ChemBook app a winner in the NIST Mobile App Challenge

chembookMetroStar Systems’ mobile application, ChemBook, received 3rd place in the 2015 National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Reference Data Challenge. The competition was NIST’s first-ever app development challenge, created to inspire new ways to merge NIST Standard Reference Data (SRD) with mobile devices.

“This win is just a small testament to MetroStar’s devotion to providing quick turn-around solutions to the problems that we’re presented,” said Ken Foster, manager of the unit that designed and developed ChemBook. “We look forward to applying our award-winning digital and mobile talents to create more innovative solutions for challenges and customer needs alike.”

NIST judged ChemBook against 24 other entries from developers across the country whom they challenged to invent a mobile app that used a subset of six popular SRD. After two months of rigorous researching and developing, MetroStar emerged with ChemBook.

ChemBook uses three NIST databases and elemental data from the public domain to provide an easy-to-consume encyclopedia of elements and chemical compounds. It is finished with a sleek interface and intuitive search functions, helping to make learning chemistry dynamic and fun. ChemBook is available for download for iOS, including iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, in the Apple App Store.