The Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Research Center dedicated to developing advanced biofuels—liquid fuels derived from the solar energy stored in plant biomass that can replace gasoline, diesel and jet fuels.

More information on all four Bioenergy Resource Centers is located here.


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JBEI is located in the Bay Area biotech hub in the city of Emeryville. The state-of-the-art laboratories are housed in the EmeryStation East building between Powell and 59th Streets.

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JBEI is led by a research committee comprised of the vice presidents (VPs) and deputy VPs of the science divisions, the chief executive officer, the chief science and technology officer and the chief operating officer.

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Inside JBEI’s Emeryville laboratories, researchers are using the latest tools in molecular biology,  chemical engineering, computational and robotic technologies to transform biomass into biofuels and bioproducts.

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Who we are

JBEI is a research partnership combining the scientific talent, expertise, resources and support of four national laboratories, six academic institutions and one industry partner.