Biophysical Chemistry: Molecules to Membranes

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Springer New York, 1990 - Science - 340 pages
Biophysical Chemistry: Molecules to Membranes is a one-semester textbook for graduate and senior undergraduate students. Developed over several years of teaching, the approach differs from that of other texts by emphasizing thermodynamics of aqueous solutions, by rigorously treating electrostatics and irreversible phenomena, and by applying these principles to topics of biochemistry and biophysics. The main sections are: (1) Basic principles of equilibrium thermodynamics. (2) Structure and behavior of solutions of ions and molecules. The discussions range from properties of bulk water to the solvent structure of solutions of small molecules and macromolecules. (3) Physical principles are extended for the non-homogenous and non-equilibrium nature of biological processes. Areas included are lipid/water systems, transport phenomena, membranes, and bio-electrochemistry. This new textbook will provide an essential foundation for research in cellular physiology, biochemistry, membrane biology, as well as the derived areas bioengineering, pharmacology, nephrology, and many others.

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Peter R. Bergethon graduated from Williams College with honors in biology for research in neurocybernetics. He earned an M.D. from Jefferson Medical College and is board certified in internal medicine and neurology. and received NIH Physician-Scientist training in biophysical chemistry and completed fellowship training in EEG and neurophysiology. A classroom and clinical teacher for 25 years, he has taught biophysical chemistry, medical biochemistry and cognitive neuroscience serving as a Professor of Anatomy & Neurobiology and Biochemistry at Boston University School of Medicine and adjunct faculty in the departments of Neurology and in Bioengineering at Tufts University. He has written or contributed to over one hundred research papers and books including the SymmetryScience science education program.

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