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Online and and print information resources for chemistry and biochemistry researchers and students.
Last Updated: Aug 26, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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ChemBioOffice/ChemDraw @ UCSD

This is a campus-wide license, funded by a joint contribution from the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, and ACMS. 

  • For Windows: ChemBioOffice 14, which includes ChemBioDraw 14 (aka ChemDraw), ChemBio3D, and other programs (complete list here). 
  • For Macs: ChemBioDraw 14 (aka ChemDraw).

Includes rich collection of training webinars, shorter video clips, and support resources. ChemBioDraw 14 also integrates SciFinder into the ChemDraw search interface so you can send your ChemDraw structures and reactions directly to SciFinder (once you login) without having to copy/paste or import

  1. Register with PerkinElmer (formerly CambridgeSoft), using your email address.
  2. Once ACMS confirms your status, they will email you the instructions to download and activate the software. Please contact ACMS ( if you have any questions.

MestReNova LITE is included in the ChemBioOffice package. However, it requires its own license activation (form and instructions). Once MNova verifies your license details (about 3 working days), they will email you the necessary license file.

If you want to use ChemBioDraw without installing it on your own computer:

  • ChemBioDraw is installed on the ACMS computers in NSB 2303, Student Center G 202, and in Geisel Library, 2nd floor East Wing (Labs GL 2095 and 2098).

  • Students can also access it on their own computer through the pilot ACMS Virtual Computing Lab. You’ll need to register for access, then download the VMWare View Client so you can login and connect. There’s also VMWare View app for iPads.

More Structure Drawing Programs

  • Accelrys Draw 4.0 (no-fee version)
    Chemical structure drawing tool. Free, but registration required to download. Formerly Symyx (ISIS/Draw).
  • KnowItAll Informatics System Academic Edition
    Bio-Rad's free spectra software package for students. Draw 3D, structures, import spectra for lab reports, interpret IR/Raman spectra, process IR/NMR/Raman spectra, and access Sadtler Spectroscopy Handbooks online.
  • ChemDoodle
    Structure/reaction editor for Windows, Mac and Linux. Supports 16 file formats, including .mol, .smi, .skc and .inchi. Free to try, $60 to purchase.
  • MarvinSketch
    Free structure/reaction editor from ChemAxon. Structure editor supporting multiple file formats, for Windows, Mac and Linux.
  • JChemPaint
    Free, open source editor that runs on any computer running Java Runtime Environment (Windows, Mac, etc.)

ChemDraw for iPad (new)

ChemDraw for iPad is now available from iTunes ($9.99). From PerkinElmer:

With simple touch gestures scientists can use ChemDraw® for iPad® to quickly create, edit and share publication-quality chemical structures and reactions, while leveraging 25 years of proven chemical intelligence and attention to detail in ChemDraw desktop software

ChemDraw® for iPad® Features revolutionary Flick-to-Share™ technology so that researchers, students and teachers can immediately "flick" chemical drawings to other app users within their network and receive modified structures back; no multi-step emailing or cloud storage services required.


Safety Videos from UCSD

A list of safety videos is available on the Blink safety portal. Some were produced by Dr. Haim Weizman in the Department of Chemisty and Biochemistry, including A Day in the Lab (A PI's Perspective). The other videos were produced elsewhere.

You can also view the UCSD safety videos on their YouTube channel, which may have more recent videos that haven't been embedded on the Blink page.


More Safety Videos

The Safety Zone blog at Chemical & Engineering News has put together of list of lab safety videos, arranged by topic: emergency response, hazardous waste, pyrophorics, fume hoods, eye protection and more (includes the UCSD videos). The Dow Lab Safety Academy also has an extensive collection of safety videos.


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