Dioxygen as a Terminal Oxidant and the Formation of Dioxygen

  • Llyod L. Ingraham
  • Damon L. Meyer
Part of the Biochemistry of the Elements book series (BOTE, volume 4)

Abstract

From the previous discussion of the chemistry of dioxygen, it is clear that dioxygen must be activated before it can be utilized by organisms as a terminal oxidant. In this chapter, we shall discuss how dioxygen can be activated, with special reference to the methods used in biology. However, we first wish to point out that the requirement for activation and certain other properties make dioxygen an ideal terminal oxidant for life processes.

Keywords

Chlorophyll Manganese Catalysis Iodine Respiration 

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© 1985 Plenum Press, New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Llyod L. Ingraham
    • 1
  • Damon L. Meyer
    • 1
  1. 1.University of California, DavisDavisUSA

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