Our 750+ structure teaching database 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.

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

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.

 

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.

 

Symmetry

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

 

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.

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