnesota, he teaches Senior Design and Laboratory
courses in the Chemical Engineering department. During his work with the
3M Corporation, White was a process Development Leader and earned eight
patents and published over 20 publications.
Doug Cameron, Ph. D., is Founder and Managing Director of Alberti Advisors, a venture advisory firm focused on business, science and engineering at the intersection between clean technology and agriculture. Prior to founding Alberti Advisors, Cameron was Chief Science Advisor and Managing Director in the cleantech investment banking group at Piper Jaffray, a global investment bank headquartered in Minneapolis. In 2009, Cameron was the recipient of the Raphael Katzen Award for his contributions in furthering the deployment and commercialization of biotechnology to produce fuels and chemicals from renewable resources.
Dr. Cameron was chief scientific officer at Khosla Ventures, a premier Silicon Valley-based cleantech venture capital firm, from 2006-2008. From 1998-2006, he held the position of Director of Biotechnology and Chief Scientist at Cargill, Inc. Prior to that, Dr. Cameron was a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Cameron graduated magna cum laude from Duke University with a BSE in biomedical engineering and earned a Ph.D. in biochemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Lanny Schmidt, Ph. D., is a Regents Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota. Professor Schmidt is a world renowned expert in the areas of reaction engineering and catalysis and has particular expertise in the production of synthesis gas from feed stocks ranging from natural gas to biomass. Professor Schmidt is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Professor Schmidt received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the Wheaton College and his Doctorate in Physical Chemistry from the University of Chicago. Professor Schmidt has been the advisor to over 100 Ph.D. and MS graduates, has published over 350 refereed papers, and holds 15 United States Patents.
Patent AttorneyHenry (Hank) Naylor, Esq.,
serves as SynGas Technologys patent counsel. Naylor also serves as
Special Counsel to Kean, Miller, Hawthorne, DArmond, McCowan, and
Jarman LLP. He has over 25 years as an in-house patent attorney for
ExxonMobil Research and Engineering in the preparation and prosecution
of patent applications in fuels and chemical processes. Naylor is
knowledgeable and has written patents on the preparation of biofuels,
chemicals, catalysis, chemical and refinery processes. These processes
include hydrotreating, reforming, fluid catalytic cracking, fluid and
delayed coking, syngas to liquid fuel conversion, and chemical reactor
technologies. Mr. Naylor received his Juris Doctor
(JD) from Seton Hall Law School in 1974 and was admitted to the bar
that year in the state of New Jersey. He is registered to practice
before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is admitted before the
Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.