Catalysis has been an extremely important area within chemistry and has been
well described over the course of the last few decades. Biocatalysis is a more
recent branch of catalysis in which the catalyst and the process originate from the
biological sciences and deals with enzymes. In the previous decade, a monograph
dealing with bioinorganic catalysis would have seemed an unusual collection.
The research programs in inorganic chemistry, biochemistry and catalysis have
only recently met one another, and the results are exciting. This development
resulted in the first edition of this monograph. Even a cursory examination of
the most recent chemical literature will indicate a significant increase in the field
of bioinorganic chemistry, especially the catalytic aspects of this field.
In many biocatalytic systems, the metal plays an important role at the active
site (more than 50% of all known enzymes need a metal ion to be active), and
usually the reaction intermediates reside on the metal ion in the enzyme. Bioinorganic
catalysis is defined as a branch of catalysis dealing with processes performed
with the aid of metalloenzymes, modified enzymes, and synthetic metalcontaining
molecules resembling the active site of metalloproteins.
"Provides the latest research results and suggests new topics for interdisciplinary study of metal ions, catalysis, and biochemical systems. Second Edition highlights potential applications; includes new chapters on zinc and FeS clusters; presents new X-ray analysis of metalloenzymes; and more."