Acids and Bases for Physicists

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


Charges are essential for the stability and function of many proteins. To understand the effect of the environment, particularly its pH on stability and function, a few concepts are needed.


Charged Side Chain Charged Side Physicist Charge Neighboring Water Molecule Neutral Side 
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    G. Adam, P. Läuger, and G. Stark. Physikalische Chemie und Biophysik, 5. Aufl. Springer, Berlin, 2009.Google Scholar
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    The correct definition of pH involves the concept of activity (I. M. Klotz and R. M. Rosenberg, Chemical Thermodynamics, W. A. Benjamin, Menlo Park, 1972). For details, see, for instance, R. G. Bates, Determination of pH: Theory and Practice, Wiley, New York, 1973.Google Scholar
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    C. Tanford. Physical Chemistry of Macromolecules. Wiley, New York, 1961.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans Frauenfelder
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  1. 1.Theory DivisionLos Alamos National LaboratoryLos AlamosUSA

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