Research Frontiers in Bioinspired Energy Workshop

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

Date of meeting: January 6-7, 2011

A two-day multidisciplinary workshop, organized by the National Academies’ Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology, was held to explore the molecular-level frontiers of energy processes in nature as inspiration for developing future energy systems. The workshop featured invited presentations and included 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 were placed on molecular-level understanding rather than development of large-scale applications.

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Time scales and energy in biological systems

Leslie Dutton, University of Pennsylvania

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AUDIO INTERVIEW

 

Origins of life & life in extreme
Penelope Boston, New Mexico Tech

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Progress Towards Synthetic Metabolisms
Steven Benner, Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution


Ion translocation across biological membranes
Janos Lanyi, University of California, Irvine 

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AUDIO INTERVIEW

 

Novel mechanisms of anaerobic methane oxidation
Rudolf Thauer, Max Planck Institute

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Solar energy harvesting in the epicuticle of the Oriental hornet
Marian Plotkin, National University of Singapore

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Energy production in biofuel cells
Kenneth Nealson, J. Craig Venter Institute

 

Microbes and the four basic strategies for life on Earth: What we can learn from what we know (and how to look for what we don't know).
Felisa Wolfe-Simon, NASA and U.S. Geological Survey

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 AUDIO INTERVIEW

 

 

Bioinspired Nanotechnology
Nadrian Seeman, New York University

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This material is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy under Award No.: DE-SC0002584

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No.: CHE-0948076