Bioinorganic Chemistry

By Prof. S. P. Rath   |   IIT Kanpur
Learners enrolled: 2533
The field of Bioinorganic Chemistry has grown significantly in recent years and lies at a natural juncture between chemistry, biology, and medicine. This rapidly expanding field probes fascinating questions about the uses of metal ions in nature. This short course will give a brief overview on some selected topics from this highly interdisciplinary subject and will provide some lights on various applications of inorganic molecules on the life-related processes.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Senior UG and PG students of Chemistry

PREREQUISITES :          Should have good knowledge on coordination chemistry

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 4 weeks
Category :
  • Chemistry
Credit Points : 1
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 18 Feb 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 27 Mar 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1 : Bioinorganic chemistry: general introduction and prospects, Metals in biology: Natures selection 
Week 2 : Design principles used in chemical biology: some noteworthy examples 
Week 3 : Life with oxygen
Week 4 : Metals in medicine

Books and references

1. Bioinorganic Chemistry by Bertini, Gray, Lippard and Valentine • 
2. Principles of Bioinorganic Chemistry by Lippard and Berg • 
3. Bioinorganic Chemistry: Inorganic Elements in the Chemistry of Life by Kaim and Schwederski • 
4. Biological Inorganic Chemistry by R. R. Crichton

Instructor bio

Prof. S. P. Rath

IIT Kanpur
Professor S. P. Rath received his PhD in Chemistry from Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS), Kolkata under the supervision of Prof. Animesh Chakravorty. He then worked as a NIH post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, Davis (USA) and joined the Department of Chemistry at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT Kanpur) in 2004 where he has been a full professor since 2014. He has received several awards and honours including P. K. Kelkar Research Fellowship for young faculty (2009-12), Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researcher (2012), Chemical Research Society of India (CRSI) Bronze medal (2015), C. N. R. Rao National Prize in Chemical Sciences (2019), Professor R S Varma Memorial Award by Indian Chemical Society (2020), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Invitational Fellowship (2020) and SERB-Science and Technology Award for Research (SERB-STAR) (2020). He is presently a Higher Administrative Grade (HAG) Professor and J. N. Gupta & M. Gupta Chair Professor of Chemistry at IIT Kanpur and elected fellows of National Academy of Sciences, India (2017), West Bengal Academy of Science & Technology (2017), Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore (2020) and Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) (2021). He has taught a variety of UG and PG courses at IIT Kanpur and also has received “Excellence-in-Teaching” award from IIT Kanpur in 2021. He has guided around 20 PhD students and has over 130 research publications in peer reviewed high-impact journals. His research is in the fields of Physical–Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry with special emphasis on the structure-function correlation utilizing a wide variety of synthetic and spectroscopic methods combined with DFT calculations.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 27 March 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 3 assignments out of the total 4 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kanpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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