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Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

Spring 2015

Publication Title

American Chemical Society National Meeting


Curcumin, the main dye in the important Indian spice turmeric, has received much attention recently for its potential anti-cancer and anti-Alzheimer properties.1 Our study computes the thermodynamics and spectroscopic properties of curcumin’s various protonation states using several methods and compares the results to experiment. M06/3-21G* gave the best thermodynamic results, while M06 with 3-21G* and 6-31G* gave good spectroscopic results for the neutral and dianionic forms of curcumin. However, applying diffuse functions appears to be necessary for the trianionic form. Interestingly, M06 and B3LYP with 6-31+G* gave good spectroscopic results for the singly anionic form.


This poster was presented at the 2015 Spring American Chemical Society National Meeting.

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