The ChemFinder database

Using Online Databases

There are heaps of online databases – most of them are not free, however, and it’s well worth making a note of those that are free.

One of the finest, if not oldest, and most useful both for training students and teachers is the free ChemFinder search engine. This is a free service brought to you by Cambridge Software ( who are the software authors of the industry standard chemical structure drawing software, ChemDraw and ChemOffice.

First point your browser at Here you can enter a compound name or formula ….

… and after a bit of searching, the server will return the database results, including a useful graphic of the chemical structure.

Applications of ICT in Chemistry
The following link lead to an interesting article on uses of ICT in chemistry

MSDS Chemical database
Students and teachers use MSDS when organising an experiment.  Type in the chemical e.g. hydrochloric acid and it gives a data sheet where students and teachers check the hazards and how to dispose of the experiment residues safely.


ACD/ChemSketch is a chemically intelligent drawing interface that allows you to draw almost any chemical structure including organics, organometallics, polymers, and Markush structures. Use it to produce professional looking structures and diagrams for reports and publications.

Molar mass and composition calculator

Generating composition data for elemental analysis calculations easily using the Matthew Monroe’s free Molar Mass Calculator obtainable from:

This excellent piece of freeware has been developed through numerous versions and revisions over the last six years


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