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Foundations of Molecular Structure Determination

Second Edition

Simon Duckett, Bruce Gilbert, and Martin Cockett

07 May 2015

ISBN: 9780199689446

176 pages

In Stock

Oxford Chemistry Primers

Price: £27.99

Oxford Chemistry Primers are a series of accessible, concise texts that introduce students to a diverse range of important topics in modern chemistry.



Foundations of Molecular Structure Determination gives a broad introduction to a range of common spectroscopic and diffraction methods, with frequent worked examples and problem questions provided to assist beginning undergraduates in developing their structure analysis skills.

  • Covers a range of techniques for structure determination, including spectroscopic (microwave, IR, UV, and NMR), spectrometric (mass spectrometry), and diffraction (electron, x-ray, and neutron) techniques.
  • Focused introductions designed to give students an in-depth understanding of a diverse range of important topics in modern chemistry.
  • Examples and applications presented throughout help students to see the relevance of the subject to current research, industry, and medicine.
  • Questions at the end of every chapter and interactive online questions encourage active learning and promote deep understanding.
  • Frequent diagrams, margin notes, and glossary definitions support students in their learning.

New to this edition

  • Glossary of definitions to help students get to grips with the key terminology.
  • New sections on techniques such as Raman spectroscopy, and neutron and electron diffraction.
  • Online Resource Centre, with interactive questions for students, and downloadable figures for instructors.
  • CIF data files are also available to download, allowing students to electronically manipulate three-dimensional structures mentioned in the book.

About the Author(s)

Simon Duckett, Director of the Centre for Hyperpolarisation in Magnetic Resonance, University of York, Bruce Gilbert, Emeritus Professor, University of York, and Martin Cockett, Senior Lecturer, University of York

Table of Contents

    1:Overview, energy levels and the electromagnetic spectrum
    2:Rotational and vibrational spectroscopy
    3:Electronic (ultraviolet-visible) absorption spectroscopy
    4:Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy
    5:Mass spectrometry
    6:X-ray diffraction and related methods

Additional Resources

Online Resource Centre
The Online Resource Centre to accompany Foundations of Molecular Structure Determination features:

For registered adopters of the text:
· Figures from the book available to download

For students:
· Downloadable CIF data files
· Multiple-choice questions for self-directed learning
· Full worked solutions to the end-of-chapter exercises

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