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Understanding NMR Spectroscopy, Second Edition [Paperback]

James Keeler
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May 24, 2010 0470746084 978-0470746080 2
This text is aimed at people who have some familiarity with high-resolution NMR and who wish to deepen their understanding of how NMR experiments actually ‘work’. This revised and updated edition takes the same approach as the highly-acclaimed first edition. The text concentrates on the description of commonly-used experiments and explains in detail the theory behind how such experiments work. The quantum mechanical tools needed to analyse pulse sequences are introduced set by step, but the approach is relatively informal with the emphasis on obtaining a good understanding of how the experiments actually work. The use of two-colour printing and a new larger format improves the readability of the text. In addition, a number of new topics have been introduced:

  • How product operators can be extended to describe experiments in AX2 and AX3 spin systems, thus making it possible to discuss the important APT, INEPT and DEPT experiments often used in carbon-13 NMR.
  • Spin system analysis i.e. how shifts and couplings can be extracted from strongly-coupled (second-order) spectra.
  • How the presence of chemically equivalent spins leads to spectral features which are somewhat unusual and possibly misleading, even at high magnetic fields.
  • A discussion of chemical exchange effects has been introduced in order to help with the explanation of transverse relaxation.
  • The double-quantum spectroscopy of a three-spin system is now considered in more detail.

Reviews of the First Edition

“For anyone wishing to know what really goes on in their NMR experiments, I would highly recommend this book” – Chemistry World

“…I warmly recommend for budding NMR spectroscopists, or others who wish to deepen their understanding of elementary NMR theory or theoretical tools” – Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry


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About the Author

Dr James Keeler is a Senior Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Selwyn College. In addition to being actively involved in the development of new NMR techniques, he is also responsible for the undergraduate chemistry course, and is Editor-In-chief of Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry. Dr Keeler is well-known for his clear and accessible exposition of NMR spectroscopy.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 526 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (May 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470746084
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470746080
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #605,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very reader friendly NMR textbook May 29, 2006
Format:Paperback
Dr. Keeler's is called "Understanding NMR spectroscopy", and that is exactly what it will help you do. He makes very few assumptions about previous knowledge of math and quantum physics. He explains abstract concepts using good analogies. I have tried to read multiple NMR textbooks, and this is by far the most readable... Excellent work Dr. Keeler.... However you should realise what this book is NOT. It is not about how to record and analyze NMR data and it is not an advanced textbook, but aimed for people new to the field with need to understand how an NMR experiment works.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book arrived in great quality July 14, 2010
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Don't worry-- it's worth the money. James Keeler does a fantastic job of explaining basic and advanced NMR topics in this second edition of Understanding NMR Spectroscopy. If you are just learning NMR spectroscopy for the first time, Keeler gives the most intuitive descriptions, and his writing is very easy to follow. If you are past the basics and looking for a more in-depth study, then this is still the book for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction May 20, 2008
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This book grew out of a series of lecture notes for various summer schools and graduate courses. The original lecture notes can be downloaded from the web. For several years, I was reluctant to buy this book because I thought the lecture notes from the web and the book are not much different. How wrong can I be. The web version contains a number of typos and several sections are not numbered correctly. The book is virtually free from typos and the presentation is much better. You can read from the book that the author has a lot of teaching experience. Although the book mainly deals with the theoretical aspects of the modern nmr, the math to understand the book is only freshman math. The only math that you need is:

Trigonometry of compound angles and half angles
Simple first order differential equation
Simple manipulation of complex numbers
Operator algebra, and
Elementary matrix algebra

Do not be intimidated by the math. All the math, except matrix, that is needed can basically be found in Appendix A. There is nothing complex in the math used throughout the book. All the mathematical manipulations are presented in a step by step fashion. The book deals mainly with the most popular nmr techniques such as COSY, DQF-COSY and NOE. Because the book focuses on the theoretical aspects of nmr, it hardly touches on any spectrum interpretations. Sometimes, I feel the book a little bit dry. Virtual coupling, an important concept in TOCSY, is not discussed in Keeler's book. However, do not get me wrong. This is a book I enjoy reading very much. The chapters on relaxation and coherence transfer pathway, phase cycle and pulsed of field gradient are well presented.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is still the best book on basic NMR September 4, 2012
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I must say that the more I read this book, the more I like it. I read the book from cover to cover. Some new materials have been added in the second edition. A new chapter on product operator analysis of spin systems such as AX2 and AX3. These additions make it possible to discuss topics such as DEPT and APT techniques. Another addition is the discussion on double quantum spectroscopy. The chatper on relaxation had been completely re-organized. The use of 2 colors makes the illustraions much better. All the other chapters are the same as the first edition.

When I reviewed the first edition, I did not look at the problems at the end of each chapter. This time I looked at the problems at the end of each chapter and went through each of them. The problems are not tricky. However, they do reinforce what is discussed in the text and are very informative. The spin evolution due to offset and couplings in a pulse sequence can make the mathematics confusing on first reading. Attempting the problems helps one to understand much better. Anyone who seriously wishes in understanding NMR should attempt all the problems at the end of each chapter. As I said in my previous review, the mathematical techniques that are used throughout the book are fairly elementary. Any person with training in freshman mathematics should have no problems in understanding the mathematics. The author presented all the mathematics in a step by step fashion. The use of quantum mechanics is minimal. 90% of mathematics is operator algebra and the use of trigonometric identities. These two mathematical techniques are used repeatedly to understand pulse sequences and spectral appearances of common 2-D techniques such as COSY, HSQC, HMBC and NOESY.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for an early grad student August 21, 2007
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Keeler's book is a very clear exposition of the physical basis and quantum mechanical underpinnings of modern NMR experiments. Because it is fundamentally based on the quantum mechanics, it is, I feel, a better introduction to heteronuclear NMR than the popular book by Claridge. At the same time, Keeler avoids the dense pages of mathematics that can make Cavanagh et al.'s excellent book intimidating to students who are not experts on quantum mechanics. An additional plus for me was Keeler's refreshingly clear description of the physical origins of T2 relaxation.

At the same time, there are some deficiencies here. Keeler does not go into chemical exchange effects in any depth, and I do not believe he mentions REX at all. There is also no discussion of residual dipolar couplings, the model-free dynamics formalism, or diffusion experiments. Pulsed-field gradients and phase-cycling are presented almost as an afterthought. The discusisons of coherence order and raising/lowering operators leave something to be desired and the later chapters in which they appear are structured awkwardly. Keeler deals exclusively with dipolar systems in liquids, limitations that may make this text inappropriate for some labs.

That said, for someone who's had some exposure to NMR (in, say, an organic chemistry course) this is an excellent, clear tour of some theoretical NMR basics that can provide a useful framework for approaching more comprehensive texts. Graduate students without a stong background in physical chemistry who intend to perform advanced work in NMR may find this book particularly helpful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly great with video lectures posted on YouTube
As other reviews have witnessed, this is a pedagogically well-designed book...worth its title "understanding". Read more
Published 3 months ago by sondon
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introductory NMR text
Having spent several years as a graduate student working with solid state NMR spectroscopy, I have had ample time to survey the array of NMR texts on the market. Read more
Published 7 months ago by E. Poweleit
5.0 out of 5 stars great book!
This book is understandable and very to the point. Moreover, this book printed with double colors, which looks really nice. I should buy it long before.
Published 10 months ago by Rui Zhang
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
This book is good. I do Love it! It is really a new one. And I will use it now.
Published 10 months ago by qzheng
5.0 out of 5 stars foundation for NMR textbook
It allows me to understand the conceptual part of NMR quite easily.
And the price is not bad cause it's a paper book.
Published 15 months ago by Byungsu Kwon
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
Probably the best book I read on NMR theory. Clear and easy to understand, you just need to work through every example and problem. Read more
Published 18 months ago by S. Spain
5.0 out of 5 stars very nice book about NMR
Very nice book for learning about NMR. Contain some introductory material in first several chapters and some advanced material in later parts, suitable for both beginners and... Read more
Published 20 months ago by ywtr86
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book for everyone
I am a grad student with PET and Mass spectrometry experience. Just wanted to dabble a little bit with NMR analysis to further my postdoc .
Good side :
1.Very thorough. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Ivan the terrible
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT book
(sorry this review is so late!) Book arrived in PERFECT condition. Shipping was incredibly FAST. It was a paperback book, and there were NO folds or impressions on the front and... Read more
Published 23 months ago by AMF
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent book for learning about NMR
I am a graduate student doing research with Solid State NMR Spectroscopy. This book does a wonderful job of explaining many NMR concepts in an easy to understand manner. Read more
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