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Nuclear Spin Relaxation in Liquids

Theory, Experiments, and Applications, Second Edition, 2nd Edition

By Jozef Kowalewski, Lena Maler

CRC Press

372 pages | 153 B/W Illus.

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Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) is widely used across many fields of science because of the rich data it produces, and some of the most valuable data come from studies of nuclear spin relaxation in solution. The first edition of this book, published more than a decade ago, provided an accessible and cohesive treatment of the field. The present second edition is a significant update, covering important new developments in recent years.

Collecting relaxation theory, experimental techniques, and illustrative applications into a single volume, this book clarifies the nature of the phenomenon, shows how to study it and explains why such studies are worthwhile. Coverage ranges from basic to rigorous theory and from simple to sophisticated experimental methods. Topics include cross-relaxation, multispin phenomena, relaxation studies of molecular dynamics and structure and special topics such as relaxation in systems with quadrupolar nuclei, in paramagnetic systems and in long-living spin states.

Avoiding overly demanding mathematics, the authors explain spin relaxation in a manner that anyone with a familiarity with NMR can follow. The focus is on illustrating and explaining the physical nature of relaxation phenomena. Nuclear Spin Relaxation in Liquids: Theory, Experiments and Applications, 2nd edition, provides useful supplementary reading for graduate students and is a valuable reference for NMR spectroscopists, whether in chemistry, physics or biochemistry.


"This book by Kowalewski and Maeler provides an outstanding overview of nuclear spin relaxation. The authors successfully guide the reader towards a clear understanding of the underlying physics, which is described using an accessible formalism, and at the same time providing a rigorous treatment. The reader is gradually introduced to the more complex theories, to the understanding of standard and advanced NMR experiments, and is updated on the very recent applications. This book is highly recommended as a reference book and a textbook to learn both the fundamentals and the more advanced aspects of the field."

—Claudio Luchinat, CERM, University of Florence

Praise for the first edition:

"…Three areas of theory, experiment, and applications are addressed in this monograph. …The applications throughout the book are often chosen from biochemistry, although there are examples of relaxation in 'small' organic molecules. … I found the book very readable. I am quite sure that NMR spectroscopists and chemists … will find it a particularly handy reference … ."

Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 128, No. 32, 2006

Table of Contents

1 Equilibrium and Non-Equilibrium States in NMR

2 Simple Relaxation Theory

3 Relaxation through Dipolar Interactions

4 The Redfield Relaxation Theory

5 Applications of Redfield Theory to Systems of Spin 1/2 Nuclei

6 Spectral Densities and Molecular Dynamics

7 NMR: The Toolbox

8 Measuring T 1 and T 2 Relaxation Rates

9 Cross-Relaxation Measurements

10 Cross-Correlation and Multiple-Quantum Relaxation Measurements

11 Relaxation and Molecular Dynamics

12 Applications of Relaxation-Related Measurements to Structure


13 Relaxation and Chemical Exchange

14 Effects of Quadrupolar Nuclei

15 Nuclear Spin Relaxation in Paramagnetic Systems in Solution

16 Long-Lived Nuclear Spin States and Related Topics

17 Nuclear Spin-Relaxation in Other Aggregation States

About the Authors

Jozef Kowalewski is professor emeritus of Physical Chemistry, at the Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry, Stockholm University, Sweden.

Lena Mäler is professor in Biochemistry at the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Stockholm University, Sweden.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Chemistry / Physical & Theoretical
SCIENCE / Solid State Physics
SCIENCE / Spectroscopy & Spectrum Analysis