Past Event

Research Frontiers in Bioinspired Energy: Molecular-level learning from Natural Systems -- A Workshop

January 6, 2011 - January 7, 2011

Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center
3800 Reservoir Rd. NW Washington, D.C. 20057

A two-day multidisciplinary workshop, organized by the National Academies' Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology, will be held to explore the molecular-level frontiers of energy processes in nature as inspiration for developing future energy systems. The workshop will feature invited presentations and include discussion of key biological energy capture, storage, and transformation processes, gaps in knowledge and barriers to transitioning the current state of knowledge into applications, and underdeveloped research opportunities that might exist beyond disciplinary boundaries. Emphasis in the presentations and discussions will be placed on molecular-level understanding rather than development of large-scale applications.

**Speakers include: Leslie Dutton, University of Pennsylvania; Mark Fontecave, CEA Grenoble; Janos Lanyi, University of California, Irvine; Rolf Thauer, Max Planck Institute; Ned Seeman, New York University**

Workshop Summaries Resulting from this Event

Research Frontiers in Bioinspired Energy: Molecular-Level Learning from Natural Systems: A Workshop (2012)

Could ancient microbes hold the key to making low-cost and efficient devices for future supplies of clean water? Are there patterns in protein structures that provide clues for creating artificial photosynthetic systems more robust than those found in nature? Can sulfur-loving bacteria living at the bottom of the ocean show us new ways to capture and utilize methane? These were just some of the topics explored in a workshop, held in Januar... More >>