Bioinorganic Chemistry

Project: Research

External Organisations

  • University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • A. N. Frumkin Institute of Electrochemistry, Russian Federation

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Multifarious and sophisticated functions in the biological nature are associated with metal atoms. Striking examples are dioxygen transport and storage by hemoglobin and myoglobin, the biological nitrogen and sulphur cycles, biomineralization, or photosynthesis and respiration.
The function of more than a third of all proteins is thus crucially determined by metals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, zinc and molybdenum, but many other biological functions including all phases of DNA/RNA replication and transcription, macromolecular folding etc. are also associated with metals.
The chemistry of metals in biological systems constitutes the new interdisciplinary science bioinorganic chemistry, which is rooted in inorganic chemistry but with broad interfaces to biochemistry, biophysics, and other sciences.
Fundamental research is directed towards biological structure and function with technological and biotechnological perspectives for example in environmental science, metals in medicine, industrial catalysts, microbiological metal extraction, sensors, and molecular nanoscale science. Bioinorganic chemistry at Technical University of Denmark is centred at Department of Chemistry, with broad national and European networks.
The research is supported by the Danish Technical Science Research Council, and by the European Union. Research organization, and recent results are detailed below.
Effective start/end date01/01/1993 → …
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