Materials for Engineers: Materials by Properties
Materials Search Tip
Researching materials often equates to searching on substances, including chemical elements. To expedite searches on substances while reducing possible confusion among similar names or formulas, you can take advantage of the many international nomenclatures for substances. At the very least, knowing the standard chemical formula, molecular weight, and synonyms facilitates searching in databases. Many of these databases apply one or more classification systems such as:
In many chemistry databases, you also can perform searches by drawing the chemical structure in a graphic engine.
Properties Search Engines And Sources
Chemical Element And Substance Gateways
These tools enable searching by chemical name, CAS Registry Number, formula, and other characteristics. Some enable searching by drawing chemical structures and can be good sources of structural images.