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Marshall Medoff and Climate Advances

Marshall Medoff was an eccentric 80-year-old amateur scientist who worked tirelessly to improve the environment. He passed away on February 14, 2016.

A few years ago Medoff was featured on ”60 Minutes”. He spent 15 years working long hours in a garage without a phone where he was inspired by the nearby Walden Pond in Massachusetts to clean up the environment. He was granted 300 patents during these years.

He found that sugar can be harvested from the cellulose of plant life. This is an inexpensive process and a clean way to create biofuels. He also had created a large number of other products in addition to fuel.

Marshall Medoff founded Xyleco, a private corporation. He hired some well-qualified scientists, and his board of directors includes George P. Shultz, Steven Chu and William Perry. Additionally, this growing company is hiring people for the following positions according to their website:

  • “Chemists, microbiologists, biochemists and physicists;
  • Chemical, mechanical, electrical, controls, and process engineers; and
  • Business professionals including accounting, finance, public relations, marketing, business development, supply chain, human resources and legal”
Marshall Medoff on "60 Minutes"

Marshall Medoff on "60 Minutes"

Marshall Medoff’s Study Results

Mr. Medoff worked numerous hours daily as he was inspired by natural forces. These include light, solar energy, and the molecular structure of plant life. Eventually, he was able to patent sustainable technologies that restructure biomass by changing plant cellulose into new material.

Medoff has patented sustainable technologies. This new material has a changed molecular structure. This new molecular structure is a sugar that provides building blocks inexpensively. The process requires ionizing radiation by using electron accelerators that break apart plant life, and extracts the sugar.

Goals for the Xyleco Corporation

He uses non-food biomass waste, which is renewable and an almost unlimited resource. He actually changes the molecular structure of plants. The electrons are used to restructure biomass feedstock to obtain sugar.

Additional steps for processing include: “filtration, separation, hydrogenation, fermentation, distillation, catalytic conversion, evaporation and deionization.”

Prior to Medoff’s discovery, there had been centuries of scientific study that has failed to find a commercially viable way to create a sustainable resource for fuel. There has simply not been a way to commercially change the molecular structure of cellulose until now.

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Products Made From Cellulose

Ethanol that is produced from this process is estimated to reduce greenhouse gases by approximately 70%. Additionally, these building blocks will produce intermediate and final products, which will provide inexpensive food, medication, clothing, and household products.

Medoff has even made plastic silverware that is biodegradable in a very short period of time, which is certainly unlike the plastic silverware that is being so widely used.

Other Xyleco products include:

  1. “Foods - Sweeteners, preservatives, additives, alcohols, sugars, polyols, organic acids, including natural sugar drawn in ratio
  2. Animal Nutrition - Livestock feed, fertilizers, pesticides
  3. Health and Nutrition - Cosmetics, detergents, plastics, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, medical-dental products, disinfectants
  4. Materials - Sustainable, degradable plastics, food packaging, beverage bottles, fibers, fabrics, composites, compositions
  5. Building and Construction - Paints, resins, siding, coatings, varnishes, plastics, carpeting, tubing, seals
  6. Energy and Transportation - Liquid fuels, oxygenates, anti-freeze, corrosion inhibitors

Marshall Medoff’s Natural Force technologies have provided a huge scientific breakthrough by using an unlimited, sustainable resource. The company is also working with collaborators on the global adoption of their new products. Xyleco patents now exceed 5000. It seems there is no end to the new uses for cellulose sugar.

Powering the World With Algae

Algae Development

There are many other scientists in a variety of countries that are working to turn plants or algae into biofuels. Algae can be grown and provides 40 times more product per acre than traditional crops.

However, it is very expensive to develop as it is difficult to remove algae from the water, and it is still costing $2-$3 dollars per gallon.

Xyleco has the ability to create biofuel that can reduce greenhouse gas significantly, and it can be processed at an inexpensive cost.

What You Need to Know About This Man

Watching Marshall Medoff on “60 Minutes” was so interesting, and clips of the interview are still available to watch online.

On “60 Minutesm” he got some of his fuel and put it into a truck, which Leslie Stahl then drove. He showed her multiple items that are already developed and explained the 15 years he lived as a recluse.



This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Pamela Oglesby


Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 18, 2020:

Hi Peggy,

I was so improessed with this man. I hope his finds are fully utilized and I would like to see more like him. Protecting our planet is so important. Thanks so much for commenting.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 18, 2020:

We need more people like Marshall Mendoff to help us wean ourselves away from using so much fossil fuel. Plastics that biodegrade faster would be a significant improvement, also. It all comes down to affordability and what we are willing to do to help our planet.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 10, 2019:

Hi RTalloni, I am fascinated with the work this man has done. The fuel and plastics that degrade quickly would be great if it can be done at a that is affordable. I appreciate your comments.

RTalloni on June 09, 2019:

It will be interesting to see what come of M. Mendoff's work. So often this kind of dedication has resulted in unexpected new discoveries. Thanks for sharing the info.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on January 29, 2019:

Shauna, I hope the technolgy continues to grow so the companies that it would require could be built. I would hope Trump (or any new president) would be responsible enough to support this technology fully. I appreciate your comments

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on January 29, 2019:

I hope the government uses his technology to clean up our planet. Of course, until our current leader admits we actually have a problem, that seems doubtful.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on January 26, 2019:

Hi Alyssa, I found this fascinating also. i plan to see what the company does in the future also. Thanks so much for your comments.

Alyssa from Ohio on January 26, 2019:

Wow! This is fascinating! Who knew you could make so many environmentally friendly products from cellulose? It will be interesting to see where he takes his company in the future. I will definitely be checking out that interview!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on January 22, 2019:

Maria, This man is fascinating when you think about how hard he worked to achieve his goals, which are good for us all.

Maria, I hope you have a mavelous week also. Hugs, Pam

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on January 22, 2019:

Dear Pam,

Interesting and informative - I will check online to see if I can watch more about Marshall Mendoff.

It's fascinating that he worked such long, productive hours without a phone nearby - this gives me pause ... :)

Hope you are having a lovely week. Hugs, Maria

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on January 21, 2019:

Liz, I agree with you and I appreciate your comments.

Liz Westwood from UK on January 21, 2019:

This is a very topical article. We could do with more scientists like this to make a positive impact on the environment.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on January 21, 2019:

Hi Pop, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. I appreciate your comments.

breakfastpop on January 21, 2019:

Thanks for the most interesting hub. I never heard of him, but I find his work fascinating.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on January 21, 2019:

Linda, I saw him on 60 Minutes and that was the first time I ever heard of him. It was so interesting I decided to investigate. I appreciate your comments.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on January 20, 2019:

I’ve never heard of Marshall Mendoff before. His work sounds like it’s worth investigating. Thanks for sharing the information, Pamela.

FlourishAnyway from USA on January 20, 2019:

How fascinating that this wacky, reclusive, do-it-yourselfer became the innovator and business person that he did, solving vexing problems to help save our environment. Great story!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on January 20, 2019:

Hi Bill, I thought he was a remarkable man and people like him could change our future. I appreciate you stopping by and commenting.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 20, 2019:

From individual efforts like these, great things can occur. What a remarkable man he is.