An ad hoc committee will explore the molecular-level frontiers of energy processes in nature through the development and implementation of an interactive, multidisciplinary, public workshop. They will prepare a report that will summarize the committee’s assessment of what transpired at the event. The workshop will feature invited presentations and include 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. The agenda for the workshop will be developed to focus on a variety of energy processes such as chemosynthesis, motility, and cellular functions, which serve as inspiring models for future energy systems. Emphasis in the presentations and discussion will be placed on molecular-level understanding rather than development of large-scale applications.
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