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CHMC47: Bio-Organic Chemistry

A guide to assist UTSC students in this course find and use library resources needed to complete their literature searching assignment.

A brief introduction

ChemDraw is a downloadable application for drawing chemical structures for use in database queries, the preparation of graphics for lab reports and journal articles, providing electronic descriptions of molecules and reactions, and features advanced prediction tools. 

Create tables of structures, identify and label stereochemistry, predict NMR spectra from ChemDraw structures, obtain structures from chemical names, assign names from structures, create multi-page documents, posters and more! 

After drawing your structure, you can also use the convenient SciFinder icon to open a web browser launch a search for your structure/reaction in SciFinder.

Register & Install

Important Notes:

  • You must be a current student, faculty, or staff member to register.
  • You will need to renew ChemDraw annually. You will receive an email with instructions how to renew each November.
  • You should get an e-mail after downloading the software. If not, go to "My Downloads" in your account to get your serial number! 

Don't want to install it on your own computer?

ChemDraw is also installed on the computers in the library instruction lab (AC286A) and BV490.
Go to: Windows Start menu - UTSC Courseware folder - CHM folder - look for the green icon for ChemDraw

New users

UTSC students: please email Sarah Forbes for help.

Tutorials for CHMC41 & CHMC47


Renewing ChemDraw

Every year in the fall you will need to renew your ChemDraw Subscription.

We have renewed our site licence to ChemDraw so you can now either reactivate version 16 or download version 17! Version 15 still works too but if you are using 14 you need to upgrade. Versions 15 and 16 follow the old procedure for reactivating.

If you are upgrading to version 17, uninstall older versions first.

Version 17 is using a new download platform called Flexera. It should fix pesky cookies errors. Remember you need to register for Flexera using your email address.


Screen shot of where to find the codes to activate ChemDraw

Your new serial number will be the top number on the PC or Mac.

Once you have your new serial number:

  1. Open ChemDraw
  2. Select the "help" drop down menu
  3. From the dropdown select "Activate ChemDraw Professional"
  4. Replace your old serial number (for MACs replace the registration code, too)
  5. Click "Activate over the internet" (or select one of the other options)
  6. Now you don't need to worry about your ChemDraw License until next November!

If you need additional help: