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Book Review Analytical NMR. Edited by L. D. Field and S. Sternhell

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definite articles and prepositions are often missing or incorrectly used. Nevertheless, this book should be in the library
of every scientist working in heterogeneous catalysis or related fields.
Wilhelm E: Maier [NB 1105 IE]
Fachbereich Chemie
der Universitat-Gesamthochschule Essen (FRG)
Analytical NMR. Edited by L . D . Field and S . Sternhell.
Wiley, Chichester 1989. viii, 250 pp., hardcover,
E 32.95.-ISBN 0-471-91714-1
Following the rapid developments that have occurred in
NMR spectroscopy there is now a flood of monographs of
widely different kinds. Just as one thinks that every corner of
the potential readership must already have been covered, yet
another publisher strikes out in a supposedly new direction.
This book, containing a selection of review articles, is aimed
at the (industrial) analytical chemist who is looking for upto-date information on special applications. It seems to me
that there is a real need here, as the NMR user frequently has
problems in choosing between the many different experimental approaches.
Unfortunately in this case the disadvantages of a heterogeneous selection of articles are all too apparent. An illustration of this is the recommendation on page44 that one
should use 90” pulses for quantitative measurements, followed by the next author’s recommendation (on page 73) to
use pulses of 40” or less. Also there are annoying instances of
repetition, for example in the discussion of quantitative
NMR spectroscopy of solids on pages 52-56 and again on
pages 95-98, and in the concept of cross-polarization which
is explained by three different authors in a total of seven
pages (fortunately they all agree).
The first article is an introduction entitled “Fundamental
Aspects of NMR Spectroscopy”. Such attempts to cover the
fundamentals of NMR in just a few pages are apt to bring a
tolerant smile. This article by L . D . Field (34 pp.) is, as expected, no better than previous attempts, and is unnecessary
for an understanding of the articles that follow.
The second article by .J R. Mooney (22 pp.) is concerned
with quantitative 13C NMR spectroscopy. The emphasis is
on experimental aspects; however, for the reader who starts
off enthusiastically, it would have been useful and sobering
to give some data on molar concentrations. The discussion
of the mathematical treatment of the data, e.g. integration
and corrections of baseline and of phase, is very superficial.
Some important methods such as integration with interpolation, or the use of algorithms for the quantitative treatment
of partially overlapping signals, are not mentioned.
However, tucked into the middle of the book are three
articles which might lead one to consider buying it. The
article “Analysis of Fossil Fuels” by C . E. Snape (48 pp.)
gives an authoritative and comprehensive survey of the
methods that should be used by the self-critical NMR spectroscopist, with the emphasis on analysis of solids and highboiling fractions. This is followed by an article on “NMR of
Zeolites, Silicates and Solid Catalysts” by A . D.H. Clague
and N. C. M . Alma (41 pp.). Although the last of these topics
is treated rather too briefly, the article offers the reader an
excellent overview of the 29Si and 27A1NMR spectroscopy
of zeolites and silicates, together with a wealth of references
to original papers (240 citations) as a basis for studying these
topics in more depth. The sixth chapter on “Biological Applications of NMR” by P . W Kuchel(62 pp.) describes techAngew. Chem. In/. Ed. Engl. 30 (1991) No. 6
niques for in vitro measurements on cell suspensions, organs
and body fluids. This rapidly growing field of research could
have a great future in view of the increasing restrictions on
animal experiments. The emphasis in this review is on the
experimental possibilities rather than on the biological interpretation of the results. This limitation is to be welcomed, as
it enables the author to give an expert and complete review
of the aspects related to analysis; some minor inaccuracies
(e.g. on p. 160, where the correct expression is 360~lv,,~)
be excused.
The book ends with an article by M . Spraul and R.-D.
Reinhard (25 pp.) on automation in the NMR laboratory.
Unfortunately this is unlikely to help an experimentalist in
his work. There are hardly any literature references for further reading (actually six altogether), although there is a
section dealing with computerized interpretation of spectra.
In view of the various data banks that are commercially
available and the methods based on them (not a single mention here of the work of W Bremser!), and the numerous
algorithms for computerized analysis of two-dimensional
NMR spectra that have come from groups such as those of
Ernst. Bodenhausen, Kalbitzer and Levy, it is regrettable that
so many opportunities have been missed here.
In summary: for practical work in the NMR laboratory
some introductions that are more useful than this one already exist, and for obtaining a basic understanding of the
experiments there are better books. The specialist already
has access to comparable reviews in the usual journals. One
can only hope that the needs of analysts will be met by other
books that can be unreservedly recommended.
Herbert Kogler [NB 1095 IE]
Hoechst AG
Frankfurt/Main, FRG
Nomenclature of Inorganic Chemistry: Recommendations
1990. International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry.
Edited by G . .
Leigh. Blackwell Scientific Publications,
Oxford 1990. xxiv, 289 pp., paperback, $27.50.-ISBN
0-632-02494-1. Hardcover version is no longer available.
Nomenclature has been an integral part of modern chemistry since its inception. The publication of Guyton de Morveau, Lavoisier, Berthollet, and de Fourcroy’s Mkthode de
nomenclature chimique (1 787) preceded by two years the publication of Lavoisier’s Trait6 6lkmentaire de chimie (1789),
which is universally regarded as marking the birth of modern
chemistry. In 1913 the Council of the International Association of Chemical Societies appointed a commission on inorganic and organic nomenclature, and in 1921 its successor
organization, the International Union of Pure and Applied
Chemistry (IUPAC), appointed commissions on inorganic,
organic, and biological chemistry.
The first report of the IUPAC’s Commission on the
Nomenclature of Inorganic Chemistry (CNIC) (“1940
Rules”) was published in the leading journals of different
countries. These rules, revised and rewritten, were published
as a small book, Nomenclature of Inorganic Chemistry 1957,
Butterworths, London 1959, ix, 93 pp., known as the “1957
Rules” or the “Red Book” from the color of its cover. A
second revision, Nomenclature of Inorganic Chemistry: Definitive Rules 1970, Pergamon, Oxford 1971, xi, 110 pp., was
supplemented by a 36-page IUPAC booklet, How to Name
an Inorganic Substance, and by articles in various publications.
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