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Applied Biophysics: A Molecular Approach for Physical Scientists

ISBN: 978-0-470-01718-0
436 pages
September 2007
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This book presents the fundamentals of molecular biophysics, and highlights the connection between molecules and biological phenomena, making it an important text across a variety of science disciplines.

The topics covered in the book include:

  • Phase transitions that occur in biosystems (protein crystallisation, globule-coil transition etc)
  • Liquid crystallinity as an example of the delicate range of partially ordered phases found with biological molecules
  • How molecules move and propel themselves at the cellular level
  • The general features of self-assembly with examples from proteins
  • The phase behaviour of DNA

The physical toolbox presented within this text will form a basis for students to enter into a wide range of pure and applied bioengineering fields in medical, food and pharmaceutical areas.

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Table of Contents



1. The Building Blocks.

2. Mesoscopic Forces.

3. Phase Transitions.

4. Liquid Crystallinity.

5. Motility.

6. Aggregating Self-Assembly.

7. Surface Phenomena.

8. Biomacromolecules.

9. Charged Ions and Polymers.

10. Membranes.

11. Continuum Mechanics.

12. Biorheology.

13. Experimental Techniques.

14. Motors.

15. Structural Biomaterials.

16. Phase Behaviour of DNA.


Answers to Tutorial Questions.


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Author Information

Tom A.Waigh, Biological Physics, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester, UK
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"A timely textbook explaining how the many concepts and tools widely used in physics can be applied to understand biological systems." (Reviews, June 2008)
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