Bioinorganic Chemistry

Module code: CH7308

This lecture course will introduce you to the roles of various elements in biological systems. In particular, you will focus on studying elements that are not considered to be the constituents of living matter. The role of trace metals in protein and enzyme active sites will be looked at in particular detail, along with some of their mechanisms of operation. This will allow you to build an appreciation of the role of metal ions in important biological processes: from a fundamental coordination chemistry and catalysis point-of-view, as well as from a ‘bigger picture’ enzyme/ protein-level perspective.

The module also aims to showcase the use of metal-containing compounds to treat various human diseases, with an emphasis on the use of platinum agents to treat cancer.