3,4-MDPV is one of the early generations of cathinones and has been studied extensively. It is a recreational substance that has stimulant properties but has also shown undesirable and often harmful physiological and behavioral side-affects. It is currently a DEA Schedule I controlled substance. Because of its structural similarity to 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphamine (MDMA), a phenyethylamine and a stimulant, 3,4-MDPV can also be considered a phenethylamine. It is generally found in powder form and ingested either orally or through the nasal passages.
Shown here are the microcrystals that 3,4-MDPV forms with both formulations of gold chloride, gold bromide, and platinic bromide. IR spectra for the aqueous gold chloride and the gold bromide microcrystals are also provided.
Overall recommended test:
Aqueous gold chloride reagent followed by infrared microspectroscopy of the resulting crystal.