College - Author 1

College of Engineering

Department - Author 1

General Engineering Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in General Engineering



Primary Advisor

Robert Crockett


Modafinil (Provigil) belongs to a new pharmaceutical class known as eugeroics— wake-promoting agents. Directly enhancing conductance across neuronal membranes, modafinil, amplifies presynaptic Na/Ca influx; resultant widespread depolarization of cortical interneurons could theoretically allow transient, voltage-dependent inhibition of monoamine reuptake- resembling action of conventional stimulants, minus the stereotypy, euphoria, and locomotor effects. This literature review presents a hypothesized mechanism of action, consolidates research of modafinil analogues and hybridizes a novel compound in search of a next generation molecule.