Volume 33, Issue 1 (January 1988)
Fourier Transform-Infrared (FT-IR) Characterization of the Ethyl Acetate Complex of O6-Acetylmorphine
The solid-state infrared spectral features of the (1:1) O6-acetylmorphine-ethyl acetate complex are compared to those of its host, O6-acetylmorphine base, and to its very similar analog, O3,O6-diacetylmorphine (heroin). The formation of a stable complex appears to be unique to O6-acetylmorphine for neither morphine nor its closely related derivatives, codeine, thebaine, heroin, or O3-acetylmorphine form isolable adducts during ethyl acetate extraction. Factors affecting formation of this complex during workup and extraction of forensic science exhibits are discussed.