No metals, no life:  all forms of organic life depend on metal ions...
Inorganic Chemistry is a central field of study in chemistry that interfaces with the biological and physical sciences. Most metabolic processes (for example photosynthesis and respiration) depend on molecules containing metals for activity.  Future advances in clean/renewable energy will undoubtedly come from metal-based materials and systems.
Inorganic Chemistry employs an integrative approach to study the function of molecules and materials, using physical methods such as spectroscopy, magnetism and electrochemistry. This combined approach leads to an understanding of chemistry on the small molecule scale as well as on the macromolecular scale (enzymology).
CHEM3010 thus provides a broad introduction to the chemical, biological and medicinal aspects of Inorganic Chemistry.  This course is for those specifically interested in inorganic chemistry and methods that underpin its application to physical and biological sciences.
What do I do in this course?
CHEM3010 provides the platform knowledge for understanding the role of metals and how their chemistry is unique.
You will:
  • learn the fundamental principles underlying spectroscopy and molecular magnetism;
  • become familiar with the key concepts of biophysics and understand how metals interact with biological systems;
  • learn the principles of electron transfer reactions of both transtion metal complexes and on the scale of proteins and enzymes.
Career relevance of this course:
Inorganic Chemistry is an exciting, cutting edge discipline that provides the basis for careers in biotechnology, pharmacology and medicine.
Inorganic Chemistry is central to the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Development of chemotherapeutic agents targeted against metal-dependent bio-molecules (for example the proteins that destroy most commonly used antibiotics) gains increasing importance in the biomedical sciences, particularly with the ever-growing list of drug-resistant pathogens and cohort of immunocompromised individuals in our population.

Training in Inorganic Chemistry will give you the ability to work with metal-dependent systems, an essential skill in chemistry, biology and medicine. Almost every area of molecular bioscience involves metals in one form or another.
Program planning advice:
CHEM3010 is recommended by the course coordinator for inclusion in the Chemistry major, the Chemical Sciences dual major and the Biophysics major.

For an official description of this course, including prerequisites and contact hours, and for the official rules of programs, including majors requirements, see the UQ Programs & Courses website.