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Crystals (PPPY1)
Sold as: Isopropylphenidate
ID: 4000
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Sample contains an unidentified chemical.
Sold as: Isopropylphenidate
Lab comments:
Our lab was not able to reliably differentiate Isopropylphenidate from propylphenidate or methylphenidate. We are about 60% certain this sample contains Isopropylphenidate.
Lab Note: Methylphenidate was initially identifed, but not with certainty.

The sender's note is says they expected isopropylphenidate. We do not have a spectra or standard, nor do we know where to get one. The spectra for the sample is provided because it's possible that this is isopropylphenidate and the spectrum is very close to methylphenidate.
An Erowid Expert looked at the result and said that we should not identify this as methylphenidate because we can't be sure.

The mass spectrum shows a typical feature in those compounds where the phenyl ring is unsubstituted. The spectrum for this sample could be consistent with isopropylphenidate.

I would have liked to see a slightly stronger ion at m/z 178 to make me confident that this was not isopropylphenidate, though.

There is also the isomer called propylphenidate which has a very similar mass spectrum and the differences are relatively small.

Without a comparison with standards it would be tricky to say whether it is the isopropyl or the propylphenidate.

The molecular ion in the phenidate compound series tends to be very low in abundance and/or absent which can be tricky too. These ester-type compounds have one issue that can occur during GC-MS analysis (which can also happen with some synthetic cannabinoids such as 5F-PB-22 and related esters) and this is what is called transesterification.

For example, if you dissolve, say, methylphenidate in ethanol then GC-induced heat (but also GC liner contaminations and active sites) can convert this into ethylphenidate etc. In other words, alcoholic solvents can sometimes change the nature of the compound if GC is used.

However, the Mass Spectrum for your sample does not indicate anything like that.
Unidentifed Substances
This sample contains an unidentified chemical. We do not have a matching substance in our lab's internal database and have not yet been able to identify the chemical(s).

We need the help of outside expert analytical chemists and drug geeks to determine what substance matches the mass spectrum (MS) fingerprint. The lab's GC/MS graphs can be viewed by clicking on the thumbnails on this page.

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