CSDUWelcome to CSDU

Where U can learn how to harness cheminformatics and data insights from the CSD to use in your work.

Here you can learn about:

  • The Cambridge Structural Database
  • CCDC software
  • How cheminformatics and structural chemistry can be applied to problems in the discovery and development of new molecules and materials.


Who can use CSDU?

Everybody! From beginners to advanced users, we hope to grow the CSDU collection to cover a wide range of applications.

Note: you will need a licence to complete the "try it yourself" exercises. Ask your site administrator, or contact our team here if you need to request a licence.


How does CSDU work?

Choose a module below, and work through the steps shown. Modules are fully on-demand, so you can work at your own pace.

All modules follow the basic format:

  1. U Watch - get context and see examples from our tutors in an online video.
  2. U Try - work through the example yourself, following the worksheet.
  3. U Test - check your knowledge in an online quiz, and get your certificate of completion by email.

How does CSDU work

CSDU Modules

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Visualisation 101 - Visualising structural chemistry data with Mercury

Communicating your work with effective images is key when publishing or reporting your results.

In this session you will learn the basics of visualising structures using Mercury and of preparing publication-ready images, including our popular hints and tips.

Analysing molecular geometries 101 - basics of Mogul

Explore how to use Mogul to assess the geometry of a molecule using the information in over 1.1 million structures in the CSD.

In this session you will learn how to run a geometry check in Mercury, how to launch Mogul from Mercury and how to interpret the results obtained.

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