Synthesis, Characterisation and Detection of Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate Salts.

Ferris, T.J. and Went, Michael J. (2012) Synthesis, Characterisation and Detection of Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate Salts. Forensic Science International, 216 . pp. 158-162. ISSN 0379-0738. (Full text available)

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Abstract

Sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium salts of gamma-hydroxybutyrate have been synthesised from gamma-butyrolactone and the corresponding group 1 or 2 hydroxide. Although the group 2 salts are non-hygroscopic, FT-IR spectroscopy and elemental analysis revealed them to be hydrated. X-ray powder diffraction was found to be a quick, non-destructive method of discriminating between the four salts. The Smith and the chlorophenol red/modified Schweppes reagent presumptive colour tests gave positive results regardless of the salt tested. Microcrystalline tests for NaGHB were in accordance with previous literature reports, but results for the other three salts were not reliable.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: GHB; Crystal tests; Presumptive colour tests; X-ray powder diffraction
Subjects: Q Science
Q Science > QD Chemistry
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Physical Sciences > Functional Materials Group
Depositing User: Michael J Went
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2012 09:02
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2014 13:44
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/29249 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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