The authors travel with the reader through the challenging maze of structure determination, showing how to distinguish between valuable and deceiving data from IR, NMR and MS spectra, extracting structural conclusions and putting all the pieces together to solve the structure elucidation puzzle. Indeed, human reasoning is key to combining the information contained in those bands, signals and peaks by a rationale that enables the makeup of a chemical structure. A number of increasingly more complex problems will act as trip segments and, in addition to the spectra themselves, each chapter is supplemented with figures and tables that decipher the above data and serve as maps for the journey.
Raul SanMartin is a Tenured Associate Professor at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). After a short predoctoral stay at Boston College, he received his PhD in Organic Chemistry from the UPV/EHU in 1997. Then, granted a Doctorate Extraordinary Award, he joined Professor Timothy C. Gallagher's group at the University of Bristol as a postdoctoral researcher, working on selective O- and C-glycosylations of 2-galactosamine, and was appointed Associate Professor in 2000. His research interests deal mainly with the development of new catalytic systems applying sustainability criteria.
María Teresa Herrero received her PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of the Basque Country in 2002. Her dissertation was on hypervalent iodine-mediated oxidative processes. She then joined Professor Isaa Katime's group at the Physical Chemistry Department as a postdoctoral fellow investigating the functionalization of pH-sensitive polymeric nanoparticles for antitumor therapy. In 2004, she became Assistant Lecturer and, in 2010, was appointed Senior Lecturer. Her current research focuses on metal-catalyzed synthesis of heterocycles.
Instrumentation. Spectral Data. Problem-Solving Strategies. Summary Tables of Some Useful Spectroscopic Data. Abbreviations. Problems. Solutions to Problems.