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Practical NMR Relaxation for Chemists
by Vladimir I. Bakhmutov

Practical NMR Relaxation for Chemists demonstrates how NMR relaxation can be applied for structural diagnostics of chemical compounds, recognition of weak intermolecular interactions, determinations of internuclear distances and lengths of chemical bonds when compounds under investigation can exist only in solutions.


  • Written as a handbook for chemists, demanding little background in physics and NMR
  • Its practical approach helps the reader to apply the techniques in the lab
  • First book to teach NMR Relaxation techniques to chemists


How and why nuclei relax

  • Nucleus in the magnetic field.
  • Spin-lattice and spin-spin nuclear relaxation
  • Molecular motions as reason of nuclear relaxation

How to measure the NMR relaxation times

  • Exponential and non-exponential nuclear relaxation
  • Measurements of spin-lattice relaxation times
  • Measurements of selective and bi-selective T1 times
  • Determinations of T1( and T2 times
  • Preparation of samples for relaxation experiments

Errors in Determinations of Relaxation Times

  • Instrumental errors
  • Incorrect parameters for T1, T2 measurements and T1, T2 calculations
  • Coupled nuclear relaxation
  • Chemical exchanges

NMR relaxation by dipole-dipole and quadrupole interactions

  • The intramolecular dipole-dipole relaxation: homo- and hetero-nuclear dipolar coupling and the spectral density function
  • How to reveal the presence of the dipolar mechanisms.
  • Intermolecular dipole-dipole interactions
  • Electric field gradients at quadrupolar nuclei
  • Nuclear quadrupole coupling constant as a measure of the electric field gradient
  • Quadrupole relaxation

Relaxation by chemical shift anisotropy, spin-rotation relaxation, scalar relaxation of the second kind and cross-mechanisms

  • Relaxation by chemical shift anisotropy
  • Spin-rotation relaxation
  • Interference mechanisms of nuclear relaxation
  • The scalar relaxation of the second kind

Nuclear relaxation in molecular systems with anisotropic motions

  • Spin-lattice nuclear relaxation in ellipsoid molecules: Temperature dependences of T1times
  • How to reveal anisotropic molecular motions in solutions
  • Nuclear relaxation in the presence of correlation time distributions

1H T1 relaxation diagnostics in solutions

  • Revealing weak intermolecular interactions by T1 time measurements in solutions
  • T1 studies of exchanges in simple molecular systems
  • Structural 1H T1 criterion
  • Partially-relaxed NMR spectra

Internuclear distances from the 1H T1 relaxation measurements in solutions

  • X...H distances: metal - hydride bond lengths
  • How to determine metal-hydride bond lengths by standard 1H T1 measurements
  • Metal-hydride bond lengths by 1H T1sel and 1H T1min times measurements
  • Proton-proton distances by standard T1 measurements
  • H-H distances from T1sel / T1bis measurements
  • H-H distances in intermediates
  • Analyzing the errors in 1H T1 determinations of internuclear distances

Deuterium quadrupole coupling constants from 2H T1 relaxation measurements in solutions

  • How to determine DQCC values
  • DQCC values from the 2H T1 times measurements in solutions (fast motional regime)
  • DQCC values via 2H T1min measurements in solutions
  • Errors in DQCC determinations

Spin-lattice 1H and 2H relaxation in mobile groups

  • 1H T1 times and H-H distances in the presence of fast vibrations and librations
  • 1H T1 times and H-H distances in the presence of fast rotational diffusion
  • The spectral density function for high-amplitude librations
  • 900-jumps in four-fold potential
  • Deuterium spin-lattice NMR relaxation in mobile molecular fragments

Relaxation of other nuclei (than 1H and 2H) and specific relaxation experiments

  • Chemical shift anisotropies and nuclear quadrupole coupling constants from T1 times of heavy nuclei in solutions
  • Multinuclear relaxation approaches to complexation, association and H-bonding
  • Na relaxation in solutions of complex molecular systems
  • Character of molecular motions from 17O and 2H T1 relaxation in solutions
  • 2D T1 and T1( NMR experiments
  • Chemical exchanges in complex molecular systems from 15N nuclear relaxation in solutions
  • R1/R2 method
  • Cross-correlation relaxation rates and structure of complex molecular systems in solutions
  • Variable - field relaxation experiments

Paramagnetic NMR relaxation

  • Theoretical basics of the paramagnetic relaxation enhancement
  • Paramagnetic relaxation rate enhancements in the presence of chemical exchanges
  • Structural applications of paramagnetic relaxation rate enhancements
  • Kinetics of ligand exchanges via paramagnetic relaxation rate enhancements
  • Longitudinal electron relaxation time in paramagnetic centers from variable-high field NMR experiments


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