Pierre Çarçabal and Emilio J. Cocinero wrote a book chapter about carbohydrates on the book “Gas-Phase IR Spectroscopy and Structure of Biological Molecules“. The series Topics in Current Chemistry presents critical reviews of the present and future trends in modern chemical research. The scope of coverage is all areas of chemical science including the interfaces with related disciplines such as biology, medicine and materials science.
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