The Smarter Approach to Chemistry Education


Chemistry is about discovering and modifying substances so that their properties serve specific needs.



Ultimately, it is the properties of substances that fight off infection, stabilize
bridges, protect the environment and make space travel possible. That’s
why chemistry education should focus on substances and their
properties. The information used to teach chemistry should fully
support that focus. Chemistry students and researchers require
different information. In particular, students are learning to
understand and apply chemistry, to think critically and to solve
problems. It’s essential to have direct access to chemistry
answers that spark curiosity and reinforce their development
as skilled and successful scientists. Give chemistry students
the tools to develop those skills now and the information
to propel their work tomorrow.


10 shortlisted candidates from the 2016 Reaxys Prize announced

The ten shortlisted candidates will give oral presentations at the Reaxys Prize Symposium on 22-23 September at the New Scientist Live in London, UK. Three winners will be chosen from the finalists’ presentations and announced at the Symposium dinner.

All 45 original finalists from this year’s Prize have been invited to attend the Symposium and present their work during a poster session.

Register your interest for next year's Reaxys PhD Prize.

2016 Reaxys PhD Prize

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Teaching Information Literacy to Future Chemists

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Today’s information and technology trends can either accelerate or hamper scientific progress and innovation. How well do you understand the opportunities and challenges?

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Five reasons why Reaxys is a crucial part of today’s chemistry education experience



Five reasons why Reaxys is a crucial part of today’s chemistry education experience

Learn how Reaxys helps chemistry students spend less time sifting through publications and more time using information.

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Use Reaxys in teaching

Want to incorporate Reaxys into teaching? Download these examples that go step-by-step through methods for effective and efficient search and analysis.

Making use of Querylets - Easily construct targeted text searches following a few simple rules.
Help students search effectively (PDF, 1.6mb)

Property-substance searches - Opportunities to find a substance when some properties are known.
Add searches to lab assignments (PDF, 1.4mb)

Exploring a chemical reaction - Use Ask Reaxys to explore reactions, substances and concepts.
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Preparing a lecture on theoretical chemistry - Combine search tools and post-processing to find information to support preparation of a lecture on theoretical chemistry.
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Preparing a lecture on the Biological Periodic Table — anti-tumor activity of coordination compounds. Combine search tools to find property data of coordination compounds.
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Preparing a lecture on reactions in organic chemistry — Combine Querylets to generate a list of records for reactions that have been investigated to determine specific parameters.
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User Stories

The following customer interviews highlight how Reaxys offers a distinct advantage in the highly competitive chemicals industry.

Reaxys encourages students to explore, to dig deeper, to evaluate information and to look more closely at references and their content.

Professor Gregory O’Neil of Western Washington University talks about his interest in Reaxys and his plans to use this information system to support student learning.

Read the case study (PDF, 1.0mb)

Reaxys encourages students to explore, to dig deeper, to evaluate information

All of my students, especially those who have a synthetic chemistry major, need to be able to use tools like Reaxys. It is essential for researchers to be proficient with informatics tools. They are too important to neglect during education.

Professor Keiji Hirose, Associate Professor at Osaka University.

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Professor Keiji Hirose – Chemistry Education

Reaxys bolsters the chemical literacy of our students. Including it in the undergraduate program is the smart thing to do. We're giving our undergraduates a head start by teaching the skills they'll need to succeed when they go on to further study.

Professor Forest Robertson of Western Connecticut State University describes how he uses Reaxys in his organic chemistry courses and discusses the importance of early introduction to such solutions.

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Professor Forest Robertson – Chemistry Answers

I use Reaxys with my 4th and 5th year undergraduates to illustrate the principles of research. It helps to prepare them for postgraduate study or work.

Professor Fabrizio Fabris of the University of Venice discusses his own research workflows and how his students work with research informatics solutions in this interview.

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Professor Fabrizio Fabris – Chemistry Education

Students need to appreciate such software as the gateway to the extensive synthetic research efforts that have been done globally. At the end of the course, everybody should have a feeling about what's out there and how challenging it can be to make new molecules.

Dr. Maikel Wijtmans of the VU University Amsterdam uses Reaxys in his courses because he wants students to appreciate the breadth of synthetic literature and have the skills to use such tools successfully in their later careers.

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Dr. Maikel Wijtmans – Chemistry Answers