Saturday, October 9, 2010

Chemistry Freeware Links

It is my intention to collect and post free and useful information and links. This link was brought to my attention by my collaborator and friend Dr. Bego Gerber from Chemists Without Borders.

This is a copy from the source that is sciencegeek:

On this page I, that is:,  post reviews and links to freeware chemistry programs available for download at other sites around the internet. All of the programs are ones that I have used, or currently use. None-the-less, I take no responsiblity for any problems you might experience as a result of installing any of these applications. Unless otherwise noted, the programs are for Windows systems.

ACD/ChemSketch 12 Freeware. ACD continues to release updates to the outstanding Chemsketch freeware. Chemsketch is an all-purpose chemical drawing and graphics software. Use templates or free-hand. Click and draw molecules, ions, stereobonds, text, polygons, arrows, lab aparatus, etc. Automatic calculation of MW and formula. See estimates of density, refractive index, molar volume, etc. ACDLabs also offers free downloads on several useful utilities and template packages that extend the usefulness of ChemSketch.

Molegro Molecular Viewer is a free cross-platform application for visualization of molecules in PDB, SDF, Mol2, and MVDML formats, as well as docking results from Molegro Virtual Docker. This cross-platform application runs under Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. Features include automatic preparation of molecules, molecular surface and backbone visualization.

Jmol is a free, open source molecule viewer for students, educators, and researchers in chemistry and biochemistry. It is cross-platform, running on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux/Unix systems. The JmolApplet is a web browser applet that can be integrated into web pages. The Jmol application is a standalone Java application that runs on the desktop. The JmolViewer is a development tool kit that can be integrated into other Java applications. Jmol is the applet that I use to run my Molecule Library. I recommend it enthusiastically!
Discovery Studio Visualizer 2.0 For those of you who remember WebLab Viewer, this is the updated version of that software from Accelrys. It includes a powerful molecular graphics viewer with superb rendering. An additional benefit is that graphics can be embedded in presentations such as Powerpoint using Object Linking and Embedding (OLE). You must complete a survey prior to downloading the software from Accelrys.
KnowItAll Academic Edition - In a continued commitment to academia, Bio-Rad is offering this completely FREE and fully functional software package to promote learning and research in the academic community. With the Academic Edition of KnowItAll, you can have it all and know it all for free-draw structures, perform IR and Raman functional group analysis, and generate high-quality reports. And best of all, this set of tools resides in one common interface, so it's easy to learn and easy to transfer data from application to application. The KnowItAll Academic Edition also includes free training movies to teach professors and students how to use and get the most out of the software. This program requires Windows 2000, or XP (Home or Professional).

The Virtual Laboratory from the ChemCollective is a new personal favorite. The online version is a java applet, but they now have a downloadable version that will run on any Windows desktop computer. The software allows a student or instructor to simulate many lab activities. Acid base titration, buffer chemistry, limiting reactant stoichiometry and solution equilibria are but a few of the simulations that are possible with this software. There is also an Authoring Program that allows instructors to design their own lab activities and add their own reagents.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Chemistry Central - Providing Open Access to Research Literature

Here is another Open Access source:
I met this company at an exhibition at the August meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston. 

Dear Rolande Hodel,
It was a pleasure to meet you at the recent American Chemical Society meeting last month in Boston. We hope that you enjoyed hearing about Chemistry Central's portfolio of journals, including Journal of Cheminformatics and Chemistry Central Journal, and the benefits of open access publishing.

To remind you Chemistry Central is an open access chemistry publisher, operated by BioMed Central and part of Springer Science+Business Media, committed to the widespread dissemination of chemical research. Chemistry Central views open access as essential to ensure the rapid and efficient communication of research findings, and is committed to maintaining high editorial standards through full and thorough peer review.
As well as the benefit to the whole scientific community there are many advantages to authors who choose to submit articles to our journals, including:

•High visibility and wide reach for your article
•Simple and convenient online manuscript submission
•Fast and thorough peer review
•Multiple article formats accepted with no space constraints or color figure charges
•Immediate publication on acceptance

Visit the website to find out more about Chemistry Central where you can sign up to receive regular updates or article alerts targeted to your specific area of research.

We would also like to thank everyone who entered our IPAD competition and congratulations to the winner from the University of Chicago.

Kind regards,
Jan Kuras
Associate Publisher

Sunday, October 3, 2010

African Access Initiative to Research Journals

JSTOR is a not–for–profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content in a trusted digital archive of over one thousand academic journals and other scholarly content. We use information technology and tools to increase productivity and facilitate new forms of scholarship.


I thought I post this e-mail from Nancy directly below, since it contains every link needed for institutions in Africa to access free literature. Please, kindly give feedback to AIDSfreeAFRICA if you use this free service. We would like to know if it is user friendly and useful for your students and researchers.   

Hi Rolande,

Yes, I remember meeting you and hope all is well with you and your efforts.
We are US based, but serve institutions globally, and we provide access to our database to institutions in Africa for free as part of our African Access Initiative (more info on this available).
You can look up participating institutions on our website at . At present, over 540 institutions in Africa participate. If you know of any other institutions that may want to participate, please feel free to refer them to  or .


Community Facts & Figures - copied from their web site
JSTOR can be accessed at not-for-profit libraries in 39 countries on the continent of Africa.
JSTOR has over 540 participants in Africa.
JSTOR has partnered with INASP's Programme for the Enhancement of Research Information ( PERii ) and Electronic Information for Libraries ( eIFL ) whose primary missions are to support and advocate the availability of global electronic research in developing and emerging countries.

JSTOR Outreach & Participation Services
149 Fifth Avenue, 8th Floor
New York, New York 10010 USA
Phone: (212) 358-6400
Fax: (212) 358-6499


Consortium Information
Consortium name: Consortium of Cameroon University and Research Libraries (COCUREL)
Legal status: Legally registered as an independent organization
Management body: Management Committee, governing board and advisory board
Type of members: University libraries, Research institute libraries
Number of members: 8 (list of members see below)
Main activities: Electronic content licensing, marketing and advocacy for libraries, education and training
eIFL country coordinator: Alexis Eyango Mouen
Contact for: eIFL-IP; eIFL-OA; eIFL-FOSS

Cameroon COCUREL members include:

1. The University of Yaoundé I
2. The University of Yaoundé II
3. The University of Douala
4. The University of Buea
5. The University of Ngaoundéré
6. The University of Dschang
7. Central Africa Catholic University (UCAC)
8. Agricultural Institute of Research (IRAD)