Practical Approaches to Biological Inorganic Chemistry


  • Robert Crichton, Unité de Biochimie, Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
  • Ricardo Louro, Inorganic Biochemistry and NMR Laboratory ITQB-UNL Av da Republica (EAN), Portugal

The book reviews the use of spectroscopic and related methods to investigate the complex structures and mechanisms of biological inorganic systems that contain metals. Each chapter presents an overview of the technique including relevant theory, clearly explains what it is and how it works and then presents how the technique is actually used to evaluate biological structures. Practical examples and problems are included to illustrate each technique and to aid understanding. Designed for students and researchers who want to learn both the basics, and more advanced aspects of bioinorganic chemistry.
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Postgraduates or postdocs plus chemical and biological researchers investigating biological structures


Book information

  • Published: January 2013
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-56351-4


"Editors Crichton and Louro offer this new bio-inorganic chemistry text, focusing largely on analytical techniques…Strategic technique selection is emphasized throughout, for example, matching precision and expense of analysis to the quality of the sample."--Reference & Research Book News, October 2013

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - An Overview of the Roles of Metals in Biological Systems
Chapter 2 - Introduction to Ligand Field Theory
Chapter 3 - EPR Spectroscopy   
Chapter 4 - Introduction to Biomolecular NMR and Metals   
Chapter 5 - 57Fe-Mössbauer Spectroscopy and Basic Interpretation of Mössbauer Parameters   
Chapter 6 - X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy in Biology (BioXAS)   
Chapter 7 - Other Spectroscopic Methods for Probing Metal Centres in Biological Systems   
Chapter 8 - An Introduction to Electrochemical Methods for the Functional Analysis of Metalloproteins  
Chapter 9 - X-ray Crystallography   
Chapter 10 - Genetic and Molecular Biological Approaches for the Study of Metals in Biology