SciFinder® Enhancements Include Chemical Experimental Procedures to Expedite Scientific Research

Dec 13, 2010, 06:00 ET from Chemical Abstracts Service

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec. 13, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), the world's leading provider of chemical information, today announced new time-saving advancements and usability improvements to SciFinder, its premier research and discovery tool. The enhancements will accelerate researchers' workflow and are especially valuable for synthetic chemists and other researchers who are engaged in lab preparations and synthesis planning.

In addition to presenting cleaner, more streamlined layouts, CAS chemists incorporated new features that enable researchers to

  • View experimental procedures in context with a reaction. Access experimental procedures from six American Chemical Society journals and patents from USPTO, EPO, and WIPO patents -- all released between 2005 and 2009. Examine, sort, and analyze experimental procedures for applicability to synthetic research needs.

  • Search structures using SMILES and InChI strings. Enter SMILES (Simplified Molecular Input Line Entry Specification) or InChI (International Chemical Identifier) text strings into SciFinder's drawing editor to conveniently generate structures.

  • Rank reactions by relevance. Bring the most relevant reactions to the top of your answer set, improving retrieval quality and speed.

"SciFinder has the most thorough, accurate, and largest combined collection of patent and journal reaction procedures available in the world," said Christine McCue, vice president of marketing, CAS. "This is part of our ongoing commitment to leadership in publicly disclosed chemical information."

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