The highly coveted Gaussian peak, a sharp symmetrical shape on a flat baseline, is the ideal peak shape in chromatography. Why is it so highly desired? Naturally, we tend to be drawn to the beauty of symmetry, but more importantly, good peak shape is important for better resolution (Rs) and increased accuracy in quantitation.
1H NMR is the go-to technique to help identify or confirm the structure of organic compounds. A solution-state proton spectrum is relatively fast to acquire and a lot of information about the structure of a compound can be deduced from it. With centuries of combined experience in NMR data interpretation, we thought we’d share the basics of analyzing solution-phase 1H NMR spectra in this blog.