Influence of base on nitro-aldol (Henry) reaction products for alternative clandestine pathways

Andrighetto, Luke M., Henderson, Luke C., Pearson, James R., Stevenson, Paul G. and Conlan, Xavier A. 2016, Influence of base on nitro-aldol (Henry) reaction products for alternative clandestine pathways, Australian journal of forensic sciences, vol. 48, no. 6, pp. 684-693, doi: 10.1080/00450618.2015.1112429.

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Title Influence of base on nitro-aldol (Henry) reaction products for alternative clandestine pathways
Author(s) Andrighetto, Luke M.
Henderson, Luke C.ORCID iD for Henderson, Luke C. orcid.org/0000-0002-4244-2056
Pearson, James R.
Stevenson, Paul G.ORCID iD for Stevenson, Paul G. orcid.org/0000-0001-6780-6859
Conlan, Xavier A.ORCID iD for Conlan, Xavier A. orcid.org/0000-0003-0829-0551
Journal name Australian journal of forensic sciences
Volume number 48
Issue number 6
Start page 684
End page 693
Total pages 11
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 0045-0618
1834-562X
Keyword(s) base
methamphetamine
nitro-aldol
P2P
pseudoephedrine
Summary Australian clandestine drug laboratories are constantly utilising alternative methods to produce methamphetamine, in part as restrictions are placed by Government on, for example, chemicals such as phenyl-2-propanone (P2P) (in the early 1980s), or on pseudoephedrine-containing pharmaceuticals, from the mid-2000s. This paper discusses the nitro-aldol reaction occurring between nitroethane and benzaldehyde, which can be utilised in a number of differing routes, in the presence of different bases. The resulting products, namely phenyl-2-nitropropene (P2P pathway) and 2-nitro-1-phenyl-1-propanol (ephedrine pathway) are directly dependant on which base is used; as such, the base may be used to provide an indication of a possible manufacture pathway of methamphetamine at a clandestine laboratory.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/00450618.2015.1112429
Field of Research 030199 Analytical Chemistry not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences
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