MoleculAR: an augmented reality app for organic chemistry
I made an app! MoleculAR is an Augmented Reality app for iOS and Android that gives you the ability to visualize and interact with molecules. Point your device's camera at a MoleculAR structure in your lecture notes, and an interactive, 3D representation of that molecule will appear before your eyes!
The molecule can be manipulated the following ways:
- Rotate - drag with one finger from the middle of the molecule.
- Scale - pinch with two fingers from the middle of the molecule.
- Move - drag with three fingers from the middle of the molecule.
Don't forget to move around and look at your molecules from different angles!
How to use the MoleculAR app with the molecule images
If you are an instructor who would like to use this app with your class, or you are a student who would like to try it out, but your Professor has not embedded the MoleculAR molecule images, then read on!
The app only recognizes certain molecules drawn in particular ways. The molecule images that the app recognizes are available below, or you can download or clone the whole set from this GitHub repository. They are all provided under a Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license.
I recommend instructors who are using these images and directing students to the app, paste a MoleculAR logo next to the structures, so that it is obvious which molecules will be recognized by the app:
What other molecules would you like to see included in future versions of MoleculAR - send me a message or write a comment below with your suggestions!
To download molecule images for your own use, right-click the image in the table below and select "Save Image as...", or click here to download a PDF file with all of the molecule images. Alternatively, all the images (in jpg and tif formats) can be downloaded from GitHub.
a staggered conformation of butane
an eclipsed conformation of butane
(S)- and (R)-thalidomide
(R)- and (S)-camphor
L- and D-asparagine
ax. bromo, eq. methyl
eq. bromo, ax. methyl
ax. bromo, ax. methyl
eq. bromo, eq. methyl
 By Dcrjsr [CC BY 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons
 By OpenStax College [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
About the Author
Mark makes stuff. When he’s not making stuff, he’s teaching other people how to make stuff. Mark was one of those kids who loved nothing more than to build things out of Lego. He still feels that joy, but now his ‘stuff’ is molecules that he builds from atoms. The stuff he makes might one day save a sick child from malaria. And he still likes Lego too. Organic Chemistry Explained