Biological and Medicinal Chemistry

Online tools to easily build augmented reality models of biomolecules that run right on the web



Several groups developed in the last years augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) programs and apps to visualize 3D molecules, most rather static, limited in content, and requiring software installs, some even requiring specialized hardware. During the Covid-19 pandemic, our team launched moleculARweb (, a website that offers interactive content for chemistry and structural biology education through web-based AR that works on consumer devices like smartphones, tablets and laptops. The website quickly got thousands of student and teacher users, a substantial fraction of them accessing from their homes given the pandemic. Teachers have been increasingly requesting more biological macromolecules to be available in AR, a demand that we cannot satisfy individually. Therefore, to allow them to build their own material, and also to help us expedite development of activities, we built a web interface where any user can build any online AR experience in few steps starting from a PDB structure or from virtual objects/scenes exported from VMD. We here briefly describe the tool, that is accessible at


Thumbnail image of Cortes et al para subir.pdf

Supplementary weblinks

Link to new program at the moleculARweb wesite
That's the link that goes straight to the new app discussed here, which we have incorporated to our moleculARweb website.