Binding energy

In chemistry, binding energy is the amount of energy associated with the formation of a bond.

Binding energy is a thermodynamic property, and one can detect the heat being given off when molecules bind well. Calorimetry lets one break binding energy down into its enthalpic (ΔH) and entropic (TΔS) components, which is hard to do by other means. [1]

Albert Lehninger defines binding energy as the Gibbs free energy derived from enzyme-substrate interaction; a major source of free energy used by enzymes to lower the activation energies of reactions. [2]

See also
Bound energy
Bond energy

References
1. Lowe, Derek. (2010). “Enthalpy and Entropy Again”, In the Pipeline, Oct. 26.
2. Lehninger, Albert L., Nelson, David L., and Cox, Michael M. (2005). Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry, Volume 1 (pg. 196). MacMillan.

External links
Binding energy – Wikipedia.

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