Case Study:   Periodic Table App

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), the world’s leading chemistry community is a non-profit organisation with more than 51,000 members and an international publishing and knowledge business.

The Brief

The RSC have an interactive periodic table on their website and required an app equivalent for both iOS and Android. The periodic table is one of the most searched for and visited pages on their website so it was essential to create the leading periodic table app for the scientific community.


  • A cross-platform approach:- Advice on the best development tools to use; writing the code once with the two separate apps generated from a single implementation
  • The app needed to automatically update whenever the RSC produced new content. This meant the project had a server side component so the apps could pull the latest content from a database
  • App to be accessible to international users who might have limited internet connections and low-spec devices
  • Design lead for the UI/UX of the app and app graphics

The Solution

Green Custard were proud to be chosen as the developer for this high profile project and impressed the RSC by “being genuinely attentive to our requirements and honest about their approach, before recommending a solution” (Duncan McMillan, Programme Manager, RSC).

Being experts in app development and server side components was a great fit for this project and meant each requirement of the project was met. Green Custard’s highly-skilled graphics team worked closely with our engineers to deliver a beautiful final product (James Green, Director, GC).

The Royal Society of Chemistry now have a robust implementation of the periodic table app which can efficiently have new features added to it going forwards, ensuring it remains the leading resource for the educational and scientific community.

The app has recently been nominated for an award in the 2016 Bett Awards in the ‘free digital content’ category. The awards are a celebration of creativity and innovation throughout technology for education. We look forward to the awards ceremony in January to see if the app wins its competitive category.


“We’re very pleased with our Periodic Table app, and we’ve had great feedback on app stores and on social media. We have a flagship educational product that we are proud to share with students and teachers.“

Duncan McMillan,
Programme Manager,
Royal Society of Chemistry

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App links (free)

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