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KD2140 Bio-inorganic Chemistry 7.5 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus KD2140 (Autumn 2007–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Fundamental coordination chemistry
  • Metal ion transport, uptake and function
  • Redox reactions in biological systems
  • Substrate reactions
  • Transport mechanisms
  • The effects of protein structure on reactivity
  • Bio-inorganic chemistry and applications in pharmaceutical industry

Intended learning outcomes

To give an introduction to the distribution of elements on the Earth and the conditions for life. To describe the function of metal ions in plants and animals, and especially in humans. To describe the inorganic chemistry of our body fluids. To give an orientation about the principles for transport and reactions of inorganic nutrients in biological systems. To describe the relation between bio-inorganic and medical chemistry, incl. the function of the most common inorganic medicaments. To describe biogeochemical cycles.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Three years of study at the School of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, KTH, or equivalent

Recommended prerequisites

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Biological Inorganic Chemistry Structure and Reactivity, Bertini, Gray, Stiefel, Valentine University Science Books, 2007

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

1. Written exam (3 credits)
2. Project work (3 credits)
3. Laboratory course (1,5 credit)

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web KD2140

Offered by


Main field of study

Biotechnology, Chemical Science and Engineering, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Julius Glaser,, 08-790 81 51

Supplementary information

Will replace 3B1451