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CHEM6154 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;
  • Use the mathematical tools needed to understand common pulse sequences
  • Recognise how these principles are applied in liquid state NMR, solid state NMR and NMR imaging (MRI)
  • Decide the prospects of using advanced NMR techniques to solve analytical problems
  • Be able to read and critically evaluate recent literature on advanced NMR methods


The syllabus, which is described in outline below, is aligned with the following QAA benchmark statements for chemistry at FHEQ Level 7 (Masters). (QAA3.3) to extend students' comprehension of key chemical concepts and so provide them with an in-depth understanding of specialised areas of chemistry; (QAA3.3) to develop in students the ability to adapt and apply methodology to the solution of unfamiliar types of problems; (QAA3.3) to instill a critical awareness of advances at the forefront of the chemical science discipline; (QAA3.3) to prepare students effectively for professional employment or doctoral studies in the chemical sciences; (QAA5.4) the ability to adapt and apply methodology to the solution of unfamiliar problems; (QAA7.5) knowledge base extends to a systematic understanding and critical awareness of topics which are informed by the forefront of the discipline; (QAA7.5) problems of an unfamiliar nature are tackled with appropriate methodology and taking into account the possible absence of complete data. 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.

Follow-up work54
Preparation for scheduled sessions50
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

M. H. Levitt. Spin Dynamics. 

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

J. Keeler. Understanding NMR Spectroscopy. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Final Assessment   (1 hours) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Final Assessment   (1 hours) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisite: CHEM2012

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