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JBEI is a research partnership led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and combining the scientific expertise, resources and support of four national laboratories and three academic institutions. JBEI’s 150 scientists, engineers and support staff, are headquartered in EmeryStation East, a state-of-the-art laboratory in Emeryville, CA.

In a study assessing the optimization and scaling potential of ionic liquid pretreatment, JBEI scientists and ABPDU engineers determined that this technology can be effectively scaled to larger biorefinery operations. The unit operations and process parameters optimized in the study will be essential for developing the techno-economic aspects of this technology. The JBEI-ABPDU collaboration is the first of its kind in the research community, successfully identifying key opportunities and challenges associated with ionic liquid pretreatment and subsequent enzymatic saccharification beyond the bench scale.

ABPDU provided the industry-scale test beds for both JBEI’s work on ionic liquid pretreatment and microbial synthesis of bisabolene, a terpene-based precursor to an advanced biofuel that potentially could replace diesel.

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JBEI identifies new advanced biofuel as an alternative to diesel fuel
Lygos to Validate Process Performance of Bio-Malonic Acid at ABPDU


Emeryville Home to Bio-Incredibles Like JBEI & ABPDU

Why we have a Joint BioEnergy Institute: the story of ionic liquids

Identification and microbial production of a terpene-based advanced biofuel

Scale-up and evaluation of high solid ionic liquid pretreatment and enzymatic hydrolysis of switchgrass

Other Featured Collaborations


Based in Italy, Fater is an equal joint venture between the Angelini Group and Proctor & Gamble. Fater’s personal hygiene absorbent products include Pampers and Tampax.


An industrial biotechnology company, Lygos produces malonic acid from biomass resources. This high value chemical is used in pharmaceuticals, flavors, fragrances, and electronic-and metal-manufacturing processes.

Microvi Biotech

Microvi is a leading biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures, and commercializes innovative biocatalytic technologies in the water, energy and chemical industries.


The Visolis process will enable production of bio-based elastomers, unsaturated polyester resins, super adsorbent polymers, and other products using a variety of feedstocks like agri-residues, dextrose, glycerol and syn-gas. Future application of the technology targets high energy density jet fuels.