We are working into an Augmented Reality technology to represent molecules in the 3D space using any device (computer, smartphone or tablet) with a browser and a camera



This technology was developed based on A-FRAME and AR.js by Jerome Etienne. Both frameworks are under MIT license.

BioSIMAR is in development but there are already a set of 70 molecules that can be visualized using your device.

List of available molecules:

  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Cyclohexane
  • Benzene
  • Paracetamol
  • Aspirin
  • Ammonia
  • Water
  • Methane
  • Ethane
  • Propane
  • Butane
  • Diamond
  • Graphite
  • DNA
  • ARN
  • But-1-ene
  • cis-But-2-ene
  • trans-But-2-ene
  • Isobutene
  • Dichloride
  • Dinitrogen
  • Dioxygen
  • Pentane
  • Propene
  • Propyne
  • Ethene
  • Ethyne
  • But-1-yne
  • But-2-yne
  • 1-butanol
  • 2-propanol
  • Hydrochloric acid
  • Nitric acid
  • Salicylic acid
  • Sulfuric acid
  • Acetic anhydride
  • Potassium chloride
  • Sodium Chloride
  • Chloroform
  • Potassium chromate
  • Dextrose (D-Glucose)
  • Nitrogen Dioxide
  • EDTA
  • Ethanol
  • Phenol
  • L-Glucose
  • Hexane
  • Potassium hydroxide
  • Sodium Hydroxide
  • m-Xylene
  • Methanol
  • Lead Nitrate
  • Silver nitrate
  • o-Xylene
  • p-Xylene
  • Propanone
  • Copper (II) Sulphate
  • Sodium Sulfate
  • Carbon tetrachloride
  • Toluene
  • L-Alanine
  • D-Alanine
  • (3R,2R)-3-bromo-but-2-ol
  • (3S,2R)-3-bromo-but-2-ol
  • (3S,2S)-3-bromo-but-2-ol
  • (3R,2S)-3-bromo-but-2-ol
  • Dichloroethane (anti)
  • Dichloroethane (gauche)
  • Dichloroethane (eclipsed)

How to start?

  1. Download the set of cards here.
  2. Print the cards.
  3. On your smartphone, tablet, or another device with a camera, open the browser (Safari, Firefox, Chrome…) and go to this page (BioSIMAR Camera).
  4. Points the camera of your device to the card and see the molecule popping up. Rotate the card and see the molecule from different angles.

Download Section

Download all codes
70 codes (updated on 2020 Nov 20)

Download all cards
30 codes


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Bugs and Suggestions

Since BioSIMAR is still in development, we appreciate all your contributions and suggestions to improve the experience of using Augmented Reality to visualize molecules.

Please, address all your questions, bug reports, and suggestions to [email protected]


Developing and Using BioSIMAR, an Augmented Reality Program to Visualize and Learn about Chemical Structures in a Virtual Environment on Any Internet-Connected Device

Henrique S. Fernandes, Nuno M. F. S. A. Cerqueira, and Sérgio F. Sousa
Journal of Chemical Education
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.0c01317