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CHEM6113 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Understand the basic principles and techniques of modern nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy;
  • Good level of proficiency with the mathematical tools needed to understand common pulse sequences
  • Recognise how these principles are applied in key cutting edge analysis: in liquid state NMR, solid state NMR and NMR imaging (MRI)


The syllabus, which is described in outline below, is aligned with the following QAA benchmark statements for chemistry at FHEQ Level 7 (Masters). • to extend students' comprehension of key chemical concepts and so provide them with an in-depth understanding of specialised areas of chemistry; • to develop in students the ability to adapt and apply methodology to the solution of unfamiliar types of problems; • to instill a critical awareness of advances at the forefront of the chemical science discipline; • to prepare students effectively for professional employment or doctoral studies in the chemical sciences; • the ability to adapt and apply methodology to the solution of unfamiliar problems; • knowledge base extends to a systematic understanding and critical awareness of topics which are informed by the forefront of the discipline; • problems of an unfamiliar nature are tackled with appropriate methodology and taking into account the possible absence of complete data. Brief summary of lecture content: • Introduction. Energy levels & spectra. Vector model. • Overview of MRI methods. • NMR Instrumentation and Data processing. • Quantum description of NMR. • Coupled spin systems; • Spin topology; chemical/magnetic equivalence. • 2D Spectroscopy and coherence pathway selection. • Relaxation.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods: Lectures, directed reading, Bb online support. Learning methods: Independent study, student motivated peer group study, student driven tutor support.

Practical classes and workshops6
Follow-up work27
Preparation for scheduled sessions20
Total study time75

Resources & Reading list

J. Keeler. Understanding NMR Spectroscopy. 

M. H. Levitt. Spin Dynamics. 

Ernst, Bodenhausen, Wokaun. Principles of nuclear magnetic resonance in one and two dimensions. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (1 hours) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (1 hours) 100%

Linked modules

Pre-requisites: CHEM2012 or CHEM2013.

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