ChemEd DL Collections

Collections: Explore and Learn Chemistry

Collections provide one way to explore the ChemEd DL learning resources: they are grouped by area of chemistry or type of content. Some collections are entirely free; others require fees (fee-based). Our collections include:

Biographies of Chemists

brief biographies of chemists who discovered elements or were somehow involved in discovering elements.


a collection of data useful for teachers and students of chemistry.

Data-Driven Exercises

activities in which students are presented with real-world data, and guided to analyze the data according to a quantitative model.

Featured Molecules

molecular models that can be manipulated in three dimensions and are linked to JCE articles (JCE articles are fee-based).

Learning Communities Online

materials suitable for initiating online communities of students and teachers (fee-based).

Living Textbooks

online textbooks, currently in physical and general chemistry.


test, homework, ConcepTest, and conceptual questions in chemistry; many questions are ready to use in course management systems such as Moodle or Desire2Learn (partially fee-based).


lessons that use symbolic mathematics engines, such as Mathcad, to relieve computational burdens and encourage conceptual understanding of chemistry (partially fee-based).


useful Web-based simulations, animations, and other interactive materials that can be used by students, teachers, or both (fee-based).

Biographical Snapshots

information about women and minority chemists who have made important contributions to science.

Models 360

a collection of 3D, interactive molecular models of simple molecules presented using Jmol.

JCE Online

serves as a means of distributing digital materials that supplement the articles in the printed Journal of Chemical Education. It also provides a medium for the publication of materials that cannot be presented well or at all in print (partially fee-based).

Chemistry Comes Alive!

an award-winning collection of high-quality QuickTime video clips and still images that bring chemistry to life with depictions of chemical reactions and techniques. CCA! video and imagery is readily incorprated into other presentation formats such as Web pages and presentations.

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.

Chemistry in the News

UNL Researcher Finds Gold - and Other Metals
11/ 6/2017

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Counting Molecules with an Ordinary Cell Phone
11/ 6/2017

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A New Hydrogen: Phase V
11/ 6/2017

Diatomic hydrogen, H2, is a gas at ordinary pressures (~100 Pa) and temperatures (~300 ... Read More


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..


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.