Some of the key issues discussed by breakout group participants during the workshop included defining the term “bioinspired”; exploring microbial diversity and setting priorities; developing and supporting research and collaborative models; supporting current and creating new opportunities for interdisciplinary education, training, and outreach; understanding microbial nanowires and fuel cells; understanding and applying synthetic biology to energy applications; and keeping the big picture in mind.
In trying to make the workshop material readily available to the public, the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology developed a hub for information relating to the Research Frontiers in Bioinspired Energy: Molecular-Level Learning from Natural Systems workshop. At the time of this publication, additional material relating to the workshop could be found at http://dels.nas.edu/global/bcst/bioinspired-energy. It includes speaker presentations, post-workshop interviews of speakers, and YouTube videos from speakers. Post-workshop interviews asked participants to briefly summarize the research they presented at the workshop and one key issue they believe was raised during the workshop. The YouTube videos showed workshop participants addressing the following questions: