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13: Structure Determination - Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

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  • In Chapter 12, you learned how an organic chemist could use two spectroscopic techniques, mass spectroscopy and infrared spectroscopy, to assist in determining the structure of an unknown compound. This chapter introduces a third technique, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). The two most common forms of NMR spectroscopy, 1H NMR and 13C NMR, will be discussed, the former in much more detail than the latter. Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy is a very powerful tool, particularly when used in combination with other spectroscopic techniques.

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