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Development of a Field-Ready Colorimetric Test for the Identification of Synthetic Cathinones

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dc.contributor.author Trimble, Jack
dc.date.accessioned 2021-05-07T01:14:38Z
dc.date.available 2021-05-07T01:14:38Z
dc.date.issued 2021-05
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11416/561
dc.description Honors Thesis Spring 2021 en_US
dc.description.abstract In recent years, the number of synthetic cathinone derivatives has increased dramatically. The effects of the extended use of these compounds is not well understood, leaving health professionals and law enforcement at a severe disadvantage when it comes to addressing global cathinone abuse. There is currently no viable field-ready presumptive test for the identification of all synthetic cathinone derivatives due to their rapid modification and proliferation in clandestine labs. Here, a novel colorimetric test for the detection of synthetic cathinones using transition metal salts is discussed. The test targets the ketone functionality present on all synthetic cathinone derivatives. No visible color change was observed when the target drug molecule was added to the aqueous metal solutions. Further research into the possible use of catalysts or other metal compounds would be beneficial. Namely, catalysts capable of facilitating metal alkoxide formation. en_US
dc.publisher Florida Southern College en_US
dc.subject Synthetic chemicals industry en_US
dc.subject Cathinone en_US
dc.subject Ketones en_US
dc.subject Alkoxides en_US
dc.title Development of a Field-Ready Colorimetric Test for the Identification of Synthetic Cathinones en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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