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Organic Chemistry Projects: ChemDraw, ChemOffice, and MNova

ChemOffice/ChemDraw and MNova Access at UC San Diego

UC San Diego has a campus-wide license for ChemOffice/ChemDraw for Windows, ChemDraw for macOS, and MNova Lite (aka MeRestNova Lite ChemDraw Edition), and Signals Notebook Individual Edition. It's funded by the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, and Educational Technology Services (ACMS). The Library doesn't not provide support for these products, just this information to help you access these resources.

To launch a SciFindern or Reaxys search from within ChemDraw: select the structure in question, then select the SciFindern or Reaxys icon. VPN must be running for you to connect to these databases. To add these to your ChemDraw interface, go to View >>> Other Toolbars >>> Add-ins.

Download and Install ChemOffice/ChemDraw and MNova

ChemOffice/ChemDraw & MNova Lite - Registration & Downloading

Start at the Revvity Signals (PerkinElmer) ChemDraw Subscription Gallery and search for University of California San Diego. You'll see 2 registration options. The first is for ChemDraw and MNova, and the second is for the cloud applications.

  • Sign up to create an account with PerkinElmer (now Revvity Signals), or login if you already have that account. Use your email address for the registration.
  • Click Download Now to get to a link for downloading the most recent edition of ChemDraw (as of fall 2023, that's ChemOffice 22.2). From there you'll get software downloads for ChemOffice/ChemDraw for Windows/macOS and for MNova Lite (aka MeRestNova ChemDraw Edition), along with user guides.
  • If you need the activation code for ChemOffice/ChemDraw, refer back to the entitlement lists where you downloaded the software. If you don't receive an email from Mestrelab with your MNova license number, contact with your UC San Diego email address. 


To register for the cloud applications, enter your UCSD email. Then follow the instructions to access ChemDraw Cloud and/or Signals Notebook. 


Please contact maryam at ucsd dot edu if you have problems with registering with PerkinElmer or downloading the software. Include something like PerkinElmer registration problem or ChemDraw software installation issue in the subject line.