In thermodynamics, biochemical thermodynamics, a defunct neoplasm (see: bio-; defunct theory of life; life does not exist; life terminology upgrades), is the study of the thermodynamics of biochemical processes. [1] This subject of study is relatively new and in development. A notable thermodynamicist in this field is Englishman Keith Burton, the first to build thermodynamic tables of biochemical species.

Naming issues
The term "biochemical thermodynamics" seems to concern itself with the applications of thermodnamics in biochemistry. In other instances, it may be found synonymous with bioenergetics, biothermodynamics, and biological thermodynamics, among others. A distinction to be made here is the the contract between the thermodynamics internal to biological entities, e.g. inside a cell, and the thermodynamics of systems of biological organisms, e.g. a community of animals. The latter division is considered cutting-edge.

1. (a) Jones, M. Ed. (1979). Biochemical Thermodynamics (Studies in Modern Thermodynamics), 2nd ed. (1988). Elsevier Science Publishing Co.
(b) Biochemical thermodynamics – 1994 IUBMB-IUPAC Recommendations for Nomenclature.
(c) Alberty, Robert A. (2006). Biochemical Thermodynamics: Applications of Mathematica (Methods of Biochemical Analysis), Wiley-Interscience.

Further reading
Krebs, H.A. and Kornberg, H.L. (1957). Energy Transformations in Living Matter - a Survey (with Appendix by K. Burton). Berlin: Springer-Verlag.
● Katchalsky, A. and Curran, Peter F. (1965). Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics in Biophysics. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press.
● Di-Cera, Enrio. (1995). Thermodynamic Theory of Site-Specific Binding in Biological Macromolecules. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
● Alberty, Robert, A. (2003). Thermodynamic of Biochemical Reactions. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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