The ChemDoodle Web Components library is a pure Javascript chemical graphics and cheminformatics library derived from the ChemDoodle® application and produced by iChemLabs. ChemDoodle Web Components allow the wielder to present publication quality 2D and 3D graphics and animations for chemical structures, reactions and spectra. Beyond graphics, this tool provides a framework for user interaction to create dynamic applications through web browsers, desktop platforms and mobile devices such as the iPhone, iPad and Android devices. This library also has complete access to the entire ChemDoodle desktop API through AJAX, allowing for quick access to one of the most robust chemical graphics and informatics packages in existence directly through Javascript.

The goal of the project is to utilize the next-generation HTML5 technologies to power the scientific and educational applications of the future. iChemLabs is dedicated to funding, developing and hosting this library and has released it for free under the open-source GPL license. By releasing ChemDoodle Web Components open-source, yet continuing to financially support the library, iChemLabs ensures that the next generation of scientific applications is easily achievable by academia, government and industry, and helps to make sure that the cost of education decreases while using the web to further spread science.


There is a review here

And there are some tutorials available on the Macs in Chemistry website 

AR VR Molecules Editor allows one to build and manipulate 3D molecules models of organic and inorganic compounds in a smartphone VR headset. This is a valuable tool for chemistry students for learning about molecular bonding with the aid of VR visualization.

The app is designed for high school or college students taking chemistry courses.

All molecules are essentially 3D objects and one very efficient way to learn more and deeper about atoms and bonds is by VR and AR. Augmented reality helps to make connections from the abstract to the real world.

Are you looking for an app that allows students to construct molecules in VR and AR? AR VR Molecules Editor is a very effective app for this purpose as it allows organic and inorganic molecular structures to be built with single, double and triple bonds, as well as cyclic compounds. The molecules can be visualized in 3D using stick, ball and stick and space-filling (CPK) models.

• Building molecule models of any organic or inorganic compound using most of periodic table elements in VR.
• Support of single, double and triple bonds.
• Building molecule models of cyclic compounds.
• Visualization of Wireframe style, Stick style, Ball and Stick, Spacefill (CPK) models.
• Augmented reality interface (AR) for visualizing molecular structures.


“3D Sym Op” is an educational app designed to visualise the symmetry elements and operations on molecules of various point groups. The 3D molecule is searchable via four ways: Name, Formula; 2D Structure; Point Group and Image Recognition. Symmetry elements – rotation axis (C); reflection plane; inversion point (i) and improper rotation (S) can be selectively displayed on the scalable 3D molecule. On touch the symmetry operation e.g. C6 – 60o rotation, is performed and user can pause/resume movement at any time. The corresponding 2D image with symmetry element can also be shown. Tapping the point group would display the character table. A quiz mode is available for which each time has 7 symmetry element questions followed by 3 point group questions, for self-assessment.

Chemistry undergraduates are encouraged to download this application to supplement their individual learning purposes.

Mechanisms is the first app for organic chemistry that allows you to practice and learn reaction mechanisms by moving and manipulating individual bonds and electrons.

For the first time you can see, touch, and practice how chemical reactions occur at the particulate level in an intuitive way. As you work through each exercise, you will receive hints and feedback based on the moves you make - so you learn as you practice and apply new concepts. Mechanisms also provides you with real-time assessment, giving you a measure of your performance and comprehension every step of the way.

With content developed to complement the organic chemistry curriculum of top universities, Mechanisms offers a new way for you to practice, learn, and master important concepts. And the content library will continue to expand, with new puzzles and modules in development.

Created and designed by an award-winning, research-backed, National Science Foundation-funded team of educators and game-developers, Mechanisms combines curriculum content from top universities with innovative and thoughtful design.

Mechanisms is the signature app from Alchemie - the team that brought you the award-winning organic chemistry app Chairs!, named a top app by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The introductory set of Mechanisms puzzles include 40 challenges covering chemical structure, acid-base reactions, addition reactions, and a survey of carbonyl reactions. All these puzzles include hints and videos to help you understand organic chemistry better.

The Mechanisms Full Access subscription will include reactions that cover substitution, elimination, electrophilic aromatic substitution, and specific reactions of the functional groups of oxygen. This broad range of Mechanisms puzzles will take you from early concepts in semester one to the toughest multi-step reactions of semester two.