Written by a preeminent teacher and scientist in the field, this book provides specialists, students, and general readers with an understanding of the basic chemistry of interactions of inorganic substances with biological systems at the molecular level. The author presents bioinorganic concepts in context and brings a distinct chemistry perspective to the subject.

Key Features

Provides the streamlined coverage appropriate for one-semester courses or independent study, with all of the necessary but none of the excessive information Prepares readers to move to the next level of study (whether they continue on in the field or transition to medicine/industry) Presents concepts through extensive four-color visuals, appealing to a range of learning styles Promotes critical thinking through open-ended questions throughout the narrative and at the end of each chapter


Lecturers and students studying bioinorganic chemistry in inorganic, natural-products chemistry, and biochemistry programs *

Table of Contents

Chapt. 0. Basics of Bio/ecosystems and Biochemistry, and Other Basic Concepts 0.1.Biosphere (Ecosystem) 0.1.1. Components of the biosphere-Living organisms 0.1.2. Bodily structure of living organisms 0.2. Cells, the Basic Functional Units of Living Organisms 0.3. Basic Biochemicals Essential to Life 0.3.1. Carbohydrates Monosasccharides Polysaccharides and derivatives 0.3.2. Lipids Fats and phospholipids Steroids 0.3.3. Proteins and amino acids Structures Reactions – formation and hydrolysis of protein 0.3.4. Nucleotides, vitamins (coenzymes) and others Coenzymes Nucleotides Other vitamins Hormone, neurotransmitters and others 0.3.5. DNA/RNA (Polynucleotide) Structures Reactions 0.4. Types of Biochemical Reactions 0.4.1. Reactions of acid-base type 0.4.2. Reactions of oxidation-reduction type The idea of oxidation state The oxidation state of “C” in organic compounds and recognition of oxidation-reduction reactions Other kinds of oxidation-reduction reactions 0.4.3. Free radical reactions 0.5. Transition State Theory of Reaction, and Enzyme Kinetics 0.5.1. Energy profile and transition state theory of reaction 0.5.2. Enzyme Kinetics 0.5.3. Enzyme reaction mechanism Chapt. 1. Distribution of Elements 1.1. Distribution of Elements in Earth Crust/Sea Water/Organisms 1.2. The Engines to Drive the Biochemical Cycling of the Elements 1.3


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