Thalidomide Scientific Component:
Molecular Mass: 258.23 Da
Color: white crystalline
Melting point: 271°C.
Insoluble in ether and benzene
Has a low solubility in water, methanol, ethanol and glacial acetic acid"
All bulleted sources from (Erkoc, 2004)
Thalidomide is composed of two rings with each of the rings having different chemical makeups (Franks, et al, 2004). The left-hand side ring is thought to be the ring responsible for the teratogenic effects seen (Franks, et al, 2004). The right-hand side ring has a structure very similar to hypnotic drugs and the sedative properties of the molecule are