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  • 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)
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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.

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This book is understandable and very to the point.
Rui Zhang
James Keeler does a fantastic job of explaining basic and advanced NMR topics in this second edition of Understanding NMR Spectroscopy.
D. Koveal
It is one of my favorite NMR books, and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about the area.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Magnus Kjaergaard on 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 By D. Koveal on 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 By Ken from Doylestown on 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 By Ken from Doylestown on 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 By Michael Clarkson on 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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