Solving Problems with NMR Spectroscopy - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780124115897, 9780124116139

Solving Problems with NMR Spectroscopy

2nd Edition

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Authors: Atta-ur-Rahman Muhammad Choudhary Atia-tul- Wahab
Paperback ISBN: 9780124115897
eBook ISBN: 9780124116139
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 4th September 2015
Page Count: 534
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Solving Problems with NMR Spectroscopy, Second Edition, is a fully updated and revised version of the best-selling book. This new edition still clearly presents the basic principles and applications of NMR spectroscopy with only as much math as is necessary. It shows how to solve chemical structures with NMR by giving many new, clear examples for readers to understand and try, with new solutions provided in the text.

It also explains new developments and concepts in NMR spectroscopy, including sensitivity problems (hardware and software solutions) and an extension of the multidimensional coverage to 3D NMR. The book also includes a series of applications showing how NMR is used in real life to solve advanced problems beyond simple small-molecule chemical analysis.

This new text enables organic chemistry students to choose the most appropriate NMR techniques to solve specific structures. The problems provided by the authors help readers understand the discussion more clearly and the solution and interpretation of spectra help readers become proficient in the application of important, modern 1D, 2D, and 3D NMR techniques to structural studies.

Key Features

  • Explains and presents the most important NMR techniques used for structural determinations
  • Offers a unique problem-solving approach for readers to understand how to solve structure problems
  • Uses questions and problems, including discussions of their solutions and interpretations, to help readers understand the fundamentals and applications of NMR
  • Avoids use of extensive mathematical formulas and clearly explains how to implement NMR structure analysis
  • Foreword by Nobel Prize winner Richard R. Ernst

New to This Edition

  • Key developments in the field of NMR spectroscopy since the First Edition in 1996
  • New chapter on sensitivity enhancement, a key driver of development in NMR spectroscopy
  • New concepts such as Pulse Field Gradients, shaped pulses, and DOSY (Diffusion Order Spectroscopy) in relevant chapters
  • More emphasis on practical aspects of NMR spectroscopy, such as the use of Shigemi tubes and various types of cryogenic probes
  • Over 100 new problems and questions addressing the key concepts in NMR spectroscopy
  • Improved figures and diagrams
  • More than 180 example problems to solve, with detailed solutions provided at the end of each chapter


Senior and graduate chemistry students and organic, medicinal, and pharmaceutical chemists.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Basics of Modern NMR Spectroscopy

  • Abstract
  • 1.1. What Is NMR?
  • 1.2. Instrumentation
  • Solutions to problems

Chapter 2: Creating NMR Signals

  • Abstract
  • 2.1. Genesis of NMR signals
  • 2.2. Sensitivity enhancement
  • 2.3. Resolution Enhancement
  • 2.4. Pulse width calibration
  • 2.5. Phase cycling
  • Solutions to problems

Chapter 3: Sensitivity Enhancement

  • Abstract
  • 3.1. Sensitivity problem
  • 3.2. First milestone in the NMR sensitivity enhancement
  • 3.3. Advances in NMR hardware for improving the sensitivity and detection
  • 3.4. NMR tubes
  • 3.5. Innovative processing and pulse techniques for improving the sensitivity and detection
  • 3.6. Other methods for sensitivity enhancement
  • 3.7. Key applications of sensitivity enhanced NMR spectroscopy
  • Solutions to problems

Chapter 4: Spin-Echo and Polarization Transfer

  • Abstract
  • 4.1. Spin-echo formation in homonuclear and heteronuclear systems
  • 4.2. Cross-polarization
  • 4.3. Polarization transfer in reverse
  • Solutions to problems

Chapter 5: The Second Dimension

  • Abstract
  • 5.1. Concept and genesis
  • 5.2. Data acquisition in 2D NMR
  • 5.3. Data processing in 2D NMR
  • 5.4. Plotting of 2D spectra
  • Solutions to problems

Chapter 6: Nuclear Overhauser Effect

  • Abstract
  • 6.1. What Is nuclear overhauser effect?
  • 6.2. nOe and selective population transfer
  • 6.3. Relaxation
  • 6.4. Mechanism of nOe
  • 6.5. Factors affecting nOe
  • 6.6. Some practical hints
  • 6.7. Limitations of 1D nOe methods
  • 6.8. Two-dimensional nuclear overhauser effect spectroscopy (NOESY)
  • 6.9. Saturation transfer difference (STD) NMR spectroscopy
  • Solutions to problems

Chapter 7: Important 2D NMR Experiments

  • Abstract
  • 7.1. Homonuclear and heteronuclear shift-correlation spectroscopy
  • 7.2. Homo- and heteronuclear J-resolved spectroscopy
  • 7.3. Two-dimensional nuclear overhauser spectroscopy
  • 7.4. Two-dimensional chemical exchange spectroscopy
  • 7.5. Homonuclear Hartmann–Hahn spectroscopy (HOHAHA), or total correlation spectroscopy (TOCSY)
  • 7.6. “Inverse” NMR spectroscopy
  • Solutions to problems

Chapter 8: Playing with Dimensions in NMR Spectroscopy

  • Abstract
  • 8.1. Three-dimensional spectroscopy
  • 8.2. Concatenated NMR techniques
  • Solution to problem

Chapter 9: Some Key Developments in NMR Spectroscopy

  • Abstract
  • 9.1. Development of new hardware
  • 9.2. Key developments in solid-state NMR spectroscopy
  • 9.3. Innovative pulse sequences and novel applications of NMR spectroscopy

Chapter 10: Logical Approach for Solving Structural Problems

  • Abstract
  • 10.1. Structure elucidation step by step
  • 10.2. Logical protocol
  • 10.3. Examples


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About the Author

Muhammad Choudhary

Muhammad Choudhary, PhD, is a Professor of the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences, (H. E. J. Research Institute of Chemistry and Dr. Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research), University of Karachi, Pakistan. He is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, London; American Chemical Society; International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC); American Society of Pharmacology; New York Academy of Sciences; Federation of Asian Chemical Societies (FACS); and he serves on the executive board of the Asian Network of Research on Anti Diabetic Plants (ANRAP). He is a recipient of the National Book Foundation's Prize for Chemistry and the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Award in Education, 2006, given by the President of Azerbaijan. He has published 24 books, more than 570 papers, and 20 patents.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences, (H. E. J. Research Institute of Chemistry and Dr. Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research), University of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan

Atia-tul- Wahab

Atia-tul-Wahab, PhD, is Assistant Professor at the Dr. Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research (International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences), University of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan. She is trained as a structural and synthetic organic chemist, and received additional training in structural biology in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate Prof. Dr. Kurt Wüthrich at The Scripps Research Institute. She is now establishing the first Structural Biology Laboratory of Pakistan at the PCMD.

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Dr. Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research (International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences), University of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan


Praise for the First Edition:
"Solving Problems with NMR Spectroscopy is a very welcome addition to the existing literature. It fulfills a real need for an up-to-date and authoritatively written introduction for students and practitioners of NMR." --Richard R. Ernest, Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1991

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