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A complete introduction to modern NMR spectroscopy
Macomber, Roger S.
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New York : Wiley, [1998]

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xvii, 382 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
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"A Wiley-Interscience publication."
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Central Library QD96.N8 M3 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Clear, accessible coverage of modern NMR spectroscopy-for students and professionals in many fields of science

Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy has made quantum leaps in the last decade, becoming a staple tool in such divergent fields as chemistry, physics, materials science, biology, and medicine. That is why it is essential that scientists working in these areas be fully conversant with current NMR theory and practice.

This down-to-basics text offers a comprehensive, up-to-date treatment of the fundamentals of NMR spectroscopy. Using a straightforward approach that develops all concepts from a rudimentary level without using heavy mathematics, it gives readers the knowledge they need to solve any molecular structure problem from a complete set of NMR data. Topics are illustrated throughout with hundreds of figures and actual spectra. Chapter-end summaries and review problems with answers are included to help reinforce and test understanding of key material.

From NMR studies of biologically important molecules to magnetic resonance imaging, this book serves as an excellent all-around primer on NMR spectroscopic analysis.

Author Notes

ROGER S. MACOMBER was Professor of Chemistry at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, from 1969-1997, and is currently Professor of Chemistry at Pepperdine University. He is the author of nearly 100 scientific and professional articles, as well as several monographs, including The Vocabulary of Organic Chemistry, NMR Spectroscopy: Essential Theory and Practice, and Organic Chemistry, Volumes I and II.

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Macomber has written a completely new version of his NMR Spectroscopy: Basic Principles and Applications (1988). His premise is that starting from the simpler spectra and calculations of NMR, those with a background in first-year chemistry should be able to guide themselves through the thickets of spectra, from 1[H to 13D[C, from 60 to 500 MHZ spectra, from one-dimensional to two-dimensional spectra, from liquid to solid to living samples. To lead gently through these thickets, the author provides worked examples and many spectra for readers to test their understanding. There are also end-of-chapter quizzes (answers provided) and two "tests" after sections that fit together: essentials of spectral origins and an unfolding of more complex features like J-J coupling, chemically induced dynamic nuclear polarization, nuclear Overhauser effect, and correlated spectroscopy. The last three chapters are written by experts in biochemistry, magnetic resonance imagery (MRI), and solid-state NMR; they are provided for those practitioners without a course in NMR. The premise that only a beginning course in chemistry is necessary seems shortsighted; an introduction to organic chemistry is essential. Undergraduates through professionals. M. E. Thompson; College of St. Catherine

Table of Contents

Partial table of contents: Spectroscopy: Some Preliminary Considerations
Magnetic Properties of Nuclei
Obtaining an NMR Spectrum
Correlating Proton Chemical Shifts with Molecular Structure
First-Order (Weak) Spin-Spin Coupling
Factors that Influence the Sign and Magnitude of J: Second-Order (Strong) Coupling Effects
The Study of Dynamic Processes by NMR
Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectroscopy and Chemically Induced Dynamic Nuclear Polarization
Two-Dimensional Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
NMR Studies of Biologically Important Molecules

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