Biomolecular Materials

This activity supports basic research in the discovery, design and synthesis of biomimetic and bioinspired functional materials and complex structures, and materials aspects of energy conversion processes based on principles and concepts of biology. The major program emphasis is the creation of robust, scalable, energy-relevant materials and systems with emergent behavior that work with the extraordinary effectiveness of molecules and processes of the biological world. Major thrust areas include: understanding, controlling, and building complex hierarchical structures by mimicking nature’s self- and directed-assembly approaches; design and synthesis of environmentally adaptive, self-healing multi-component, e.g., inorganic, polymeric, and biological, materials and systems that demonstrate energy conversion and storage capabilities found in nature; functional systems with collective properties not achievable by simply summing the individual components; biomimetic and/or bioinspired routes for the synthesis of energy relevant materials, e.g., semiconductor and magnetic materials under mild conditions; and development of science-driven tools and techniques for the characterization of biomolecular and soft materials.

To obtain more information about this research area, please see our Core Research Area descriptions and the proceedings of our Principal Investigators' Meetings. To better understand how this research area fits within the Department of Energy's Office of Science, please refer to the Basic Energy Science's organization chart and budget request.

For more information about this research area, please contact Dr. Mike Markowitz.