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Books about Inorganic Chemistry

Books about Organic Chemistry

Books about Physical Chemistry

  • $\begingroup$ For Organic chemistry I really like "Organic Chemistry" by Brown, Iverson, Anslyn and Foote $\endgroup$ – Joe May 11 '18 at 19:30
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    $\begingroup$ @Zythos I like a lot of the references that you added, but there is already an existing subsection down below for quantum/computational/theoretical chemistry, so some of what you added is repeats and the rest should be moved to the existing section. $\endgroup$ – Tyberius Sep 19 '18 at 18:26
  • $\begingroup$ @Tyberius Sorry, I didn't notice. If I manage I will modify it. Anyway, I suggest to reorganize the textbook contents to be divided in five main disciplines: Physical, Inorganic, Organic, Analytical and Engineering. Computational and Theoretical should be part of Physical Chemistry. The first post for beginner, the second for intermediate, then advanced and then special topics. $\endgroup$ – Zythos Oct 2 '18 at 16:06
  • $\begingroup$ @Zythos I agree they should probably be reorganized. It might be worth asking on Meta just to make sure everyone is on the same page. $\endgroup$ – Tyberius Oct 2 '18 at 16:10

Video Resources (online)

  • The University of Nottingham's Periodic Videos
    The periodic table of videos includes introductions to all elements. The molecular videos section focusses on interesting chemical reactions. Apart from having quite some entertaining value, they visualise a lot of reactions that can only safely be carried out in a laboratory environment. The videos are hosted on their YouTube channel.
  • Khan Academy
    Khan Academy is a site, which is explaining many different subjects to all who are eager to learn. Those subjects are explained through video lessons on youtube, on which the speaker uses a virtual blackboard to draw and clarify the explanations for a deeper understanding. As those videos cover basic theories, it is probably more helpful for the beginner as for the advanced student. There are two channels for chemistry:

    • Khan Academy - Chemistry
      Did you know that everything is made out of chemicals? Chemistry is the study of matter: its composition, properties, and reactivity. This material roughly covers a first-year high school or college course, and a good understanding of algebra is helpful.

    • Khan Academy - Organic Chemistry
      Topics covered in college organic chemistry course are explained. Basic understanding of basic high school or college chemistry assumed (although there is some review).

  • Organic Chemistry 1 by University of New Orleans-This is the first semester of sophomore Organic Chemistry.This course completes most chemistry requirements for pre-professional degree programs and science degrees. This course will cover the introduction of basic fundamental topics of organic chemistry. Specifically the structure-activity relationship and spectroscopy of organic functional groups will be investigated. Starting with simple organic models, we will cover structures of organic chemicals from basic connectivity to three- dimensional spatial alignments. Nomenclature and spectroscopy of the different groups will be covered along with reactivity of those groups.
  • Organic Chemistry 2 by University of New Orleans- This is the second semester of sophomore Organic Chemistry. This course completes most chemistry requirements for pre-professional degree programs and science degrees. This course will cover the reactions, mechanisms and properties of various functional groups including dienes, arenes, carbonyls, carboxylic acid and their derivatives, phenols, amines as well as biochemicals such as carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids and proteins.

  • General Organic Chemistry 2 Course by Arizona State University- This is the complete set materials used in the second semester of Organic Chemistry. It includes home works, video lectures, notes, exams, etc.

  • Chemistry Courses by University of Massachusetts - Boston- Offers both Organic Chemistry 1 and 2.

  • “Organic Chemistry – Structure and Reactivity” by UC Berkeley professor Peter C. Vollhardt.- An Excellent Resouce for Organic Chemistry. It is different from other courses, in the manner the of approach to the topic.

  • Organic Reactions and Pharmaceuticals by Professor Hardinger, UCLA- The lectures are lot more exciting than others due to the method of teaching of the professor.Organic Reactions and Pharmaceuticals is a class that provides an in-depth analysis of organic reactions, nucleophilic and electrophilic substitutions and additions; electrophilic aromatic substitutions, carbonyl reactions, catalysis, molecular basis of drug action, and organic chemistry of pharmaceuticals.

  • UC Irvine OpenCourseWare- This is mother of all resources. OpenChem by UCI offers a course on each and every aspect of chemistry. It has 6 different courses for organic chemistry whose level varies form undergradutae to gradutate.


  • Uranium- Twisting the Dragon's Tail- Host and physicist Dr. Derek Muller unlocks the mysteries of uranium, one of the Earth's most controversial elements. Born from the collapse of a star, uranium has brought hope, progress and destruction. It has revolutionized society, from medicine to warfare. It is an element that has profoundly shaped the past, will change the future and will exist long after humans have left the Earth.

Books about Analytical Chemistry

  • Schwarzenbach, G.; Flaschka, H. A. Complexometric Titrations; Methuen: London, 1957 (translated by H. Irving in 1969).
  • Skoog, D. A.; West, D. M.; Holler, F. J.; Crouch, S. R. Fundamentals of Analytical Chemistry, 9th ed.; Brooks/Cole: Pacific Grove, CA, 2013.

Books about Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

  • Voet, D.; Voet, J. G. Biochemistry, 4th ed.; Wiley: Hoboken, NJ, 2011.

Books about Chemical Engineering

  • The probably most comprehensive reference for chemical engineering is the McGraw-Hill Chemical Engineering Series, which contains more than you should know as a student. After all a strong knowledge in all areas of chemistry is necessary. As an engineer, and a chemist especially, if you are looking for sizing operations, you'll need to think about details, which are not in the books unfortunately.
    For the related question, see: What are introductory level books on chemical engineering?

Books about Computational Chemistry and Quantum Chemistry


  • Atkins, P.; Friedman, R. Molecular Quantum Mechanics, 5th ed.; Oxford UP: Oxford, U.K., 2010. Oxford University Press, Amazon.

  • Cramer, C. J. Essentials of Computational Chemistry: Theories and Models, 2nd ed.; Wiley: Chichester, U.K., 2004. Wiley, Amazon.

  • Jensen, J.H. Molecular Modeling Basics; CRC Press: Boca Raton, FL, 2010. CRC Press, Amazon.

  • Levine, I. N. Quantum Chemistry, 7th ed.; Prentice Hall: Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2014. Prentice Hall, Amazon.

  • McQuarrie, D. A. Quantum Chemistry, 2nd ed.; University Science Books: Mill Valley, CA, 2007. University Science Books (https not available), Amazon.


  • Allen, M. P.; Tildesley, D. J. Computer Simulation of Liquids; Clarendon Press: Oxford, U.K., 1987. <Links>.

  • Bachrach, S. M. Computational Organic Chemistry, 2nd ed.; Wiley: Hoboken, NJ, 2014. Wiley (https not available), Amazon.com.

  • Jensen, F. Introduction to Computational Chemistry, 3rd ed.; Wiley: Chichester, U.K., 2017. Wiley (https not available), Amazon.com.
    Provides a good overview/introduction to many aspects of QC. The focus is on concepts, not on mathematical rigour.

  • Szabo, A.; Ostlund, N.S. Modern Quantum Chemistry: Introduction to Advanced Electronic Stucture Theory; Dover: Mineola, NY, 1989 (revised in 1996). Dover Publications (https not available), Amazon.com.
    A classic introduction to the ab initio wave-function-based methods of electronic structure theory. Contains detailed discussions of the Hartree-Fock and post-Hartree-Fock methods such as Møller–Plesset perturbation theory, configuration interaction, and coupled cluster. The latter discussions are correct, but sometimes a bit dated.

  • Tuckerman M.E; Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Molecular Simulation, 1st ed.; Oxford University Press: Oxford, U.K., 2010. Oxford UP, Amazon.com.

  • Helgaker T.; Jørgensen P.; Olsen J. Molecular Electronic-Structure Theory; Wiley: Chichester, U.K. 2000. Wiley (https not available), Amazon. An in-depth description of the inner workings of all the common modern wavefunction based methods - Hartree-Fock and multi-reference self-consistent field, perturbation theory, configuration interation and coupled cluster.

Books about Theoretical Chemistry

  • Cotton, F. A. Chemical Applications of Group Theory, 3rd ed.; Wiley: New York, 1990.
  • Vincent, A. Molecular Symmetry and Group Theory: A Programmed Introduction to Chemical Applications, 2nd ed.; Wiley: Chichester, U.K., 2000.

Online Courses

  • UC Davis' ChemWiki: The Dynamic Chemistry Hypertext
    The ChemWiki is a collaborative approach toward chemistry education where an Open Access textbook environment is constantly being written and re-written by students and faculty members resulting in a free Chemistry textbook to supplant conventional paper-based books.
  • Jim Clark's Chemguide
    An in-depth overview of many areas of basic chemistry, including organic, inorganic, physical, and instrumental. Forgoes mathematical treatments of chemistry in favor of teaching an intuitive understanding for how chemical systems behave. Targeted at UK A-level students, but useful for anyone who wants to shore up their fundamentals.
  • Virtual Textbook of Organic Chemistry
    A very useful introduction to principles in organic chemistry and the reactions of common functional groups.


  • $\begingroup$ Is there a clean difference between an online course a website, or is it somewhat fuzzy? $\endgroup$ – chipbuster Sep 15 '15 at 21:54
  • $\begingroup$ For me, the online courses are a special subset of websites that are explicitly for teaching conceptual stuff and not only for giving some information. E.g., the mentioned Goldbook and the Webbook both give information from which you can learn, but they are not teaching like what you'd expect from a school lesson. And then there are sites like Khan Acadamy on youtube, which besides other subjects is about teaching chemistry and should be classified as an online course. But I guess you are right, when saying it can be quite fuzzy. (Please ask about such things in the meta thread next time.) $\endgroup$ – pH13 - Yet another Philipp Sep 16 '15 at 0:57
  • $\begingroup$ Another great website is the eBook Principles of General Chemistry $\endgroup$ – Sam Sep 1 '17 at 23:57

Books about General Chemistry

  • Atkins, P. W.; Jones, L. L.; Laverman, L. E. Chemical Principles: The Quest for Insight, 6th ed.; W. H. Freeman: New York, 2012.

  • Silberberg, M.; Amateis, P. Chemistry: The Molecular Nature of Matter and Change, 7th ed.; McGraw-Hill: New York, 2014.

  • Oxtoby, D. W.; Gillis, H. P.; Campion, A. Principles of Modern Chemistry, 8th ed.; Cengage Learning: Boston, MA, 2015.

  • Zumdahl, S. S.; Zumdahl, S. A. Chemistry, 9th ed.; Brooks/Cole: Pacific Grove, CA, 2013.

  • Whitten, K. W.; Davis, R. E.; Peck, L.; Stanley, G. G. Chemistry, 10th ed.; Brooks/Cole: Pacific Grove, CA, 2013.

  • Munowitz, M. Principles of Chemistry, W. W. Norton and Co.: New York, NY, 2000.



  • ChemOffice Professional
    Commercial software for drawing molecular structures, 3D models and many more. High price but most higher education institutes will provide students/staff with free institutional licenses.
  • MarvinSketch
    Freeware (closed-source) for drawing molecular structures with a wide feature set. In addition to just being able to draw Lewis structures, the software includes plugins to name what you have drawn (systematic/traditional), predict properties, change atom and bond properties, generate stereoisomers, and much more. It is Java based so works on Mac, Windows, Linux and is even available on the web.
  • ChemDoodle
    Commercial software for 2D and 3D molecular structures and diagrams and much more. Also has versions for tablet/mobile. An online free version of ChemDoodle is here: ChemDoodle Web Components
  • ChemSketch
    Commercial software for Windows only. Includes a free version with fewer features.
  • Avogadro
    Free, open source software for generating 3D models and computational chemistry.
  • GAMESS Free ab initio molecular quantum chemistry program

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