This book provides a unified, comprehensive introduction to the field of vibrational optical activity (VOA) that gives both introductory and in-depth coverage to infrared vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) and vibrational Raman optical activity (ROA).
Laurence Nafie is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Syracuse University where, as a faculty member since 1975, he has been a leading world authority on VOA. He confirmed experimentally the first observation of infrared VCD, was the first to propose and measure Fourier transform VCD, and is the discoverer of several of the forms of ROA. He has also contributed to the theoretical foundations of both VCD and ROA. For nearly four decades, he has carried out research in the field of VOA and in 1996 co-founded the company BioTools for the commercialization of advanced spectroscopic instrumentation, including VCD and ROA spectrometers and services. He was also the founding Editor of the journal Biospectroscopy that subsequently merged with Biopolymers, and he is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Raman Spectroscopy.