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Chemistry: Subject Guide: Molecular Modeling

Modeling Software

Discovery Studio Visualizer 3.0 is a free commercial-grade graphics visualization tool for viewing, sharing, and analyzing protein and modeling data. This program is used in some chemistry classes at GSU.

There are a variety of free and open source molecular graphics visualization programs that can be used for exploring biological macromolecule structures (i.e., proteins, nucleic acids and other small molecules such as those found in the Protein Data Bank (PDB).

A few examples include: 

PyMOL

‚ÄčVMD 

Chimera

RasMOL

The Protein Data Bank offers a page of molecular graphics links here.

Drawing Software

GSU has a site license to ChemBioDraw. The GSU Chemistry department has ChemBioDraw installed on their computers.

ChemSketch is a free software similar to ChemDraw and contains other functions such as making chemical movies. ChemSketch is installed on the first and second row computers in Library Classroom 1. Other free drawing software includes Symyx Draw and MarvinSketch.