The primary purpose of this book is to help you
understand what is going on in Fourier Transform (FT) Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
(NMR) spectroscopy. Modern life is now very largely life with "black
boxes" that carry warning labels: "No user-serviceable parts
inside." Many find black boxes to be quite acceptable, at least as
long as they work. But how willing should we be to accept black-box
analyses without some understanding of how those analyses were obtained?
NMR spectrometers are like "black boxes" in that they offer many
standardized procedures, but it can be dangerous to the quality of your data if
you rely slavishly on such procedures without understanding how and why the
proper parameter choices are critical. The scope of this book is broad rather
than deep with the intention of providing helpful insight. Much can be
understood in a more qualitative way and that is the approach taken here. For those few areas where a quantitative approach is needed,
simple mathematics will usually suffice.
This book has been used as a text for “Basic FT-NMR Spectroscopy” at the California Institute of Technology for the last ten years.
About the Author
John D. Roberts is the author of more than 500 research publications, including ten books. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and has received numerous awards and honors including the National Medal of Science and the National Academy of Sciences Award in Chemical Sciences. He is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Chemistry at California Institute of Technology.