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Keywords:

  • NIR;
  • VCD;
  • overtones and combinations;
  • local modes;
  • mechanical anharmonicity;
  • electrical anharmonicity

Abstract

The first well documented experiments of Near Infrared Vibrational Circular Dichroism (NIR-VCD) were performed around 1975. We review the thirty year history of NIR-VCD, encompassing both instrumental development and theoretical/computational methods that allow interpretation of experimental spectra, harvesting useful structural information therefrom. We hope to stimulate interest in this still scarcely explored spectroscopy of chiral molecules. Chirality 21:E242–E252, 2009. © 2009 Wiley-Liss, Inc.