Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


Pharmaceutical and Chemical Sciences

First Advisor

Samosin V. Vyachselav

First Committee Member

Liang Xue

Second Committee Member

Jianhua Ren

Third Committee Member

Andreas Franz


In the past, aminocyclohexanol rings have been successfully utilized as pH-triggered molecular switches in various trans-2-aminocyclohexanol derivatives. By changing the groups on the amine nitrogen, these models provided a wide pH range in which a switch can occur. The pH-induced switch of conformation was monitored by 1H-NMR spectroscopy. The models were also incorporated into the bilayer membrane of liposome structures and tested for their ability to disrupt their membrane upon their conformational flip induced by a decrease in pH.

In this work, the amide bond has been studied as a molecular switch and various amide derivatives have been tested for their potential as lipid-like compounds that also exhibit a pH-sensitive conformational flip. The conformational analysis of these compounds was achieved by various NMR techniques and NMR acid-base titration studies were utilized to estimate the pKa of a number of the compounds described.





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