Archive for February 7, 2019
Drug discovery is a multi-billion dollar industry and chemists play an integral role in many points on the drug discovery roadmap. In the midst of that discovery, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) is one of the top analytical methods, and one of the most useful, in modern chemistry.
Throughout it’s history, NMR has been an important method of analysis for chemists. Felix Bloch and Edward Mills Purcell first demonstrated NMR in 1946. They shared the Nobel Prize for their work in 1952. Richard Ernst first demonstrated Fourier transform nuclear magnetic resonance (FT NMR) in 1966. His procedure quickly replaced prior scanning techniques.
In the 1950s, the first commercial spectrometers were created and quickly became a key tool for research chemists. Over time, the benchtop NMR spectrometer became a tool of choice.
You might be wondering, what on Earth is NMR spectroscopy? Simply put, it’s used for elucidating (meaning to make clear or clarify) molecular structure by providi