Inorganic Chemistry

Organometallic Chemistry

Why do metals make for such effective active sites in enzyme catalysis?

Metals are crucial components in enzymatic catalysis for largely the same reasons that organometallic complexes make good catalysts. These include the fact that many metal centers can complex to a variety of substrates, undergo facile changes in oxidation state, and provide good electron donors or acceptors. These characteristics can, and often do, work together to accomplish some remarkable chemical feats.


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