Center for Advanced Biofuel Systems (CABS)


Richard Sayre (8/2009 - 9/2011); Jan Jaworski (10/2011 - 7/2014)

Lead Institution:

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center




To generate the fundamental knowledge required to increase the efficiency of photosynthesis and production of energy-rich molecules in plants.

Research Topics:

catalysis (homogeneous), catalysis (heterogeneous), solar (fuels), photosynthesis (natural and artificial), biofuels (including algae and biomass), bio-inspired, charge transport, carbon capture, synthesis (novel materials) 

Materials Studied:

MATERIALS: biological (DNA, protein)  

Experimental and Theoretical Methods:

multiscale modeling, next generation optimization methods


Partner Institutions:

  • Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
  • Michigan State University
  • New Mexico Consortium
  • University of Nebraska
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • University of Missouri - St. Louis
  • Washington State University 


BES Staff Contact:

Robert Stack