Biophysical Chemistry

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Royal Society of Chemistry, 2011 - Education - 233 pages
Biophysical Chemistry covers the physical chemistry of biological macromolecules and the experimental techniques used to study them. Topics covered include: an introduction to biological molecules; spectroscopy, mass spectrometry and hydrodynamics of macromolecules; a ""bluffer's guide"" to molecular thermodynamics; biomolecular kinetics; chromatography and electrophoresis; and single-molecule methods. The easily digestible, pragmatic approach captures the reader with the fascinating challenges the subject poses for theoretical and experimental scientists. This book will be ideal for early undergraduates studying chemical or physical sciences and will act as a basis for more advanced study. Students in other areas of biological sciences will appreciate the less intimidating approach to physical chemistry as demonstrated here. Ideal for the needs of undergraduate chemistry students, Tutorial Chemistry Texts is a major series consisting of short, single topic or modular texts concentrating on the fundamental areas of chemistry taught in undergraduate science courses. Each book provides a concise account of the basic principles underlying a given subject, embodying an independent-learning philosophy and including worked examples.

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Seems to be a good book for understanding techniques and principles. I am a biochemistry student and I am buying this book.


Biological Molecules
Mass Spectrometry
Thermodynamics and Interactions

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About the author (2011)

Alan Cooper is a Professor of Biophysical Chemistry in the Chemistry Department at Glasgow University, Glasgow, UK. After obtaining a first class honours degree in physics from Manchester University, he gained a diploma for Advanced Studies in Science (with Distinction) on the calculation of dispersion forces and optical properties of helical polynucleotides and a PhD in Biophysics on the thermodynamics of assembly and stability of collagen - both from Manchester University. Since then he has been a SRC Research Fellow at the Laboratory of Molecular Biophysics, Oxford University and a Junior Research Fellow, Wolfson College, Oxford as well as a NIH Research Fellow on the Pathology of Membranes Training Program in the department of Chemistry, Yale University, USA, before his return to Glasgow University as a Lecturer in Physical Chemistry, then Senior Lecturer, Reader and finally Professor. Until 2009, he was the Principal Editor of the Biophysical Chemistry journal and is on the Editorial boards of the European Biophysics Journal, Journal of the Iranian Chemical Society and BMC Biochemistry. He is an external assessor for various European universities and a member of the Molecular Biosciences Foresight Working Party, the ESF Working Party on post-genome biophysical studies and is on the management committee of COST D22 protein-lipid interaction. His research interests include biophysical chemistry, microcalorimetry; thermodynamics of protein folding, misfolding, aggregation and interactions; biomaterials chemistry, protein foams, nematode polyproteins; peptide-antibiotic interactions, and he has also had over 150 full papers published.

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