ChemDraw gives organic chemistry coursework a boost at Manchester Metropolitan University

Organic chemistry students at Manchester Metropolitan University are starting the new term this Autumn armed with the latest ChemDraw software by PerkinElmer Informatics which will enable them to better illustrate their work with clear molecular structures. ChemDraw will also make it easier for research and teaching staff to submit their papers to academic journals, as well as collaborate with other institutions.

ChemDraw was chosen to replace an alternative drawing application, because it is easier to learn, faster to use and compatible with a wider range of databases and external websites.

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Learn more about ChemDraw’s renowned, easy-to-use chemical drawing capabilities.

No napkin needed!

How often have you sketched out a chemical structure, reaction or biological pathway over coffee or lunch – then found the napkin you’ve used too stained and soggy to read, or cleared away with your used cup?

If your organisation has a ChemBioDraw® Ultra site licence, the latest version 14.0 brings you a great new tool – Chemdraw for iPad® – which delivers all the chemical intelligence of ChemDraw® with the convenience of a mobile app. So whenever inspiration strikes, you can capture it on the go, then use the full power of ChemDraw when you’re back at your desk.

ChemBioDraw 14.0 is a terrific new version of the world’s no.1 desktop chemistry and biology software. For a start, it integrates with CAS SciFinder®, so with a single click (and no cutting and pasting) you can send your full or partial structure or reaction drawing to search the world’s largest, most comprehensive database. Want to exchange structural data such as molfiles or CDXML with other applications? No problem with ChemBioDraw 14.0. It also features a biopolymer toolbar, gel electrophoresis tool and much more too. Oh, and if you don’t have a site licence, you can still get ChemDraw for iPad with your individual copy of ChemBioDraw 14.0 – it’s available at the Apple App Store.

ChemDraw Pro and Standard are also now available in new versions 14.0, as is ChemBio3D® – and, of course, ChemBioOffice®, the ‘full monty’ with all the chemical and biological tools you’re ever likely to need, right on your desktop. Find out more here.

GRAMS helps to authenticate art for BBC’s Fake or Fortune

In 1992, Martin Lang bought what he thought was an original nude watercolour said to be painted from 1909-10 by Russian-born, modernist artist Marc Chagall. Authenticity tests carried out by experts for BBC One’s Fake or Fortune programme (broadcast on 2nd February 2014) proved that the painting was in fact a fake. They used Thermo Scientific GRAMS spectroscopy software to identify the pigment used in the painting, which turned out to be Phthalocyanine Blue. This type of colourant was only invented after the 1930s. That meant the watercolour couldn’t possibly have been painted around 1909. Check out the related story on the BBC Entertainment & Arts website.

This isn’t the first instance we’ve heard where GRAMS spectroscopy software has proven useful in the world of art conservation. Gus Shurvell, a Professor in the Art Conservation Program at Queen’s University, Ontario, also uses GRAMS for spectroscopic and chemical analysis of art and archeological artefacts. Its particularly useful for comparing spectra recorded in the laboratory with spectra contained in databases of reference spectra. You can read the full case study here.

Scientific research catalyst: new ChemBioOffice 13

Scientists who want to keep competitive, increase their productivity and enhance decision making should take a look at PerkinElmer’s just-released new edition of their powerhouse informatics suite, ChemBioOffice 13.

The latest version offers powerful new toolbars, calculations and cloud-based collaboration tools for secure sharing of structures, reactions and drawings with other scientists around the world. Additional biology functionality allows for easier correlation between biological activity and chemical structures.

There are also enhancements to ChemBio3D enabling synthetic chemists and biologists to generate three-dimensional models to assess the shape and properties of compounds, polymers, proteins in a manner accessible to both chemists and biologists alike. Meanwhile, ChemBioFinder helps scientists organise their compounds effectively, search for them and transform data into graphs for structure-activity relationship analysis.

Download our ‘top ten new features in ChemBioOffice 13’ datasheet to learn more or visit our laboratory software webpages.