Small molecule recognition of mephedrone using an anthracene molecular clip
Broome, J. Hugh
Kirton, Stewart B.
Stair, Jacqueline L.
Wallace, Karl J.
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.