Reaxys (1771+) is a database of chemical compound properties, structures, and reactions with references to the journal and patent literature of chemistry. The data originates from the Gmelin Handbook of Inorganic Chemistry, inorganic chemistry journals, the Beilstein Handbuch der Organischen Chemie, organic chemistry journals and a Patent Chemistry database. Flexible and powerful substance searching includes exact structure, substructure, CAS number, molecular formula, name, and many more choices. Can also search by property and/or reaction.
Reaxys is available on internet at https://www.reaxys.com or via Reaxys on the Find Databases page. Access is restricted to University of Rochester students, faculty, and staff. Contact Chemistry Librarian Sue Cardinal (275-9007), or staff at Carlson Reference Desk (275-4465) for assistance with searching.
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Reaxys provides excellent coverage of property information for chemical compounds. User friendly query forms, once located, can make fact searching much easlier. Substructure and reaction searching is flexible and comprehensive. When searching reactions, you can specify the product and/or one or more reactants. Because of the indexing policy, reaction searching has been more comprehensive than SciFinder for journal articles. You can search by name fragments. CAS numbers may be searched, however, they were no longer added after ~1995. Reaxys is especially useful for finding articles about biological activity of substances. Subject searching is very limited. You can not limit to a "review" article.
Reaxys contains information about coordination compounds, alloys, solid solutions, glasses, ceramics, minerals, catalysts and polymers. The Gmelin side of this database includes compounds that contain no carbon, and "inorganic" systems with a carbon component (carbides, carbonic acid, CO, CO2, etc.) and elemental carbon and elements listed below including their coordination and organometallic compounds.
Row 1: He
Row 2: Be
Row 3: Al, Ar
Row 4: Sc, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Ga, Ge, Kr
Row 5: Y, Zr, Nb, Mo, Tc, Ru, Rh, Pd, Ag, Cd, In, Sn, Sb, Xe
Row 6: Lanthanides, Hf, Ta, W, Re, Os, Ir, Pt, Au, Hg, Tl, Pb, Bi, Po,Rn
Row 7: Fr, Ra, Actinides
Substance and Reaction Searching in Reaxys basic tutorial by Sue Cardinal
Substructure Searching in Reaxys advanced tutorial by Sue Cardinal
- Search Coordination Compounds by Structure
- Filtering by Substructure
- How to do a Variable Point of Attachment Search in Reaxys
Reaxys Guide from University of Texas
To make ChemDraw your default editor, install the following two plugins, replace the generic group file in ChemDraw and register for Reaxys, then go to "My Settings" and set your structure editor to ChemDraw.
Reaxys Plugin - This plugin enables the use of Symyx ISIS/Draw (version 2.5 +), Symyx Draw (version 3.0 +), CrossFire Structure Editor (version 7.0 +), CambridgeSoft ChemDraw (version 12 +, ChemDraw Std and BioDraw Ultra are not supported, 2nd plugin required), and InfoChem ICEdit (version 1.8 +). Please refer to InfoChem's website here for instructions explaining how to get ICEdit connected to Reaxys)
CambridgeSoft Plugin - You may need to login to CambridgeSoft. You can use the user name and password from when you registered to download ChemDraw. Select the free item to put in shopping cart. Process the order and receive an email with another link to use to download the plugin.
Reaxys Generic Group Text File
From within Reaxys, there is Forum with a topic about Structure Editors. There is a note with this file attached. For Windows XP users, locate the folder C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\CambridgeSoft\ChemOffice2010\ChemDraw\ChemDraw Items
For Windows 7 , locate the folder C:\ProgramData\CambridgeSoft\ChemOffice2010\ChemDraw\ChemDraw Items
Rename the existing file Generic Nicknames.txt to Generic Nicknames.old and replace it with the file you can save from this link.
ChemDraw Manual - Chapter 10 on query structures includes many details needed for drawing complicated queries. You can get the manual from the ChemDraw download site.
System Requirements (Elsevier)
For various structure editors