Software for Teaching Chemistry
Chemistry happens in 3D — show your students with interactive 3D visualizations. Teach concepts like bonding, co-ordination, geometry, chirality and more with 3D models of real-life molecular structures. Explore real-life applications of chemistry such as drug discovery, materials design or nutrients.
We offer a range of free and paid software and data to support teaching chemistry, biochemistry, pharmaceutical science, materials science, crystallography and more.
View 3D Molecular Structures
Show real-life molecules in 3D, to explore concepts like geometry, chirality, co-ordination and more.
Our free CSD Teaching Subset contains 750+ molecules chosen to demonstrate key concepts.
Teach Fundamental Chemistry Concepts
Free PDF lesson plans and worksheets to teach concepts at A-level (high school) and undergraduate levels. Topics covered include symmetry operations, metal-organic complexes, chirality and more.
Teach crystallography with the extensive collection of free resources in DECOR. Make this topic accessible, relevant, and break down complex ideas with a range of presentations, PDFs, and online courses.
Visualize Molecular Structures
View molecular structures from the public data or your own experiments in the free version of Mercury. Customize the view, explore symmetry planes, and generate images, animations or 3D printing files.
Analyse Molecular Structures
Assess bond lengths, ring geometry, valence and torsion angles, and generate charts and statistics about any molecular structure in the full version of Mercury, for a more in-depth exploration of molecules.
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“I have been using it for over 20 years to illustrate the 3-D structures of interesting molecules! The Teaching Database, Mercury, and WebCSD, have made the CSD my primary (and indispensable) teaching tool. Students inevitably love seeing the magnificent structures and Mercury is so easy to use that they become captivated.”
Professor Miriam Rossi
“The CSD and related software became the leading tool for knowledge-based approaches in crystallography and related sciences. Its numerous applications in material and agricultural sciences, crystal engineering and pharmaceutics demonstrate flexibility of algorithms implemented within the CSD and high potential for future development. This became possible because not only many of the CCDC members are active scientists by themselves, but also due to their collaboration with industry and constant communication with end users which is highly appreciated.”
Dr Anna Vologzhanina
Illinois State University
“I have been a CSD user for at least 25 years and have been collaborating with CCDC scientists for over 15 years. With support from the U.S. National Science Foundation, I worked with the CCDC to provide two years of faculty training and full access for Chemistry Departments at dozens of U.S. Community Colleges and Primarily Undergraduate Institutions. This collaboration helped us better understand how the CSD could be utilized to teach chemistry students.”
Professor Gregory Ferrence