just Breaking Bad… – Part 4

As I already mentioned, I have more interesting thing to do than peeping at my female work friends. I got interested in the chemical workshop. I decided to check my scientific skills and make some extra magic. I treated it a bit like a bonus for spending all days in this place. I am a great fan of Breaking Bad TV series. With keenness and enthusiasm I watched how a normal school teacher transforms into a brilliant manufacturer of the highest-quality methamphetamine. Now I had a huge chemical laboratory at my own disposal, fully equipped with a variety of substances and mixtures. It would be a sin to waste such a treasure. I decided to follow in Waltera White’s steps. I differed from him in terms of several matters. I wasn’t as good in chemistry as he was, and I didn’t have as valid reasons as he had to earn three million dollars in three months. I wanted to produce methamphetamine drug only to get a bang out of it. So, in-between examining computers, looking for lost carriers and licenses, I was poking and prying in the laboratory to master my masterpiece.

Above all, I had to decide which synthesis method should I choose. (N-Methyl)-2-Amine-1-Phenylpropane can be produced only using several methods, and the substrate availability was crucial for me. Thorough inspection of a set of chemical reagents convinced me to choose the reaction of benzyl-methylkethone with methyl-aniline chloride with subsequent product reduction by means of a tin chloride (II). Strangely enough, BMK was on stock in the laboratory. Strangely enough, because it is included on the list of limited trade substances as a substrate for amphetamine production. A lot of secrets were hidden in this laboratory. The problem was bigger with methyl-amine. I did not find the very substance or any of its salts. Doesn’t matter! I already had chloromethane in my metal tube, and I had sodium amide almost dissolved in benzene. Now I could transfer the gas through a suspension placed in a washer and methyl-amine hydrochloride will be pushed out from the solution automatically.

Fascinated, I look as another gas bubble flows through the suspension and transforms into my priceless substance. I cleaned the chemical intermediate by means of ethanol crystallization and appreciated it organoleptically. Not really impressive, but fifty millimeters fragmented half-half with water tickled my taste buds nicely.

Now it was enough to put BMK and hydrochloride in a one-liter flask, set a proper temperature on a heating panel, turn on the stirrer, stream some water to a reflux condenser… and wait. Some more addition of tin chloride, a second spared for reduction… and it is!

Well, I didn’t got any bluish crystals – film fiction is governed by its own laws. White powder needed to be purified in the crystallization process, but if there is a will, there is a way! I knew that product’s purity level depends not on the synthesis method, but rather on the amount of work devoted for purification of the received product. So I repeated the crystallization procedure three times. The final effect wasn’t overwhelming, but I had something decisively unavailable for an adventurer in no-go districts.

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Marek Falkowski – Specialist in the field of new technologies and IT security. Author of numerous opinion-forming articles about politics, business and technology. In his daily life he implements IT solutions for the public administration. Expert in the field of data protection with particular focus on personal data and classified information.