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Orange NMR update


Orange NMR has been updated.

Orange NMR is an App to predict 13C and 1H NMR spectra: draw a structure to see its spectrum. The accuracy of the algorithm is about 1.9 ppm for 13C and 0.21 ppm for 1H (RMSD=3.4 and 0.31 ppm correspondingly). The number of heavy atoms in structure to predict for free is restricted to 12 atoms. This restriction can be removed by purchasing additional licenses.

  • Instantly re-calculate spectrum while changing structure;
  • Predicted spectra stored in iCloud and synchronised among all iOS devices and Mac version (;
  • Email PDF report;
  • Zoom in spectrum;
  • Zoom in structure (important for iPhone users);
  • Option to display chemical shift values on structure;
  • Simple clean interface.

The prediction algorithm is derived by: K. A. Blinov, E. D. Smurnyy, T. S. Churanova, M. E. Elyashberg, A. J. Williams, Chemom. Intell. Lab. Syst. 2009, 97, 91

What's New in Version 2.4 More accurate 3J H-H couplings prediction.

There are many more science apps for mobile devices here.

Chemistry on Mobile Devices Meeting


WebMo and Molecule World Updates


A couple of updates.

Molecule World.

What's New in Version 3.0

  • Download individual structures and entire collections of molecules to support teaching activities
  • Lock a chain to prevent changes in appearance
  • Performance improvements make rendering faster and improve behavior with larger structures

WebMO: Molecular Editor, Viewer, and Computational Chemistry Interface

What's New in Version 1.6.2

  • WebMO 17 compatibility
  • Bugfixes to molecular mechanics cleanup
  • Improved rendering of atom labels
  • Resolved issues when connecting to WebMO via Safari hotlink

Chemistry on Mobile Devices Meeting


Chemistry on Mobile Devices: Create, Compute, Collaborate


A few more details on the Chemistry on Mobile Devices Meeting organised by RSC Chemical Information and Computer Applications Group,

7 September 2016 10:00-16:30, Cambridge, United Kingdom

The presentation agenda is now complete but there will be time set aside for poster/demonstrations of apps. If you want to demo your app simply sign up as a delegate and let us know you would like to demo.

Looks like it should be an interesting meeting with couple of “first disclosures” already in place.


WolframAlpha updated


WolframAlpha has been updated to version 1.7.2.

Wolfram|Alpha. Building on 25 years of development led by Stephen Wolfram, Wolfram|Alpha has rapidly become the world's definitive source for instant expert knowledge and computation. Across thousands of domains--with more continually added--Wolfram|Alpha uses its vast collection of algorithms and data to compute answers and generate reports for you. Parts of Wolfram|Alpha are used in the Apple Siri Assistant; this app gives you access to the full power of the Wolfram|Alpha computational knowledge engine.


Chemistry on Mobile Devices: Create, Compute, Collaborate


Just looking at the speakers at the Mobile Chemistry conference organised by RSC Chemical Information and Computer Applications Group 7 September 2016 10:00-16:30, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Andy Davies is talking about the RSC Medicinal Chemistry Toolkit app a suite of resources (Chemical Formula, MWt, GCLogP, Ligand Efficiency, Ligand Lipophilic Efficiency and AZFilters calculations) to support the day to day work of a medicinal chemist. Based on the experiences of medicinal chemistry experts, it was developed otherwise difficult-to-access tools in a portable format for use in meetings, on the move and in the lab. The app was developed in collaboration with Molecular Materials Informatics.


The latest version includes computational structural filters developed by AstraZeneca drug design teams. This looks like an excellent opportunity to hear more about this swiss army knife for medicinal chemists and feedback what new features you might want.


Chemistry on Mobile Devices: Create, Compute, Collaborate


An interesting conference organised by RSC Chemical Information and Computer Applications Group 7 September 2016 10:00-16:30, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Mobile devices are now ubiquitous: there are estimated to be over two billion smart phones and tablets in use globally, each with the computing power to handle most of a chemist's needs. The meeting will explore the many ways that mobile devices could become the chemist's essential companion, from consuming content to performing computational calculations, from electronic notebooks to devices accessing cloud-based resources, and much more.

More details


Online tools improving HIV and hepatitis healthcare


The news section on the University of Liverpool site highlights two apps that provide a guide to interactions that may occur between different hepatitis or HIV drugs and over 600 co-medications that a patient may be prescribed, as well as recreational drugs and herbals.

Liverpool HIV iChart and Liverpool HEP iChart are available for free download.


Orange NMR Updated


Orange NMR has been updated, with more accurate 4J HH couplings prediction and improvements to the peaks table.

Orange NMR is an App to predict 13C and 1H NMR spectra: draw a structure to see its spectrum. The accuracy of the algorithm is about 1.9 ppm for 13C and 0.21 ppm for 1H (RMSD=3.4 and 0.31 ppm correspondingly).

There are an increasing number of spectroscopy application available for mobile devices.


Wolfram|Alpha updated


Version 1.7.0 of Wolfram|Alpha has been released.

No real details on update other than "bug fixes".

Wolfram|Alpha. Building on 25 years of development led by Stephen Wolfram, Wolfram|Alpha has rapidly become the world's definitive source for instant expert knowledge and computation. Across thousands of domains--with more continually added--Wolfram|Alpha uses its vast collection of algorithms and data to compute answers and generate reports for you.


Top ten upvoted apps on the mobile science site


The top 10 upvoted apps on the Mobile Science website are:-

ChemDoodle Mobile

Draw chemical structures. View 3D. Generate IUPAC names. Calculate properties. Simulate NMR. ChemDoodle Mobile! NOTE: ChemDoodle® Mobile is accessed with your ChemDoodle account that is provided to you for free when you purchase ChemDoodle desktop. You can use the Guest account to access this app without purchasing ChemDoodle, but you will not be able to save your chemistry drawings and some features may be restricted.

Medicinal Chemistry Toolkit

The Medicinal Chemistry Toolkit app is a suite of resources to support the day to day work of a medicinal chemist. Based on the experiences of medicinal chemistry experts, we developed otherwise difficult-to-access tools in a portable format for use in meetings, on the move and in the lab. The app is optimised for iPad and contains calculator functions designed to ease the process of calculating values of: Cheng-Prusoff; Dose to man; Gibbs free energy to binding constant; Maximum absorbable dose calculator; Potency shift due to plasma protein binding.


Elemental from Dotmatics the FREE Chemistry Sketch Utility Elemental is now a Universal App that support iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Elemental is the Dotmatics chemistry sketch utility provided at no charge within many Dotmatics products. We are happy to provide this as a FREE app on the iTunes store.


Wolfram|Alpha. Building on 25 years of development led by Stephen Wolfram, Wolfram|Alpha has rapidly become the world's definitive source for instant expert knowledge and computation.

Papers 3 for iOS

Papers is your personal library of research. Find, read, organize, sync your research papers -- anytime, anywhere!


Use ElementalDB to sketch and search within the 1.2M compound ChEMBL dataset. Searching, property calculation and depiction is done from the stored 2D co-ordinates from ChEMBL within the app on your device not via a web service

Developing iOS 7 Apps for iPhone and iPad

Download Free Content from Stanford on iTunes Updated for iOS 7. Tools and APIs required to build applications for the iPhone and iPad platform using the iOS SDK. User interface designs for mobile devices and unique user interactions using multi-touch technologies.

Findings - Lab Notebook

Findings is your lab notebook, reinvented. When running experiments, it is crucial to keep track of what one is doing, to be able to later reproduce the results, assemble and publish them. This is what lab notebooks are for. With Findings, your lab notebook is always with you and always up to date, be it on the field, at the bench, or at a conference. Findings for iOS is even more powerful when used in combination with Findings for Mac.

Open Drug Discovery Teams

Open Drug Discovery Teams (ODDT) provides a magazine-style interface to collated information on a range of topics, primarily regarding research into cures for rare and neglected diseases.

Approved Drugs App

The Approved Drugs app contains over a thousand chemical structures and names of small molecule drugs approved by the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Structures and names can be browsed in a list, searched by name, filtered by structural features, and ranked by similarity to a user-drawn structure.


Parkinson disease mobile data collected using ResearchKit


ResearchKit is an open-source framework that allows researchers and developers to create powerful apps for medical research.

The Parkinson app is one of the first five apps built using ResearchKit.

mPower is a unique iPhone application that uses a mix of surveys and tasks that activate phone sensors to collect and track health and symptoms of Parkinson Disease (PD) progression - like dexterity, balance or gait. The goal of this app is to learn more about the variations of PD, and to improve the way we describe these variations and to learn how mobile devices and sensors can help us to measure PD and its progression to ultimately improve the quality of life for people with PD.

The initial results have now been published Scientific Data 3, Article number: 160011 (2016) ​DOI, with around 15,000 people contributed data to the study.


Electronic Lab Notebooks for iOS


I've just finished updating the Mobile Science site there are now over 400 entries covering all areas of science. The latest entry is Notelus an electronic lab notebook (ELN). ELNs seem to be increasingly popular, and having access to your notebook on a mobile device that you can carry into the lab/library etc. is very attractive.

There are a selection of ELNs for iOS, some also have desktop versions, whilst there are other systems that are web-based and can be accessed from most devices.




iSpartan has been updated.

What's New in Version 1.4.6 Improved stability for iOS9 for Spartan'14 Parallel Suite (Serve)r users Enhanced charge labels in Sketch mode Increased electrostatic potential surfaces integrity

iSpartan is a versatile app for molecular modeling on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. The app allows any chemist fast and easy access to computational methods that have proven reliable for a large range of molecules.



Scientific Keyboards for iOS


When Apple introduced iOS8 one of the features that perhaps didn't grab the headlines was that it allowed you to install third-party keyboard apps from other developers. Whilst the early examples seemed to do little more than change keyboard colour more recent ones have introduced novel features and discipline specific keys. There are three keyboards in the mobile science database.

Chemistry Keyboard The Chemistry Keyboard is a specialized Keyboard Extension for anyone who needs to enter chemical formulae. Allows you to add those nice superscript or subscript 2s. Or a proper arrow glyph, or a triple bond?

The Math Keyboard The Math Keyboard is the ideal keyboard for typing Math and Scientific characters.

SciKey - Scientific Keyboard SciKey is a Scientific Keyboard that brings you the essential scientific characters for your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Now fully customizable, with more than 3,000 characters to choose from, to build your perfect keyboard (requires in-app purchase). It includes Greek and Latin letters, mathematical symbols, emoji and much more missing from the standard iOS keyboard. It also works for text snippets


Findings LabNotebook Updated


New in version 1.3 of Findings

  • Support for iPad.
  • Support for landscape orientation on all iOS devices, & improved layout for all screen sizes.
  • Support for iOS 9 multitasking enhancements for iPad (Split Screen and Slide Over).
  • Export Findings archive via the Share button.
  • Import of Findings archive from other applications (Mail, iCloud Drive, Dropbox, etc.). Like on Mac, you can select which document to add or merge.
  • Significant improvements to the protocol browser (p<0.001): relevant science fields and separation of your protocols, protocols from others and Findings example.
  • Create a new experiment directly from a protocol
  • Support for 3D Touch on application icon, with shortcut items to show your experiments, the protocol browser, or a new experiment.

We also improved a lot of things in version 1.3:

  • Clearer requests to enable notifications (for timers).
  • Nicer-looking superscript & subscript.
  • Easier selection of subfield in protocol metadata editor.
  • Message to the user when an attachment does not support Quicklook & cannot be previewed on iOS.
  • More options for troubleshooting sync under the 'Advanced' section in the settings, including manual sync trigger, Dropbox cache reset, Dropbox file removal, and sync diagnostic logs.
  • Completed experiments are automatically marked as ongoing when adding new content for current or future days.
  • Example protocols that come with the app are now read-only.
  • Tweaks to the app icons, in particular adding missing assets for 3x resolution on iPhone 6S+.
  • Allows navigation back to last day of an experiment after moving to today, by having the 'Today' button become 'Last Edit'.
  • Creating a new experiment uses a clearer 'Create' button instead of the potentially confusing 'Save'.
  • Experiment and protocol deletion now possible in the metadata editor ('i' button).
  • Protocol creation possible from any screen of the protocol browser (previously, it was only possible from within a subfield).
  • Sharing via AirDrop.
  • Full-fledge protocol browser to select a protocol to add to an experiment.
  • Watch: start countdown timer immediately when adding via the Watch app.
  • Watch: dismissing iPhone alert when timer is stopped on Watch app.
  • Watch: clearer accessibility labels on Watch app.

We also fixed a lot of small annoyances and bugs:

  • Hiding the irrelevant calendar icon when editing protocols.
  • Table display bugs and truncation in document view.
  • List numbering wrongly interrupted by table.
  • Update completed state of paragraphs after reordering.
  • Actually query start date when duplicating an experiment.
  • Correctly displaying experiments pending completion under the 'Ongoing' tab when selecting an experiment to duplicate.
  • Missing information in diagnostic section of pre-filled feedback emails.
  • Using the correct tint color in the various protocol-related views.
  • Insertion of picture below selected paragraph when using the paragraph toolbar.
  • Keyboard hiding modal menu for changing note type.
  • Extraneous space in support button.
  • Removing unused options wrongly displayed for Findings in the Settings app.
  • Icon missing or incorrect icon when using swipe-to-right to toggle the completion state of a paragraph in the experiment editor.
  • Displaying multi-line text in the metadata editor screen.
  • For a paragraph added on Mac, a timer could only be added after "deleting" a (non-existing) timer.
  • Attachments not duplicated when duplicating an experiment.
  • Correctly displaying styled text (bold, italics, etc.) in bullet-list paragraphs.
  • Watch: unreliable notification when starting timer from Watch app.
  • Watch: glance update after updating experiment progress or timer in the Watch app.


PolyPharma Updated


PolyPharma has been updated, it uses structure activity relationships to view predicted activities against biological targets, physical properties, and off-targets to avoid. Calculations are done using Bayesian models and other kinds of calculations that are performed on the device. There is more detailed information here. The latest update includes toxicity models from EPA Tox21 dataset measurements.


There are many more iOS apps for science on the mobile science site.


Shinobicontrols iOS charting


I've just been sent a link to an advanced charting kit for mobile devices Shinobicontrols if you are developing an iOS app that requires plots or charts this may be a useful addition.

If you are looking for a graphing toolkit for both iOS and MacOS then it might be worth looking at the tools from VVI




WebMO version 16

WebMO version 16 has been officially released and is available for FREE download at

New features in WebMO version 16 include:

  • Support for both iOS and Android WebMO free apps
  • Support for the newest versions of ORCA, PSI, and Q-Chem
  • Support for hydrogen bonds in the WebMO editor
  • Improved support for building/cleanup of fused aromatic rings
  • Incorporation of modern HTML5 user interface elements including: drag-and-drop of jobs between folders, fewer pop-up windows, live updating of output files while jobs run, and expandable results page
  • Support for unlimited number of user folders and sub-folders (Pro)
  • Enhanced support for resource specification with external batch queues (Enterprise)
  • Various bug fixes

Important changes in the previous version include:

  • Java security warnings are reduced/eliminated with new signed applet
  • Support for the newest versions of GAMESS, MOPAC
  • Lookup feature to build structures by name (type "aspirin" or "vancomycin")
  • Links to external databases to lookup molecular properties, spectra, and data
  • Huckel molecular orbital calculations from within Build Molecule page (Pro)

WebMO is the most popular interface to computational chemistry programs, with over 22,000 unique WebMO licenses issued to date!


WebMO has released a new Android app and updated its popular Apple iOS app!

The WebMO apps for portable devices are FREE.  

The Android and iOS WebMO apps provide equivalent features including:

  • Standalone molecular editing, optimization, symmetry, and orbital calculations
  • Integrated web lookup of molecular properties, spectra, and data
  • Access to WebMO servers (Free, Pro, and Enterprise versions of WebMO 16 and higher)

The WebMO apps supports all chemistry courses by calculating and displaying:

  • VSEPR structures for General Chemistry
  • 3-D structures to replace model kits for Organic Chemistry
  • Data and properties for Analytical Chemistry
  • Point group and symmetry elements for Inorganic Chemistry
  • Small proteins and bimolecules for Biochemistry
  • Molecular orbitals and vibrations for Physical Chemistry
  • WebMO calculations for undergraduate and graduate level Research

Thousands of students and scientists use the WebMO apps on their smartphones and tablets each month.  You can join them today for free!


More computational services are moving away from local hardware and into the "cloud".  Cloud computing requires zero upfront capital outlay, eliminates hardware maintenance, and can dramatically lower the cost of computing.

WebMO now supports installation on cloud computing platforms.  In less than 10 minutes, you can use your web browser to create a virtual machine, run the WebMO SITC ("Server in the Cloud") script, and have a functioning WebMO 16 server.

The cost of a WebMO cloud server can be amazingly low: <$1 per day for a WebMO server capable of running jobs on standard ab initio chemistry engines, and just $0.12 per day for a WebMO server running MOPAC!  And when you don't need it, you just turn it off.

Complete documentation is available at

Since Google Compute Engines are free for the first 60 days, so there is no cost or risk to try cloud computing today.


PolyPharma app updated


The iOS app PolyPharma has been updated. PolyPharma uses structure activity relationships to view predicted activities against biological targets, physical properties, and off-targets to avoid. Calculations are done using Bayesian models and other kinds of calculations that are performed on the device.

More details are available in this presentation.


Orange NMR Updated


Orange NMR the iOS app to predict 13C and 1H NMR spectra has been updated, just draw a structure to see its spectrum.

What's New in Version 2.2

iOS 9 multitasking supported.

Optional calculation of MF, MW, Monoisotopic Mass and Elemental Composition added.

Ability to show terminal and all carbons on structure added.

Some minor bugs fixed.


Reactions in XMDS


I just heard about an update to the OSX Molecular DataSheet (XMDS)

After much procrastination, chemical reactions have started to make their way into the OSX Molecular DataSheet (XMDS) beta

This could be a very interesting development.


Wolfram Alpha has been updated


Wolfram Alpha has been updated.

Wolfram|Alpha. Building on 25 years of development led by Stephen Wolfram, Wolfram|Alpha has rapidly become the world's definitive source for instant expert knowledge and computation.


MobileScience Updates


MEL Chemistry is an iOS app that allows users visualize molecules in 3D. You can rotate, zoom in and zoom out to see molecule structure in details. There is also an accompanying bench chemistry kit that looks like a perfect christmas present for young (and not so young) home scientists. WolframAlpha has been updated

Remember the Star Trek computer? It's finally happening--with Wolfram|Alpha. Building on 25 years of development led by Stephen Wolfram, Wolfram|Alpha has rapidly become the world's definitive source for instant expert knowledge and computation. Parts of Wolfram|Alpha are used in the Apple Siri Assistant; this app gives you access to the full power of the Wolfram|Alpha computational knowledge engine.


iOS9 use increases steadily


It looks like iOS adoption is running smoothly, now over two thirds of iOS users.



ImageVis3D and Orange NMR updates


I've just got details of a couple of updates to mobile science apps.

ImageVis3D Mobile is a mobile visualization application one to visualize and share volume and surface data while you are on the go. With ImageVis3D (available for free at and ImageVis3D mobile you can transfer your own data directly from the desktop to your mobile device.

What's New in Version 5.1 - new iOS 9 compatible UI (support for Slide Over and Split View) - numerous improvements in the rendering engine - slice viewer visualizes geometry in addition to volume data


Orange NMR is an App to predict 13C and 1H NMR spectra: draw a structure to see its spectrum. The accuracy of the algorithm is about 1.9 ppm for 13C and 0.21 ppm for 1H (RMSD=3.4 and 0.31 ppm correspondingly). The number of heavy atoms in structure to predict for free is restricted to 12 atoms. This restriction can be removed by purchasing additional licenses.

What's New in Version 2.1. Table of peaks added. Structure drawing enhanced: Touch and drag from bond to draw ring. Double click inside ring to make it aromatic. P and I elements added. Help added.


There are now an increasing number of mobile spectroscopy apps available.


MyScript Calculator - Handwriting calculator


MyScript Calculator - A calculator that supports handwritten input has been updated.

New in version 1.3.2: - iOS 9 support - Jot down a quick calculation or check the history while you're using another app. Only available on iPads compatible with iOS 9 multitasking features.


Mobile Science Updates


I've just added a few more apps tο the Mobile Science site, these include Organic Named Reactions, Atomsmith Molecule Lab and Molecule World DNA Binding Lab.


Chemistry Keyboard updated


Chemistry Keyboard has been updated. This update includes the addition of a triple bar character and compatibility with iOS9.

Chemistry Keyboard is a specialised Keyboard Extension for anyone who needs to enter chemical formulae.


PolyPharma and Wizard Pro Updated


The iOS app using Bayesian models to predict biological activity PolyPharma has been updated, Molecule overlays now have a contrast slider to increase/decrease emphasis on atom contributions to the overall prediction.

The user friendly data analysis and visualisation application Wizard Pro has been updated.

New in 1.7.13:

• Improved support for importing multiple tables from RData files
• Fix a glitch when exporting logistic models to Excel
• Fix a crash when dividing one column by another in a Stacked Table
• Fix interface glitches when defining a Recode Variable

There is a review of Wizard Pro Here.


Papers 3 for iPhone and iPad, now available for free!


As of today, Papers for iPhone and iPad is available for free! Full functionality, no in-app purchases or small print.

Awesome news.


iOS versions in use


Developers often ask me about the versions of operating systems that are used to access the site so I keep an occasional eye on the analytics.

Looking at iOS I notice that version 9 is now appearing at just over 6% of the visitors. Version 8 accounts for around 92% with an occasional visitor still using versions 5-7. Just in case the site visitors are not representative I thought I'd check on the Mixpanel site, they also show >90% using iOS 8 as shown below.

The lack of fragmentation in iOS adoption makes it easy for developers to decide on which version of the operating system they need to support.




Scientific application for iOS are getting more and more sophisticated, PolyPharma is a new application for looking at Structure-activity generated by a wide selection of predictive Bayesian models.


The results are then displayed using a variety of visualisation methods, a "radar plot", molecules coloured , using the "doppler" signature (blue = low, white = intermediate, red = high) indicating which parts of the molecule contribute most to the predicted activity/property. The activity in all models can be displayed


and the structure activity in a selected model explored using the "honeycomb" display. For each of the targets within the profile, the app stores a selection of representative molecules from the training set that was used to build the Bayesian model. These are shown as a series of thumbnail summaries using the honeycomb-style clustering layout, with the current molecule at the centre, the is support for gestures allowing the user to "pinch" or "sweep" to zoom in or browse.



Periodic Table apps


I notice that the Royal Society of Chemistry have just added another mobile app, the Periodic Table is based on the Periodic table on the RSC website and contains lots of interesting facts about the elements.


There are actually a few other Periodic Table apps, including Molar, EleMints, Periodic Table of the Elements, Merck PTE HD, The Chemical Touch, The Elements and my favourite The Elements in Action.

The Elements in Action has videos describing the elements, so if you have ever wanted to know what happens when rubidium is dropped into water this is the app for you, bear in mind however it is a 557MB app.


SPRESImobile updated


SPRESImobile has been updated.

SPRESImobile provides you with a powerful and convenient way to access ChemReact, containing around 410,000 chemical reactions and related references. InfoChem created ChemReact for chemists who need information about effective reaction transformations. We achieved this by selecting representative examples of each reaction type from the larger SPRESI data collection of 1974-2001

New in Version 2.3 Updated for iOS8. 64-bit version

New in Version 2.2

NAME REACTION SEARCH: After registration users see a new button for name reaction searches in the reaction search form. Furthermore, all users (including those not registered) will see a new hyperlink with the Name Reaction in the reaction hit list, when named reactions are hits for a reaction search. This hyperlink allows users to retrieve all reactions assigned to the specific mechanism.

New in Version 2.0

REACTION SEARCH: Users are now able to perform a range of reaction searches, such as exact, substructure, similar and all-in-one within the new reaction search page

REACTION EDITOR: The MMDS structure editor by Molecular Materials Informatics has been modified to enable intuitive and easy reaction query submission.

INFO FOR SPRESIweb CREDENTIALS OWNERS: SPRESImobile users who own credentials for the SPRESIweb application containing now over 11.8 million molecules (5.4 million abstracted from the literature and 6.4 million from catalogs) and 4.2 million reactions, are now informed about the database they are searching via a short notice visible at the bottom of the SPRESImobile homepage.

There are now nearly 400 science apps on the Mobile Science website.


Shazino software


I recently became aware of a new company specialising in software for scientists Shazino have developed a number of interesting applications for both Mac OS X and iOS.

The best known app is PaperShip an iPad, iPhone, and Mac application designed to help you keep your articles organized with your Mendeley or Zotero library. However they also provide a couple of smaller apps that make life easier in the lab.

Laboratory Timer, Fast Counter and SciKey a scientific keyboard.

The latest addition is an electronic labNotebook called Hivebench, this is available for both MacOSX and iOS. Looking at the website it seems to be aimed at molecular biologists/biochemists, and there is a free version that allows unto 10 scientists to collaborate.



Mobile Science Applications


I was tidying up a couple of things on the Mobile Science site and I thought I'd just give a mention to the top 5 most upvoted applications.

1, ChemDoodle Mobile
2. Elemental
3. WolframAlpha
4. Medicinal Chemistry Toolkit
5. Papers 3 for iOS

All worth having a look at.


LaTex chemistry templates updated


I've been involved in collaborations to write a couple of papers recently and when I mentioned the trials and tribulations of editing and version control when you have multiple authors someone suggested I look at Overleaf. If you are a LaTex user this looks like a very useful option, there are certainly templates for a number of chemistry journals and based on the description on the website it looks like a pretty impressive way for collaborative writing. It looks like they also support iOS.

There is a free option which would certainly be sufficient to try it out.

A reader has highlighted Authorea a web-based collaborative scientific writing tool. Authorea lets you write in LaTeX, Markdown, HTML, Javascript, and more. Different coauthors, different formats, same document. It uses Git, a robust versioning control system to keep track of document changes. A recent article written using Authorea had 200 authors form around the globe.


Gamess-US on a Raspbery Pi


GAMESS is a program for ab initio molecular quantum chemistry. Briefly, GAMESS can compute SCF wavefunctions ranging from RHF, ROHF, UHF, GVB, and MCSCF. In an interesting development it is now possible to compile Gamess-US on the $40 Raspberry Pi, full instructions are available here. This provides a low cost system for demonstrating quantum chemistry.

To aid construction of the chemistry input WebMO-14.0, a web-based interface for computational chemistry programs, now has an App for iPhone/iPad. This allows you to compose e.g. a Gamess computation on your iPad or iPhone and send it to your Raspberry Pi (in the local network or on the web with a forwarded IP) to run the job and get the results back for visualizing and printing.



ChemSpider website update


The ChemSpider Website has been updated.

ChemSpider is a free chemical structure database providing fast text and structure search access to over 34 million structures from hundreds of data sources.

The new website has a much cleaner look and perhaps more importantly is now viewable on the smaller screens of mobile devices. This is achieved by collapsing the individual page record into a tabbed view to reduce scrolling on long records and by eliminating the java based plugins and replacing them with javascript versions.


A Review of Medicinal Chemistry Toolkit


The Medicinal Chemistry Toolkit is one of the best examples yet to show how mobile devices are making an impact in science. It is becoming the "swiss army knife" for medicinal chemists with an increasing calculators that are critical for drug design. To be honest I think a lot of biologists will find it useful as well.


You can read the full review here.


Point-of-care quantification of blood-borne filarial parasites with a mobile phone microscope


There is a very interesting publication in the latest issue of Science, Point-of-care quantification of blood-borne filarial parasites with a mobile phone microscope DOI describing the use of a smart phone to captures and analyzes videos of microfilarial motion in whole blood.

Parasitic worms are a major health hazard in many parts of the developing world and the drugs used to treat the disease can have serious side-effects so it is important to restrict the medicines to the appropriate patients. Researchers had previously tried developing ways to test blood for antibodies or to stain the parasites for easier identification under a microscope, but the techniques were never fast, cheap, or effective enough.

Instead they use a mobile phone microscope that uses motion—the “wriggling” motion of individual microfilariae—instead of molecular markers or stained morphology to count microfilariae in whole blood. This means that the results are available in minutes as opposed to many hours or days.


The technology uses an unmodified iPhone and readily available components, at the moment the devices are built by hand. Analysis is carried by a custom iPhone app that controls operation of the mobile phone microscope and enable one-touch counting of L. loa microfilariae in whole blood. All source code is available on GitHub. cellscope

Collaborations with the CellScope developers at UC Berkeley mean this technology is now being applied to many other applications

How CellScope Loa Works


Apple watch app to monitor chemotherapy


A limited number of cancer patients at the King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust will have access to an Apple Watch app developed by tech company Medopad to support their chemotherapy.

More details here.

The rheumatology department at King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has adopted a smartphone app to support outpatients living with chronic arthritis.


Findings Updated


The electronic lab notebook Findings for Mac has been updated, this free update includes a new table layout feature, and timers and timestamps. It also includes a couple of bug fixes. The iOS version has also been updated and there is now also a Findings app for the Apple watch. So if you were looking for an excuse to buy a new Apple watch this seems like the ideal reason!

There is a review of an earlier version of Findings here.


Mobile Science Updates


Orange NMR has been updated 1H NMR prediction (12 atoms restriction) added.
Allow to draw structures with S, F, Cl and Br.
13C NMR prediction accuracy improved.

ElementalDB has been updated to version 2.1 to fix a bug to improve display under iOS8. ElementalDB is a really impressive demonstration of the computational abilities of an iPad, allowing chemical structure based searching of the 1.4 million structures within ChEMBL. There is a review of ElementalDB here.

iSpartan a interesting tool for molecular modelling under iOS has been updated.
Now 64-bit enabled.
Improved performance of graphics surface code
iOS 7 improvements for Save, Search by Name, and Sketch palette
Improved notification for job errors when using the Spartan Server feature


Protein-Ligand Interaction Profiler


Whilst this is not a Mac application I thought I'd mention it since it seems a very nice implementation.

The Protein-Ligand Interaction Profiler (PLIP) is a web service and command line tool for fully automated characterization of non-covalent interactions between proteins and ligands in 3D structures.

You can either upload a PDB format file or use the search facility to use a PDB by protein, ligand or enzyme-commission number. You can combine multiple search terms to be more specific (AND search).

I used the PDB code 3EQB, the software correctly identified two ligands, ATP and the more interesting ligand CHEMBL485945.

You can view the results using the embedded 3D molecule viewer JSmol shown in the image below.


PLIP is based on a python command-line application. In case you plan local mass/batch processing, you may want to use this one directly. The source code can be found on PLIP on Git Hub.

I first tried this out on my desktop machine and it worked beautifully, I then tried it out on my iPad and iPhone and the website functioned exactly as expected.


More on ResearchKit


There continue to be announcements about Apple's medical research software platform, an interview with Steve Friend gives some insights into how ResearchKit and HealthKit were born.

More recently

IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced its Health Cloud and Watson cognitive computing capabilities will support health data entered by customers in iOS apps using Apple's ResearchKit and HealthKit frameworks. The move, which complements IBM's new Watson Health business unit, will arm medical researchers with a secure, open data storage solution, as well as access to IBM's most sophisticated data analytics capabilities.

ResearchKit is an Open Source framework developed by Apple intended to be used for building apps for medical research.

There is more information here

and the GitHub repository is here

To get the latest stable release

git clone -b stable

Ars Technica will be reviewing in detail over the next few days.

I've added ResearchKit to the MobileScience site.


MobileScience Updated


Mobile Science updated in particular I've added a collection of apps for programming as well as adding notes on a number of applications that have been updated. There are now 370 entries in the database and if you know of any that have been missed please add a comment below.




A few applications have been updated over the week or so.

Wizard Pro for Mac has been updated to version 1.7.0 highlights from the update include:-

1-click Data Refresh: Suppose you've imported and cleaned your data, perhaps built a few models -- and then your data changes. Now, thanks to the new "Refresh" button in the toolbar, you can instantly update all of your analyses using fresh data from the original source. Customize how columns are matched up with a convenient popover, and feel free to move or rename the source data file on your computer -- Wizard will automatically keep an eye on it. Command-R to refresh the data, Command-E to configure the link.

Revamped menu system: Wizard has a new modular architecture that means you'll only see menus relevant to what you're doing -- that is, Raw Data, Pivot, Summary, Model, and Predict each have their own menu now. Most of the menus are more concise, so you can find what you're looking for faster.

JSON support: by popular request, Wizard 1.7 can import JavaScript (JSON) data files. Make sure your data is encoded as an array of objects and Wizard will do the rest. Export any table or result as JSON, too.

There is a review of Wizard Pro here.

Plot2 a scientific 2D plotting program designed for everyday plotting, it is easy to use, it creates high quality plots, and it allows easy and powerful manipulations and calculations of data. The latest update fives and export bug.

MyScript Calculator for iOS, fixes problems with tutorial being played repeatedly and a drag and drop bug.


Cymbol added to MobileScience


Cymbol is an iPad app providing fast, easy access to symbols, special characters, and scripts used in scientific writing. The application includes full sets of subscript and superscript numbers used in math, chemistry, and physics documentation. Cymbol also provides extra functionality for the iPad. A snippet editing and management tool, the app has been designed by writers for writers, providing fast, easy access to special characters not currently available on the iPad’s onscreen keyboard. You can also, put and save a variety of enhanced character sequences to the scratch pad and then paste into scientific publications.



MyScript Calculator Updated


MyScript Calculator has been updated, MyScript Calculator performs mathematical calculations based on handwriting input.

Just write the mathematical expression on the screen then let MyScript technology perform its magic converting symbols and numbers to digital text and delivering the result in real time.

You might also be interested in Myscript MathPad which allows you to render complex handwritten mathematical expressions. The result can be shared as an image or as a LaTeX* or MathML* string for integration in your documents.


ChemDoodle Web Components JCAMP Interpreter


Displaying spectra on the web is usually a pretty minimal experience, often simply an image file. Whilst there a number of desktop applications for viewing spectra, web-based tools were often limited to Java plugins which have now almost completely fallen out of favour.

The JCAMP data format (1) for spectra is pretty widely used and we are starting to see javascript implementations of viewers. This very nice example uses the ChemDoodle web components to display the spectra and provide interaction. Hovering close to a nucleus that has a peak correlation defined will highlight that nucleus and any other nuclei in its group along with highlighting the corresponding peak. Conversely hovering close to a peak that has correlated nuclei associated with it will highlight the set.

(1) JCAMP-DX: A Standard Form for the Exchange of Infrared Spectra in Computer Readable Form ROBERT S. McDONALD and PAUL A. WILKS, JR. Appl. Spectrosc. 42(1), pp151-162, 1988


Chemistry Keyboard updated


The chemistry keyboard has been updated to improve appearance on the iPad and to correct missing greek letter. The Chemistry Keyboard is a specialized Keyboard Extension for anyone who needs to enter chemical formulae on iPad or iPhone.




Whilst I'm sure that the Apple Watch will be the major focus of todays Apple Event one thing that caught my eye was ResearchKit.


ResearchKit is a new open source framework intended to help researchers develop tools for medical research. This new framework takes advantage of the sensors and capabilities of iPhone to track movement, take measurements, and record data. There three modules to address the most common elements across different types of clinical studies: surveys, informed consent, and active tasks. These modules can be used as they are, or can be further built upon.

Health is important to all of us, so we’ve made ResearchKit open source. Now anyone can contribute to the next big medical breakthrough, regardless of their platform. An open source framework is the best way to encourage researchers to collaborate and share their apps and methods. And most important, it’s the right thing to do

ResearchKit contains five Active Task modules developed in partnership with Stanford Medicine, University of Oxford, Sage Bionetworks, and University of Rochester. The four categories include motor activities (gait, tapping), fitness (timed walk), cognition (memory tasks using touch screen), and voice .

In addition of course for passive background data collection the APIs like HealthKit and CoreMotion can be included.

There are already an Asthma app, a breast cancer recovery monitor, Diabetes and Parkinson's tracker.


Mobile Molecular Datasheet updated


The Mobile Molecular Datasheet has been updated to version 1.6.0.

Property calculation now includes Bayesian models. For individual models, the results are shown as a probability estimate, and a molecular overlay showing the atoms that contributed (ECFP6) fingerprints to the better/worse features. For whole datasheets, probabilities are calculated and stored in a column for each row. In this version, models included are: Solubility, Lipinski Probelike, hERG, KCNQ1, Bubonic Plague, Chagas Disease, Malaria and Tuberculosis.

The ability to import and create new Bayesian models will be added in a followup release.

The app has also been extended to integrate with the iCloud document picker extensions: files can be imported or exported to iCloud folders, as well as other compatible file sharing services, like Dropbox


Mobile Medical Applications


With the increased interest in mobile devices for health and medical indications it is perhaps not surprising that the FDA have updated their guidance for developers who might be creating applications for mobile devices.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognizes the extensive variety of actual and potential functions of mobile apps, the rapid pace of innovation in mobile apps, and the potential benefits and risks to public health represented by these apps. The FDA is issuing this guidance document to inform manufacturers, distributors, and other entities about how the FDA intends to apply its regulatory authorities to select software applications intended for use on mobile platforms (mobile applications or “mobile apps”). Given the rapid expansion and broad applicability of mobile apps, the FDA is issuing this guidance document to clarify the subset of mobile apps to which the FDA intends to apply its authority.

The focus is on mobile apps that are viewed as medical devices.


MathMagic Updated


MathMagic is an equation editor application for editing any mathematical expressions and symbols with easy-to-use graphical interface and various powerful features. MathMagic Personal Edition works well with any word processors, presentation software like Keynote or PowerPoint, DTP layout software like Adobe InDesign or QuarkXPress.

There is a video showing it in action here

There is also a MathMagic for iOS


Sharing Molecules, Reactions and DataSheets


Strict sandboxing in the early version of iOS has caused issues with sharing molecular information between applications, chemists are very used to the idea of being able to copy and paste SMILES, or open sdf, mol files with multiple desktop applications. As iOS has evolved the strategies for sharing information have been implemented and this post on Molecular Materials Informatics has a brilliant summary of the current state of play.

Methods for sharing chemical data are described: iOS apps have many different ways to pass data in and out. Making use of the numerous different ways to exchange data is essential to making cheminformatics functionality useful on mobile devices.


Developing Chemistry Apps in the Cloud


There is an interesting article in the latest issue of Bio IT World describing work to design and build applications for mobile devices.

The rapid incorporation of touch devices, such as smart phones and tablets, into our personal and business lives increases pressure on software providers to deliver technology via mobile apps.




ChemDoodle Mobile has been updated.

What's New in Version 1.5.0

  • Added full 3D graphics support for 3D molecules!
  • Full support for iOS8 and the new iPhone sizes
  • Buttons are now larger on larger screens
  • Various improvements to the sketcher
  • Fixed clear button where it sometimes would not work
  • Corrected bug where stereochemistry was inverted in 3D coordinate generation
  • Resolved rare issue where the app would fail to load properly
  • Significantly increased responsiveness
  • Minor changes and fixes

ChemDoodle Mobile is the most highly rated App on the Mobile Science website and is accessed with your ChemDoodle account that is provided to you for free when you purchase ChemDoodle desktop.


Chemistry Keyboard updated


The Chemistry Keyboard has been updated.

What's New in Version 1.0.2

  • Period had been inaccessible in portrait mode.
  • Split the elements flyout into 2 and filled in missing elements.
  • Worked around rendering

The Chemistry Keyboard is a specialised Keyboard Extension for anyone who needs to enter chemical formulae on their iPad or iPhone.


Mobile Science Updates


Findings Lab Notebook Updated.

  • New: Quicklook for attachments, allowing to view images at full resolution and any type of files supported by Quicklook (Numbers, Excel, Keynote, Powerpoint, Illustrator, etc); you can enter quicklook by double-tapping on an attachment, or using the Quicklook icon in the toolbar that appears after tapping on an attachment

  • New: support for viewing tables (no editing yet), which can now be created in the beta version of Findings for Mac

  • New: improveed navigation in the app, by using a different tint color when browsing experiments (blue) and protocols (orange)

  • Fix: proper scrolling within the metadata view

  • Fix: insertion of notes or pictures now properly happens at the selected paragraph when using the paragraph toolbar (insertion using the bottom toolbar is still done at the end of the current day)

Wolfram|Alpha updated to with bug fixes.


ChemDoodle Web Components 7 is Available


iChemLabs have just announced an update to ChemDoodle Web Components. This is a major update to the ChemDoodle Web Components with new additions to the 3D features, most notably Pipe and Plank models for proteins and support for high DPI displays, such as the Apple Retina display.

The following pages show off some of the new features:


Mobile Molecular DataSheet


The Mobile Molecular DataSheet has been updated, this is an important update and adds a number of exciting new features. There is now the ability to calculate a variety of chemical properties and add these to the data sheet. Importantly these are calculated locally on the mobile device rather than via an internet service.

The properties that are now available include:

  • Molecular formula/weight, # heavy atoms, H-acceptors/donors, # rotatable bonds.
  • Log P & molar refractivity: both calculated by an atom contribution method (S. A. Wildman and G. M. Crippen JCICS 39 868-873 1999), which requires implementation of substructure searching.
  • Bad valences: reviews the valence counts for each of the main group atoms and reports egregious mistakes (e.g. pentavalent carbon).
  • Stereochemistry: sites for R/S and E/Z stereochemistry are identified and their labels calculated, with unspecified or known ambiguous cases classified appropriately.
  • Tautomers: common H-shifts are identified and the complete list of tautomeric forms are enumerated, with duplicate equivalent molecules removed, and racemised stereocentres labelled accordingly.
  • PAINS filters: the original set of queries for identifying frequent hitters and other high throughput screening problem compounds is applied, and any matches are identified.
  • Mass distribution: the isotope distribution is calculated for integral masses, as well as the exact mass for the base peak.

The results are also displayed on the individual molecules with bad valencies highlighted, stereochemistry labeled, and PAINS substructures highlighted.

This update really demonstrates the computing power of the mobile devices (Requires iOS8).




Wolfram|Alpha has been updated, the release notes simply state "Design Updates".

Parts of Wolfram|Alpha are used in the Apple Siri Assistant; this app gives you access to the full power of the Wolfram|Alpha computational knowledge engine.

There is a comprehensive collection of science applications for iOS on the MobileScience site.


Versions of iOS in use


Before Christmas a couple of developers contacted me about which versions of Mac OS X were used by scientists, based on website statistics and a poll I posted it looks like >80% of users have migrated to Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. There were a couple of scientists still using 10.6 because of the need for gfortran but several people pointed out that this is now compatible with the newer Mac OS X versions.

I've now been asked a similar question about mobile devices, according to Google analytics for this site for the last month, 75% of the visitors using an identified mobile device are using an iPad or iPhone. Looking at the version of operating system on those iOS devices 80% are running 8.x.x, around 15% are using 7.x.x with the remainder running earlier versions. This seems to be supported by the latest data from shown below, which shows >70% iOS adoption.


From a developers point of view it really underlines the need to support the latest versions of Mac OS X and iOS.


The Medicinal Chemistry Toolkit updated


The Medicinal Chemistry Toolkit app is a suite of resources to support the day to day work of a medicinal chemist. Based on the experiences of medicinal chemistry experts, we developed otherwise difficult-to-access tools in a portable format for use in meetings, on the move and in the lab. The app is optimised for iPad and contains calculator functions designed to ease the process of calculating values of: Cheng-Prusoff; Dose to man; Gibbs free energy to binding constant; Maximum absorbable dose calculator; Potency shift due to plasma protein binding; Log D vs pH curves; Attrition Modeller, Drug-drug interactions.

What's New in Version 1.1 New (December 2014): Three additional functions: LogD vs pH curves, Attrition modeller and Drug-drug interactions.


Chemistry Keyboard updated

The Keyboard Extension Chemistry Keyboard has been updated.

What's New in Version 1.0.1
• Landscape keyboard now has a lower case Greek character map.
• Moved Grid of Elements to bottom of keyboard and improved its gesture handling
• Dark Keyboard had been blanking out the element grid.
• Search results were sometimes mislabeling temperatures as °C instead of K.
• Search results would occasionally include garbage strings.

There are many more apps for iOS on the Mobile Science site


Mobile Science


The Mobile Science website continues to attract additional views. November has turned out to be the most popular yet with over 3,000 page views.

ChemDoodle, Elemental and Wolfram|Alpha continue to be the most popular.


iOS8 now over 60%


The excellent mixpanel continue to monitor iOS8 uptake among other things. iOS adoption is now over 60% with the steady decline in iOS7 continuing.


Chemistry Keyboard for iOS


With iOS 8 Apple now support third party custom keyboards

A custom keyboard replaces the system keyboard for users who want capabilities such as a novel text input method or the ability to enter text in a language not otherwise supported in iOS.

The Chemistry Keyboard allows users to enter chemical formulae, equations etc without having to struggle entering subscripts etc. Whilst the chemistry keyboard is an app in itself it also allows you to use the custom keyboard with other applications

You can read more details here.


Papers 3 for teams


I've just added Papers 3 for teams to the mobile science site. This app has been designed for teams, departments, companies and institutions to offer the same flexibility and easy management of Papers 3 to users with iOS devices as there is with desktop volume licenses.


Computable Updated


Computable has been updated.

What's New in Version 1.1.1

  • Fixed input cell text field scrolling issue on iOS 8
  • Fixed issue with info button positioning on iOS 8
  • Fix crash when showing info button
  • Fix crash when presenting code completions
  • Fixed welcome tour layout on iOS 8
  • Fixed completions table view layout on iOS 8

Computable is a full-featured IPython system. Create, edit, and run IPython notebooks on your iPad


Papers for iOS updated


Papers for iOS has been updated. This is a substantial update and includes a number of new features together with significant improvements to performance.

  • Library Filtering: You can now filter your library by a particular color label, as well as by all colors at once as in previous versions.
  • Library Sorting: You can now sort in ascending or descending order when using any of the filters in the Library view or Federated Search.
  • Sync Settings: The library sync settings section has been redesigned to give you more control over your sync settings and manual syncing.
  • Notes: It is now possible to add General Notes to a paper on both iPad and iPhone, or edit existing notes.
  • Support: Improvements to the "Help" section in the sidebar to include a completely redesigned support website and a direct link if you need to open a support request.
  • Reading List: Improved interactions with the Papers Online Reading List.
  • Linking to a Papers library on Dropbox now automatically starts an initial sync.
  • Improves the "Add Keywords" screen to make it clearer which keywords are currently selected for the paper in question.
  • Reduces the delay before the pop-up bottom menu bar appears on iPhone for better user experience.
  • Adds a clear button to the Federated Search text bar to quickly clear a previous search query.

Performance & Stability:

  • Authors are now added to a paper when using the "Match" functionality.
  • User-added keywords are no longer removed when using the "Match" functionality.
  • The correct PDF is now displayed when attempting to view a supplementary PDF that had been attached to a paper.
  • An imported paper is now also opened automatically (as well as being imported) in the Reader when using the "Open in Papers 3" Safari functionality.
  • Remaining issues with the "Open in Papers" Safari bookmarklet have been resolved.
  • The "Automatic File Downloads" setting within Sync Settings will now download all available primary and supplementary files on a user's Dropbox for all papers in the library.
  • The "Download All Files" functionality will now correctly download PDF files instead of associated webpages in all cases (except when PDFs can't be downloaded because they are behind a pay-wall).
  • Using the Federated Search after unlinking from a library on Dropbox and deleting all local library data now returns search results.
  • When choosing "Sort by Author", the Library is now sorted by surname first, and prioritizes papers with at least one author.
  • Download progress bars now appear correctly for library items on iPhone as well as iPad.
  • The token field bar now appears correctly on the Federated Search keyboard when using Papers 3 for iOS on iOS 8 devices.
  • The color of a highlight annotation can now be changed once it has been added to a paper.
  • Improved stability during initial app launch.
  • Reductions to disk space usage by ensuring redundant PDF thumbnail cached data is removed when the app is launched.
  • The Reading List contents are now refreshed after moving items from it to the Trash.
  • Addresses some UI issues with the library screen when using Papers 3 for iOS on the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus.
  • Prevents viewing the paper metadata inspector in landscape on iPhone to avoid UI issues.



The iOS scientific calculator PhySyCalc has been updated. PhySyCalc 2.0 is now universal in supporting both iPhone and iPad, there is now a swipe up for keyboard and swipe down for quantities. Plus Numerous improvements to the calculator engine.

PhySyCalc reinvents the calculator. More intuitive than conventional calculator apps, PhySyCalc lets you do full calculations with units. For example, you drive 250 miles on a full 12 gallon tank of gas and want to calculate your mileage. In PhySyCalc you can skip all the unit conversions and just enter 250 mi/12 gal. PhySyCalc gives you the answer in mi/gal. Or, if you like, km/L or L/100 km, all in a few touches of your finger.


WolframAlpha updated


The hugely popular Wolfram|Alpha has been updated.

With Wolfram|Alpha on your iPhone or iPod touch, you can explore a vast world of knowledge through an app adapted for your ever-changing, on-the-go lifestyle. Use Wolfram|Alpha to discover new information about the world and to deliver expert knowledge into any facet of your mobile life. The Wolfram|Alpha App plugs directly into the Wolfram|Alpha supercomputing cloud, computing answers to your questions quickly, efficiently, and without draining your battery.


Findings LabNotebook


Findings LabNotebook for iOS has been released. This comes with Dropbox sync.


There is a review of the MacOSX version here.


Mobile Science 350th app added.


There have a few new additions to the Mobile Science site taking the total number of apps up to 350.

These include the Chemical Engineering App Suite for iPad and iPhone, and a series of apps from Wavefunction, Inc that cover molecular structure and bonding called the ODYSSEY applications.


Mobile Science Updates


Several more apps have been updated recently.

ElementalDB has been updated to use ChEMBL 19.

ChemSearch has more pricing info and now uses ChemDoodle web components 6.0.1

Chemistry by Design has been updated for iOS8.


Updating to iOS8


I’ve had a couple of people mention that they have not updated to iOS8 because they don’t have enough space on their iPhone/iPad, well the good people at MacWorld have released a step by step video that shows how to use iTunes on your Mac to do the update.


Updates and additions to Mobile Science


ChemSpider has been updated with additional advanced filtering options (e.g. log P, density, rule of fives violations, etc.). Also a minor UI tweaks and bugfixes.

A new addition to the mobile science site 3D Molecules Edit & Test,


  • Building molecule model of any organic or inorganic compound using most of periodic table elements.
  • “Test yourself” mode to build the target chemical compounds.
  • Support of single, double and triple bonds.
  • Building molecule models of cyclic compounds.
  • Hints which provide information about what's going wrong with the builded molecule.
  • Visualization of Wireframe style, Stick style, Ball and Stick, Spacefill (CPK) models.
  • Visualization of atomic orbitals and electron effects.
  • T-shaped and «seesaw» molecular geometries support.
  • Availability of information about the bond length and chemical element symbols in the molecule.
  • Bond-angle optimization.
  • Saving and sending the created model by e-mail.
  • Loading, editing and saving molecule in SDF file format.
  • Loading, editing and saving molecule in PDB file format.
  • Creating, sending and opening molecule verification file.
  • Export to VRML format for builded molecule.
  • Opening the molecule file attachments directly from Mail.
  • Opening and saving created molecules in cloud services and third-party applications.

Mobile Science Site Review


When I created the Mobile Science site I did wonder how popular it would be. I occasionally check the page views and September has proved to be the busiest month to date with over 2400 page views.

As you might expect the three most recent additions generated the most page views with Computable a iPython system for the iPad topped the list, closely followed by the Medicinal Chemistry Toolkit an app designed to help drug designers. In third place was Chemical Valence a teaching aid to learn about chemical bonding.

In fourth place was ChemDoodle Mobile this is the iPhone and iPad companion to the popular chemical publishing desktop application, this app has also proved to be the most popular upvoted on the mobile science site. Two apps tied for fifth place Elemental and ChemDraw for iPad.

I’ve tagged each of the applications in order to make searching a little easier and the most popular tag is Chemical Drawing, closely followed by Molecule Viewer.

There are now 340 entries spanning a diverse area of science, if anyone knows of any that I’ve missed feel free to send me the App Store link.


Ars Technica iOS8 Review


The latest incarnation of iOS is a major change and the most comprehensive review I’ve seen to date is the Ars Technica iOS8 Review

One feature that may be of particular interest is iCloud Drive, iCloud Drive keeps the concept of application-specific folders for data, but it allows users (and other applications) to see the filesystem and access data stored in multiple app folders. This means that you can open a molecular data file with the applecation of your choice.


In iOS 8, you'll be given the opportunity to upgrade from standard iCloud to iCloud Drive once you sign into your account, but you should tread lightly here—converting your account to use iCloud Drive is a one-time deal and it can't be reversed. iOS 8 still supports "Documents & Data" sync, the old-style iCloud syncing method that will continue to work with Mavericks and older iOS versions.

If you still use Macs running OS X 10.9 or older or if you have an iPhone you can’t upgrade to iOS8 and you want to sync data between them, don't turn iCloud Drive on.


ChemSpider Mobile has been updated.


ChemSpider Mobile has been updated.

Version 2 has a completely redesigned user interface, with powerful new functionality for previewing search results, saving compounds, and exporting to other apps and webservices. The new look incorporates the latest graphical art from the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the style conventions of iOS 7.


Computable updated



  • Added Python code completions and inline documentation

  • Added a Welcome Tour for new users

  • Dropbox sync fixes

  • Fixed a bug with incorrect initial caret position in the Python editor

  • No longer hiding the navigation bar in landscape mode to keep the navigation bar buttons available

Computable is a full-featured IPython system that allows users to create, edit, and run IPython notebooks on the iPad


How Mobile Devices and Apps for Green Chemistry can bring value to scientists


There is a recent publication “How Mobile Devices and Apps for Green Chemistry can bring value to scientists” DOI nicely illustrates how much mobile devices have become part of our working lives.

We made the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute (ACS GCI) Pharmaceutical Roundtable Solvent Selection Guide more accessible and have increased its visibility by creating a free mobile app for the Apple iOS platform called Green Solvents. We have also used this content for molecular similarity calculations using additional solvents to predict potential environmental and health categories, which could help in solvent selection.

Green Solvents is a reference card for chemical solvents, with data regarding their "greenness": safety, health and environmental effects.

There is a full listing of mobil iOS apps on the MobileScience Website


Medicinal Chemistry Toolkit


The Medicinal Chemistry Toolkit app is a suite of resources to support the day to day work of a medicinal chemist. Based on the experiences of medicinal chemistry experts, we developed otherwise difficult-to-access tools in a portable format for use in meetings, on the move and in the lab. The app is optimised for iPad and contains calculator functions designed to ease the process of calculating values of: Cheng-Prusoff; Dose to man; Gibbs free energy to binding constant; Maximum absorbable dose calculator; Potency shift due to plasma protein binding.

The app has been designed in collaboration with the editors of the forthcoming book, The Handbook of Medicinal Chemistry: Principles and Practice, which will be published in November 2014 providing a comprehensive, everyday resource for a practicing medicinal chemist throughout the drug development process and is an ideal companion for the biannual MedChem Summer school run by the RSC.

Handbook of Medicinal Chemistry_The_Publicity




I’ve just added Computable to the mobile science site. Computable brings iPython and SciPy to the iPad allowing to create, edit and run iPython notebooks on your iPad. Computable comes with full-featured SciPy stack, Numpy, SciPy, SymPy, Pandas, Matplotlib. The free download includes a series of 32 example notebooks and lectures that allow you to evaluate the application. To create or edit your own notebooks you will have to make an in app purchase to unlock the full feature set ($9.99).



Mobile maleria immunoassay and more


An interesting paper from George Whitesides et al “Universal mobile electrochemical detector designed for use in resource-limited applications” in PNAS DOI. It describes an inexpensive, handheld device that couples the most common forms of electrochemical analysis directly to “the cloud” using a mobile phone.

Several electroanalytical techniques (chronoamperometry, cyclic voltammetry, differential pulse voltammetry, square wave voltammetry, and potentiometry) are described and demonstrated.

Four applications demonstrate the analytical performance of the device: these involve the detection of (i) glucose in the blood for personal health, (ii) trace heavy metals (lead, cadmium, and zinc) in water for in-field environmental monitoring, (iii) sodium in urine for clinical analysis, and (iv) a malarial antigen (Plasmodium falciparum histidine-rich protein 2) for clinical research.

Full technical details are included in the supporting information.


Open Drug Discovery Teams Updated


Open Drug Discovery Teams has been updated to add Ebola a disease topic.

The Open Drug Discovery Teams (ODDT) project is a crowd-sourced content aggregator for chemical topics.


Magazine-like interface for browsing topics, which include rare and neglected diseases, and precompetitive initiatives like green chemistry. Back-end server which harvests links from Twitter, based on topic hashtags. App integration with Twitter, allowing users to influence content by crowd-sourced ranking. Chemically-aware recognition of content: browsing and integration with other apps.


Green Lab Notebook


Molecular Materials Informatics, Inc. have been updating and expanding their portfolio of iOS apps, the latest addition is Green Lab Notebook, this looks like an interesting application for managing chemical reactions on a handheld device.

There are now nearly 350 mobile science apps on the Mobile Science website.


TB Mobile 2


Sean Ekins gave a talk on TB Mobile at the recent ACS in San Francisco.

The presentation entitled “New target prediction and vizualization tools incorporating open source molecular fingerprints for TB Mobile version 2” is now on slideshare. Well worth a read. Also a recent publication New target prediction and visualization tools incorporating open source molecular fingerprints for TB Mobile 2.0

There are now nearly 350 mobile science apps on the Mobile Science website.


R Instructor


Whilst R is a very comprehensive statistical and data analysis package it does have a very steep learning curve.

R Instructor is an iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch application that uses plain, non-technical language and over 30 videos to explain how to make and modify plots, manage data and conduct both parametric and non-parametric statistical tests.

R-Instructor for iOS

Now added to the mobile science site.


Chemistry Apps for iOS


According to a report at the ACS Yield101 and Reaction101 are now available for free.


Asteris Updated


Asteris has been updated. Asteris is an iOS app that arose from a collaboration between Optibrium and Integrated Chemistry Design that allows medicinal chemists to design new molecules on their iPad and then calculate a range of physiochemical and ADME properties.

What's New in Version 1.0.2 Add sulfoxide support, using either double bond, or separated charges, Add multiple ring creation with one gesture if atoms are selected. Permit scaling with selected atoms and bonds. Add wavy bonds if Single bond tapped a second time. Add Presentation Mode.

There is a review of version one here




ChemSearch is an iPad app that gives you access to the Acros Chemicals catalog. It uses the ChemDoodle Web components as a front end to structure-based searching.


You can then look at all the chemical property and safety information by selecting a particular molecule.



iPad in Medicine


I was recently sent a link to an interesting publication.

The Multiple Sclerosis Performance Test (MSPT): An iPad-Based Disability Assessment Tool DOI

As someone who has known a number of MS patients I was very much aware of the difficulties in accurately assessing the progress of the disease. The MSPT application uses the iPad as a data collection platform to assess balance, walking speed, manual dexterity, visual function, and cognition. It also provides an objective analysis and comparison with a reference population.


Using an iPad to give lectures


I saw an interesting bog post from ChemBark. On experiences using an iPad to present organic chemistry lectures.

How to Use an iPad for Orgo Lectures…and Embarrass Yourself, the involves connecting the iPad to the projector through a lightning-to-VGA adapter and a VGA cable and then using Notability to write/draw on top of the document and screencast everything through the projector.

However we have Keynote and Powerpoint for iPad and I saw this tutorial, and I was wondering how many people were using their iPad for presentations?


MobileScience Updates


I’ve just been sent links to a selection of iOS apps related to space exploration.

The NASA Visualization Explorer, the coolest way to get stories about advanced space-based research delivered right to your iOS device. The NASA app allows you to explore with NASA and discover the latest images, videos, mission information, news, feature stories, tweets, NASA TV and featured content. There is also the NASA TV for live feeds. Portal to the Universe a news aggregator for space news.

The ESO Top 100 Images, which brings users a selection of the best astronomy images taken by a suite of the world’s most advanced ground-based telescopes from the Atacama Desert in Chile. Whilst the ESA/Hubble Top 100 Images, which brings users the best Hubble pictures from ESA. Looks like an ideal place to browse for new desktop pictures.

Finally if you want to explore the Science Museum in London from the comfort of your sun lounger, with Journeys of Invention you can study, rotate and even operate some of the most revolutionary scientific inventions of all time.


Mobile Science Updates


The have been a couple of new additions to the mobile science database of scientific applications for iOS.

StatsMate is a calculator designed to make statistical analysis easier.

Bio Flowchart Lite is a collection of biological clip art.

Chemist Virtual Chemistry Lab is a fun app for undertaking chemistry experiments, Try mixing chemicals by pouring them into beakers or test tubes. You can also heat the chemicals with a bunsen burner, or put a piece of cesium into water.


300th iOS app added to the mobile science website


I’ve just added the 300th iOS app to the mobile science website. The honour goes to Predictive Tools for Breast Cancer this is a tool for risk prediction of additional axillary metastases after Tumor-Positive sentinel node biopsy, described in a recent publication.

I also found a number of other iOS applications that might be of interest to those working in the area of Onclogy.

The Roche Oncology Pipeline app is a comprehensive guide to all oncology molecules currently under investigation in Roche/Genentech clinical trials. Similarly the [Lilly Oncology Pipeline app] (,medical/lilly-oncology-pipeline/) gives access to the Lilly oncology pipeline. Genetech also provide the HER2 testing roadmap an iPad application that details the steps required for accurate HER2 testing for breast cancer. The BRisk Breast Cancer Risk Assessment is intended to provide a means of assessing age-specific risk of breast cancer for women with a family history of breast and/or ovarian cancer. The Breast Cancer @Point of Care™ is a clinical support platform that provides comprehensive information on the diagnosis, treatment, and management of Breast Cancer, made up of a progressive series of chapters and other learning tools. HER2 Reader is a simple clinical decision support app developed primarily for pathologists and oncologists who perform predictive marker testing for breast cancer.


Mobilescience updates and new additions


The popular iOS molecule viewer iMolView lite has been updated with the ability to draw a structure in 2D and then convert to 3D.

There are also several new additions to the Mobile Science site medicinal-plants-pro a guide to 150 common species of medicinal plants. Molar is an educational tool and reference for students with features such as periodic table, triangle solver, and chemical equation balancer. TB Mobile makes available a set of molecules with activity against Mycobacterium Tuberculosis, and known targets available in CDD. Stephen Hawking’s Snapshots of the Universe explains the principles that control our universe through simple and fun experiments


Chemical Names Spell Checker


The secret of a good iOS app is often finding a niche that is both useful but does not require lots of functionality or screen real estate. Chemical Names Spell Checker ticks both boxes nicely.

The Chemical Names Spell Checker provides chemical name spell checking and chemical name synonym look-up. Data are provided by the ChemSpell service that contains more than 1.3 million chemical names related to organic, inorganic, pharmaceutical, toxicological, and environmental health topics.

Once checked the name can be copied to the clipboard for use in another application.

The ChemSpell Web Service API is free of charge. Neither registration or licensing is required. This app nicely underlines the power of chemistry web services.

Well worth all chemists having on their iPhone or iPad.



Chem3D mobile updated


The popular molecule viewer for iOS Chem3D has been updated, the release notes suggest no new functionality just bug fixes.

There is a page of molecule viewers for iOS here


RCSB PDB updated


RCSB PDB the official molecule viewer for the RCSB PDB has been updated to include the latest molecule of the month.

There are many more science applications for iOS here


Science Journals on the iPad


Many journals now provide a reader so that you can access the journal on your mobile device. I’ve been adding them to the Mobile Science site, currently there are 34 different journal readers available.

You can see them all here.

There are many more science applications for iOS on the Mobile Science site.


A couple more mobile medical apps


IDdx: Infectious Disease Queries Users can find lists of matching infectious diseases by picking disease search criteria (103 signs & symptoms, 39 epidemiological factors, and 16 regions of the world). The user can see all the symptoms associated with a disease or see all the diseases associated with a symptom.

Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice From HIV care delivery to Hepatitis C virus testing…travel and tropical medicine…and infection surveillance, prevention, and control, Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice delivers the vital information needed to optimally prevent and treat infectious diseases.

ECG Guide for iPad Full reference text that includes in-depth information on topics such as: Approach to ECG Interpretation, Analysis of rate, rhythm, axis, P wave, QRS complex, ST segment, T wave and QT interval, Ventricular hypertrophy and atrial enlargement and much more.

There are many more science applications for iOS here


Mobile Science Anatomy


I’ve just added a list of applications to the mobile science site, these are all anatomy reference applications. For those who remember Gray's Anatomy before it became a TV series these mobile apps offer the opportunity to explore and interact in 3D at a fraction of the weight of the book!

There are many more science applications for iOS here


Mobile medical apps


I’ve just been sent details of a couple of mobile apps that may be of interest to the medical profession.

MediMath puts 144 of the most important medical calculators and scoring tools on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch.

MedScape Medscape is the leading medical resource most used by over 4 million physicians, medical students, nurses and other healthcare professionals for clinical information. - Medical News: - Drug Information and Tools: - Disease & Condition Information: - Medical Calculators

Micromedex-drug-reference Comprehensive drug information.

There are many more science applications for iOS here


Mobile Science Updates and New additions


iMOLView has been updated, this update optimises the app for iOS7.

Several apps have also been recently added MacroMole is a molecule viewer/teaching aid. Biochemistry Refence is a self-contained 350 page series of articles for a wide range of biochemistry topics. The comprehensive medical reference The Merck Manual is available for iOS.

Apple have also brought out iOS Human Interface Guidelines.


X-ray utilities and Real-time PCR added to mobile science database


I’ve just been sent details of two more Science apps for iOS.

X-ray utilities looks like a handy app for crystallographers. Real-time PCR is an iOS Application from Life Technologies, a collection of easy-to-use real-time PCR resources, and a comprehensive reference.

There are many more science applications for iOS here


RCSB PDB Mobile updated


RCSB PDB Mobile has been updated to include the May Molecule of the Month.

Aquaporin, May 2014 Molecule of the Month by David Goodsell 1fqy

There many more science applications for iOS here




I’ve just added ChemiCal to the database of mobile science application.

ChemiCalc is a powerful unit converter for chemistry and physics calculations. Students and teachers can enter and simultaneously view converted values for energy, wavelength and frequency. Formulas and fundamental constants relevant for quantum mechanics are included.

There many more science applications for iOS here


RCSB mobile PDB viewer


The official PDB viewer has been updated


ScienceCloud mobile apps released

ScienceCloud is a secure, SaaS-based, mobile-enabled information management and collaboration environment that improves data and knowledge sharing for globally networked researchers. Bi-directional integration between ScienceCloud and existing on-premises systems lets life sciences organizations migrate to the cloud in a measured fashion, continuing to leverage critical legacy applications as long as needed.

Two mobile apps are now available ScienceCloud Projects and ScienceCloud Tasks.


There are many more mobile science apps here


Asteris, molecular design on the iPad

I’ve just finished a brief review of Asteris is a new iOS app that arose from a collaboration between Optibrium and Integrated Chemistry Design that allows medicinal chemists to design new molecules on their iPad and then calculate a range of physiochemical and ADME properties.

The complete review is here, and there is a full listing of reviews here.


Radioactive Decay Calculator


I’ve just added a Radioactive Decay Calculator to the listing of mobile science applications.




I’ve just added the 250th entry on the Mobile Science database, and the honour goes to KiwiViewer

KiwiViewer is a free, open-source visualization app for exploring scientific and medical datasets. KiwiViewer opens a variety of file formats and provides flexible methods of accessing data, including Dropbox, Midas, iTunes file sharing, or download via url. Supported data types include meshes, images, and point clouds, with options for vertex coloring and texture mapping. File formats include: byu, g, jpg, kiwi, mha, obj, pcd, pdb, ply, png, stl, tiff, vti, vtk, vtm, vtp, vtu, and archive formats zip, gz, bz2.

The full MobileScience database can be found here.


Elemental updated


Shortly after announcing 100,000 downloads Dotmatics have posted an update to the chemical drawing app Elemental for iOS.

  • Interface tweak for iOS 7

Previous improvements - iOS 7 update - Elemental drawing bug fixes - Property prediction bug fixes - iPhone 5 support - Updated predicted properties engine - YouTube video link for introduction to the app - App size reduces from 8MB to 1MB(!) - Dropbox and Twitter Integration - Calculated Properties Panel - Rate Elemental Button! Love Elemental? Please rate us! - Follow us on Twitter button - @ElementalApp - Full Retina Display Support - File association improved - Sketched molecules persist over restarts - Copy image to Camera Roll - Copy Image to Clipboard - File association (tap and hold to load in Elemental) - E-mail attachments have been improved - support for multi-centre bonds added - Multitouch gesture support Undo - double tap Zoom - pinch Scroll - two finger drag - E-mails now export a reaction/RXN file if the sketch contains an arrow - MOL file e-mails contain predicted molecular properties: MW, MolFormula, XLogP - Add text notes into your sketch - Now compatible with iOS 5.0 and up - E-mailing of images has been improved - Larger icons

There are many other Chemical Drawing Apps that support iOS


Asteris and RCSB PDB updated


The official mobile app for viewing PDB structures RCSB PDB has been updated to include the April molecule of the month.

The molecule designer app Asteris has been updated to version 1.0.1 with a number of bug fixes and performance improvements.



Elemental for iOS


Dotmatics have just announced that the chemical drawing app Elemental for iOS has been downloaded 100,000 times. Whilst not in the same league as Angry Birds it surely marks an important milestone for scientific apps for mobile devices.

There are many other Chemical Drawing Apps that support iOS


Updates to MyScript Calculator and SPRESImobile


A couple of mobile science applications have been updated recently.

MyScript Calculator has been given an iOS 7 makeover.

Write the mathematical expression and MyScript technology will convert symbols and numbers to digital text and delivering the result in real time.


  • Basic operations: +, -, ×, ÷, /
  • Powers, Roots, Exponentials: 7², √, , e³
  • Misc. Operations: %, |5|, 3!
  • Brackets: ( )
  • Trigonometry: cos, sin, tan, cot, cosh, sinh, tanh
  • Inverse trigonometry: acos, asin, atan
  • Logarithms: ln, log
  • Constants: π, e, phi.

SPRESImobile has also been updated, there a number of bug fixes and you can now search by reaction name.

SPRESImobile provides you with a powerful and convenient way to access ChemReact, containing around 410,000 chemical reactions and related references. InfoChem created ChemReact for chemists who need information about effective reaction transformations. We achieved this by selecting representative examples of each reaction type from the larger SPRESI data collection of 1974-2009.



We are starting to see companies exploit the client server model in bringing ever more sophisticated scientific applications to the iPad.

Asteris is a joint development from Optibrium the creators of StarDrop and Integrated Chemistry Design who created Chirys Draw. Asteris uses Chirys Draw’s touch interface to design novel molecules and then uses StarDrop’s predictive modeling power, guided by the Glowing Molecule™ visualization, instant feedback dramatically reduces the time it takes you to identify high quality compound designs. Using Asteris you can calculate a range of simple “core properties”, and ADME properties, including solubility, hERG inhibition and CNS penetration, using rigorously validated models from the StarDrop platform.

  • Molecular Weight
  • Number of rotatable bonds
  • Flexibility
  • Number of hydrogen bond donors
  • Number of hydrogen bond acceptors
  • Topological polar surface area.
  • logP
  • logS
  • logS7.4
  • logD
  • 2C9 pKi
  • hERGpIC50
  • BBB log([brain]:[blood])
  • BBB category
  • HIA category
  • P-gp category
  • 2D6 affinity category
  • PPB90 category

All of the predictions are calculated using StarDrop ’s ADME QSAR module. You will need to be connected to the internet to perform these calculations using the secure Asteris cloud server.Alternatively, you can run the calculations on your own server with the “Enterprise” edition.

All communications with the server uses industry-standard SSL encryption. No compound structures or data are stored on the server. Calculate "core properties" for an unlimited number of molecules for free. Calculate ADME properties for 20 new compounds each month, free of charge. Additional ADME property calculations can be purchased via an in-app purchase.

There are demo videos on the support site.


Papers3 for iOS updated


Whilst Papers3 remains an extremely popular desktop reference management application Papers3 for iOS has come in for some criticism, in particular poor synchronisation with the desktop and the use of unintelligible file names. The latest version seems to address some of those concerns.

What's New in Version 3.1.5 New:

  • Supplemental file support.
  • Sharing PDFs via email now use human readable file names.

Stability fixes:

  • Fixes a crash related to syncing.
  • Improved performance on syncing.


  • General bug fixes.
  • Improved general appearance on iPhone.

The Mobile Science website contains more science apps for iOS.


MobileScience First quarter review


Since it has been just over three months since I built the Mobile Science website I though it might be interesting to see how it is performing. After a slow start there have been around 6000 page views and looking at the weblog it is clear many people are starting to use the search facilities to explore. Currently there are around 250 scientific apps listed and I’ve started to add iOS programming resources.

The top 25 viewed apps are:-

Papers for iOS
ChemDoodle Mobile
The Elements in Action
ChemDraw for iPad
The Elements in action
Play to cure: Genes in Space
Living Molecules
iOS Chart Library
Chemistry by Design
SciVerse Science Direct
Mobile HyperChem
Mobile Molecular DataSheet Toolkit
Reaction 101
Mathematics with PocketCAS pro
Tydlig - Calculator Reimagined
Named Reactions Pro

Whilst the number of chemistry apps is perhaps unsurprising it is great to see other areas of science starting to make an appearance.


ACS Meeting Spring 2014 mobile app


The ACS Mobile Meeting Application is your full featured guide to manage your experience at the 247th ACS National Meeting & Exposition in Dallas, TX. App features include: - Native app: No wifi connection required to access the conference program, schedule, or maps. - Home: Quick access to technical, social, and governance meeting program browse and search features, exposition information, and app user guide. - Program: Browse the entire event program to build your personal schedule, bookmark sessions or speakers, or access session handouts as available. - Take notes and share them via email. - Connect your meeting experience with social media. - Exhibitors, Maps, related conference info and much more

There many more mobile application on the MobileScience website.


RCSB PDB Mobile Updated


RCSB PDB Mobile has been updated to include molecule of the month.

There is a comparison of Molecule Viewers for iOS here.


Molecule Viewers for iOS


I’ve put together a page briefly describing the molecule viewers I’ve found for iOS.

I’ve included both small molecule and large biomolecule viewers, together with some that use a client server model.


Brian Cox and the wonder of Life


Everyones favourite physicist Brian Cox has just brought out a new app. The wonder of Life app allows you to explore nature in 3D with Professor Brian Cox as your personal tour guide. This is a follow up the highly successful Wonders of the universe.

Brian Cox is an excellent presenter and these apps are based on the highly successful BBC TV series, Wonders of Life and Wonders of the Universe.


TB Mobile Updated


TB Mobile from Collaborative Drug Discovery been updated.

TB Mobile makes available a set of molecules with activity against Mycobacterium Tuberculosis, and known targets available in CDD. It links to pathways (, genes (, literature (PubMed).

The latest update adds support for iOS7, and adds further compounds and molecular targets. So now there are 96 unique targets and 805 compounds. There is also major new functionality including interactive clustering, personal favourites, target prediction and exporting capabilities.



Spectroscopy apps for iOS


I’ve just been sent details of a number of iOS apps that would be useful to those involved in spectroscopy, (NMR, IR, MS) so I’ve added them all to the mobile science site.




Learn NMR FID is a great teaching tool to learn the basics of NMR data collection and processing. Use simulated free induction decays (FIDs) and spectra to see apodization, noise and relaxation effects. Move peaks and see how the FID changes. Real and imaginary FIDs prior to and after processing are displayed as is the resultant spectrum after the Fourier transform.

There are more science apps for iOS on the mobilescience site.

I also thought I’d mention this framework that was brought to my attention recently. There is a trend to move massively parallel tasks to the GPU, GPU Image is a framework (BSD license) that simplifies the creation of GPU filters. This framework is built around OpenGL ES 2.0, so it will only work on devices that support this API. This means that this framework will not work on the original iPhone, iPhone 3G, and 1st and 2nd generation iPod touches. All other iOS devices are supported.


Nebiocalculator from New England BioLabs


Nebiocalculator from New England BioLabs is actually web app using HTML5, javascript and CSS3, but it has been formatted for touch use so it works nicely on iPhones and iPads. Requires active internet connection.

  • molarity/dilution calculation
  • OD260 conversion
  • ligation calculation
  • mass/moles conversion for both dsDNA and ssRNA



Play to Cure™: Genes in Space


Beating cancer through a space game never seemed possible. Until now….

Every day, scientists across the globe are painstakingly analysing the genetic faults in thousands of cancer samples. They are looking for clues that will help develop new cancer treatments. This game let’s you help.

Play to Cure™: Genes in Space is a pioneering way of helping these scientists in their mission to beat cancer sooner and all via this world first mobile game supported by Cancer Research UK.

A mysterious substance is discovered in the voids of deep space. Dubbed Element Alpha, the substance is refined for use in medicine, engineering and construction and soon the Element Alpha industry explodes galaxy wide.

As an employee of Bifrost Industries, one of the biggest traders of the substance, your job is to collect as much Element Alpha as you can and trade it for upgrades to your spacecraft to help you manoeuvre the asteroid filled space course.

Game features:

  • Arcade/action space gameplay
  • Rise through the ranks at Bifrost Industries from Recruit to Galactic Legend
  • Upgrade and customise your ship with unique items, weapons and colours
  • Plan your route to maximise your Element Alpha haul
  • Maximise your profits by trading your Element Alpha when the market is high or sell immediately for a guaranteed return


Element Alpha represents genetic cancer data that scientists across the world analyse on a daily basis. Genes in Space has successfully translated this data into an interactive, asteroid-strewn intergalactic assault course.

By collecting Element Alpha and navigating your spaceship through the cosmos you’re finding the significant genetic changes which help scientists to discover cancer causing genes and develop new life saving treatments.

So gamers take note. The Genes in Space story may not be real, but the impact of what you’re doing is far from science-fiction.

Why not download Play to Cure™: Genes in Space and do your bit.

This application is designed for iPhone 4S and higher, along with iPad 2 and higher. You can play on older devices but your gaming experience may not be the same


Wolfram|Alpha has been updated


The Wolfram|Alpha iOS app has been updated. This is an essential app whether or not you are a scientist.

This update fixes a few bugs and supports iOS7 design.

There are more apps on the MobileScience website.


Papers3 for iOS Updated


I see that Papers3 for iOS has just been updated to version 3.1.1.

This version now includes article level metrics (Altmetrics) on the article you're reading now available in the landmarks view (PDF reader).

  • General bug and stability fixes.

  • Improved performance on syncing.

There are more science apps for iOS here


Malware on mobile devices


Interestingly since I set up the mobile science site several people have sent me links to security concerns on mobile devices. The latest from Cisco suggests that 99% of all mobile malware targets Android devices, and 91% of web exploits target Java. iOS so far does not appear to be a major target but I’m sure there are people trying to breach the “walled garden” that Apple have created.


FierceBiotech and FiercePharma added to mobile science


I’ve just added FierceBiotech and FiercePharma to the MobileScience website. Those are two very popular industry news monitors.


Wolfram|Alpha and chemistry homework problems


There is an interesting post on Molecular Modeling Basics on the use of Wolfram Alpha to solve chemistry homework problems. I have to say I continue to be impressed by Wolfram Alpha, the breadth and depth of science that is covered is amazing.

For science apps for iOS have a look at the mobile science page.


Anaglyph 3D now available in iMolview


I was just reading the end of year newsletter from [Molsoft] and I came across this interesting snippet.

MolSoft is excited to announce that Anaglyph 3D is now available to use in ICM and iMolview.

Sure enough the update on Dec 24th has this in the release notes.

Anaglyph stereo mode is added. (Set 'Stereo Type' to 'Anaglyph' in Tools menu) Any red-cyan 3D glasses will work in this mode.

There are a number of suitable glasses on Amazon 3D Red/Cyan Glasses

I think this is the first app to enable this sort of stereo viewing and it just underlines the strides that mobile platforms are making in scientific computing.

For science apps for iOS have a look at the mobile science page.


Mobile Science Website

It has been just over a month since I set up the Mobile Science database and I thought it would be good to have a look at how things were going. The aim of the database was to enable scientists to be able to search for scientific apps for iOS.

It took a lot of work to compile all the information so I’m delighted to see that it has been accessed nearly 1500 times with visitors from all over the world. A fair number of people have been voting for their favourite application and it perhaps not surprising that the chemical drawing applications, Elemental, ChemDoodle Mobile and ChemDraw are all in the top 5. The other apps picking up votes are popular scientific search and computation tool WolframAlpha and the award winning reference management app Papers3, together with ElementalDB an app that allows you to search a local copy of the 1.2 million record ChEMBL database, an app that really demonstrates the computing power now available in a hand-held device.

I will of course continue to update the database but since finding science apps on the iTunes Store can be a challenge I’d be delighted to hear about any that I have missed.



The Elements in Action


Originally Theodore Gray produced a beautiful coffee table book The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe, this was later converted into an iPad app The Elements which gave access to more dynamic information than could be achieved with a hard copy book. Now the developers have gone one step further and created The Elements in Action a periodic table with video explorations of the properties of elements. Some of the videos look like they have been rescued from old research labs so this is probably your only opportunity to see them in action.


Mobile science app updates


A couple of applications from Molecular Materials Informatics, Inc have been updated.

Open Drug Discovery Teams is a content management system providing crowd sourced information on a range of tropical and neglected diseases. The ODDT app is free. It can be used anonymously to browse topics. Submission of content requires the user's Twitter account to be enabled and made available to the app.


Living Molecules allows specially crafted molecular glyphs to be snapped by the device camera, which direct the app to chemical data: molecules, reactions and collections. This update fixes a bug that could cause the app to crash.

Mobile Molecular DataSheet update includes Sketcher improvements: crayon gestures for adding rings and lines; traversal gesture for growing rings from bonds; and a "band-aid" feature for fixing badly drawn chain bonds.

There is now a searchable database of mobile science apps


Chem3D and ChemDraw for iPad updated


Both ChemDraw and Chem3D have been updated, the release notes don’t give much information on the updates other than Redesigned for iOS7 and bug fixes.

The use of mobile devices in teaching has offered new opportunities and a recent presentation by Layne Morsch illustrates this quite nicely. Using ChemDraw for iPad and Flick-to-Share to Increase Engagement in Organic Chemistry. The page has a couple of embedded videos that give more details.

The other feature that is now becoming mainstream is the 3D-printing and since Chem3D can export in .stl format it is not surprising people have started to experiment with creating 3D models of molecules, there is a brief video here, unfortunately it is a loop of the printing process so don’t expect to see the final product. CambridgeSoft have also produced their own videos of these apps in action


Mobile Science App updates


A couple of apps have been updated recently

WolframAlpha the world's definitive source for instant expert knowledge and computation.

Living Molecules allows specially crafted molecular glyphs to be snapped by the device camera, which direct the app to chemical data: molecules, reactions and collections

There is now a database of mobile science apps


MobileScience Apps

Finding scientific applications for your iPhone to iPad has always been a little hit and miss since there is no “science” category on the iTunes store. To help out I created a page listing applications that I knew about, unfortunately as the number of applications increased the page became unmanageable. In addition an alphabetical listing is not the most useful way to search through them.

I’ve now transferred all the information to a database that can be searched via a web interface.


The site is available at, I’ve started to categorise applications to aid navigation but I’d be interested to hear of any suggestions. Currently there are over 200 entries covering an extensive area of science, if I’ve missed any please let me know and I’ll add them.

In the news section I’ve added links to publications and presentations that might be interesting.

I’d encourage to have a look around and I’d be interested to hear any comments or suggestions.



Experimental Assistant


Experimental Assistant from Nano3D Biosciences. This application helps organize and analyze data from experiments. It take manual photos and automatic shooting for multiple images and time lapse movies, and stores them in albums for easy access later


ChemDraw and Chem3D for iPad updated


There are updates to both ChemDrawand Chem3D) for iPad. There is little information available about the update to version 2.0 other than “bug fixes” and the apps have been redesigned for iOS7 and now have a minimum requirement for IOS7.0 or later.


The mobile science page contains a listing of science apes for iOS.


iOS7 Adoption rate


I was just looking at the iOS7 adoption rate on the Mixpanel website. When I looked last night, iOS7 stood at 63% of users, iOS6 just over 32% with older versions of iOS below 4%. Given that iOS7 has only been available just over a week this is a remarkable adoption rate. Excellent news for all those mobile science developers since it looks like will be able to focus their efforts on the latest version of the operating system,.



Labguru this is a mobile app for iPad, iPhone and iPod, a complement to your Labguru account, Labguru Mobile assists you with 4 essential functions: Record images of results and link them to their specific experiment, Drill down into your lab's storage locations, Manage orders and inventory with the shopping list, Retrieve protocols on your bench to execute experiments then automatically integrate results into your Labguru account

Now added to the mobile science page.



PhySyCalc is an interesting scientific calculator that lets you do full calculations but also lets you include the units. It also includes many useful mathematical functions, as well as a number of useful physical constants. Included also are the speed of light, and the mass of the electron, proton, and neutron, all with appropriate units, atomic weights, isotope weights, and isotope abundances.


PhySyCalc features include:

  • Intuitive, minimal buttons in portrait display for ease and speed of use
  • Quantity units supported in all calculations
  • Calculations entered in full before evaluating
  • Use of parenthesis within your calculations
  • Full featured scientific calculator
  • Left swipe display for unlimited undo. Makes it easy to find mistakes and correct them.
  • Right swipe display for redo
  • Two finger slide on display to reduce the number of significant figures
  • Complex numbers

Now added to the Mobile Science Page.


Choosing the app to view a file.

I mentioned in my ChemDraw for iPad review that you could open files in DropBox and I had a couple of people ask how.

With the DropBox app installed if you navigate to a file and click the icon in the top right corner you get a drop down menu asking which application to open a file with.



ChemDraw and Chem3D for iPad updated

I just noticed that there are a couple of updates on my iPad, in particular ChemDraw and Chem3D for iPad have both been updated. What is particularly appealing is that they certainly seem to be listening to their users with several of the top requested features now being incorporated. I’m particularly delighted to see DropBox fully integrated as a sharing capability, for a mobile device this is absolutely critical. At the moment you can upload CDXML, PNG or PDF file formats, and you can only save to a ChemBioDraw folder within DropBox. Perhaps unsurprisingly social media outlets (Twitter and Facebook) are now also supported.

Chem3D now has the ability to pull more structures from public databases, perhaps in the next update of ChemDraw we might see the ability to pull structures from public databases such as ChemSpider?

The ability to add text boxes to structures and schemes will be very useful and will make this a more useful app for note taking. The default text seems to be Times New Roman but you can change text style using the “Colours and Styles” button. The ACS template is now available, but you can’t use your own templates.

ChemDraw for iPad 1.0.2 Features

  • Text capability to annotate structures and reactions (single-most requested feature in product reviews)
  • Adjustable arrows (another top requested item)
  • More sharing capabilities including DropBox, Twitter, Facebook, and Moxtra
  • Group Flick-to-Share (based on our summer pilots and geared toward educators)
  • Orbitals, brackets
  • Two categories of templates (structures)
  • Enhanced periodic table keyboard capabilities including an ability to quickly type a chemical formula
  • American Chemical Society template
  • Simplified Chinese language support
  • Korean language support   Chem3D 1.0.2 Features

  • More sharing options including DropBox, Twitter, Facebook and Moxtra

  • Ability to pull in more structures (PDB and CIF) from public databases including now by keyword search for structure or author
  • Group Flick-to-Share capabilities
  • Simplified 3D printing output (now via DropBox or email)
  • Simplified Chinese language support
  • Korean language support

These are excellent updates and well worth installing. A minor comment since Chem3D can import PDB structures from public databases, it might be nice to be able to save them in PDB format.

I’ve updated review I wrote.


Mobile Science Page Updated

I’ve updated the mobile science page adding a few new applications.

3D Molecules Edit&Drill is designed to enable students to build, construct, modify and examine molecules in 3D.

CueMol viewer for iOS is an interactive macromolecular viewer for structural biologists. CueMol viewer allows the users to open and view the scene files made by the desktop version of CueMol, and the Protein Data Bank (PDB) format files, as well.

GLmol Free and open source 3D molecular viewer based on WebGL and Javascript. GLmol runs on newer versions of Firefox, Chrome, Safari or Opera. Internet Explorer is not supported. GLmol also runs on WebGL enabled safari in iOS.

iPharosDreams is a molecular visualization app for iPad that allows you to perform in-silico drug discovery. This app basically has functions that download protein structure files from Protein Data Bank, display 3D molecules, touch, rotation, zoom in/out. Hierarchy structure of molecules is shown with a table that select precisely components in a protein and related things. Above all, you can generate pharmacophores and analyze 3D protein-ligand interaction of biological macromolecules for in-silico drug discovery. You can select a ligand from a protein and generate a binding site from the selected ligand. From the binding site, also you can generate receptor based pharmacophores and get inspiration for good hit compounds interact with the protein well.

Many thanks to those who suggested links.


ChemDoodle Updates

IChemLabs have announced a couple of updates

ChemDoodle Web Components 5.2.2 has been released, this is a minor update This update fixes some issues, and most notably stabilises the WebGL text system. They have updated a few of the demos to show off this feature:

2D to 3D Coordinates
MolGrabber 3D
PDB Ribbons

ChemDoodle mobile 1.4.1 is also now available from the App Store, the release notes include.

  • Support for the iPhone 5
  • IUPAC Naming
  • 3D coordinate generation and viewer
  • Added empirical formula to calculations
  • Added rotatable bond count to calculations
  • Added total electron count to calculations
  • Added vdW volume to calculations
  • Added complexity to calculations
  • Fixed slow performance issues on iPad in landscape mode
  • Fixed MolGrabber search issues
  • Fixed issue where the back button wouldn’t appear on the last help page
  • Fixed login issues
  • Performance improvements
  • General improvements and fixes


Mobile Science apps

I’ve already mentioned ChemDraw for iPad but Perkin Elmer also released Chem3D for iPad yesterday, it should be noted that Chem3D for iPad is a simple molecule viewer and it does not include the computational abilities of the desktop version.

Both are now included on the mobile science page


ChemDraw for iPad

About three decades ago I stopped using a stencil and a Rotring pen to create chemical structures for publications and started using ChemDraw on a Mac, at the time it transformed the standard of structures in publications and it has continued to set the standard for publication quality chemical structures. Over the years the software has developed and moved into cheminformatics, spectroscopy and more recently biological drawing. This lead to the rebranding as ChemBioDraw but most of the chemists I know still call it “ChemDraw”. So it is perhaps not surprising that I feel rather pleased that the iPad version is entitled simply ChemDraw.

You can read a full review here.


Living Molecules Updated

The Living Molecules iOS app has been updated, this version now activates the phones flashlight to better capture the glyphs in dim conditions.

The Living Molecules app allows you to turn chemical structures into a molecular glyph, which can be used on documents like posters, manuscripts or web pages. Anyone who has the app can use the camera to capture molecular glyphs, and bring the chemical data onto their device. A molecular glyph is the chemical equivalent of a QR code.


JSME: a free molecule editor in JavaScript

Another javascript-based molecular editor JSME was recently described in the Journal of Cheminformatics, JSME is a port of the very popular JME java applet.

The actual molecule editing Java code of the JME editor was translated into JavaScript with help of the Google Web Toolkit compiler and a custom library that emulates a subset of the GUI features of the Java runtime environment. In this process, the editor was enhanced by additional functionalities including a substituent menu, copy/paste, drag and drop and undo/redo capabilities and an integrated help. In addition to desktop computers, the editor supports molecule editing on touch devices, including iPhone, iPad and Android phones and tablets. In analogy to JME the new editor is named JSME. This new molecule editor is compact, easy to use and easy to incorporate into web pages.


Living Molecules

The Living Molecules app allows you to turn chemical structures into a molecular glyph, which can be used on documents like posters, manuscripts or web pages. Anyone who has the app can use the camera to capture molecular glyphs, and bring the chemical data onto their device. A molecular glyph is the chemical equivalent of a QR code.


The glyph contains just enough information to establish a source and identification for the data, so that the content can be downloaded from the internet and viewed:


I’ve been trying this out over the weekend and whilst it works, it looks like it is very resource intensive and my old iPhone 4 really struggled. This looks like an interesting project and it will be interesting to see how it develops.

I’ve added it to the list of mobile science applications.


The Portable Chemist's Consultant

This is the first major scientific text that I’ve seen that specifically aims for the iPad rather than hardback books, and I suspect it will become the norm in the future. When scientific text books are so expensive, and need regular updates this becomes a very attractive model. The Portable Chemists Consultant

This is a chemistry book like no other. This is your virtual consultant. If you work in any chemical company, our aim is to make this your survival guide. This is your portable consultant, available 24/7, and offering advice that cannot be obtained by cursory use of search engines. This consultant doesn't charge an hourly rate, has no ego, and is being constantly updated and improved upon. At no additional cost. In Part 1, The Portable Chemist's Consultant places particular emphasis on heterocyclic chemistry since this is the bedrock of society-shaping materials such as medicines and agrochemicals. Beautiful interactive graphics are designed to rapidly solve your problems by being both immersive and rapidly absorbed. In Part 2, a broad coverage of solutions to the most encountered problems and issues of industrial chemists is presented



ElementalDB Updated

I just noticed an ElementalDB update appear on my iPad.

According to the release notes there have been substructure search performance improvements.

ElementalDB allows you search and explore the 1.2 million structure CHEMBL database locally on your iPad.

There is a review here.



ChemDoodle Mobile Updated

I just noticed that an update for ChemDoodle was available on my iPhone.

According to the release notes this includes

  • Support for the iPhone 5
  • IUPAC Naming
  • 3D coordinate generation and viewer
  • Added empirical formula to calculations
  • Added rotatable bond count to calculations
  • Added total electron count to calculations
  • Added vdW volume to calculations
  • Added complexity to calculations
  • Fixed slow performance issues on iPad in landscape mode
  • Fixed MolGrabber search issues
  • Fixed issue where the back button wouldn’t appear on the last help page
  • Fixed login issues
  • Performance improvements
  • General improvements and fixes

There is a page of mobile science applications here.


ElementalDB on AppStore

ElementalDB is now available on the AppStore.

Sketch and search within the 1.2M compound ChEMBL 15 dataset. Searching, property calculation and depiction is done from the stored 2D co-ordinates from ChEMBL within the app on your device


TB Mobile

There is an interesting article in the Journal of Cheminformatics regarding an app I’ve highlighted previously, TB Mobile: a mobile app for anti-tuberculosis molecules with known targets.

TB Mobile may assist researchers as part of their workflow in identifying potential targets for hits generated from phenotypic screening and in prioritizing them for further follow-up. The app is designed to lower the barriers to accessing this information, so that all researchers with an interest in combatting this deadly disease can use it freely to the benefit of their own efforts.


There are more mobile science applications listed here.


Four new mobile science apps

Four new mobile science applications from ZappyLab a provider of mobile and web applications for scientists. They focus on creating tools that are helpful to researchers and laboratory workers.

GrowthCurves is a portable spreadsheet for researchers working with cell cultures.

PubChase is a science literature search and recommendation tool, available online or on your mobile device

Lab Counter is a tallying app, specifically designed for the scientists and medical laboratory workers.

Tetrad is a utility for yeast geneticists to score yeast tetrad dissections.

They have all been added to the mobile science page.


SAR Table updated

The SAR Table app has had the ability to match scaffolds to molecules for a while now, but as of the latest release (1.3.4) just submitted to the AppStore, it will be able to match more than one scaffold at once. The actual process of performing the scaffold match is provided by a webservice (

More details here.


Molecule Calculator

After I wrote the article about javascript based molecule viewers I’ve been sent a couple of links demonstrating their use. One particularly interesting one is MolCalc an online molecular calculator that uses JSmol to build and render structures.


Once the molecule has been built and minimised using the MMFF force field you can then use GAMESS to calculate a range of molecular properties.


MolCalc is distributed through GitHub under the GPL license You must obtain a copy of the GAMESS code separately from Since this uses javascript for the interface it will work on mobile devices.


Elemental for iPad/iPhone updated

Dotmatics have announced an update to their chemical sketching application Elemental to version 1.5. No details of any changes are available.

There is a page of mobile science applications here.

Chocolat a text editor for Mac OS X, that combines native Cocoa with powerful text editing tools has been updated.

There are more text editors here.


Green Solvents updated

The latest version of Green Solvents (1.1) is now available on the AppStore. Worth noting is the fact that the app is now sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

There is a page of mobile science applications here.


Elemental for iPad/iPhone updated

Dotmatics have announced an update to their chemical sketching application Elemental. Version 1.4 includes an improved calculated properties engine.


There is a page of mobile science applications here.


A busy time for mobile science

There are a couple of things happening in the mobile science space that I thought I should highlight.

The SAR Table app is going through some major improvements at the moment. The recently added matrix view is being modified to make it more interactive.


Recently the Mobile Molecular DataSheet (MMDS) was updated with the ability to parse ChemDraw files in particular it understands reaction schemes.

It can extract reaction schemes, and reassemble them into the more highly structured form that MMDS uses, i.e. segregated into individual components, where each distinct part of the reaction is characterised as a reactant, reagent or product, and is described by name/structure/both, and stoichiometry.

The ChemSpider synthetic pages reactions are stored in Chemdraw format and can thus be imported into MMDS, the sequence of actions is shown here

There is also a presentation by Antony Williams describing work at the Royal Society of Chemistry to support mobile science.


For those who complain about the Apple App approval process

News from thenextweb, a very sophisticated app on Google Play.

We’ve seen malware for PCs that infects mobile devices, but it turns out there’s also malware for mobile devices designed to infect PCs. Kaspersky researchers have discovered a new piece of Android malware that masquerades as a “cleaner” app meant to free memory for Google’s operating system but wreaks havoc on your smartphone in the background and on Microsoft’s operating system when it’s connected to a PC

There is related article that compares mobile threats here it looks like Android is being targeted.


The continued rise in mobile computing

The latest data from Net Applications is available and the continued rise in mobil computing is clearly seen. In January 2013 mobile devices account for nearly 12% of web usage, with iOS holding just over 60% and Android 24%. Blackberry languishes at under 2% and it remains to be seen whether there new offerings will revive the once market leading company. The iPad is the most popular mobile device followed by iPhone.

On the desktop it is pretty much unchanged, Windows still account for around 90% (with XP unchanged at 39%) and Mac just over 7%. Mac OS X 10.8 is the most popular Mac operating system.

There is a page of mobile science applications here.


Mobile Molecular DataSheet Updated

I just noticed that version 1.4.1 of the Mobile Molecular DataSheet (MMDS) has just been submitted to the iTunes AppStore, and its notable new feature is the ability to select a datasheet and calculate structure-based properties. A new column is created for each selected property, and the calculation feature is applied to each row. The available properties currently include molecular weight/formula, log P, molar refractivity and topological polar surface area. The functionality is provided by the webservice.

There is more information on the Cheminformatics blog.

There is a page of mobile science applications here.


Search integration added to MolPrime+

Database searching has now been added to MolPrime+ for iOS. The latest version, 1.1, has been submitted to the AppStore and should be available soon. As soon as it is approved, it will be possible to easily search the PubChem and ChEBI databases, by name or structure, and use the results within the app.


There is a detailed description here

There many more iPhone/iPad apps on the mobile science page.


Cheminformatics workflows using mobile apps

Yet another publication describing the impact of mobile science.

We are perhaps at a turning point for making cheminformatics accessible to scientists that are not computational chemists. The proliferation of mobile devices has seen software or ‘apps’ developed that can be used for sophisticated chemistry applications. These apps can offer capabilities to the practicing chemist that are approaching those of conventional desktop-based software, while still apps tend to be focused on a relatively small range of tasks. Mobile apps that can pull in and integrate public content from many sources relating to molecules and data are also being developed. Apps for drug discovery are already evolving rapidly and are able to communicate with each other to create workflows, as well as perform more complex processes, enabling informatics aspects of drug discovery (i.e. accessing data, modeling and visualization) to be done anywhere by potentially anyone. We will describe how these cheminformatics apps can be used productively and some of the future opportunities that we predict.

There is a page of mobile science applications here.


Green Solvents

Mobile science continues to make inroads, this publication describes the work to make Green Chemistry information more accessible.

Incorporating Green Chemistry Concepts into Mobile Chemistry Applications and Their Potential Uses DOI

There is a page of mobile science applications here.


Structure activity on an iPhone

An interesting post on Cheminformatics 2.0

the SAR Table app has a not-yet-released feature which allows the current set of structures and their activities (“responses”) to be packed off to a webservice, which proceeds to construct a model based on structural features, then predicts values for any structures that don’t have values for that particular property.

Mobile science is coming on in leaps and bounds.

There many more iPhone/iPad apps on the mobile science page.



Datasets are ubiquitous in chemistry research and education. For fields involving organic chemistry, these datasets often take the form of Structure data files (SD files). Although an assortment of tools can present SD files on desktops and laptops, few options exist for doing so on increasingly-useful tablets and phones StructureMate™, aims to bring chemical structure dataset analysis and visualisation to a much wider range of devices. This Universal app runs on both the iPad/iPad Mini and iPhone/iPod Touch families, with custom-built interface for each.


There many more iPhone/iPad apps on the mobile science page.


Tableau Mobile

A few days ago I mention Spotfire for the iPad and a couple of readers sent in details of similar applications.

Tableau mobile is an iPad front-end to an analytics server. Create interactive reports and dashboards in Tableau Desktop then publish them to Tableau Server for secure access on your desktop, or on the web or with your iPad.

Similarly SAP BusinessObjects Mobile connects to the SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence platform.


Spotfire for iPad

Spotfire for the iPad requires access to a TIBCO Spotfire Web Player Server. By default, the app is connected to our public demo gallery so you can start experiencing data in Spotfire immediately. After that, you can connect to your internal server, or you can connect to public servers and explore Spotfire analytical tools.


Now added to the mobile science page.



BioGPS free extensible and customizable gene annotation portal, a complete resource for learning about gene and protein function.


Now added to the mobile science page.


A collection of mobile science apps

Labguru for iPad is a companion app to the Labguru web application. The app enables Labguru users to conduct and update their experiments from the lab bench. The app makes it possible to run and track multiple experiments, record notes and results while performing an experiment, and to sync the data with the Labguru web application.

My Lab, your iPAD is now a lab notebook, protocols organizer, lab inventory and much more. My lab was conceptualized and developed under the scientific expertise of Mahendra Rao MD PhD and Hue Medscience. My lab is a customizable app that lets you keep your lab data private and enables sharing of the content you want enabling full control of your files. My Lab also includes direct access to Dropbox to store your files for easy access from anywhere

BioTechniques The International Journal of Life Science Methods – Now on Your Mobile Device BioTechniques provides open access to high-quality, peer-reviewed papers on laboratory techniques and protocols. Now in its 52nd volume, BioTechniques has over 80,000 print subscribers worldwide.

Oracle Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile for Apple iPad and Apple iPhone is a mobile analytics application that allows users to view, analyze and take action on Oracle Business Intelligence content.

The Journal of Cell Biology app allows immediate access to full-text articles. The original international cell biology journal, JCB now travels wherever you do. You can read full-text articles anywhere at anytime, even without a network connection. The app, designed for easy reading and browsing on any iOS device

Life Technologies Protocols App provides quick, convenient access to popular Applied Biosystems or Invitrogen product protocols. Each protocol is presented with concise step-by-step instructions, along with easy access to the complete product manual

PNAS, the official journal of the US National Academy of Sciences, is an authoritative source of high-impact, original research that broadly spans the biological, physical, and social sciences. The journal is published daily online in PNAS Early Edition and weekly in print. Easily access the PNAS table of contents and full text articles directly from your mobile device.

Mol Biology Get all the latest research findings from Molecular Microbiology, including articles yet to be published in an issue. Our iPad-optimised design provides the best browsing experience possible. With a few simple clicks you can quickly and easily move between articles, images and more.

MIQE - qPCR helps you in reviewing scientific works and checking your own experiments, when qPCR is involved. Check your project's compliance to MIQE in minutes, have all required references to hand, and follow qPCR events and new

Cell Imaging HD This mobile app is designed to help you find fluorescent dyes, reagents and protocols for cell biology related fluorescence microscopy applications.

BioLegend Tools , this application provides you with important information about your mouse and human CD Molecules, Cytokines and Chemokines. It also includes BioLegend pathway posters, an antibody usage calculator, and a lab timer.

There is an extensive collection of apps for science on the mobile science page.


15 mobile apps in Life Sciences

Last October when FierceBiotech IT rounded up the top apps in life sciences, the industry was just coming to terms with the potential of mobile devices. Now life science software providers are waking up to the fact that mobile is more than an opportunity, it is a necessity. It is increasingly hard to envisage a successful software company that lacks a mobile strategy.

Read more: 15 mobile apps in Life Sciences - 2012 - FierceBiotechIT

There is an extensive collection of apps for science on the mobile science page.


TB Mobile app

The TB Mobile app presents over 700 small molecules structures screened versus Mtb and their targets. This data is only available in Collaborative Drug Discovery, Inc. (CDD). To which has been added published data on target, essentiality, links to literature (PubMed), genes (, pathways (TBCyc, which provides a pathway-based visualization of the entire cellular biochemical network) and human homolog information. The structures, names and miscellaneous data for these drugs are stored within the app, and made available for browsing. The drugs can be filtered, searched by name or structure, and viewed in 2D. There are several functions for making use of the data. The app therefore merges cheminformatics and bioinformatics information.

Now added to the mobile science page.


SPRESImobile 2.0 now available: full reaction searching SPRESImobile 2.0 now available: full reaction searching

The SPRESImobile app provides access to InfoChem‘s SPRESI database. It runs on Apple iOS devices (iPhones, iPods and iPads) and is free on the iTunes AppStore. The latest version extends the search capabilities to include searching by reaction: various types of exact, substructure and similarity searches can be performed. Furthermore, it is now possible for existing customers of SPRESI to provide their user credentials within the app, which unlocks the entirety of the database content, rather than the default curated ChemReact subset that is made available to all.

More apps are on the mobile science page


ChemDoodle mobile updated

ChemDoodle mobile has just been updated

ChemDoodle Mobile is a calculator for drawn organic structures. There are four main windows: Draw, Calculate, Spectra and Help. The Draw window shows a typical ChemDoodle sketcher, where you can draw and store your structures. The Calculate page calculates properties and the Spectra page simulates NMR spectra. All spectra are interactive. The Help page contains a detailed help guide.

Calculations 1. Molecular Formula 2. Molecular Mass 3. Monoisotopic Mass 4. Degree of Unsaturation 5. Hydrogen Bond Acceptors 6. Hydrogen Bond Donors 7. Average Molecular Polarizability 8. Molar Refractivity 9. Polar Surface Area 10. logP Spectra 1. Mass Parent Peak (Isotopic Distribution) 2. 1H NMR 3. 13C NMR

There are more apps on the mobile science page


PyMOL now on iPad

Schrodinger have just announced the release of PyMOL on the iPad. It is a free download from the App Store. With the app you can:-

  • View 3D molecular structures, images, and PDFs
  • Search and download data from the PDB, PubChem, Dropbox, or your own custom server.
  • Intuitively interactive: rotate, pan, twist, zoom, center, and adjust clipping planes, with simple gestures
  • Select atoms, residues, molecules, chains, objects, etc. – just by tapping the screen
  • Easy-to-use visualization presets cover the majority of visualization needs such as bond representations and surfaces.
  • Distance calculations, structure alignments, anaglyph 3D, and much more



RCSB Protein Data Bank app

The RCSB Protein Data Bank (PDB) mobile app is a new application that provides fast, on-the-go access to the RCSB PDB resources. The app enables the general public, researchers and scholars to search the Protein Data Bank and visualize protein structures using either a WiFi or cellular data connection. Search the entire PDB database, view the latest protein structure entries to be released, access your MyPDB account, view the entire catalog of Molecule of the Month, airplay support for high resolution screens and more.

Now added to the mobile science page


Four more mobile science apps

I’ve added four more apps to the mobile science page.

The Aldrich Handbook of Fine Chemicals for your iPad, Convenient alphabetical browsing of chemical substances in list or grid view Substance pages with key technical properties, chemical structures, and links to corresponding products on for additional information,Ability to search by product name, synonym, CAS number, and product number with alphabetically returned results.

Molarity a chemistry calculator tool that generates lab-ready directions describing how to prepare an acid or base solution of a specified molarity or normality from a concentrated acid or base solution. A second tab includes a general molarity function that calculates the mass of any reagent needed to prepare a given volume of solution of desired molarity. A third tab features a stock dilution function that calculates how to dilute a stock solution of any known molarity to your desired volume and molarity.

HPLC Calc Calculates conditions for transfer of an isocratic or gradient method from one HPLC column to another. Recommends flow rates for analytical columns. Allows method scaling from microbore through preparative column range based on the 2 sets of column variables (column length, column I.D., particle size) and current method conditions (flow rate, injection volume, pressure, run time, equilibration time).

CloningBench Restriction Enzyme Finder - Search by cut-site, name or buffer type, obtain technical data that you can share easily with others and order directly from your mobile device. Double Digest Finder - Find the correct buffer and concentration when digesting DNA with two restriction enzymes. Competent Cell Selection Guide - Quickly find the right competent cell for your cloning application and order easily. Search for chemically competent or electrocompetent cells, desired transformation efficiency, specialized application or packaging format that suits your needs.


iSpartan and iSpartan server

I was wondering when someone would use an iPad as the front-end to a fully featured modelling package running on a remote server, looks like Wavefunction have done a pretty impressive job with taking their sophisticated Spartan computational chemistry package from the desktop to mobile devices.

iSpartan creates molecules as familiar 2D sketches, directly converts these into 3D structures, and calculates low energy conformations. Atomic and molecular properties, NMR and infrared spectra, molecular orbitals and electrostatic potential maps are available from a 5,000 molecule subset of the Spartan Spectra and Properties Database (SSPD). The database may also be searched by substructure. Properties, spectra and graphical models of molecules in the SSPD subset are available for examination.

iSpartan Server is an available add-on to the iSpartan app. iSpartan Server installs on a Windows or Macintosh computer and converts iSpartan from an application whose primary utility is sketching molecules in 2D and visualizing them in 3D, into an open-ended molecular modeling research tool providing access to the full Spartan Spectra and Properties Database (SSPD), currently ~170,000 molecules) and to the computational engines used to produce the data in the SSPD. For molecules not included in the database, connection to iSpartan Server supports calculation of structures, properties, and spectra for all user generated molecules from iSpartan running on the iPad, iPhone, and iPodTouch.


There is a listing of science apps for iOS here


Chemicalize now supports iPad

To benefit from the display clarity of devices such as the New iPad,’s chemical structure image generator (built using Marvin) now handles high DPI displays (Retina displays), that also includes iPhone 4 and most new Android devices. Orientation change and touch events like drag, tap and swipe are enabled now.


Mobile Science Publication

A new paper has just been published Redefining Cheminformatics with Intuitive Collaborative Mobile App

The proliferation of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers has recently been extended to include a growing ecosystem of increasingly sophisticated chemistry software packages, commonly known as apps. The capabilities that these apps can offer to the practicing chemist are approaching those of conventional desktop-based software, but apps tend to be focused on a relatively small range of tasks. To overcome this, chemistry apps must be able to seamlessly transfer data to other apps, and through the network to other devices, as well as to other platforms, such as desktops and servers, using documented file formats and protocols whenever possible. This article describes the development and state of the art with regard to chemistry-aware apps that make use of facile data interchange, and some of the scenarios in which these apps can be inserted into a chemical information workflow to increase productivity. A selection of contemporary apps is used to demonstrate their relevance to pharmaceutical research. Mobile apps represent a novel approach for delivery of cheminformatics tools to chemists and other scientists, and indications suggest that mobile devices represent a disruptive technology for drug discovery, as they have been to many other industries.

There is a listing of science apps for iOS here.


ChemFormula added to mobile science page

ChemFormula is a molecular formula and weight calculator ideal for students and anyone else who needs to quickly translate arbitrarily complex formulas into empirical formulas with molecular weights. Written by chemists, it includes support for a large number of common chemical abbreviations, functional groups, and protecting groups.


There is a listing of science apps for iOS here.


Approved Drugs App

The Approved Drugs app, which came out on the iTunes AppStore just a few days ago, is about to get its first update, whenever v1.0.1 gets approved. The update deals with the loading performance that currently incurs a bit of a hit when the app first loads, and can overload older devices that have less memory (i.e. crash). The reason the loading time does/did take awhile is that the data for 1300 drugs with 2D & 3D structures, enumerated tautomers, and various other adjunct data uses up quite a bit of memory, and it needs to be randomly accessible. The XML datasheet format used to store the data is suitable for streaming, but not at all for accessing arbitrary data entries without loading the whole thing into memory. The solution is a little bit inconvenient: invent a custom format for the read-only data that is indexed, so the app can rapidly scan the contents, in any order, without having to parse it all first.


Beilstein Journals App

Beilstein Journals App is available free of charge for iOS. Use this app to read all articles of the two Open Access journals Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry and Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology.


Have a look at the mobile science page for more science apps for the iPhone and iPad.


iMolview 1.5 released

Molsoft has just released a new version of iMolview an app that lets you browse protein, DNA, and small molecules in 3D on the iPhone and iPad.

The key new features include:

  • support for high resolution retina display in iPad3
  • simultaneous display of multiple proteins and superposition
  • side-by-side stereo
  • new tools for measuring and displaying distances and angles
  • export fully interactive chemical spreadsheets from ICM-Chemist to the iPad


There is also a video of iMolview in action

Have a look at the mobile science page for more science apps for the iPhone and iPad.


Approved Drugs app added to mobile science page

The Approved Drugs app contains over a thousand chemical structures and names of small molecule drugs approved by the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Structures and names can be browsed in a list, searched by name, filtered by structural features, and ranked by similarity to a user-drawn structure. The detail view allows viewing of a 3D conformation as well as tautomers. Structures can be exported in a variety of ways, e.g. email, twitter, clipboard

There is a listing of science apps for iOS here.


ChemSpider mobile updated

ChemSpider Mobile v1.1.1 released

There is a listing of science apps for iOS here.


iKinasePro Universal

iKinasePro is now a universal app running on all iOS devices. iKinasePro for iOS4 provides access into Eidogen-Sertanty's Kinase Knowledgebase (KKB) with fast and powerful substructure-, similarity-, and super-similarity searching capability. In addition, you can search the kinome by target name, by finger-drawn chemical structures, and/or tap through a vast array of ring structures to circumnavigate the Kinome from several different perspectives

There is a listing of science apps for iOS here.


SPRESImobile added to mobile science page

SPRESImobile is an app for Apple iPod, iPhone and iPad mobile devices, developed in collaboration with Eidogen-Sertanty. It provides direct access to ChemReact, a subset of the SPRESI structure and reaction database, which contains more than 400,000 unique reaction types and the related references.


There is a listing of science apps for iOS here.


MMDS UI updated

One of the challenges of creating apps for mobile devices is making functionality available via the user interface and the limited real estate. The UI of the mobile molecular data sheet (MMDS) has been updated to addresses a minor but persistent inconvenience: previously, the main command bank had to be open in order to exit from any of the editor panels.


There is a listing of mobile science apps here.


MyGenome app for iPad

It has now been a couple of years since the human genome was first sequenced and we are now seeing companies offering personal genome sequencing. Illumina are now offering MyGenome an iPad app that allows you to explore a real human genome. In due course they hope to allow you to explore your own genome.

There is more information about the app here.

Now added to the mobile science page.


Reagents added to mobile science apps

Reagents, This application details the structures and functions of >80 reagents encountered in typical introductory organic chemistry courses.


Mobile Molecular Datasheet has been updated

The Mobile Molecular DataSheet (MMDS) has been updated. Two major usability enhancements:

(1) Additional tool banks on the left and right side of the sketcher provide simplified drawing tools that are more familiar to users of desktop chemical drawing software.

(2) A tooltip system provides tips, live demonstrations and links to documentation.


Brain Lab

I’ve just added Brain Lab to the list of mobile science applications Brain Lab is a brain cell simulator, currently it offers

  1. A passive integrate and fire model
  2. A full Hodgkin-Huxley model with sodium and potassium channels
  3. A Library to learn more about brain science

Brain Lab offers real scientific brain cell models that can be used by anyone, no matter if you are a student, a scientist, or someone who is just interested in brain science. To carry out your experiments, they have set up a Lab for you with all the necessary equipment. If you need to brush up your brain science knowledge or look up a specific technical term, you can go to your Library and read it up. 


Open Drug Discovery Teams iOS app alpha test

The Open Drug Discovery Teams (ODDT) project is a mobile app primarily intended as a research topic aggregator of open science data integrated from various sources on the internet. It exists to facilitate interdisciplinary teamwork and to relieve the user from data overload. Initial research topics include areas of chemistry and adjacent molecule-oriented biomedical sciences, with an emphasis on those which are most amenable to open research at present. The ODDT project uses a free mobile app for iOS-based devices (iPhone, iPod and iPad) as the hub. The app has a Flipboard-inspired interface, and serverside infrastructure for hosting data and value added services. The project is open to participation from anyone, and much of the content is derived from public sources but is amenable to commercial data input and they are now looking for alpha testers. One of the key components is a back-end server that is in charge of monitoring the appearance of tweets with certain hash tags (#tuberculosis, #malaria, #hivaids, #huntingtons, #sanfilipposyndrome and #greenchemistry).

There is a screencast here to give you an idea of the functionality.



A chart & graph library for iOS and Mac OS X developers.

  • Fully native Objective-C library for direct, easy use in any iOS XCode project.
  • Several samples and demo projects to make integration and getting started a snap.
  • Over 50 powerful graph types, including bar, line, area, pie, scatter, bubble and waterfall.
  • An easy-to-use yet powerful object oriented API gives you full control over your charts with a minimum of effort.
  • Real 3D graphs with controls to zoom, pan, rotate and skew!
  • Adjust and control every element on every chart. Multiple Y-axis, depth effects, reference lines, scale controls and much more.
  • The full power of the PGSDK (charting library of choice for MicroStrategy, IBM/Cognos and many more) now for your mobile application!


Added 3 apps to Mobile Science Page

iFormulas is a clean, simple, easy to use mathematical formula reference guide. Formulas : Algebra, Calculus, Chemistry, Geometry and Trigonometry. Over 380 formulas, definitions, laws, properties, etc.

MyCalculator is an innovative 2D and 3D graphing calculator featuring One Touch Graphing™ and an innovative memory system to store and recall answers. Just touch the answer bar to store numbers in multiple memory slots.

MathStudio, formerly SpaceTime, is the most comprehensive math app available for iPhone and iPad. Whether you need a simple calculator to do your finances or a replacement for your TI graphing calculator,


MolPrime added to mobile science page

MolPrime is a chemical structure drawing tool based on the unique sketcher from the Mobile Molecular DataSheet

Added to the Mobile Science Page.


Added CMol to mobile science page

CMol is a molecular viewer designed specifically for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, offering a more powerful system for displaying and understanding biological molecules than has yet been seen on any iOS device.

There are many more applications on the mobile science page.


Recent MMDS improvements: drawing and renderinge

The Mobile Molecular DataSheet (MMDS) v1.3.7 has had a bit of attention to the sketching interface, and now makes available the most commonly used small ring templates from the context menu:

There is a page of mobile apps for science here


RSC Mobile

RSC Mobile is a mobile app which provides up-to-the-minute access to RSC journals. Full text HTML and PDF access via wireless networks for subscribing institutions/organisations. The latest news from the RSC Publishing Platform. Ability to save articles for offline reading - and to save the abstract for articles where the reader doesn't have full text access. Sharing of content via email, Twitter or Facebook.

There is a page of mobile apps for science here


WebGL on mobile devices

Are you fed up by the number of times you visit a web page and find you don’t have the plugin/applet to view the content? Or lost count of the times you have to update because of plugin security updates or applet java versions. Well you might like this post from iChemLabs. They have a demo of WebGL running on a mobile device.

We recently started optimizing our 3D ChemDoodle Web Components for mobile browsers, and will be fully supporting WebGL on all mobile platforms that implement it. This will allow scientists to quickly and affordably use the web to reach large numbers of users to reduce the cost of education and further spread science, especially when using the open-source and free ChemDoodle Web Components library. We already have the 3D components running on iOS and Android devices”


SAR Table added to mobile science page

SAR Table designed for creating tables containing a series of related structures, their activity/property data, and associated text. Structures are represented by scaffolds and substituents, which are combined together to automatically generate a construct molecule.

There is a page of mobile apps for science here

Mobile apps for chemistry in the world of drug discovery

An extensive review of mobile apps that might be useful for scientists.

Mobile apps for chemistry in the world of drug discovery

Antony J. Williams, Sean Ekins, Alex M. Clark, J. James Jack, Richard L. Apodaca
Drug Discovery Today
Volume 16, Issues 21-22, November 2011, Pages 928-939

Mobile hardware and software technology continues to evolve very rapidly and presents drug discovery scientists with new platforms for accessing data and performing data analysis. Smartphones and tablet computers can now be used to perform many of the operations previously addressed by laptops or desktop computers. Although the smaller screen sizes and requirements for touch-screen manipulation can present user-interface design challenges, especially with chemistry-related applications, these limitations are driving innovative solutions. In this early review of the topic, we collectively present our diverse experiences as software developer, chemistry database expert and naïve user, in terms of what mobile platforms could provide to the drug discovery chemist in the way of applications in the future as this disruptive technology takes off.

There is a page of
mobile apps for science here

Vvidget Builder is now available

Vvidget Builder is now available in the Mac App Store:

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Shows how to use Vvidget Builder:

Shows how to program a Vvidget Code application for the iPhone using Xcode 4.2:

PubGet for iPad

PubGet for iPad delivers full text journal articles straight to your iPad Read More...

Siri knows Chemistry

Siri knows Chemistry

Visual model building on your iPad

Visual model building on your iPad

Mobile apps for chemistry in the world of drug discovery

Mobile apps for chemistry in the world of drug discovery Read More...

Mobile Science

Added a presentation to the Mobile Science Page.

ChemSpider Mobile

ChemSpider Mobile allows you to search the ChemSpider chemical database Read More...

Mobile Science Updates

SXSW Music downloads

ChemDoodle Mobile

ChemDoodle Mobile a calculator for drawn organic structures.

Ball and Stick for iPad

Ball & Stick is a high-quality molecular visualization app for the iPad Read More...

Yield101 added to mobile science page

Yield101 added to mobile science page

MObile Reagents Updated

MObile REagents (MORE) updated

Mobile Science

I’ve updated the mobile science page with a couple of new applications. Read More...

MMDS and chemical reactions

MMDS and chemical reactions

Mobile Science Page Updated

Mobile Science Page Updated

Another iPhone/iPad app

MObile REagents (MORE) is a scientific app that gives you access to ~680,000 reagents for organic synthesis. Read More...

Mobile Science Page Updated

Updated the Mobile Science Page.
iResearch was created to allow the user to read American Institute of Physics article content offline and store articles locally. The application caches all content that it receives, and does require a wireless or wifi connection to obtain the content initially and to subsequently update that content.

Graphing apps for iPhone/iPad

I’ve just updated the Mobile Science page of scientific applications for iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch. I’ve added a collection of graphing/plotting applications from VVI, these include Graph, Scatter Graph, Least squares and Vvidget. Read More...

Insensitive Updated

Updated apps for the iPhone/iPad.

Developing Apps for Mobile Science

The latest issue of Journal of Cheminformatics has a paper by Alex Clark describing the work that went into creating a chemistry application for mobile devices including iPad, iPhone and Blackberry. Read More...