CHEM 338
Bioinorganic Chemistry: Metals in Living Systems Spring 2017
Division III
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Bioinorganic chemistry is an interdisciplinary field that examines the role of metals in living systems. Metals are key components of a wide range of processes, including oxygen transport and activation, catalytic reactions such as photosynthesis and nitrogen-fixation, and electron-transfer processes. Metals perform regulatory roles and stabilize the structures of proteins. In medical applications, the metals are central to many diagnostic and therapeutic tools. To understand the role metals in these biological processes, we will cover principles of coordination chemistry: topics such as structure and bonding, spectroscopic methods, electrochemistry, kinetics and reaction mechanisms. Building on this fundamental understanding of the nature of metals, students explore topics of current interest in the field.
The Class: Type: lecture and tutorial-style meetings, 3 hours per week
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 3328
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation based on problem sets, two exams, tutorial participation, a class presentation, and a final project
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: CHEM 155 or CHEM 256 and 251/255
Distributions: Division III
Attributes: BIMO Interdepartmental Electives

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