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Molecular Weight Formula
318.288 C18H10N2O4

Melanin

Create a 3D chemical structure model of the skin pigment Melanin from Authentic Molymod Components by Indigo.com

Melanin is a pigment prominent in skin & hair coloration. It is responsible for skin darkening in response to sun exposure, in particular UV wavelengths (UVB) in the 280 to 315 nm range.

Note the large numbers of double bonds in this molecule. These are responsible for trapping UV photons. This type of structure is also seen in sunscreens such as para aminobenzoic acid (PABA).

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Model Sets That Can Build This Molecule

Hybrid Dome Open Sphere Closed Dome Closed Sphere
62053
62053SP
62050
62009
62009EX
62010
62003
62004
62053
62053SP
62007
62050
62003
62053
62053SP


P/NDescriptionQTY
60150EAtom, Molymod, white (hydrogen), hemisphere, 19mm10
60200EAtom, Molymod, red (oxygen), 2 hole, 105 degrees4
60311EAtom, Molymod, blue (nitrogen), 3 hole, 120 degrees, 23mm2
60400EAtom, Molymod, black (carbon), 4 hole, 109.5 degrees, 23mm18
61012EBond, Molymod, grey (single), 20mm18
61013EBond, Molymod, grey (double/triple), 35mm20
61015EBond, Molymod, opaque, 2mm (for spacefilling models)10

Melanin