Chemistry for Biochemists 2

Spectroscopic techniques, synthesis of peptides, oligonucleotide and aromatic compounds, determining structures of simple organic molecules.


  • BSc Biochemistry, BSc Medical Biochemistry


Year Two

20 Credits

The module builds upon the principles and concepts of inorganic and organic chemistry developed through the Year 1 pre-requisite module Chemistry for Biochemists 2. The material presented is of direct relevance to students of biochemistry, and the topics covered include: coordination chemistry (with emphasis on life systems), spectroscopic techniques, integrated problem solving, advanced NMR spectroscopy, synthesis of peptides, synthesis of oligonucleotides, and aromatic/heteroaromatic compounds. The practical chemistry component of the module develops practical skills associated with basic organic chemistry, and serves to reinforce the lecture material; the practical course also includes aspects relating to Health & Safety.


Lectures, seminars, practical classes and workshops, guided independent study


Exam (70%), Practical (30%)