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CHEM*4630 Bio-Inorganic Chemistry

Next Offering: Winter 2019


Marcel Schlaf MACN 339, x 53002,


CHEM 258, CHEM 364, CHEM 365 (can be taken concurrently)

Course Materials

Here is the full course outline in pdf format.

Objective of the course

This course gives an introduction to the structural and functional roles of metals in biological systems with a particular emphasis on metalloproteins and the structure of and catalytic reactions at transition metal centres in those proteins.

Course Materials

There is NO ASSIGNED TEXTBOOK for this course. Instead we will be using the actual scientific literature.

All course materials are available for download fromthe Cloud - check you email for a link to teh material.

Free software you will need is available here:



Lecture & Lab times and dates

Start: 07/01/2019

MWF 0830-0920 h MACN 118

End: 05/04/2019

Midterm: In class, Wednesday, 06/03/2019

Final Exam: time & location TBA

Dr. Schlaf’s office hours

Any time I am here! If I am too busy I may have to ask you to come back some other time. You can also ask questions by email ( ANYTIME. I will respond as soon as possible, but may not check my email on weekends or evenings.

Student Presentations & Papers

Each student is expected to each give a ~ 10-15 min. presentation (maximum 10 min./10 slides + 5 min. questions) on a specialized topic in bio-inorganic chemistry in the last 8 lectures of the course. The presentation must be in electronic format (i.e. PowerPoint or equivalent software) and submitted to Professor Schlaf in electronic format (CD, email, server upload, memory stick) on the day of the lecture. For topics of these presentation see detailed course outline. Topics will be assigned on a frist-come-first-served basis. Each student will also select one review/account/perspective paper relevant to his/her presentation, which will be added to the required reading list given in the full course outline.