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IL Fuels LLC

IL Fuels has developed a novel, environmentally friendly method for separating oil from sand through the use of ionic liquids.

  • Stage Prototype Ready
  • Industry Clean Technology
  • Location State College, PA, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded January 2011
  • Employees 5
  • Website

Company Summary

We have developed an environmentally friendly method for separating oil or bitumen from sand or other minerals. The separation occurs at ambient temperatures and does not result in the generation of waste process water. Our goal is to license the technology to users. We are looking for partners/investors that are capable of establishing a presence in Canada.


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    Paul Painter

    Paul Painter is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Penn State University. He obtained BSc and MSc degrees from University College, London, in chemical engineering and biochemical engineering, respectively. He came to the U.S. in 1972 to study Macromolecular Science at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and he joined the faculty at Penn State in 1976. With Bruce Miller he co-founded IL Fuels LLC in 2011.


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    Rod Beard
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    C. Thomas DeWitt, CPA

Previous Investors

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    Gerald Lott, President, Compatible Components Corporation, Texas.
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    Ryan Hoerauf, President, O'Ryan Energy, Texas