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ACD/Labs Blog

In yesterday’s post I pointed you to an article that has become the most accessed article of all time in the Journal of Cheminformatics, co-authored by representatives of ACD/Labs. This article is a very comprehensive outline of the different approaches, developments, and successes of the development of CASE (Computer-Assisted Structure Elucidation) systems . I hope...

Structure elucidation is a skill learnt through years of practice. One of the best ways to learn is to learn by example. I feel that there is no better way to do this than mentoring through specific scenarios step-by-step. My intentions behind this blog are to offer a unique source for chemists who use a...

A previous blog described the Internet as a valuable tool in searching for previous work based on a molecular formula. In addition to searching the Internet “directly”, certain online sites can assist and facilitate the search process. Some of these sites are free while others have a fee. Be aware that the Internet is full...

Searching for unknowns across an internal library or database can serve as a major time saver. A more accessible database is the Internet. Many chemists and elucidators search the World Wide Web using a mass, a molecular formula or a fragment. Be aware that proprietary data sent over the Internet runs the risk of being...

In light of the posting by Oliver Fiehn’s group (http://fiehnlab.ucdavis.edu/projects/Seven_Golden_Rules/Ring-Double-Bonds/), I’ve decided to blog some compounds I’ve encountered in the lab. Using the 2nd formula from the previous blog (http://acdlabs.typepad.com/elucidation/2008/03/rings-double-bo.html), for some cases the RDBE calculation will work if the correct atom valence is known. Note: the nitrochloroform compound can be drawn more than one...