Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

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Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) is a technique used in Chemistry and Biochemistry to give information about the structure of molecules. It is a type of spectroscopy (other examples you might have heard of are infrared spectroscopy which gives you information about functional groups present in a molecule and mass spectroscopy which gives you information about the mass of the molecule and how it breaks up).

NMR spectroscopy is also used in MRI scanners which are used in hospitals to gain information on structures within the body. The great benefit of this technique is that it is non-invasive, allowing doctors to diagnose problems without, for example, surgery being required.

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