"Chemistry WebVR" is web-based platform to learn about organic chemistry. You can experience important concepts like stereochemistry, molecular geometries, atom orbitals or reactions mechanisms in a virtual reality. It is userfriendly and works direct in your smartphone browser. The target is University courses and advanced high-school levels.
What you need
A smartphone and a pair of VR goggles. Simple Google Cardboards work.
However, we recommend using other versions. The ones where you can adjust the position of the lenses.
How it works
First, go here and fill in login details. Request by email.
The entry page
This is where you select one of four modules, or read the about.
Navigate and select
Click the goggles icon in the bottom right corner to enter VR mode.
In VR you choose scen by focusing on a menu. The cursor turns green when a menu is selected.
The interactions are gaze based. You can teleport to places by focusing on the glowing icosahedrons (blue below).
and rotate by looking at the arrows.
Here is a flavor of what is currently implemenented.
sample objects like Bromo-Iodo-Chloromethane, 1-Chloroethanol, 2-Chlorobutane, 1-Phenyletanol and Chlorocyclobutane. There is a quiz and some chiral drugs like R/S-Omeprazole, R/S-Citalopram, R/S-Ibuprofen are available.
Molecular geometries: Butane (gauche and anti), Ethane (eclipsed and staggered), 2-Butene (E and Z), amide (cis and trans), and ring systems like cyclohexane (chair, twisted-boat, boat, twisted-boat, chair) are available.
Atom orbitals: s1, s2, 2px, 2py, 2pz. Hybrid orbital animations: sp, sp2, sp3 and examples like Methane, Ethane and Ethyne.
Reactions mechanisms: the nucleophilic substitutions SN1 and SN2 as animations.
Please note that the content is subject to on-going development.
Good to know
Android smartphones work better than iOS. The underlying frame-work is not yet fully prepared for iOS.
It works in non-VR mode. That is, teachers (or students) can show and tell on desktops, laptops and projectors.
Part of this work has been funded via PUNKTUM. We thank Umeå University for financial support and for helpful discussions.
Feedback and Requests
Send us a message with suggestions on what to add, and how to improve. Funding will help to move things up in our priority list.
Please remember that it is possible to support us with
donations. Any donation will be used to move forward faster. We develop on our spare time, evenings and weekends. Thanks.
There are many things on our "to do" list. Improvements to existing modules and new organic chemistry modules are underway, as well as other subjects (molecular biology, gas kinetics, etc, etc). It is likely that future access will be through personal subscriptions or as part of an institutional license.