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Inorganic Chemistry Applications of UV-Visible Absorption and Circular Dichroism Spectroscopy

Elsevier Ltd
DOI: 10.1016/b978-0-12-374413-5.00059-2
  • Absorption
  • Chiral
  • Chirality
  • Chiroptical
  • Circular Dichroism
  • Crystal Field
  • Ellipticity
  • Ligand Polarisation
  • Linearly
  • Light
  • Polarisation
  • Polarised
  • Selection Rules
  • Symmetry
  • Transition Moment


UV-visible absorption spectroscopy is an invaluable method of investigating the structure and behaviour of inorganic compounds, especially the co-ordination complexes of transition metals, lanthanides and actinides. In the case of chiral compounds, the use of circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy is invaluable and adds not just an insight into the handedness of the structures but also a further elucidation of their electronic configuration due to the differing selection rules of the spectral transitions. A brief overview of their application to inorganic analysis is given.

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