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COT Faculty Secures Patent


3/26/2012

John Jackam, an Instructor at the Montana Tech College of Technology, has recently secured a patent on a new process for producing biodiesel. The US Patent and Trademark Office granted patent number 8,088,183 to Mr. Jackam and his co-inventors: Joel Pierce and Jeffrey Jones. The patent is titled "Production of biodiesel and glycerin from high free fatty acid feedstocks."

"We focused on the idea of producing diesel fuel from fatty byproducts left over subsequent to the slaughter of feedstock cattle," said Mr. Jackam. "We used some sophisticated chemical processes and proved that these byproducts could be harvested and recycled to produce diesel fuel – or as we call it ‘biodiesel’."

John Jackam is in his third year as an Instructor at the Montana Tech College of Technology in the Sustainable Energy Technology Program focused on Wind Energy. John graduated from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio in 1999 with a BS in Chemical Engineering. This is John’s third patent in the area of biodiesel production.

Along with wind, solar and geothermal, biodiesel is one of the areas of alternative energy production which is being researched and, where commercially viable, being developed and made available to fill the energy demand across the country. Biodiesel can be utilized alone as an independent fuel or it can be mixed with other petroleum-based fuel.

"I am incredibly proud of him," said Dr. John M. Garic, Dean of the Montana Tech College of Technology. "John’s accomplishment is a testament to the quality of our College of Technology faculty. I also believe it is important to note that inventors like John are part of the much needed technological solution to the issues related to the production and use of energy with which our country, indeed our world, is struggling."