CHEM 338
Bioinorganic Chemistry: Metals in Living Systems
Last Offered Spring 2021
Division III
This course is not offered in the current catalog

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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.
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 4866
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: problem sets, two exams, class engagement, a class presentation, and a final project
Prerequisites: CHEM 155 or CHEM 256 and CHEM 251; or CHEM 200 and 242
Enrollment Preferences: Chemistry majors and BIMO concentrators
Distributions: Division III
Attributes: BIMO Interdepartmental Electives

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