The Modern Chemistry Lab

Spectroscopy and Spectrometry

What determines whether a particular type of nucleus can be monitored by NMR spectroscopy?

Similar to electrons, nuclei can have a net “spin,” or spin angular momentum. NMR spectroscopy can be used to study any nucleus that has a nonzero spin angular momentum. Some common nuclei that chemists study by NMR are 1H, 2H (deuterium), 13C, 11B, 15N, 19F, and 31P.


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