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CSD Teaching Database

The CSD Teaching Database is a 500-structure subset carefully selected to enhance chemistry learning


The CSD Teaching Database includes a wide variety of molecules and can be used to enhance chemistry learning across the curriculum. By integrating crystal structures into your course you will provide your students with the chance to visualise and manipulate molecules in 3D and to work with real measured data.

The CSD Teaching Database contains:

  • Many of the key molecules typically used in standard chemical texts to exemplify the core concepts and principles taught in the undergraduate chemistry curriculum. These include compounds used to illustrate fundamental concepts of bonding and structure, conformational analysis, stereochemistry and reaction mechanisms.
  • Examples of all major chemical functional groups as well as a wide range of
    broader chemical classes, including carbohydrates, nucleotides, amino acids, steroids, porphyrins, alkaloids, catena structures, and high polymers.
  • A diverse range of molecular geometries, including simple examples (composed entirely of main group elements) of all the main VSEPR structure types.

3D structure of ferrocene (FEROCE27) The “see-saw” shape of dibromodimethylselenium (RIZMIW), where the lone pair occupies an equatorial position in a trigonal bipyramid to minimize lone-pair−bonding-pair repulsions.

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