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Introduction to bioinorganic chemistry

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veterinary (English)
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  • Vet HU
  • Vet EN
  • Biology BSc

Course description

Lectures theme

The general aim of the course is to acquaint students with bioinorganic chemistry, which is an interdisciplinary science between inorganic chemistry and biochemistry with physiological, medicinal, biological, ecological and environmental components. The course provides an overview of the biological role of elements, especially vital metals, based on complex chemical and inorganic chemical knowledge.

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Topics of the lectures and progress diary

2023 Spring semester

Place: Rottenbiller Building Ground Floor Big Laboratory (AORUFNL)

Time: 16:15 – 18:00 (last lecture: 16:15 – 19:00)

Lecturer: Dr. Berlinger Balázs

14th February

Historical background, current relevance and perspectives; required basic biological and chemical concepts; basic concepts of complex chemistry

28th February

Biochemical evolution of essential elements; uptake and incorporation of elements into biological systems

14th March

Role of alkali metal ions in biological systems

28th March

The bioinorganic chemistry of alkaline earth metals

11th April

The role of transition metals in biological processes

25th April

Biological significance of aluminium and group-14 (lead group) metals; biological role of zinc group elements

9th May

Bioinorganic chemistry of non-metallic elements

Presence is recorded in catalogue.

Exam: oral, asking for suggestion of date

Budapest, 13. February 2023

Dr. Berlinger Balázs

research associate professor

Recommended literature:

  1. Rosette M. Roat-Malone: Bioinorganic Chemistry a Short Course, 2nd edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey, 2007, ISBN 978-0-471-76113-6
  2. Wolfgang Kaim, Brigitte Schwederski, Axel Klein: Bioinorganic Chemistry: Inorganic Elements in the Chemistry of Life An Introduction and Guide, 2nd edition, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., Chichester, United Kingdom, 2013, ISBN 978-0-470-97524-4 – ISBN 978-0-470-97523-7

Exam information

Oral exam