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We offer training in the theory and use of nmr spectrometers at various levels.

Learning to use one of the manually operated nmr spectrometers is analogous to learning to fly a jet fighter! Not what one usually does without having at least learned to fly a small plane. We recommend starting on the autosampler instrument and then graduating to one of the other spectrometers. There is much to learn and it is best done in small bits ... an hour here and an hour there.



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  • J.K.M. Sanders and B.K. Hunter, Modern NMR Spectroscopy: a guide for chemists. This is a nice gentle introduction to nmr spectroscopy for the uninitiated. Not a lot of math and what there is, is just simple algebra. Lots of pictures and heavy use of the vector model. A nice case example for the structure analysis of sucrose octaacetate. Convinced me to use sucrose octaacetate as a teaching sample. Great for demonstrating lots of things.
  • Claridge T. High-Resolution NMR Techniques in Organic Chemistry, 2nd ed., Pergamon Press, Oxford, UK, 2009. Another excellent introduction to nmr spectroscopy with many illustrations. This is an updated version of the older text by Derome.
  • J. Keeler, Understanding NMR Spectroscopy. This is just a fabulous book!! Thank you so much, professor Keeler. Many things about nmr spectroscopy that were a mystery to me were cleared up after reading this book. I most highly recommend it.
  • M.H. Levitt,Spin Dynamics. A nice intro to nmr spectroscopy from a physics point of view and also, a product-operator/matrix discussion that is quite lucid (as it probably should be since he was one of the authors of the seminal product operator paper). The only book that I have seen that gives a readable description of the mechanism of the attaining of an equilibrium of an ensemble of spins in a magnetic field. This book is like that treasure chest of toys in your grandparents' attic. Lots of interesting and neat things. Thank you, Professor Levitt!
  • P.L. Corio, Structure of High-Resolution NMR Spectra. The only book that I have found that gives a detailed description of the mathematics of the rotating frame idea.
  • M. Goldman, Quantum Description of High-Resolution NMR in Liquids Another approach to nmr via quantum mechanics. Nice to have different viewpoints ... I find it can clear up questions that I have when reading a text.
  • R.J. Smith, Electronics: circuits and devices. Contains a discussion of the analysis of AC circuits which is useful for understanding the tuning and matching procedures.
  • J.A. Weil (department of chemistry, U of Sask.!) and J.R. Bolton, Electron Paramagnetic Resonance 2nd edition, 2007. This book gives a pretty good discussion of the ladder operator method for obtaining the eigenfunctions of Jz and J2.
  • E. Fukushima and S.B.W. Roeder, Experimental Pulse NMR: A Nuts and Bolts Approach, Addison-Wesley, 1981. This is an old text and doesn't include some of the newer advances in nmr spectroscopy but it is very good for the fundamentals of practical nmr.
  • C.P. Slichter, Principles of Magnetic Resonance. This is one of the classic nmr texts. Not for the faint-of-heart, though .. lots of math.
  • Sorensen O.W., Eich G.W., Levitt M.H., Bodenhausen G., Ernst R.R., Prog. NMR Spec. 16, 163-192 1983. This is the original paper that introduced the product operator formalism in its modern form. Lots of math and a difficult read but the dedicated student should be able plow his/her way through it and understand most of it.
  • K.C. Brown, Essential Mathematics for NMR Spectroscopists, This ongoing project contains much mathematical material relating to magnetic resonance spectroscopy ... probably more than you every wanted to know or thought was possible. Both the vector model and product-operator formalism are explained in very fine detail along with other topics relevant to nmr spectroscopy. To be published by the Royal Society of Chemistry approximately January, 2017. Stay tuned.