Inorganic Chemistry

Organometallic Chemistry

How is inorganic chemistry relevant to biological chemistry?

Because metals are important to many biological processes! In the active sites of enzymes (See “Biochemistry”), where the important chemical reactions take place, metal centers are frequently crucial to the catalytic bond-forming and bond-breaking events. Metals are also important for maintaining gradients in ion concentrations, allowing muscles to move, and a variety of other biological processes. Bioinorganic chemistry is thus a huge field, and these two topics are often taught in conjunction with one another.


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