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Interpretation of Mass Spectra, Fourth Edition

Fred W. McLafferty Cornell University

ISBN 978-0-935702-25-5
eISBN 978-1-938787-27-0
Copyright 1993
371 pages, Clothbound


Translated into German.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Elemental Composition
3. The Molecular Ion
4. Basic Mechanisms of Ion Fragmentation
5. Postulation of Molecular Structures
6. Auxiliary Techniques
7. Theory of Unimolecular Ion Decompositions
8. Detailed Mechanisms of Ion Fragmentation
9. Mass Spectra of Common Compound Classes
10.Computer Identification of Unknown Mass Spectra
11.Solutions to Unknowns
Bibliography; Appendix; Index


“Strongly recommended…the standard for chemists needing to interpret mass spectra.”

“Professor McLafferty’s text has become a classic for classroom or self study concerned with interpreting mass spectra in order to discern molecular structures or identities of compounds.”
-International Journal of Mass Spectrometry

Fred W. McLafferty Cornell University

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František Tureček

František Tureček is the Klaus and Mary Ann Saegebarth Endowed Professor of Chemistry at the University of Washington. He was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, where he received a PhD in organic chemistry from Charles University in 1977. In 1987 he left Czechoslovakia and joined Fred McLafferty at Cornell University.  In 1990 he joined the faculty of the Chemistry Department at University of Washington, Seattle, as Associate Professor and was promoted to Professor in 1995. He was also VIP Visiting Professor at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Aarhus, Denmark (2007), Visiting Professor at Ecole Polytechnique Palaiseau (2008, 2010),  Universite Marie Curie, Paris (2008), and Universite de Normandie, Rouen (2013), and the Royal Society Kan Tong Po Visiting Professor at the University of Hong Kong (2014).

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