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Two-Dimensional NMR Methods for Establishing Molecular Connectivity: a Chemist's Guide to Experiment Selection, Performance, and Interpretation.

Two-Dimensional NMR Methods for Establishing Molecular Connectivity: A Chemist's Guide to Experiment Selection, Performance, and Interpretation. By Gary E. Martin and Andrew S. Zektzer For the non-specialist, two-dimensional nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy has become a real nightmare with respect to the meaning, and the relative usefulness, of a whole (abusive?) myriad of acronyms. This book aims at relieving some of that tension; it does so rather well although the period of time between the final draft of the book an its actual publishing date was sufficient to warrant appendices or some form of supplementary updates to appear at regular intervals!

Irrespective of the small inevitable drawback mentioned above, this book will be a good addition to the library of any non nuclear magnetic resonance chemist, be it an experienced natural products chemist or a graduate student. It begins with an introduction to the techniques themselves, it defines the underlying concepts and, once the appropriate terminology has been presented, it sequentially introduces a whole variety of pulse sequences in an orderly fashion from the homonuclear decoupling processes to the heteronuclear ones (short- and long-range decouplings are discussed). Transfer of magnetization sequences are the object of a whole chapter, so do the topics of double-quantum and related experiments. Finally, the last two chapters, devoted to application problems and to their solutions, will be of special value to those interested in learning more about structural work (you will) note it is possible to review such a topic without making use of acronyms!).

My last comment will bear on the quality of the print. It seems that the book has been produced from direct reproduction of a laser printer version of the manuscript. The review copy I had was rather weak; that fact, combined to what I felt to be an inappropriate character point size to line spacing ratio (with respect to the width of the page) made it straining on the eyes to the extent that I found it difficult to read for prolonged hours. Of course one can argue that it is simply as reflection of the aging process affecting the reviewer...

J.R. Jocelyn Pare, MCIC Aromas & Extractions Section CRASH
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Author:Pare, J.R. Jocelyn
Publication:Canadian Chemical News
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Date:Feb 1, 1990
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