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Our Molecules

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  • Molecule of the Month

  • CAS Substance Update

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Official Classffications/Registries and Nomenclature    To the Top

Nomenclature – Basics & Databases

  • IUPAC Nomenclature External window

CAS and EINECS Numbers  (Chemical Abstracts Service Registry Number; EINECS -European Inventory of Existing Commercial Chemical Substance)

HS -Harmonized System Commodity Classifications  

SIC- Standard Industrial Classifications  

Specialist Codes  (Classifications by  substance or product)

  • Enzymes A well structured database  based on the classification of EC Nomenclature (EC 1 – EC 6)
  • Food additives Approved in the EU; by name and E numbers with useful links

Substance Classification/Properties Resources

  • MetaXChem( Chemistry Meta Search Engine; searches chemicals from online catalogues of suppliers and databases
  • ChemIDplus A database of about 370,000 chemical records with 200,000 structures with locator links to allow immediate searching of several other databases for information about a given chemical
  • ChemFinder Substance search database; Search options or Results include CAS Registry Number
  • Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAHs) Structure Index,  Structures and nomenclature of 660 common (and not so common) PAHs: allows users to browse/search to display name(s), Chemical Structures, CAS Registry numbers, Molecular Weights, and Molecular Descriptors; NIST Special Publication 922

 Acronyms and Abbreviations      To the Top

Biochemistry. Biotechnology and Clinical     To the Top

Pharmaceuticals and Drugs of Abuse     To the Top

Foods and Drinks     To the Top

Natural Products    To the Top

Additives and Dyes        To the Top

Agrochemicals        To the Top


 Pest Control and Pesticides

  • Compendium of Pesticide Common Names Believed to be the only place where all of the ISO approved names are listed
  • Chemical Ingredients Database Search by name of pesticide e.g. malathion, or its CAS Reg Number 121-75-5 
    • Results may include: Scientific name, CAS Number Common names, Trade names, classifications; US EPA/OPP
  • Pherolist Compound Index   Pheromones (insect attractants) database -chemical components identified in sex glands of female Lepidoptera insects and other chemicals attractive to male moths; Pherolist home page  for details

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Surface Active Substances         To the Top

  • Surfactants Virtual Library: Applications Describes home products: Soaps, Detergents and Consumer Products – Laundry Detergent – Shampoo – Cosmetics – Sun Care, as well as applications in the medical, environmental and mineral industries 

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General Sources

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    • Food additives |Soaps & detergents |Household cleaners|Photochemistry |Cooking with chemistry |Toothpaste|Petroleum|Plastics|Plastics recycling|Batteries |Cosmetics | Salinity | Acid rain|Rust | Fertilisers |Glass |Glues

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