Online course “Bioinorganic Chemistry” – Can Tho University


Date: October 23rd, 2021 – December 04th, 2021.

Location: Online course via Zoom platform.

Organized by Department of Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences, Can Tho University.

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Tatjana Parac-Vogt, KU Leuven

Teaching Assistant: Dr. Luong Thi Kim Nga, Department of Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences, Can Tho University.

Administrative/Operation Assistant: Dr. Le Thi Bach, Department of Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences, Can Tho University.


  • More than 10 academic staffs from Can Tho University, Tay Do University, Tra Vinh University, An Giang University, Hanoi National University of Education, Quy Nhon University, University of Education – The University of Da Nang ,…
  • Over 200 bachelor/master/PhD students in the disciplines of Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Biotechnology, Pharmacy, and others, who belong to many universities mentioned above in Vietnam.

In the framework of MOMA project, the Department of Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences, Can Tho University (CTU) has organized an online course “Bioinorganic Chemistry”, lectured by Prof. Dr. Tatjana Parac-Vogt from KU Leuven, Belgium. The course comprised of six lectures and one discussion and seminar session and was held online via Zoom platform every Saturday, from 14:00-16:30 PM (Vietnam time), from September October 23rd, 2021 to December 04th, 2021. This course aimed to provide the learners the knowledge of the structures, functions, mechanisms and dynamics of biologically relevant metal complexes and metal-containing proteins. Six online lectures included Physical Methods in Bioinorganic Chemistry, Metal Functions in Metalloproteins: Oxygen transport and storage, Metal Functions in Metalloproteins: Redox enzymes, Metal Functions in Metalloproteins: Hydrolytic enzymes, Metal Functions in Metalloproteins: Rearrangement Enzymes and Metal-Based Diagnostics and Metal-Based Therapeutics. All lecture notes were sent to the learners prior to the classes and the links to the pre-recorded lecture videos made by Prof. Dr. Tatjana Parac-Vogt as well as some supporting materials prepared by the teaching assistant were also provided right after the classes. Prior to each lecture, a pdf file of the lecture of Prof. Dr. Tatjana Parac-Vogt was sent to the learners and after each lecture, the links of the pre-recorded videos of Prof. Dr. Tatjana Parac-Vogt as well as some supporting materials from the teaching assistant also were sent to them.

Discussion and seminar sessions were also implemented during the course. For the seminar session, two master students from CTU presented the literature reviews namely “Lignin biodegradation by a cytochrome P450 enzyme: A computational study into syringol activation by GcoA” and “Interactions of gallic acid with porcine hemoglobin: effect on the redox state and structure of hemoglobin”.

With a passion for gaining new knowledge in the interdisciplinary field of Bioinorganic Chemistry, participants have overcomed language barriers as well as difficulties of online learning to successfully complete the course. The course excellently provided attendees update, interesting and useful knowledge not only in the field of Bioinorganic Chemistry, but also state-of-the-art knowledge in sciences. Moreover, academic staffs from various Vietnamese universities had an excellent chance to experience up-to-date teaching/instructing methodologies, which would significantly help them in conducting lectures in the field of Chemistry, Biology, Medicine and related areas. The participants who attend at least 80% the course will receive the certificate.

We sincerely thank Prof. Dr. Tatjana Parac-Vogt for her great and enthusiastic lectures. We are also thankful to all participants for joining and actively contributing to the success of this course.