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Theoretical Molecular Biophysics

Benefits

  • Comprehensive textbook on all the aspects of theoretical molecular biophysics.- Includes exercises and problems.- Provides a rigorous background in terms of statistical physics and quantum chemical physics selected for the understanding of biological systems, their equilibrium properties and dynamical aspects on a molecular level.- Specific applications relate to molecular machines and elementary processes in photosynthesis.

Textbook

Part of the Biological and Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering book series (BIOMEDICAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Statistical Mechanics of Biopolymers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Philipp Scherer, Sighart F. Fischer
      Pages 3-18
    3. Philipp Scherer, Sighart F. Fischer
      Pages 19-34
  3. Protein Electrostatics and Solvation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 36-36
    2. Philipp Scherer, Sighart F. Fischer
      Pages 37-44
    3. Philipp Scherer, Sighart F. Fischer
      Pages 45-59
    4. Philipp Scherer, Sighart F. Fischer
      Pages 61-71
  4. Reaction Kinetics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 74-74
    2. Philipp Scherer, Sighart F. Fischer
      Pages 75-85
    3. Philipp Scherer, Sighart F. Fischer
      Pages 87-100
    4. Philipp Scherer, Sighart F. Fischer
      Pages 101-105
    5. Philipp Scherer, Sighart F. Fischer
      Pages 107-122
  5. Transport Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 124-124
    2. Philipp Scherer, Sighart F. Fischer
      Pages 125-132
    3. Philipp Scherer, Sighart F. Fischer
      Pages 133-137
    4. Philipp Scherer, Sighart F. Fischer
      Pages 139-146
    5. Philipp Scherer, Sighart F. Fischer
      Pages 147-152
  6. Reaction Rate Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 154-154
    2. Philipp Scherer, Sighart F. Fischer
      Pages 155-158

About this book

Introduction

"Theoretical Molecular Biophysics" is an advanced study book for students, shortly before or after completing undergraduate studies, in physics, chemistry or biology. It provides the tools for an understanding of elementary processes in biology, such as photosynthesis on a molecular level. A basic knowledge in mechanics, electrostatics, quantum theory and statistical physics is desirable. The reader will be exposed to basic concepts in modern biophysics such as entropic forces, phase separation, potentials of mean force, proton and electron transfer, heterogeneous reactions coherent and incoherent energy transfer as well as molecular motors. Basic concepts such as phase transitions of biopolymers, electrostatics, protonation equilibria, ion transport, radiationless transitions as well as energy- and electron transfer are discussed within the frame of simple models.

Keywords

Elementary processes in biophysics Molecular biophysics explained Theoretical biophysics biophysics biopolymers mechanics molecular biophysics textbook photosynthetic system thermodynamics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Physikdepartment T38TU MünchenMünchenGermany
  2. 2.Physikdepartment T38TU MünchenMünchenGermany

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Pharma

Reviews

From the book reviews:

“This is a good text deriving formulae of interest to Biophysicists, students of mathematics, fellows, and theoretical physicists. The dynamic predicate calculus and differential forms inc. Kramer’s Rules and Theorems are defined and further developed in sequential linear theory.” (Joseph J. Grenier, Amazon.com, August, 2014)

“Biophysics is a fast growing area at the interface between physics and biology … . The book by Scherer and Fischer is a first attempt in this direction. Their effort is laudable. … The book will be a useful text for students and researchers wanting to go through the mathematical derivations in the theories presented. … this book will attract a group of applied mathematically oriented students and scholars to the exciting field of molecular biophysics.” (Hong Qian, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2012 c)

“Intended for graduate students, Theoretical Molecular Biophysics by Philipp Scherer and Sighart Fischer grew out of a biophysics course taught by the authors in the physics department of the Technical University of Munich. … A striking feature of Theoretical Molecular Biophysics is the large number of equations relative to text … . chapters close with challenging problems whose solutions are provided at the end of the book. … The book closes with an interesting review of molecular-motor models.” (H. Richard Leuchtag, Physics Today, May, 2011)