About Us

Our mission

The mission of the Bioinspired Light-Escalated Chemistry (BioLEC) Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) is inspired by the way in which photosynthesis combines the energy of two or more photons to perform chemistry that is unlikely at equilibrium. We combine light harvesting and advances in solar photochemistry to enable unprecedented photoinduced cross-coupling reactions to valorize abundant molecules.

The details of our goals and research and how they are organized can be found on our Research page.

Partner institutions

We are a multi-site EFRC established in 2018 with funding from the Department of Energy. We bring together people, expertise and resources from eight universities and national labs across the United States:

Arizona State University (ASU)

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Cornell University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Michigan State University (MSU)

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

North Carolina State University (NCSU)

Princeton University (lead institution)

In addition, our international Scientific Advisory Board provides guidance and feedback to support the growth and success of BioLEC.

Diversity statement

We at BioLEC recognize the proven value of diversity in promoting creativity, innovation and excellence in science and society. We are continuously working to increase inclusion in our Center through initiatives like our Distinguished Post-Doctoral program, which requires at least 50% of appointees are female or from under-represented minorities, and we strive to provide a welcoming environment for all researchers in which everyone can thrive across all our constituent institutions.

Contact us

Maura Matvey, Project Coordinator

Princeton University; mmatvey@princeton.edu