VRChem: A virtual reality molecular builder

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A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä
Date
2021-11-15
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Mcode
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Language
en
Pages
18
1-18
Series
Applied Sciences (Switzerland), Volume 11, issue 22
Abstract
Virtual reality provides a powerful way to visualize the three-dimensional, atomic-level structures of molecules and materials. We present new virtual reality software for molecular modeling and for testing the use of virtual reality in organic chemistry education. The open-source software, named VRChem, was developed primarily for building, visualizing and manipulating organic molecules using a head-mounted virtual reality system. The design goal of the VRChem software was to create an easy-to-use and entertaining user experience for molecular modeling in virtual reality. We discuss the design and implementation of VRChem, together with real-life user experiences collected from students and academic research staff.
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Funding Information: Funding: This research received no external funding. The research was internally funded by Aalto Science Institute (project 3DMM) and Aalto Online Learning Programme (project 3D-CHEM). Publisher Copyright: © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.
Keywords
Chemical education, Chemistry, Human-computer interaction, Molecular modelling, Virtual reality
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Pietikäinen , O , Hämäläinen , P , Lehtinen , J & Karttunen , A J 2021 , ' VRChem: A virtual reality molecular builder ' , Applied Sciences (Switzerland) , vol. 11 , no. 22 , 10767 , pp. 1-18 . https://doi.org/10.3390/app112210767