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8.2: Redox and Electron Transfer

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  • Transition metal ions are unique tools for biology. One of the properties that makes them imperative to biochemical processes is their ability to adopt multiple oxidation states under the conditions found in cells: near neutral pH, ambient temperatures and pressures, and in aqueous solution. Biology leverages the ability of transition metals to accept and donate electrons to accomplish the reduction and oxidation (redox) chemistry and the the electron transfers that are necessary for essential biological processes.

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    II. Electron-transfer Rates

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    Contributors

    • Harry B. Gray (California Institute of Technology, Beckman Institute)
    • Walther R. Ellis, Jr. (University of Utah, Department of Chemistry)
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