NMR Spectroscopy Explained

This is the best all around benchtop NMR text I have come across. Jacobsen does a great job of explaining the vast array of topics in NMR ranging from the nuclear magnetism and pulse sequences to biological NMR. It is very well written, easy to read and follow, while still going into great amounts of detail.

For those who do not enjoy heavy amounts of differential equations and linear algebra, then you will appreciate this book as there is just enough math to aid the written explanations, but not so much as to make your head spin. This book also has one of the best explanations/discussions on multi-dimensional techniques commonly used in organic and biological chemistry.

There is one specific area where I find this book is somewhat lacking, the discussion on T1, T2 and NOE which is fairly rudimentary. It is more than sufficient for those new to the topic or working on small molecules, but does not offer much past that in my opinion. Also, if you are looking for a better understanding in solid state NMR, this is not the book for you. I would highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to learn more about NMR analyzer.

NMR Spectroscopy Explained : Simplified Theory, Applications and Examples for Organic Chemistry and Structural Biology provides a fresh, practical guide to NMR for both students and practitioners, in a clearly written and non-mathematical format. It gives the reader an intermediate level theoretical basis for understanding laboratory applications, developing concepts gradually within the context of examples and useful experiments.
Introduces students to modern NMR as applied to analysis of organic compounds.
Presents material in a clear, conversational style that is appealing to students.
Contains comprehensive coverage of how NMR experiments actually work.
Combines basic ideas with practical implementation of the spectrometer.
Provides an intermediate level theoretical basis for understanding laboratory experiments.
Develops concepts gradually within the context of examples and useful experiments.
Introduces the product operator formalism after introducing the simpler (but limited) vector model.

Initially I wanted to write a review for this book after I finish the whole book. However, since the publication of this book, I have noticed that nobody has ever written a review. I have only finished approximately 400 pages but I want to let people to know that this is clearest exposition on modern nmr spectroscopy I have ever come across. I have read a number of nmr books. These include the following

J.D. Roberts “ABC of FT NMR”
T. Claridge “High Resolution NMR spectroscopy in organic chemistry”
J. Sanders ” Modern NMR spectroscopy”
H. Friebolin “Basic One- and Two-Dimenionsal NMR”

None of the above is as good as this book. The one that comes close to this is Friebolin’s book. However, it is not as detail and does not cover topics such as operator formalism and density matrix. This book also covers the basic theoretical principles and presented in a very lucid way. I enjoy reading this book tremendously.

Dec 14, 2009. It has been almost 2 years since I wrote the initial review. Since then, I have the opportunity to read the whole book a second time. My opinion of this book remains the same. If you really want to understand NMR, you cannot go wrong with this book.

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