Argonne National Laboratory

Sustainable Bioenergy

Sustainable Bioenergy

Argonne’s research in bioenergy includes topics associated with feedstock production and biomass conversion. Argonne scientists also conduct cross-cutting research to examine biofuel sustainability with regards to energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and water impacts. The overall objective of this research is to reduce costs and improve sustainability in the biofuel supply chain.


Bioenergy Landscapes

Balancing resource productivity and sustainability at the watershed scale

Biofuel Energy and Environmental Analysis

Tools to evaluate the life cycle of new biofuels

Catalyst Design and Discovery

Catalysts to speed up reactions or allow them to occur at lower pressures and temperatures, reducing equipment and energy costs

Innovative Separations

Advanced membrane and bioprocessing technologies to drive down overall bioenergy conversion process costs

Novel Processing of Waste Streams for Fuels and Co-products

Anaerobic digestion of wastewater treatment sludge and other waste materials to produce pipeline-quality biogas and hydrocarbon precursors


Using plants to remediate or contain contaminants in soil, groundwater, surface water or sediments

Water Impacts Analysis

Characterizing water use in the biofuel supply chain through development of water footprints at the geospatial scale