Date of Award

Spring 5-20-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Dinadayalane Tandabany, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

John Hall, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Conrad Ingram, Ph.D.


In this study, M06-2X/6-311+G(2d,2p) level calculations were performed to examine the binding energies and vibrational frequencies of different conformers of phenylalanine dipeptide interacting with metal ions (Na+, K+, Mg2+ and Ca2+). Four conformers were selected from the list of 20 most stable structures. The main goal was to understand the influence of conformers on the binding affinity of metal ions with different conformers of phenylalanine dipeptide. In agreement with experimental results, interactions of metal ions with two aromatic rings along with lone pair electrons of oxygen produced high stability. Binding energy was lowest for the metal ion interacting with only one aromatic ring. This study revealed the binding affinity order of metal ions Mg2+ > Ca2+ > Na+ > K+ with any of the conformers considered for phenylalanine dipeptide.