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Keywords:

  • homonuclear broadband decoupling;
  • HSQC;
  • NMR spectroscopy;
  • pure-shift spectra;
  • structure elucidation

Abstract

Broadband homonuclear decoupling of proton spectra, that is, the collapse of all multiplets into singlets, has the potential of boosting the resolution of 1H NMR spectra. Several methods have been described in the last 40 years to achieve this goal. Most of them can only be applied in the indirect dimension of multi-dimensional NMR spectra or special data processing is necessary to yield decoupled 1D proton spectra. Recently, complete decoupling of proton spectra during acquisition has been introduced; this not only significantly reduced the experimental time to record these spectra, but also removed the need for any sophisticated processing schemes. Here we present an introduction and overview of the techniques and applications of broadband proton-decoupled proton experiments.