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    Modern spectroscopic methods have largely replaced chemical tests as the standard means of identifying chemical structures, and for a practising practical organic chemist 1H-NMR has become a routine tool for identifying the products of reactions.

    Spectroscopic techniques are fundamentally based on the molecules absorbing energy then monitoring the affect this has on the molecule. The spectra produced from each of the different spectroscopic methods typically give different bits of information that can be collected and used to help determine the structure of the molecule.


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