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Small molecule recognition of mephedrone using an anthracene molecular clip

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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Pages (from-to)7474-7477
JournalChemical Communications
Journal publication date16 May 2016
StatePublished - 16 May 2016


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.


This is a pre-copyedited, author produced pdf of an article accepted for publication in Chemical Communications following peer review. Subject to embargo period of 12 months. Embargo end date: 16 May 2017. The version of record [Chemical Communications (May 2016) 52(47): 7474-7477, first published on line May 16, 2016] is available on line at doi: 10.1039/C6CC03404G

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