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Small molecule recognition of mephedrone using an anthracene molecular clip

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7474-7477
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Communications
Publication statusPublished - 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 document is the Accepted Manuscript version of the following article: Kathryn Kellett, J. Hugh Broome, Mire Zloh, Stewart B. Kirton, Suzanne Fergus, Ute Gerhard, Jacqueline Stair, and Kar J. Wallace, ‘Small molecule recognition of mephedrone using an anthracene molecular clip’, Chemical Communications, Vol. 52(47): 7474-7477, 2016. The version of record is available online at DOI: Published by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

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