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Current Biofuels Research

Sandia researchers are studying the sustainability and environmental impact of biofuels production. Our scientists are investigating biomass structure and decomposition, the large-scale cultivation of algal biomass, the breakdown of biomass into constituents for fuel conversion, and the conversion process itself.

Photo of a biofuels researcher.

In addition, Sandians at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) are leading the effort to deconstruct lignocellulosic biomass into fermentable sugars, an essential step in JBEI’s drive to develop next-generation biofuels.

Following are some examples of current biofuels research projects at Sandia: