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CHE 522: Structure Determination in Organic and Medicinal Chemistry

Spectroscopic techniques are invaluable tools for the structural characterization of organic compounds. This course provides students with fundamental and practical knowledge on using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), infrared and ultraviolet spectroscopy and mass spectrometry techniques. After a brief introduction into the theory behind these techniques, the majority of the course focuses on developing data interpretation and problem solving skills. A large porion of the course is devoted to utilizing 1D and 2D 1H and 13C NMR spectroscopy methods for structure determination of organic compounds. Students learn how to choose a particular characterization method, design proper experiments, and analyze and interpret the obtained spectra.