KJ3021 - Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 4 hours C

Course content

The course presents an overview of the principles of modern NMR spectroscopy and its application within organic chemistry. NMR puls techniques are presented. Various 1D experiments are discussed, including double resonance and those consisting of complex pulse sequences. Two-dimensional experiments and applications on static and dynamic structure determinations are reviewed. Selected examples of published applications are discussed.

Learning outcome

After having completed the course, the student should be able to:

1. Explain the basic principles of NMR at an advanced level.
2. Explain the concepts of 1D and 2D NMR experiments.
3. Show the effect of basic pulse sequences on macroscopic magnetization by applying Bloch's vector model.
4. Show and explain function of the main units of an NMR instrument.
5. Prepare a sample for an NMR experiment.
6. Operate an NMR instrument: run a standard 1H 1D NMR experiment.
7. Acquire and process 1D and 2D NMR data by using TopShim software.
8. Analyze spectra using the same software and interpret them.
9. Elucidate structure of an unknown compound from a set of NMR spectra.
10. Design the most suitable NMR experiment setup for addressing a particular structure-related problem.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures (2 hours per week) and exercises (3 hours per week). Lectures and exercises are in English. The examination paper will only be given in English, and the answers have to be given in English as well.
For re-sit exam or exam during a term without lectures in this course, written examination may be changed to oral examination.

Further on evaluation

In case of a re-sit examination only the written exam is repeated.

Course materials

H. Friebolin: Basic One- and Two-Dimensional NMR Spectroscopy, 5. ed., Wiley-VCH, 2011. E. Breitmaier: Structure Elucidation by NMR in Organic Chemistry, 3. ed., Wiley, 2002.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MNKKJ321 7.5
MNKKJ321 7.5
TKJ4120 7.5 01.08.2006
KJ3022 7.5 01.09.2012
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 2
Lab hours: 3
No.of specialization hours: 7

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Chemistry
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Chemistry



Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Written examination 100/100 C 2020-12-19 09:00 INSPERA
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Spring ORD Written examination 100/100 C INSPERA
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