Degree Name

MS (Master of Science)



Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Scott Kirkby

Committee Members

Dr. Marina Roginskaya, Dr. David Close


Melatonin (N-acetyl-5-methoxytryptamin, MLT) is a naturally occurring antioxidant which has shown some potential for use as a spin trap. Spin traps react with short lived hydroxyl radicals (HO·) to produce more stable products called spin adducts which may be characterized by electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy. However, the relative stability of hydroxyl spin adducts of melatonin derivatives (MLTD) compared to 2-hydroxymelatonin (HO-MLT) has not been examined computationally. Computational studies have been done on four selected MLTD; methylmelatonin (Me-MLT), chloromelatonin (Cl-MLT), cyanomelatonin (CN-MLT), and nitromelatonin (NO2-MLT). Geometry of the structures were optimized at the HF/6-31G(d), cc-pVXZ, (X=D and T) and DFT/B3LYP/6-31G(d), cc-pVDZ and cc-pVTZ levels of theory and extrapolated to the complete basis set limit using cc-pVXZ (X=D, T) basis sets. The lowest relative energy was found to be a mix of results for 2-OH-MLT-Me at HF and 2-OH-MLT-NO2 at DFT.

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