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The use of augmented reality in chemistry


A couple more examples of the use of augmented reality to display chemistry

This also looks interesting.
Touching proteins with virtual bare hands

….A more accessible and intuitive visualization of the three-dimensional configuration of the atomic geometry in the models can be achieved through the implementation of immersive virtual reality (VR). While bespoke commercial VR suites are available, in this work, we present a freely available software pipeline for visualising protein structures through VR. New consumer hardware, such as the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift utilized in this study, are available at reasonable prices….


Chemistry WebVR:- This is so cool


Jonas Bostrom who spoke at the Chemistry on Mobile Devices Meeting just sent me a link to EduChem VR - WebVR highlighting the use of virtual reality in chemistry.

"Chemistry WebVR" is web-based platform to learn about organic chemistry. You can experience important concepts like stereochemistry, molecular geometries, atom orbitals or reactions mechanisms in a virtual reality. It is userfriendly and works direct in your smartphone browser. The target is University courses and advanced high-school levels.

There is a demo of a SN2 reaction here and if you explore you will see a link to sign up as a beta tester.


Learning MacroMols VR


Learning MacroMols VR is a mobile app where you can experience macromolecules such as DNA, RNA, carbohydrates and protein structures (from the PDB – Protein Data Bank) in a virtual reality, using Google Cardboards.

It allows the viewer to explore DNA, RNA, Carbohydrates and Proteins.

EduChem VR (, create immersive virtual reality world of atoms and molecules, while playing. All molecules are 3D objects and one very efficient way to learn more and deeper about atoms and bonds is by VR.


Learning Carbons VR


Virtual reality apps for the iPhone are becoming more common and the latest is Learning Carbons VR. This is an educational virtual reality (VR) app where students can learn about the various forms of carbon.


For many of these types of apps you will need a VR Google Cardboard headset with head straps and a Bluetooth gamepad (MFi certified - made for iPhone).


Virtual reality mobile science apps


I've just heard about three new science apps for iOS.

PROtein VR allows you to explore 3D structures of molecules including proteins, DNA and ligands in Virtual Reality. To use it you will need a VR Google Cardboard headset with head straps and a Bluetooth gamepad (MFi certified - made for iPhone).

MoleculE VR is a virtual reality tour introducing some of the basic concepts about cell communication and signalling: how cells receive and respond to messages from their environment, interact with other cells and coordinate their biological processes.

The app includes 5 chapters:

  • An introduction to cell communication
  • The adenosine A2A receptor
  • The corticotropin-releasing hormone receptor 1 (CRF1)
  • The glucagon receptor
  • The metabotropic glutamate 5 (mGlu5) receptor

MoleculE VR is a Virtual Reality app for phones requiring gyroscope and a VR headset like Google Cardboard.

Chemistry Docking is a game app that allows you to match a small molecule ligand with a large protein to maximize the number of possible interactions.

Chemistry Docking is an ad-supported app. The advertisements are served through iAd