Our 750+ structure teaching subset includes a wide variety of molecules (from adrenaline to zirconium complexes) and can be used to enhance learning across the chemistry curriculum. A range of associated teaching units demonstrate how the interactive on-line teaching database can be used to teach core chemistry concepts.

 

What is in the CSD Teaching Subset

Entries in the teaching subset have been classified by the various concepts they are used to demonstrate.  Click on the header for each classification to view the structures included.

Teaching Fundamental Chemistry

These entries serve to demonstrate fundamental chemistry concepts such as VSEPR theory, coordination chemistry, geometry, chirality and isomerism.  They may also contain examples of common classes of organic compounds or functional groups such as alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, ketones, esters, acids, alcohols and aldehydes.  Entries may also include common molecules of interest such as cholesterol, caffeine, or fullerene.

 

Teaching Chemistry with Drug Molecules

These entries contain common drug molecules of general interest such as aspirin, ephedrine, cisplatin and omeprazole.  This category also includes common vitamins and drug-like molecules such as vitamin C, theobromine, and nicotine.

 

Teaching Symmetry in Chemistry

Entries in this group contain molecules which exhibit the most commonly encountered point-group symmetries.

 

Teaching Metal Organic Frameworks, MOFs

These entries are commonly encountered metal-organic framework materials.  MOF materials exhibit high porosity and are useful across a variety of fields including catalysis, gas storage and separation, and drug delivery.

 

Teaching Essential Nutrients molecular structures

These entries contain a molecule that is an essential nutrient for the human body.  An essential nutrient cannot be synthesised in the body but is required for normal physiological functioning.  These nutrients therefore need to be consumed.  There are 9 amino acids, 2 fatty acids, 13 vitamins and 15 minerals, as well as choline that are essential nutrients.  

 

Click here to access our interactive on-line Teaching Subset in Access Structure. 

Download an annotated spreadsheet of all the structures in the Teaching Database:

 

Other ways to access the Teaching Subset

You can download the CIF files for all the structures included in the Teaching Subset from the Downloads page. There, click on CSD Educational Collection to expand it, and you can find the CIFs under "CSD Educational Collection CIFs".

 How to download the CIFs collection for the Teaching Subset

You can also access the Teaching Database in Mercury. From the CSD-Community menu, select Open Teaching Database.

How to open the Teaching Subset in Mercury

 

Using the Teaching Subset

The structures from the Teaching Subsets can be used by educators and students to enhance learning in the way that most suit their needs, as well as teaching and learning styles.

If you are looking for materials, examples, and inspiration, you can refer to the following resources:

Teaching Modules

 

 

 

 

  • Classroom Teaching Module: Structure Exploration

    Classroom Teaching Module: Structure Exploration

    Click to download the packet for use in the classroom
    This module was developed for use in the classroom based on hands-on exercises used at the Cambridge Science Festival.  Thanks to Louise Dawe (Wilfrid Laurier University) for assistance with curriculum benchmarking.

  • Classroom Teaching Module: Structure Exploration

    Classroom Teaching Module: Crystallization

    Click to download the packet for use in the classroom 
    This module was developed for use in the classroom based on hands-on exercises used at the Cambridge Science Festival.  Thanks to Louise Dawe (Wilfrid Laurier University) for assistance with curriculum benchmarking and Prof. Robert Pike at The College of William and Mary for providing additional resources. 

 

  • Periodic Table Educational Resources: Battlecards

    To celebrate the year 2019 being the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table, CCDC embarked on the International Year of the Periodic Table (IYPT) in Crystals project.  We've created a webpage for every element on the Periodic Table.  Each webpage has information about the elemental form and an associated chemical compound, the crystal structure of which can be found in the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD).  Now we're turning this well of information into a valuable educational resource for anyone who wants to learn more about chemistry.

    Click here for the IYPT Crystals Activities! More resources coming soon!