Everything you need to teach and to learn chemistry!

About the ChemEd DL

The Chemical Education Digital Library (ChemEd DL) is a storehouse of tested digital resources for education in the chemical sciences. Our aim is to be the place on the Web where you can contribute, share, organize, and use high quality chemistry education materials.

Through collaborations with individuals and through our many communities, ChemEd DL strives to provide the best of what chemical education has to offer. Teachers and students are encouraged to find, use, classify, contribute, and evaluate ChemEd DL resources in support of teaching and learning. ChemEd DL resources are classified using a controlled vocabulary of keywords.

ChemEd DL’s foundation is our collaboration with the Journal of Chemical Education, the Education Division of the American Chemical Society, and the ChemCollective Project. Here, you will find resources for education that span the entire science of chemistry.


The ChemEd DL provides an online chemistry education community that covers the entire spectrum of the chemical sciences. This large community is built upon smaller communities that are characterized according to their sub-discipline of the chemical sciences or by education level. We expect that communities will develop around areas of content in ChemEd DL, such as the periodic table or chemistry video, or around pedagogical methods, such as testing and assessment.

ChemEd DL was initiated and continues to be supported by the National Science Foundation. 

ChemEd DL was initiated by and continues to be supported by the National Science Foundation. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grants No. DUE-022624; DUE-0632303; DUE-0837607; DUE 0938039; and DUE 1044239. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

ChemEd DL also gratefully acknowledges support by the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh, SACP, and the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh, SSP.

Top Resources

The ChemEd DL has a multitude of specific resources for helping you to find media and lessons for teaching chemistry. There are three resources that bring many of these resources into the classroom in a easy-to-use fashion. .

Periodic Table Live!

This interactive periodic table has videos, interactive models of crystal structures, and a multitude of curated and accurate data about each element. 

Models 360

JSmol is used to build interactive molecule viewers that visualize high-level quantum calculation data in an easy-to-use tool. 


Specifically geared toward the High School Teacher, this site categorizes lesson plans by standards and uses a lot of the ChemEd DL resources in these outlined lesson plans. By far the most popular of our resources!

Finding Resources

There are multiple ways to find resources on the ChemEd DL. The search bar below will search this site, but resources may be easier to find by searching our database, or by using our textbook-table-of-contents-style search: T.I.G.E.R. For our High School teachers, we recommend starting with ChemTeacher.


ChemEd DL seeks to provide exemplary resources for chemistry teachers and students—resources that are versatile and reliable tools that span all aspects of chemical education, from middle school science through college-level classes and topics. Our collection includes interactive simulations, tutorials, activities, reference materials, images, video and even more..


Resources at ChemEd DL are grouped into collections. Collections for different areas of chemistry (general, organic, physical), for various educational levels (K–12, higher education), for educational settings (laboratory, lecture classroom), and several others exist at ChemEd DL. We welcome additional collections and you are encouraged to suggest or even curate other chemistry collections.


Community: a feeling of fellowship with others as a result of sharing common attitudes, goals, and interests. ChemEd DL communities share the common interest of chemistry, the common goal of teaching or learning the chemical sciences, and the common attitude that chemistry is important to society.

ChemEd DL's collection of communities cross-cut the many areas of interest in the chemical sciences.