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CHEM 338
Bioinorganic Chemistry: Metals in Living Systems Spring 2021
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 furthermore perform regulatory roles and stabilize the structures of proteins. In medical applications, they are central to many diagnostic and therapeutic tools, and some metals are highly toxic. The course begins with a review and survey of the 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, we will explore the current literature in fields of interest in small groups, presenting our findings to the class periodically.
The Class: Format: tutorial; The course will begin with a series of lectures on principles of coordination chemistry, followed by tutorial meetings to discuss journal articles and book materials. This course will be offered in person, with a mix of synchronous and taped lectures and synchronous discussion meetings. Efforts will be made to arrange meetings to accommodate schedules for remote students as much as possible.
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 4866
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Evaluation based on problem sets, two exams, class engagement, a class presentation, and a final project.
Prerequisites: CHEM 155 or CHEM 256 and 251/255
Enrollment Preferences: Chemistry majors and BIMO concentrators
Distributions: Division III
Attributes: BIMO Interdepartmental Electives

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