Title

Small Molecule Recognition of Mephedrone Using an Anthracene Molecular Clip

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-16-2016

Department

Chemistry and Biochemistry

School

Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Abstract

An anthracene molecular probe has been synthesised and shown to target mephedrone, a stimulant drug from the cathinone class of new psychoactive substances (NPS). A protocol has been developed to detect mephedrone via the probe using NMR spectroscopy in a simulated street sample containing two of the most common cutting agents, benzocaine and caffeine.

Publication Title

Chemical Communications

Volume

52

First Page

7474

Last Page

7477

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