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PubChem Periodic Table and Element pages: improving access to information on chemical elements from authoritative sources

Authors
  • Kim, Sunghwan1
  • Gindulyte, Asta1
  • Zhang, Jian1
  • Thiessen, Paul A.1
  • Bolton, Evan E.1
  • 1 National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, 8600 Rockville Pike , (United States)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Chemistry Teacher International
Publisher
De Gruyter
Publication Date
Jul 13, 2020
Volume
3
Issue
1
Pages
57–65
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1515/cti-2020-0006
Source
De Gruyter
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

PubChem (https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov) is one of the top five most visited chemistry web sites in the world, with more than five million unique users per month (as of March 2020). Many of these users are educators, undergraduate students, and graduate students at academic institutions. Therefore, PubChem has a great potential as an online resource for chemical education. This paper describes the PubChem Periodic Table and Element pages, which were recently introduced to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the periodic table. These services help users navigate the abundant chemical element data available within PubChem, while providing a convenient entry point to explore additional chemical content, such as biological activities and health and safety data available in PubChem Compound pages for specific elements and their isotopes. The PubChem Periodic Table and Element pages are also available as widgets, which enable web developers to display PubChem’s element data on web pages they design. The elemental data can be downloaded in common file formats and imported into data analysis programs (e.g., spreadsheet software, like Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets, and computer scripts, such as python and R). Overall, the PubChem Periodic Table and Element pages improve access to chemical element data from authoritative sources.

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