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Colours of Life: Introduction to the Chemistry of Porphyrins and Related Compounds

By: Lionel R Milgrom

249 pages, 200 figs

Oxford University Press

Paperback | Feb 1997 | #107935 | ISBN: 0198559623
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Why are leaves green and blood red? The answer lies with one family of pigments, the porphyrins and their relatives. These pigments are also responsible for the fundamental energetic processes that make life as we know it possible. This text provides an introduction to porphyrins and their role. The properties of these colourful molecules are now being investigated for use in a wide range of applications, from cancer therapy to microelectronics.

"A lively and comprehensive account . . . . This is truly a book with something for everyone. Milgrom's explanations draw on inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, and biochemistry." --Journal of Chemical Education
"This book starts with the proposition that the fundamental processes which make life feasible--photosynthesis and metabolism in cells--rely on the porphyrin family. Aiming to present the chemistry of porphyrins both to the specialist and non-specialist reader, it will, I think, be most useful for teachers and lecturers wanting an overview of the field. The coverage is wide-ranging." --Education in Chemistry
"It has been some years since a book that reviews porphyrin chemistry was published. The current book discusses the chemistry and biochemistry of porphyrins at the advanced undergraduate or beginning graduate level. It is often difficult to find a clearly written description of the fundamentals of an area for students; this book exactly fil


Preface; 1. What porphyrins are and what they do; 2. Where porphyrins come from; 3. Making oxygen; 4. Coping with oxygen; 5. Where porphyrins go to; 6. What happens when it all goes wrong; 7. Porphyrins for the future

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