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Unit Overview


This unit covers topics from the rapidly developing field of biological and medicinal inorganic chemistry with a particular emphasis on the fundamental inorganic chemistry that determines the diverse roles of metal ions in biological systems. Some of the important metalloproteins to be covered in detail are those containing iron, copper, zinc, calcium and manganese. Techniques for elucidating the structures of biological macromolecules (e.g. proteins and DNA) and their interaction with other molecules are covered including X-ray crystallography, NMR, ESR and X-ray absorption spectroscopy. Some applications of metals in medicine are covered including metal-based anticancer drugs and radiopharmaceuticals.

6 points

This comprises an examination (50 per cent), laboratory work (30 per cent) and assignments/continuous assessment (20 per cent).

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor George Koutsantonis and Professor Murray Baker
Unit rules
CHEM2210 Structure Determination and Physical Chemistry
Advisable prior study
CHEM2221 Biological and Medicinal Chemistry
or prescribed reading
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
labs: 35 hours
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