Bioinorganic Chemistry (2020/2021)

Course code
4S008289
Name of lecturer
Fabio Piccinelli
Coordinator
Fabio Piccinelli
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
Academic sector
CHIM/03 - GENERAL AND INORGANIC CHEMISTRY
Language of instruction
Italian
Location
VERONA
Period
II semestre dal Mar 1, 2021 al Jun 11, 2021.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The main aim of the course is to provide students with a solid knowledge on the chemical and chemical-physic aspects which rule the functions of bioinorganic molecules (i.e. metal-enzymes and metal-proteins) and coordination compounds from an applicative point of view, focused on green-chemistry, biomedicine and environmental and industrial biotechnology.

Syllabus

The course seeks to address the following subjects:
1) main concept of Inorganic Chemistry
2) coordination geometries of the main metal cations
3) coordination chemistry: kinetic and thermodynamic aspects
4) introduction to Bioinorganic chemistry
5) Physical methods
6) Alkali metal and alkaline earth cations
7) Non-redox metalloenzymes
8) Oxygen carriers and transport proteins
9) redox proteins
10) N-fixation
11) metal ion transport and storage
12) metals and nonmetals in Biology and medicine
13) Updated state of art about the applications of Bioinorganic Chemistry in several fileds: Biomedicine, imaging techniques, Biocatalysis and Biomaterials

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Robert W. Hay Bio-Inorganic Chemistry Ellis Horwood 1984

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examination (around 30 minutes). The student will present a paper from the recent literature.

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