Biosciences Center

NREL's Biosciences Center works to understand the function and design principles of biological systems that capture and convert energy to develop transformative technologies to produce advanced biofuels.

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Scientists in the Biosciences Center conduct "use-inspired” studies in a scientifically holistic environment, linking fundamental understanding of how biological systems assemble, function to control mass and energy flux, and can be deconstructed. These systems include plant, microbial, enzymatic, chemical, and biohybrid (biomimetic) systems.


Computational Modeling

Biomass Characterization

Enzyme and Microbial Development

Microbial Development and Metabolic Engineering

Photosynthetic Energy Transduction


Redox Biochemistry


U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science

Biological and Environmental Research

Basic Energy Sciences