How to search for information on a chemical compound
Using Chemical Name
Step 1: Find all the synonyms of the chemical.
A chemical can be called by different names and each reference
book may use a different version of the name.
(e.g.) The list of synonyms for camphor is:
Bicyclo[2.2.1]heptan-2-one, 1,7,7-trimethyl- ; Camphor ; (±)-Camphor;
2-Bornanone; 2-Camphanone; Alphanon; DL-Camphor; dl-Camphor; Root
bark oil; Spirit of camphor
Use Scifinder Scholar to get this list.
Step 2: Use appropriate data resources to find the information
that you need
CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics -- physical property information
Merck Index – odor, color, toxicity, and use information.
Aldrich Catalog – physical property information & references
to IR spectra.
MSDS – toxicity information
Aldrich Library of FT-IR Spectra – IR spectra.
Using Molecular Formula:
You have to use the Hill Order in order to
search for a chemical compound using its molecular formula:
Step 1: Count all the carbons and hydrogens in the
Step 2: Arrange them in the following order
C, H, (then all other elements arranged alphabetically)
(e.g.) ClC6H3 (NO2)CF3 is written as C7H3ClF3NO2