Bioinorganic Chemistry


Prof. S. P. Rath

IIT Kanpur

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The field of Bioinorganic Chemistry has grown significantly in recent years and lies at a natural juncture between chemistry, biology, and medicine. This rapidly expanding field probes fascinating questions about the uses of metal ions in nature. This short course will give a brief overview on some selected topics from this highly interdisciplinary subject and will provide some lights on various applications of inorganic molecules on the life-related processes.


 Senior UG and PG students of Chemistry


 Should have good knowledge on coordination chemistry


Professor S. P. Rath received his PhD in Chemistry from Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS), Kolkata under the supervision of Prof. Animesh Chakravorty. He then worked as a NIH post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, Davis (USA) and joined the Department of Chemistry at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT Kanpur) in 2004 where he has been a full professor since 2014. He has received several awards and honours including P. K. Kelkar Research Fellowship for young faculty (2009-12), Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researcher (2012), Chemical Research Society of India (CRSI) Bronze medal (2015), C. N. R. Rao National Prize in Chemical Sciences (2019), Professor R S Varma Memorial Award by Indian Chemical Society (2020), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Invitational Fellowship (2020) and SERB-Science and Technology Award for Research (SERB-STAR) (2020). He is presently a Higher Administrative Grade (HAG) Professor and J. N. Gupta & M. Gupta Chair Professor of Chemistry at IIT Kanpur and elected fellows of National Academy of Sciences, India (2017), West Bengal Academy of Science & Technology (2017), Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore (2020) and Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) (2021). He has taught a variety of UG and PG courses at IIT Kanpur and also has received “Excellence-in-Teaching” award from IIT Kanpur in 2021. He has guided around 20 PhD students and has over 130 research publications in peer reviewed high-impact journals. His research is in the fields of Physical–Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry with special emphasis on the structure-function correlation utilizing a wide variety of synthetic and spectroscopic methods combined with DFT calculations.

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Course Details

Week 1 : Bioinorganic chemistry: general introduction and prospects, Metals in biology: Natures selection
Week 2 : Design principles used in chemical biology: some noteworthy examples
Week 3 : Life with oxygen
Week 4 : Metals in medicine

Books and References

1. Bioinorganic Chemistry by Bertini, Gray, Lippard and Valentine •
2. Principles of Bioinorganic Chemistry by Lippard and Berg •
3. Bioinorganic Chemistry: Inorganic Elements in the Chemistry of Life by Kaim and Schwederski •
4. Biological Inorganic Chemistry by R. R. Crichton


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