Training Courses, Lectures and Videos

Molecular Knowledge Systems provides a variety of educational resources to help you better utilize our software products, understand physical property estimation and design new chemical products. We provide courses, webinars, presentations, white papers and more. Many of these resources are available for free from the links on this page. Please contact us for information about our instructor led courses.

01) Basic and Common Operations (pdf download)
This presentation details the terms and operations that are repeatedly used throughout Cranium and Synapse.

02) Editing Molecular Structure (pdf download)
This presentation details the use of Cranium's and Synapse's structure editor to enter the structure of molecules and groups.

03) Estimating Chemical Properties (video)
Demonstration of Cranium's and Synapse's capabilities for estimating the physical properties of pure chemicals.

04) Estimating Mixture Properties (video)
Demonstration of Cranium's and Synapse's capabilities for estimating the physical properties of mixtures.

05) Editing and Adding Estimation Techniques (video)
Demonstration of the procedures for editing existing estimation techniques or adding new estimation techniques. Applicable to both Cranium and Synapse.

06) Estimating Vapor-Liquid Equilibria (video)
Demonstrates the use of Cranium and Synapse for estimating bubble and dew points.

07) Designing Chemicals (video)
Details the basic steps needed to use Synapse to design a new chemical which satisfies a set of physical property and molecular structure constraints.

MKS Documents

The table to the right lists a variety of knowledge bases and documents. Some of these are updated versions of those documents distributed with Cranium and Synapse. Others are specialty documents that focus on particular types of chemicals or applications.

MKS Core Knowledge Base
This knowledge base contains physical property data for more than 950 chemicals, 300 mixtures and 190 estimation techniques.

MKS TGER Template Knowledge Base
This knowledge base is often used as the starting document for a new knowledge base. The MKS TGER Template KB contains information on techniques (T), groups (G), elements (E) and references (R). No chemical or mixture entities are contained within this knowledge base.

MKS GER Template Knowledge Base
This knowledge base is often used for importing physical property values and technique parameters from the files of other software programs, e.g., process simulation document files. The MKS GER Template KB contains information on groups (G), elements (E) and references (R). No chemical, mixture or technique entities are contained within this knowledge base.

MKS Sample Knowledge Base
This knowledge base is often used for learning and experimentation purposes. It contains approximately 350 chemicals, 240 mixtures and 180 estimation techniques. Because the Sample KB is smaller than the Core KB, it is often quicker to use the Sample KB when using the Reader versions of Cranium and Synapse.

Case Studies and Technical Notes

The case studies and technical notes listed in the table to the right provide extended examples of how Cranium and Synapse can be used to solve a variety of physical property problems.

Using Cranium to Find Azeotropes
This case study shows how to use Cranium or Synapse to find binary azeotropes. It contains a technical paper explaining the thermodynamic basis of the methodology, a video showing all the steps needed to search for azeotropes, a bookmarks document containing a list of common solvents and a knowledge base containing the needed data and estimation techniques.

Additional Resources

A variety of online resources, software downloads and online documents are listed in the table to the right.

MKS YouTube Channel
A compilation of additional instructional videos on physical property estimation and the operation of Cranium and Synapse.

MKS LinkedIn Physical Property Estimation Group
Join our LinkedIn group for discussions on physical property estimation and other topics related to physical properties.

MKS Facebook Page
Follow us on our Facebook page to keep updated on our activities and new software developments.

Online Property Estimation
This webpage enables you to estimate several physical properties of pure chemicals using group contribution and equation oriented estimation techniques. It is a very good place to become familiar with physical property estimation.

Manually Installing License Key Software
The license key (Sentinel HASP by Gemalto) that comes with our software products should automatically install any needed software when it is first inserted into your computer. If the software is not successfully installed then please try removing the key, rebooting your computer and reinserting the license key before you start any other program. The following file contains the latest license key installation program and software: Drivers Installer.