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.

Original languageEnglish
Article number10767
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalApplied Sciences (Switzerland)
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Chemical education
  • Chemistry
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Molecular modelling
  • Virtual reality


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