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  • Chem Sci Trans., 2016, 5(2),  pp 488-492  

    DOI:10.7598/cst2016.1208

    Research Article

    Unusual Detection of Monosodium Glutamate as an Adulterant in Mephedrone Sample: Confirmation by Raman Spectroscopy and Composition by Simple Solubility Differences

  • DEEPAK Y. KUDEKAR, ANANADA S. KUDALE*, RAMANPREET K. OBEROI, RAVINDRA R. KULKARNI and NITIN L. CHUTKE
  • Directorate of Forensic Science Laboratories, Vidyanagari, Kalina, Santacruz (E), Mumbai-400098, India
  • Abstract

    Mephedronehydrochloride (4-methylmethcathinone. HCl / 2-(methylamino)-1-(p-tolyl) propan-1-one hydrochloride) adulterated with monosodium glutamate (Ajinomoto) were detected and confirmed by very simple and accurate Raman spectroscopy. Further adulteration ratio was determined by solubility differences of mephedrone and ajinomoto in methanol. The recovery of each component were obtained efficiently, thus this study provides simple and effective method of recognition and judgment of composition of mephedrone and ajinomoto

    Keywords

    Mephedrone, Ajinomoto, Raman spectroscopy, Monosodium glutamate, Solubility

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