Chemistry Education Communities

The Chemical Education Community

The Chemical Education Digital Library aims to be a resource for finding your place in the broader community. This collection was born from the passion of many people from many different communities. Now that the Library has become a broader resource, this page includes many communities that worked together to build these resources, but also others that have grown since this Library's founding or alongside. Please do Contact Us if you have a community of interest to the broader community of Chemistry Education Scholars. 

ACS Education Division

provides many outstanding digital resources. Student activities (e.g., high school chemistry clubs), teaching resources, workshops and courses, chemical technician education, and green chemistry are some of the areas in which the ACS Education Division maintains resources.

Assessment and Testing

is a community led by the ACS Examinations Institute for assessment and testing.

The ChemCollective

offers virtual labs, scenario-based learning activities, and concept tests that can be incorporated into a variety of teaching approaches as pre-labs, alternatives to textbook sections, and in-class activities for individuals or teams.

Chemistry Laboratories

is a community led by the Division of Chemical Education Committee on Project Chemlab, which prepares and edits the Project Chemlab database, an annotated and keyworded list of experiments published in the JCE.

Division of Chemical Education (CHED)

provides a common ground for teachers and students of chemistry to examine chemical education in its broadest sense through its committee and governance structure. It is one of 33 technical divisions within the American Chemical Society. Participants come from the entire educational spectrum, and include those from industry concerned with the education and professional training of future chemists and other molecular scientists.

Division of Chemical Information (CINF)

offers an opportunity for chemistry educators to connect with the chemical information community, and the development of materials that educate others on the use of chemical information.

General Chemistry

is a community building an online textbook in a wiki through the ChemPRIME project. Other community resources currently available in this area include Content Development Studies in Chemistry, and the JCE QBank.

High School Chemistry

is a community of teachers and students involved in high school chemistry clubs through the ACS. Other community resources include JCE Classroom Activities, and the JCE QBank.

Inorganic Chemistry

involves a collaboration between ChemEd DL and Project IONiC: Intellectual Online Network of Inorganic Chemists. The community Web site is VIPEr: Virtual Inorganic Pedagogical Electronic Resource.

Journal of Chemical Education

provides a wealth of peer-reviewed information in the field of chemical education. Its community of readers, users, contributors, reviewers, feature editors, and staff forms one of the world's largest communities of individuals interested in the teaching and learning of the chemical sciences.

Physical Chemistry

concerns itself with the teaching and learning of the physical aspects of chemistry. Some community resources currently available in this area include LivText: Quantum States of Atoms and Molecules, and the JCE SymMath.

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.

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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.