Research

JBEI researchers are developing scientific breakthroughs to produce clean, sustainable, carbon-neutral biofuels.

An inter-disciplinary team of scientists is using the latest techniques in molecular biology, chemical and genetic engineering to develop new biological systems, processes and technologies to convert biomass to biofuels.

In the lab, JBEI researchers are engineering microbes to transform sugars into energy-rich fuels that can directly replace petroleum-derived gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. Advanced biofuels can also be dropped into today’s engines and infrastructures with no loss of performance.

Harnessing the solar energy in biomass  from grasses and other non-edible plants could meet much of the nation’s annual transportation energy needs without contributing to global climate change.