Los Alamos bioscientist Cliff Unkefer monitors algae’s growth. Unke- fer and his colleague Pete Silks recently demonstrated a high-yield- ing chemical process to convert triglycerides obtained from algal lip- ids into high-energy hydrocarbon biofuels for aviation. The process removes oxygen atoms from the algal triglycerides and reforms the resulting high-molecular-weight hydrocarbons into lower-molecular- weight hydrocarbons that can vaporize and ignite quickly.

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