Press Kit




Substrate Interactive, Inc. (formerly Substrate Games)

Based in Des Moines, Iowa

Current Release:

September 10th, 2019 (1.2.25


iOS, Android





Mol Chemistry is a new kind of learning tool that provides engagement and gives immediate response. A collection of focused exercises are built with modern interaction design and gamification principles in mind making it perfect to practice and master difficult problems in chemistry, on the go. All of the molecular data is sourced from the National Institutes of Health PubChem online database and vetted by chemistry professionals to ensure you have an authentic and effective learning experience. Molecules are displayed in beautiful 2D and 3D representations, giving you a sense of familiarity with an opportunity for deeper understanding. Progression gradually introduces you to more complex content, while allowing you to keep an eye on your improvement and see where to focus your attention.


During the Substrate Interactive founders' participation in the National Science Foundation I-Corps program, it came to light that organic chemistry education had not evolved to take advantage of emerging consumer technologies. 

Traditionally known as a "weed out" class because of the obstacles it presents, organic chemistry presents a significant challenge for pre-health students who want to get into a competitive professional program, like medical school. Many students have trouble because they try to memorize facts instead of learning fundamental concepts. Usually the solution is to repeatedly work problems until some level of understanding is reached. Unfortunately, there's little feedback in this approach - you check your answer and it's either right or wrong.

With a background in game development and scientific visualization, Substrate Interactive won a competitive Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of General Medical Sciences to address the lack of engaging and effective resources.


  • Three engaging stereochemistry exercises: Chiral Centers, R vs S, and Stereoisomers

  • Progression System that rewards performance and keeps giving students new challenges

  • Beautiful molecular visualizations

  • Emphasis on usability


Selected Articles

Substrate Games Receives $1.49M Grant To Develop the Next Generation of Science Education Tools - October 16, 2019, Siobhan Spain, Greater Des Moines Partnership

6 Games Developed for Use in Higher Education Win Awards in Serious Play Competition - June 16, 2019, Serious Play Conference

Substrate Games receives $1.49M Phase II SBIR grant - May 7, 2019, Jake Slobe, Clay & Milk

About Substrate Games


Founded in 2015 by Will Schneller and Dr. Eve Wurtele, Substrate Interactive is on a mission to use emerging technologies and beautiful design to make difficult science concepts approachable and enjoyable.

Mol Chemistry Credits

Will Schneller

Project Director

Jeff Shafferman

Head of Engineering

Amy Dixon

Head of Design

Katherine Byrd, PhD

Head of Chemical Education

Eve Syrkin Wurtele, PhD

Science Advisor

Ross Bohner

Technical Advisor

Jordan Ray

Freelance Artist

Will Canada

Freelance Developer

Margaret Clapham

Chemistry Consultant

Mol Chemistry is made possible by a competitive Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of General Medical Sciences.