Chemistry: There’s An App For That
National Chemistry Week, Oct. 16-22: There’s an App for that. Chemists on the go can check the safety of cosmetic ingredients, scroll through millions of chemical structures and molecular formulas, and model liquid chromatography flow rates.
Newer apps go way beyond the games, weather predictions, stock market updates, and social-networking programs that simultaneously delight and frustrate me. Now, I can stay connected to the chemical enterprise in ways that are intriguing and a little frightening at the same time.
ChemMobi is a freebie. This bauble from scientific software firm Symyx Technologies and the Royal Society of Chemistry does give budding and mature scientists alike access to 30 million chemical structures, molecular formulas, and Material Safety Data Sheets.
The gardener in me likes TankMix Calculator from DuPont Crop Protection. Admittedly, I’m not about to mix up enough fertilizer or pesticide to treat acres of farmland at my lush urban homestead. But the app does make it easy to calculate gallon-sized treatments for my modest 600-sq-ft backyard, and it didn’t cost me anything to download this specialty calculator.
And if I were an analytical chemist, I could use the LC Calculator app from Agilent Technologies. It allows users to model liquid chromatography flow rate and back pressure for a variety of conditions and chromatography column dimensions to determine the most efficient way to analyze a sample. It’s a freebie, too.
Visit Chemical & Engineering News to read more about chemistry-themed mobile phone applications.
Excerpted with permission, Chemical & Engineering News
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