The majority of enzymes in living cells rely on the presence of a central metal ion or ions, and similarly about 30% of all proteins are metalloproteins, where metals ions sit at the heart of an organic protein matrix. These metal ions are critical to the structure, stability and function of the protein or enzyme, to the point that without them, many biological processes would not be possible.
Bioinorganic photochemistry seeks to understand the interaction of these enzymes and proteins with light, and represents a significant challenge to chemists in many areas. For example, the most familiar reaction in this area is photosynthesis, with the development of artificial photosynthesis a significant challenge for chemists. An improved understanding of bioinorganic photochemistry also offers the hope of developing improved photodynamic therapies and photocatalytic reactions.
Bioinorganic photochemistry provides a thorough overview of this important and exciting area of research, covering the fundamental principles and concepts, and illustrating the applications in biological, medical, and environmental science.
Written as an authoritative guide all those involved in the investigation or development of bioinorganic photochemical processes, the book will also be a key reference source for advanced courses in inorganic chemistry.
About the Author
Dr Grazyna Stochel, Deputy Dean, Faculty of Chemistry, Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland