Marshall Mendoff Works to Improve the Environment

Updated on January 20, 2019
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Marshall Mendoff - Climate Advances

Marshall Mendoff is an eccentric 80 year old amateur scientist who has worked to improve the environment. Mendoff was recently 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 eventually founded Xyleco, a private corporation. He hired some well qualified scientist, and his board of directors includes George P. Shultz, Steven Chu and William Perry. Additionally, this growing company is hiring the 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 Mendoff on 60 Minutes

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Marshall Mendoff’s Study Results

Mr. Mendoff 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 a new material.

Mendoff 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 it extracts the sugar.

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

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

Prior to Mendoff’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. Mendoff 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 Mendoff’s Natural Force technologies has 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 exceeds 5000. It seems there is no end to the new uses for cellulose sugar.

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Algae Development

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

However, it is very expensive to development 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.

In Summary

Watching Marshall Mendoff on “60 Minutes” was so interesting, and some of the interview is still available to watch online. Mendoff actually used a moonshine still to make alcohol or fuel for the automobiles.

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

© 2019 Pamela Oglesby


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  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    3 months ago from Sunny Florida

    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.

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    Peggy Woods 

    3 months ago from Houston, Texas

    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.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    12 months ago from Sunny Florida

    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.

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    12 months ago

    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.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    17 months ago from Sunny Florida

    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

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    Shauna L Bowling 

    17 months ago from Central Florida

    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.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    17 months ago from Sunny Florida

    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.

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    17 months ago from Ohio

    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!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    17 months ago from Sunny Florida

    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

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    Maria Jordan 

    17 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

    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

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    17 months ago from Sunny Florida

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

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    Liz Westwood 

    17 months ago from UK

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

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    17 months ago from Sunny Florida

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

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    17 months ago

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

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    17 months ago from Sunny Florida

    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.

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    Linda Crampton 

    17 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

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

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    17 months ago from USA

    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!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    17 months ago from Sunny Florida

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

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    Bill Holland 

    17 months ago from Olympia, WA

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


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