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NMR Spectroscopy: A Versatile Tool for Environmental Research

NMR Spectroscopy: A Versatile Tool for Environmental Research

Myrna J. Simpson (Editor), Andre J. Simpson (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-61643-7

Jun 2014

448 pages



The challenges faced by environmental scientists today are vast, complex, and multi-faceted.  For instance, predicting the fate of an environmental pollutant or understanding ecosystem responses to climate change, necessitate a firm understanding of molecular structure and dynamics of environmental media as well as the components that exist and interact within this media.  Furthermore, linking information obtained at the molecular-scale to ecosystem-level processes is a major pursuit of modern environmental research.  As such, NMR spectroscopy and its scalability from the molecular-scale to the macroscopic-scale, is facilitating rapid growth in environmental science. In addition, the versatility of NMR spectroscopy has resulted in the development and implementation of different types of NMR techniques to examine the structure of various types of environmental samples, living and non-living, as well as the study of critical environmental processes. 

This comprehensive handbook is a collection of chapters that span from methods to how NMR is used in environmental research to gain insight into various ecosystem properties. 
It is organized into three parts:

  • Part A focuses on methods used in environmental NMR which span from solution-state to magnetic resonance imaging. 
  • Part B emphasizes how NMR spectroscopy plays an essential role in understanding various types of environmental components and related processes, including different forms of organic matter found in soil, water, and air as well as how NMR is used to probe the fate of water, organic pollutants, and metals in the environment. 
  • Part C focuses on the growing field of environmental metabolomics which uses NMR as its main discovery platform. 

This volume highlights the immense potential of NMR spectroscopy to expand our fundamental understanding of environmental processes and how it will continue to do so well into the future.


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Preface        Environmental  NMR


Part 1:  Fundamentals of Environmental NMR

1                    Environmental NMR: Solution-state Methods

2                    Environmental NMR: Diffusion Ordered Spectroscopy Methods

3                    Environmental NMR: Hyphenated Methods

4                    Environmental NMR: Solid-state Methods

5                    Environmental NMR: High Resolution Magic-angle Spinning

6                    Environmental Comprehensive Multi-phase NMR

7                    Environmental NMR: Magnetic Resonance Imaging

8                    Environmental NMR: Fast Field Cycling Relaxometry

9                    Mobile NMR

10                 Terrestrial Magnetic Field NMR: Recent Advances


Part 2: NMR for Air, Soil and Water

11                 Dissolved Organic Matter

12                 Atmospheric Organic Matter

13                 Soil Organic Matter

14                 Chemical Ecology

15                 Forest Ecology

16                 Biofuels

17                 Clay Minerals

18                 Soil-water Interactions

19                 Metals in The Environment

20                 Organic Pollutants in The Environment

21                 Soil-plant Atmosphere Continuum Studied by MRI


Part 3: NMR and Environmental Metabolomics

22                 Environmental Metabolomics

23                 Methodology of NMR For Environmental Metabolomics

24                 Environmental Metabolomics of Soil Organisms

25                 Environmental Metabolomics of Aquatic Organisms

26                 Environmental Metabolomics of Microbes

27                 Plant Metabolomics