Nate Brady


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Nate Brady joined NREL in 2024. At NREL, Nate’s research is focused on the oriented integration of photosystem I nanodiscs into biohybrid solar devices for the direct conversion of sunlight into electricity, using only Earth-abundant components. The key innovation in this work lies in the production of so-called “native nanodiscs” that have been shown to retain an annulus of thylakoid lipids surrounding the protein complex, yielding more native-like biophysical activity in vitro. These native nanodiscs are bound by amphiphilic copolymers, typically consisting of styrene and maleic acid, leading to their broader name of styrene maleic acid lipid particles or SMALPs. 

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Bachelor, Environmental and Analytical Chemistry, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

PhD, Biochemistry & Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville