Encyclopedia of Spectroscopy and Spectrometry

Encyclopedia of Spectroscopy and Spectrometry, 2nd Edition

Encyclopedia of Spectroscopy and Spectrometry, 2nd Edition,John Lindon,ISBN9780080922171

J Lindon   

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The Encyclopedia of Spectroscopy and Spectrometry pulls key information into a single source for quick access to answers and/or in-depth examination of topics

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  • Incorporates more than 150 color figures, 5,000 references, and 300 articles (30% of which are new), for a thorough examination of the field
  • Highlights new research and promotes innovation in applied areas ranging from food science and forensics to biomedicine and health
  • Features a new co-editor: David Koppenaal of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Washington, USA, whose work in atomic mass spectrometry has been recognized internationally


The Second Edition of the Encyclopedia of Spectroscopy and Spectrometry pulls key information into a single source for quick access to answers and/or in-depth examination of topics. "SPEC-2" covers theory, methods, and applications for researchers, students, and professionals—combining proven techniques and new insights for comprehensive coverage of the field. The content is available in print and online via ScienceDirect, the latter of which offers optimal flexibility, accessibility, and usability through anytime, anywhere access for multiple users and superior search functionality.

No other work gives analytical and physical (bio)chemists such unprecedented access to the literature. With 30% new content, SPEC-2 maintains the "authoritative, balanced coverage" of the original work while also breaking new ground in spectroscopic research.


Professional spectroscopists working in academia or industry (e.g., in pharmaceutical, chemical, and engineering industries), relevant libraries and individual research groups

John Lindon

John Lindon is a Professor and Senior Research Investigator in the Section of Biomolecular Medicine, part of the Department of Surgery and Cancer, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London, UK. He is also a founder Director of, and a Consultant to, Metabometrix Ltd, a company spun out of Imperial College to exploit the commercial possibilities of metabonomics. He obtained his B.Sc, Ph.D. and D.Sc degrees from Birmingham University UK, was a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University, New York, USA (1969-1970), then joined the Chemistry Department of Southampton University UK, to use NMR methods to research the properties of liquid crystals and to be responsible for the NMR laboratory. From 1976 to 1995 he was at the Wellcome Research Laboratories (a pharmaceutical company) in the UK, latterly as Head of Spectroscopy, which is now part of GlaxoSmithKline. He then joined Birkbeck College, University of London, and moved to Imperial College London as part of the transfer of the metabonomics team in 1998. He has co-authored a book on NMR of oriented molecules, another on metabonomics in toxicology and, in 2007, one on metabonomics in general. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Spectroscopy and Spectrometry, serves on the editorial boards of a number of journals and has authored many review articles and chapters, plus around 400 research papers. His achievements include the pioneering of a range of NMR data acquisition and processing methods, the use of nematic liquid crystals and NMR spectroscopy for determing accurate molecular structures in the liquid state, and the application of spectroscopy and other physical chemistry methods in drug design. Developments of NMR-based approaches in biomedical research include the use of directly-coupled HPLC-NMR, application of high resolution magic-angle-spinning NMR to tissue samples, and the use of NMR and other analytical methods coupled with multivariate statistics to study biofluids and tissues, a field now termed metabonomics.

Affiliations and Expertise

Imperial College London, UK

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Encyclopedia of Spectroscopy and Spectrometry, 2nd Edition

Brief Contents and Highlights: Atomic Spectroscopy; Electronic Spectroscopy; High Energy Spectroscopy; Magnetic Resonance; Mass Spectrometry; Spatially Resolved Spectroscopic Analysis; Vibrational, Rotational, and Raman Spectroscopies

Quotes and reviews

Reviews of the first edition:

“There are many professionals . . . who would profit from this set in their libraries.”

“Outstanding effort . . . the entries [are] authoritative, with many written by the best-known workers in the field. A good balance of both breadth and depth of coverage.”
“This opus of more than 3,300 pages covers an extraordinary range of topics relating to spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. Editors Lindon, Tranter, and Koppenaal are specialists in biological NMR spectroscopy, chiral analytical methods, and atomic mass spectrometry, respectively. This edition represents a major update; though the majority of entries are reprinted verbatim from the first edition (CH, Dec'00, 38-2171; edited by Lindon, Tranter, and J. L. Holmes), the second edition features many new entries focused mainly on technologies that emerged in the last decade. These include proteomics and NMR studies on biofluids. Entries in the encyclopedia are classified as theory, methods/instrumentation, applications, historical perspectives, or overviews and are written in the style of a review journal article, ranging from about 5 to 15 pages. Clearly written and containing numerous figures (some in full color), tables, and extensive references, entries are mostly understandable to a typical working chemist, though a minority are quite specialized. The alphabetical arrangement is usable, but a subject-based arrangement might be more convenient for researching related topics.

This encyclopedia is unique in its scope and depth. It aims to assemble a comprehensive, balanced collection of information about both established and cutting-edge spectroscopic and spectrometric science, covering theoretical and practical aspects while maintaining readability and accessibility. Inevitably, in such an ambitious work, some important topics in rapidly evolving fields will be overlooked; e.g., little mention is made of the electron-transfer dissociation technique in mass spectrometry. Entries reprinted from the first edition were not updated at all. While newer entries often bring the information up-to-date, some of the older entries remain outdated, particularly in their bibliographies. Overall, this encyclopedia gathers vast amounts of information into a single work. Though imperfect, it is useful for working chemists and for others, including advanced students, as a reference in spectroscopy and spectrometry from ATR to Zeeman. ”
Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals/practitioners. -- E. J. Chang, York College
–CHOICE, June 2011 Vol. 48 No. 10


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