Everything you need to teach and to learn chemistry!

Welcome to the ChemEd DL!

Here you will find exemplary digital resources, tools, and online services; your 24:7 aid for teaching and learning chemistry. A collaborative, community-driven effort, ChemEd DL is the place for sharing your work and benefitting from what others have done. 


The ChemEd DL has been hosted by Hope College starting in 2017 to keep alive the work from over a decade of talented chemistry educators. Hope College Chemistry Department has a long history of excellence in chemistry, visit our website for more information!



Getting Started

The Chemical Education Digital Library (ChemEd DL) is a gathering place for resources and communities for those in the business of teaching or learning chemistry. From High School to College, this site has resources and tools to help both teachers and learners!


The site is organized into: 

Resources: Tools to help you learn basic concepts, or explore chemical phenomena. Things like 

Starting Points for Students

Starting Points for College Instructors

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Starting Points for High School Teachers

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Chemistry in the News

UNL Researcher Finds Gold - and Other Metals
11/ 6/2017

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Counting Molecules with an Ordinary Cell Phone
11/ 6/2017

Diagnostic health care is often restricted in areas with limited resources, because the ... Read More

A New Hydrogen: Phase V
11/ 6/2017

Diatomic hydrogen, H2, is a gas at ordinary pressures (~100 Pa) and temperatures (~300 ... Read More

Top Resources

The ChemEd DL has a multitude of specific resources for helping you to find media and lessons for teaching chemistry. There are three resources that bring many of these resources into the classroom in a easy-to-use fashion. .

Periodic Table Live!

This interactive periodic table has videos, interactive models of crystal structures, and a multitude of curated and accurate data about each element. 

Models 360

JSmol is used to build interactive molecule viewers that visualize high-level quantum calculation data in an easy-to-use tool. 


Specifically geared toward the High School Teacher, this site categorizes lesson plans by standards and uses a lot of the ChemEd DL resources in these outlined lesson plans. By far the most popular of our resources!

Finding Resources

There are multiple ways to find resources on the ChemEd DL. The search bar below will search this site, but resources may be easier to find by searching our database, or by using our textbook-table-of-contents-style search: T.I.G.E.R. For our High School teachers, we recommend starting with ChemTeacher.


ChemEd DL seeks to provide exemplary resources for chemistry teachers and students—resources that are versatile and reliable tools that span all aspects of chemical education, from middle school science through college-level classes and topics. Our collection includes interactive simulations, tutorials, activities, reference materials, images, video and even more..


Resources at ChemEd DL are grouped into collections. Collections for different areas of chemistry (general, organic, physical), for various educational levels (K–12, higher education), for educational settings (laboratory, lecture classroom), and several others exist at ChemEd DL. We welcome additional collections and you are encouraged to suggest or even curate other chemistry collections.


Community: a feeling of fellowship with others as a result of sharing common attitudes, goals, and interests. ChemEd DL communities share the common interest of chemistry, the common goal of teaching or learning the chemical sciences, and the common attitude that chemistry is important to society.

ChemEd DL's collection of communities cross-cut the many areas of interest in the chemical sciences.