This book is an attempt to reveal the chemical concepts that rule the biological action of metalloproteins. The emphasis is on building up an understanding of basic ideas and familiarization with basic techniques. Enough background information is provided to introduce the field from both chemical and biological areas. It is hoped that the book may be of interest to workers in biological sciences, and so, primarily for this purpose, a brief survey of relevant properties of transition metals is presented.
The book is intended for undergraduates and postgraduates taking courses in coordination chemistry and students in biology and medicine. It should also be a value to research workers who would like an introduction to this area of inorganic chemistry. It is very suitable for self-study; the range covered is so extensive that the book can serve as a student’s companion throughout his or her university career. At the same time, teachers can turn to it for ideas and inspirations.
The book is divided into seven chapters and covers a full range of topics in bioinorganic chemistry. It is well-illustrated and each chapter contains suggestions for further reading, providing access to important review articles and papers of relevance. A reference list is also included, so that the interested reader can readily consult the literature cited in the text.