Biofuels

Biofuels are substances such as diesel and ethanol that are purified from natural sources and used as fuel.  Sources of biofuels include algae, corn, and switchgrass.

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Biofuel technicians carry out the laboratory work involved in producing biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel.

Biofuel technicians work with fermenters, distillation, grain preparation, algae culture, oil chemistry, and separations technology.

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Workers in bioscience facilities and research environments can be exposed to a variety of chemical, biological or physical hazards as they perform daily tasks. Government agencies strictly enforce regulations related to workplace safety, health and the environment. Environmental Health and ... Read more

These positions are also known by other names such as laboratory support worker, clean room technician, cleaning technician, glasswasher, laboratory helper, laboratory aide, and equipment preparation technician. Generally only a high school diploma is required but an individual ... Read more

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Kenton Chung worked as a student lab assistant in the Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Product Development Unit at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  He describes some of the challenges of a day in the lab and shares his advice for students who are considering biotech careers. Read more

Jonathan Woo graduated from the Bio-Link Bridge to Bioscience Program at the City College of San Francisco. He currently works as a Student Assistant at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.Read more

Elizabeth Stahl is a laboratory intern at Valero Renewable Fuels.  She talked to us about her position as an intern working in biofuels.  Read more

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Dallas Hanks, a graduate student at Utah State University, and Bioenergy Agronomist with Blue Cow, Inc., tells us about growing non-traditional crops for biofuels.

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Learn about making biofuels from algae and career opportunities.

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Students travel to biotechnology centers in North Carolina to learn how biotechnology can help solve global problems.

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