System Requirements

Science of Synthesis is an entirely web-based product, which does not require the installation of specialized software on your computer.

Structure searching is possible using the built in Java Applet. Science of Synthesis also supports ChemDraw.



STEP 1: Confirm that your system meets the following requirements.

System Requirements:

  • PC (Windows NT 4.0 / 95 / 98 / 2000 / XP / 7) or MAC (MAC OS X) with Internet connection.
  • on PC's: Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 and above, Firefox 1.5 and above.
  • on MAC's: Safari 2.0 and above.
  • Popup blocker must be deactivated to use Science of Synthesis. Please download a brief instruction how to deactivate pop-up blockers or contact your IT support if you require further assistance.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.0 or higher (required for the Electronic Backfile only; software can be downloaded free of charge from the Adobe website


STEP 2: Confirm that you have one of the following chemical drawing packages installed on your computer.


Java Applet:
Provided your system allows java to operate you can use the in-built Java Applet to carry out structure searching.

Commercial chemical drawing packages:

Science of Synthesis supports ChemDraw 9.0.1 and 10.0 available from CambridgeSoft ( No additional software is required. Please carefully review the ChemDraw Compatability Chart to ensure that you are using a ChemDraw version compatible with your system configuration: