Molecular Bioenergetics and Biophysics

10 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 1KB703

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
Education cycle
First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Biology G1F, Chemistry G1F
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 1 October 2009
Responsible department
Department of Chemistry - Ångström

Entry requirements

Basic chemistry 30 credits, Biochemistry, 15 credits and/or Cell Biology 15 credits.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Describe the general structure and topology of membrane proteins.
  • Explain thermodynamic basic principles for energy transformation in biological membranes.
  • Use spectroscopic and other physical analytical methods that are used for studies of membrane proteins and biological redox processes
  • Account for molecular biological methods and how they are used to study molecular mechanisms in respiration and photosynthesis.
  • Content

    The structure, function and molecular mechanisms of membrane proteins. Areas that are concerned are energy transformation in cells, transport over membranes, photosynthesis, respiration. Biological thermodynamics: entropy, chemical potential, biochemical standard state. Biological redox reactions, electron transport. Gene regulation of the energy metabolism of photosynthetic bacteria. The laboratory sessions intend to provide knowledge about and skills in spectroscopic and molecular biological methods, to study membrane proteins and energy processes at the molecular level. Computer-based modelling is used for theoretical studies of the structure of membrane proteins.


    Lectures, seminars, laboratory sessions, literature searches.


    Assignments and laboratory reports (4 HE credits). Oral presentations of literature assignments. Written examination (6 HE credits). The final grade corresponds to a joining the parts.