JGS Research Co. was started by Dr. J. Gustav Schulz in 1985. 

Dr. Schulz was employed as a research chemist by Gulf Oil Corporation for a period of 30 years.  In 1985, Gulf Oil was acquired in a merger by Chevron.  Consequently, Dr. Schulz started JGS Research in order to continue the research that he had been pursuing.

During his 30 year tenure at Gulf Oil, Dr. Schulz authored in excess of 120 patents.  One of the best known of Dr. Schulz’s inventions was BTDA, a compound that confers temperature stability to high performance polymers. This product was used in applications such as the design and construction of heat shields and space suits utilized in NASA’s space programs.

The main body of Dr. Schulz’s research was centered on the chemistry of petrochemicals, coals, and biomass.  The continuation of this research led to the development of a process that defined a synthetic route toward the functionalization of coals and biomass.  The novel aspect in this approach is that it is less energy intensive. This in turn allows the use of these feedstocks in a much more economical fashion over a range of applications which includes biofuels. 

JGS Research was then involved in a series of fruitful collaborations with Daimler Benz, and the US Department of Energy.  These collaborations demonstrated the feasibility of utilizing these novel products named Bionit as an attractive, renewable, and economical alternative to diesel fuel.  This work subsequently led to US Patents 4,762,529, 4,760,803, 4,668,243, and 6,280,487.

The feasibility and economics of the Bionit process have been established.

Currently, the inventor’s son, Dr. Nicholas Schulz is seeking to bring the process to market through collaborations and licensing opportunities.