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Dr. Scott Cowley
Scott Cowley received a B.S. in Chemistry from Utah State University in 1967, and a M.S. in Physical Organic Chemistry from Utah State in 1972, under the direction of Grant Gill Smith, studying the “High Temperature Thermal Decomposition of Organic Compounds.” He received a Ph.D. in 1975 from Southern Illinois University in Physical Organic Chemistry, under the direction of Gerard V. Smith studying the “Mechanism for the Catalytic Hydro-desulfurization of Thiophene.”
Dr. Cowley then served in a Postdoctoral position at the University of Utah in Catalysis with Frank Massoth studying the “Mechanism of Catalytic Hydrodesulfurization and Catalytic Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis of Olefins.”
From 1976-79 he was an assistant professor of Fuels Engineering at the University of Utah. He has been at Colorado School of Mines in the Department of Chemistry since 1979.
Fuelade is a diesel fuel catalyst designed to improve fuel economy and reduce exhaust emissions. Preliminary tests in diesel engines show a 23% average improvement in fuel economy. A corresponding decrease in emissions accompanies the increase in fuel economy. An increase in fuel economy means that the fuel is burned more completely, thus fewer unburned hydrocarbons (HC) and less carbon monoxide are produced. Another benefit is the reduction of soot formation and a corresponding decrease in carbon deposits inside the combustion chamber. For example, a diesel semi-truck, with 1.2 million miles of total road use, used the Fuelade treatment for the last 50,000 miles of use. The piston showed almost no carbon deposition. Mechanics inspecting the engine had never seen an engine this clean after so many miles.
How Does The Fuelade Catalyst Work?
Fuelade contains a chemical substance that acts as a catalyst to enhance the burning process in the combustion chamber and is classified as a “combustion improver.” The exact role of this catalyst is not completely understood, but it is thought to provide essential oxygen and hydroxyl radicals during the critical stages of the combustion cycle. These intermediate combustion species improve combustion of the diesel fuel, reduce soot formation, and lower the emissions of unburned hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide. There is also evidence that the catalyst lowers the flame temperature in the engine, resulting in lower nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions.
Health and Environmental Safety
The substances used in the Fuelade formula are considered completely safe for handling and safe for the environment. The catalyst that is generated during the combustion process is also considered safe from a toxicological and environmental perspective. The catalyst leaves the engine with the exhaust. Toxicological studies on human subjects showed no harmful effects when they were exposed to doses of the catalyst 100,000 times greater than the amount thought to be exiting from the exhaust of a diesel engine using the Fuelade additive.
— Scott Cowley, PhD