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Alphabetical Index

  • (Text)Books: All books that teach you chemistry with theory and exercises. The subcategories are:
  1. General Chemistry
  2. Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry
  3. Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry and Chemical Biology, Chemical Engineering, Computational and Quantum Chemistry, Theoretical Chemistry
    You can add any subcategory to this post if it is missing.
  • Online courses and Websites: Free or paid services online that teach you chemistry through lessons as well as sites that give help for learning chemistry. They give material, tips, hints, and various help for self-learners or regular students.
  • Software: This can be any software ranging from plugins for the browser over mobile apps up to standalone applications for the computer. Pure 2D or 3D visualization programs as well as quantum chemistry programs might not fit in this category, as they are not primarily focused on teaching chemistry.
  • Video Resources & TV: Video resources which help learning chemistry.
  • References about Nomenclature: Successful communication requires an agreed set of definitions compiled as nomenclature. An example for such compilations are IUPAC's Color Books, named by the color of their book cover.

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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
    Commented May 11, 2018 at 19:30
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    $\begingroup$ Umm...Paula Bruice would be a good book for beginners..to get the basics clear..and for further reading Peter Sykes is also good. $\endgroup$
    – Muskaan
    Commented Jan 12, 2020 at 16:45
  • $\begingroup$ I found McQuarrie's Quantum Chemistry to be very helpful for quantum mechanics. Especially the "math chapters", which reviewed pertinent math techniques before they are required for each quantum topic. $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 15, 2021 at 23:17
  • $\begingroup$ For theoretical chemistry (especially Hartree Fock method) can anyone add szabo ostlund book? $\endgroup$
    – Pro
    Commented May 14 at 14:48

Video Resources (online)

  • The University of Nottingham's Periodic Videos
    The periodic table of videos includes introductions to all elements. The molecular videos section focuses 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 Resource 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 levels vary from undergraduate to graduate.

  • The youtube channel of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Magnetic Resonance
    Presented briefly by Kwan et al. in the Journal of Chemical Education, basic and advanced principles of NMR / MRI and EPR are lectured.

  • MIT 5.60 Thermodynamics and Kinetics, Spring 2008
    The above course is available as a part of MIT OCW. Links in the description of video lectures includes lecture notes, readings, exams and course materials available for download. Covers a basic to intermediate introduction to thermodynamics and kinetics at the undergraduate level.

  • TMP Chem
    Trent M. Parker's youtube channel about quantum chemistry, spectroscopy, chemical thermodynamics, kinetics, theoretical/computational chemistry, reviewing mathematics for physical chemistry. Computations centre on Python.


  • 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

Books about Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

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?

  • The Visual Encyclopedia of Chemical Engineering is a project hosted by the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan. By text, illustration, and video, typical applications of devices and processes, their advantages and disadvantages are presented. Equally, means to monitor processes are shown and literature references (pointing e.g. to Perry's Chemical Engineering Handbook) provided.

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.

  • Koch, W.; Holthausen , M. C. A Chemist’s Guide to Density Functional Theory, 2nd ed.; Wiley-VCH: Weinheim, 2001. ISBNs: 3-527-30372-3 (Softcover); 3-527-60004-3 (Electronic). DOI: 10.1002/3527600043.

    Introductory text for chemists familiar with conventional quantum mechanics. The book introduces density functional theory: its basis, concepts, terms, implementation, and performance in diverse applications. This includes the usage of DFT for structure, energy, and molecular property computations, as well as reaction mechanism studies, etc.


  • 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.
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    $\begingroup$ related: List of important publications in chemistry on Wikipedia $\endgroup$
    – Mithoron
    Commented Jun 1, 2016 at 17:14
  • $\begingroup$ There is an excellent course available for free at compmatphys.org . I am not sure if the videos will be available afterwards. $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 30, 2016 at 6:28
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    $\begingroup$ Can someone mention what are the standard undergraduate level (up to 4th year) analytical chemistry textbooks used in Germany? $\endgroup$
    – ACR
    Commented Sep 22, 2021 at 3:39

Online Courses

  • Chemistry LibreTexts
    This collection was formerly known as UC Davis' ChemWiki: The Dynamic Chemistry Hypertext. It 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.


  • IUPAC Compendium of Chemical Terminology - the Gold Book
    A concise compendium of the most common terminology that is used in chemical and related sciences.

  • NIST Chemistry WebBook
    A searchable database for standard reference data of chemical compounds by the National Institute of Standards and Technologies.

  • Symmetry@Otterbein
    An interactive tutorial (by Otterbein University) about molecular, as well as crystallographic symmetry.

  • A Hypertext Book of Crystallographic Space Group Diagrams and Tables
    The Space group diagrams you find in the in the International Tables of Crystallography. It equally considers standard settings (e.g., $P2_1/c$) and alternatives like $P2_1/a$, $P2_1/n$, $B2_1/a$, $B2_1/d$ -- all of the filed under #14.

  • Online Dictionary of Crystallography
    The dictionary is provided by the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr). It is a curated glossary about the more frequently met crystallographic concepts.

  • Organic Chemistry Lab Techniques
    An illustrated collection of basic techniques met in the organic chemistry lab. The content naturally shows some overlaps with / complements to print primers like the one by Zubrick.

  • Organic Chemistry Data & Info
    A site of general interest about chemical and reaction data, cross-link to literature references (like the Hans Reich collection) useful for the chemist in the lab as well as educators/students. Moderated by the Division of Organic Chemistry of the American Chemical Society.

  • hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu - Chemistry
    A hierarchical set of compact cheat-cards, navigated along a "bubble tree", intended for quick learning/reminding/overview of basics of many chemical concepts, rules and topics.

  • Wikipedia Chemical Structure Explorer
    Query more than 20k chemicals in the English edition of Wikipedia by drawing a structure which either is a substructure, or exactly the structure you look for, or is just similar to the one in mind. If there is a match, the lower part of the page displays the corresponding entry in Wikipedia.

  • $\begingroup$ Is there a clean difference between an online course a website, or is it somewhat fuzzy? $\endgroup$
    – chipbuster
    Commented Sep 15, 2015 at 21:54
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    $\begingroup$ 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.) $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 16, 2015 at 0:57
  • $\begingroup$ Another great website is the eBook Principles of General Chemistry $\endgroup$
    – Sam
    Commented Sep 1, 2017 at 23:57


  • 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. The molecular sketcher now has a free online version (built using HTML$5$ and JS): ChemDraw online
  • MarvinSketch (desktop) & MarvinJS (web)
    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. Desktop version is Java based so works on Mac, Windows, Linux.
  • 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
  • ACD/ChemSketch
    Commercial software for Windows only. Includes a free version with fewer features.
  • chemfig
    Free $\mathrm\LaTeX$ package distributed under the LATEX Project Public License 1.3c developed by Christian Tellechea for creating 2D chemical structures with seamless integration into any type of a document, from a standalone illustration to a textbook or a poster. Since TikZ is used for graphics generation, the functionality of chemfig can be greatly extended. PDF output can also be rasterized by using external tools such as ImageMagick. Also, see chemfig questions on TeX.SE.
  • Avogadro
    Free, open source software for generating 3D models and computational chemistry.
    Free ab initio molecular quantum chemistry program.
  • ORCA
    Free for academic use ab initio/DFT quantum chemistry program. Has a nice tutorial on basic molecular modelling here.
  • Open Babel: The Open Source Chemistry Toolbox
    Free "Open Babel is a chemical toolbox designed to speak the many languages of chemical data. It's an open, collaborative project allowing anyone to search, convert, analyze, or store data from molecular modeling, chemistry, solid-state materials, biochemistry, or related areas."
  • RDKit: Open-Source Cheminformatics Software
  • Odyssey by Wavefunction
    Commercial software designed to be used for teaching and learning chemistry. Includes high quality molecular simulations of many materials, in-built virtual labs. Excellent animations of many physical and chemical processes.

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.


References about Nomenclature

Successful communication requires an agreed set of definitions compiled as nomenclature. An example for such compilations are IUPAC's Color Books, named by the color of their book cover. Below, they are listed in alphabetic order of their color.

If used critically, the non-exhaustive listing about software to name [organic] compounds mentioned in a comment by @Gaurang Tandon may be of interest, too.


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