The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


New biofuel began at Augsburg College

At Augsburg College, Minneapolis, the curiosity of senior chemistry major Brian Krohn sparked a new method for making biodiesel. Some experts say the discovery of this chemical process could free the U.S. from its dependence on petroleum diesel fuel. It began in 2006 when Krohn got a grant from the college to do summer research on new ways to produce biodiesel.

After seeing Krohn’s research, his professor, Arlin E. Gyberg, urged him to contact chemist Clayton McNeff, an Augsburg alumnus and vice president of SarTec Corp., an Anoka, Minn.-based company that provides natural products to the agricultural industry.

McNeff, his chief scientist Ben Yan, and Gyberg took Krohn’s idea and created the Mcgyan Process—a chemical reaction never before described in scientific literature.

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