How the Chemical Component Database works


Once logged in to your account and you have selected the Component Database, the initial search screen is displayed. A search can be made by using the common (trivial) name or synonym, e.g. 1,8-cineole or eucalyptol; the Chemical Abstracts Service number (a unique number assigned to every component); the molecular formula, e.g. C10 H16 O or the formula weight in g/mol (to two decimal places). Each entry also includes the IUPAC name (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry), but these have not been included in the search terms since they can be very complex.

In the example below, we have searched for bisabolol. To narrow the search further we could have searched for 'bisabolol, alpha-'. Please note the format of this search term. Greek lettering, e.g. α, β, γ, δ, are not used in the search terminology.

By clicking on the title hyperlink you are taken to the full entry. We chose number 1. In the structural drawing, single hydrogen atoms are only shown if they add clarity or are important in the stereochemistry.

The complete entry can be downloaded as a PDF or by right clicking on the structure, this can be downloaded as a JPEG and resized for use in your own material.

Integration with the Essential Oil Bioactivity Research Database

Once you have searched and displayed the full reference and abstract within the Bioactivity Research Database, components that are featured in the Component Database appear as hyperlinks. On clicking such a hyperlink, a pop-up window appears displaying the details of the component.