The Colours of Life: An Introduction to the Chemistry of Porphyrins and Related Compounds

Paperback | February 1, 1997

byLionel R. Milgrom

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Why are leaves green and blood red? The answer lies with one family of pigments, the porphyrins and their relatives. These pigments are also responsible for the fundamental energetic processes that make life as we know it possible. The properties of these colourful molecules are now beinginvestigated for use in a wide range of applications, from cancer therapy to microelectronics. The Colours of Life is intended to be an introduction to the porphyrins and their role in life.

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Why are leaves green and blood red? The answer lies with one family of pigments, the porphyrins and their relatives. These pigments are also responsible for the fundamental energetic processes that make life as we know it possible. The properties of these colorful molecules are now being investigated for use in a wide range of applicat...

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Why are leaves green and blood red? The answer lies with one family of pigments, the porphyrins and their relatives. These pigments are also responsible for the fundamental energetic processes that make life as we know it possible. The properties of these colourful molecules are now beinginvestigated for use in a wide range of applicat...

Lionel R. Milgrom is at Brunel University, Uxbridge.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.55 inPublished:February 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198559623

ISBN - 13:9780198559627

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Table of Contents

Preface1. What porphyrins are and what they do2. Where porphyrins come from3. Making oxygen4. Coping with oxygen5. Where porphyrins go to6. What happens when it all goes wrong7. Porphyrins for the future

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Why are leaves green and blood red? The answer lies with one family of pigments, the porphyrins and their relatives. These pigments are also responsible for the fundamental energetic processes that make life as we know it possible. The properties of these colorful molecules are now being investigated for use in a wide range of applications, from cancer therapy to microelectronics. The Colours of Life is intended to be an introduction to the porphyrins and their role in life.

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`'...it will...be most useful to teachers and lecturers wanting an overview of the field. The coverage is wide-ranging...''Simon Cotton, Education in Chemistry