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301463 VO Biophysical chemistry of macromolecules (2020S)


2.00 ECTS (1.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


Language: English

Examination dates



Lectures will be in Zoom at 10h according to the schedule below:


11th May: Thermodynamics (Robert Konrat)
18th May: Dynamic and kinetic aspects (Georg Kontaxis)
25th May: Folding and polymer theory (Bojan Zagrovic)
8th June : Biophysical Chemistry of Proteins/Catalysis (Thomas Leonard)
15th June: Biophysical Chemistry Nucleic Acids (Sebastian falk)
22th June: Biophysical Chemistry of lipids (Anton Polyansky)
29th June: Mechanisms of macromolecular interactions/Affinity and specificity (Kristina Djinovic Carugo)


Aims, contents and method of the course

This lecture course is aimed at students at the master level and covers the physico-chemical description of biological macromolecules, which is relevant for their function. In the course of this structure and dynamic behavior of biopolymers are covered. The central topics that will be discussed include: governing principles of conformational organization of biomolecules, biomolecular function and dynamic behavior. They are explained in terms of molecular driving forces, and related to basic (bio-)physical principles of thermodynamics and kinetics and polymer theory through a mathematical description. The aim of this course is to give students a fundamental understanding of the basics of molecular biophysics in terms of first principles. Emphasis is put on a consistent quantitative description of the biophysical phenomena. The course is held by different lecturers which will cover the subjects of their expertise.
The central topics that will be discussed include: advanced principles of conformational organization of biomolecules, biomolecular kinetics and thermodynamics, molecular driving forces, polymer theory and principles of macromolecular interactions.

Assessment and permitted materials

Oral or written exam, depending on the number of students.
Oral exam in Zoom or written digital exam.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Attendance and active participation during the lecture course, >60% correct answers of exam for passing grade.
Assessment criteria:
100-90%: excellent (1)
89-80%: good (2)
79-70%: satisfactory (3)
69-60%: sufficient (4)
< 59%: insufficient (5)

Examination topics

Contents of the lectures as given in the course lecture notes and handouts available on the Moodle.

Reading list

John Kuriyan, Boyana Konforti, David Wemmer - The Molecules of Life: Physical and Chemical Principles

K Dill -Molecular Driving Forces; Cantor & Schimmel -Biophysical Chemistry

Association in the course directory


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