Chapter 1. Inorganic Chemistry Essentials

  1. Rosette M. Roat-Malone

Published Online: 19 MAR 2003

DOI: 10.1002/0471265330.ch1

Bioinorganic Chemistry: A Short Course

Bioinorganic Chemistry: A Short Course

How to Cite

Roat-Malone, R. M. (2002) Inorganic Chemistry Essentials, in Bioinorganic Chemistry: A Short Course, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/0471265330.ch1

Author Information

  1. Washington College, Chestertown, MD, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 MAR 2003
  2. Published Print: 20 SEP 2002

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471159766

Online ISBN: 9780471265337



  • inorganic chemistry;
  • essential chemical elements;
  • metals;
  • biological systems;
  • biological metal ion complexation;
  • electron transfer;
  • bioorganometallic chemistry;
  • electronic structures;
  • geometric structures


Bioinorganic chemistry involves the study of metal species in biological systems. As an introduction to basic inorganic chemistry needed for understanding bioinorganic topics, this chapter will discuss the essential chemical elements, the occurrences and purposes of metal centers in biological species, the geometries of ligand fields surrounding these metal centers, and the ionic states preferred by the metals. The occurrence of organometallic complexes and clusters in metalloproteins is briefly discussed, and an introduction to electron transfer in coordination complexes is presented.