Free Resources for the Classroom
The CCDC and our colleagues continually produce educational materials for teaching structural chemistry concepts in the classroom. Many of these materials make use of the Teaching Subset – a freely available set of over 750 structures that can be investigated with the free version of our Mercury visualization and analysis program.
If you are an educator looking for supplementary teaching materials, find out more about the Teaching Subset. If you have developed your own modules using the CSD and would like to share them with the broader community, please contact us at .
CCDC Bite-Sized Learning and Teaching Resources
Access a range of A-level (high school) teaching worksheets that illustrate a range of chemical concepts.
These modules were written by Peter Hoare’s team at the University of Newcastle.
Introduction to Optical Isomerism and Chirality
Click to download a short organic chemistry tutorial and quiz suitable for A-level (high-school) teaching on optical isomers and chiral molecule. This resource has been created based on the transcript of our YouTube video.
Download an introduction to Mercury using metal-organic complexes.
This module was written by Anthony Fernandez – Associate Professor, Merrimack College.
Hydrogen Bonding Concepts
Download a teaching module on hydrogen bonding.
This module was written by Stefano Canossa – Università degli Studi di Parma.
Introduction to Symmetry Operations and Point Groups
Download a short introduction to symmetry operations, symmetry elements and point groups. This brief module targets undergraduate students and it is realised based on the transcript of our YouTube video.
Click to download the flowchart used to determine Point Groups based on the symmetry elements identified.
Learning Point Group symmetry through 3D printed models
Click to download the answer key.
This module was developed by Anton Savchenkov and uses 3D printed models that he created from CSD data.
Click here to view these models on the Shapeways site.
Introduction to Crystallography for General Chemistry Students
Click to download an introduction to crystallography using the Teaching Subset.
These modules were written by Tim Royappa – Professor, University of West Florida.
Classroom Teaching Module: Structure Exploration
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: Crystallization
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.