The D'Arcinoff Group, Inc. announced that Dr. Robert L. Freerks has joined its Advisory Board. Dr. Freerks will direct the formation and implementation of DG Energy's enhanced product development and certification programs for its Fischer-Tropsch (FT) transportation-and-aviation fuels and chemicals. Dr. Freerks will be responsible for the coordination of these programs with both governmental and private sector technical committees for approval of the products for commercial use.
Dr. Freerks comes to DG with over 29 years of experience in the formulation and development of FT synthetic fuels, synthetic lubricants, oil-based lubricants, oil and fuel additive packages and biofuels. From 1999 through 2013, Dr. Freerks was the Director of Product Development at Syntroleum Corporation in Tulsa, Oklahoma and then Product Development at Rentech Inc.. While at these position, he developed synthetic jet fuel produced via the FT synthesis and hydroprocessing technology. He worked closely with the Department of Defense to qualify the fuel for military aircraft and equipment under the JBUFF program (Joint Battlespace Use Fuel of the Future). While at his previous position, Dr. Freerks also conducted an extensive testing and development program under a Department of Energy contract. This program successfully demonstrated FT synthetic fuels performance in Diesel engines run under laboratory and field conditions. Additionally, from 1981 until 1999, Dr. Freerks was employed by Chevron Research and Technology Company where he developed and formulated several lines of heavy duty diesel products, base oils, additive packages and synthetic lubricants.
"We are very pleased to be welcoming Dr. Freerks to DG," stated Michael C. Darcy, president and CEO of the D'Arcinoff Group, Inc. "Robert's extensive leadership experience in product development programs and the formulation and certification of FT fuels and lubricants will enhance the Company's technology commercialization efforts. His addition to our technical staff is another example of D'Arcinoff's intent to build its domestic leadership role in the commercialization of the FT process for the production of ultra-clean fuels."
Dr. Freerks was awarded a Bachelors of Science degree in Chemistry from California State University, Long Beach and a PhD in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from the University of California, Irvine.