Small molecule recognition of mephedrone using an anthracene molecular clip.


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. 
DOI: 10.1039/c6cc03404g

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