Course code KJB430

KJB430 Protein redox chemistry

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Course responsible: Åsmund Røhr Kjendseth
ECTS credits: 4
Faculty: Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
Course frequency: Even years 
First time: Study year 2017-2018
Preferential right:
PhD students registered with BioCat ( 
Course contents:
This course aims to provide students with both theoretical knowledge and practical skills in biological redox chemistry. The plethora of different redox cofactors that assist complex chemistry in enzyme active sites include transition metal ions, organic molecules and amino acid side chains. Moreover, the protein scaffold modulates the functionality of these cofactors, for example are iron ions and flavin involved in both electron transfer processes and catalysis. Redox active enzymes have a large potential to increase the sustainability of industrial processes by reducing pollution, improving waste treatment and facilitating the use of bioenergy. The students will be trained in basic electrochemistry, enabling them to recognize and identify "standard" challenges that tend to appear when working with red-ox enzymes. The students should after completing the course be able to carry out initial red-ox enzyme characterizations independently and be familiar with further experimental opportunities. 
Learning outcome:
After completing the course the students should understand basic electrochemical theory and be familiar with protein bound cofactors that are involved in redox reactions. The students should also be able to experimentally determine what redox cofactor(s) that is present in a protein sample. Finally, the students should be able to design an experimental approach for characterizing a redox active protein with methods as UV-vis spectroscopy, voltammetry and stopped-flow. The student is able to perform the preparations, techniques and analyses employed in the course. The student masters the instruments and equipment used in the course.
Learning activities:
Lectures, theoretical exercises and practical exercises.  
Teaching support:
Teachers will be available every day through the course period.  Canvas - Learning Management System.
Provided material. This will include articels and manuals.

Master's degree including courses in:

- General chemistry equivalent to KJM100

- General biochemistry equivalent to KJB200 and KJB201

- Experience from practical lab-work

Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Lectures, theoretical exercises, practical exercises and a final report.
Assignment (pass/failed).
Nominal workload:

A total of 120 hours:

  • Lectures: 10 h
  • Theoretical exercises: 12 h
  • Prectical exercises: 18 h
  • Self study: 78 h

 The lectures and practical exercises are all given in one week. 

Entrance requirements:
PhD students in natural sciences
Type of course:

One week including

  • 10  hours lectures
  • 12 hours theoretical exercises
  • 18 hours practical exercises 
This is a one-week course in May / June 2021

Internal examiners revise the final assignment and grade the exam (pass/failed).

An external examiner approves the course's content and form of evaluation. 

Examination details: Assignement: Passed / Not Passed