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2-Methyl-3-phenylpiperidine is an organic compound with the molecular formula C12H17N. It belongs to the class of chemical compounds known as piperidines, which are cyclic amines that contain a six-membered ring with one nitrogen atom. Specifically, 2-Methyl-3-phenylpiperidine is a substituted piperidine, meaning it has additional chemical groups attached to the piperidine ring. In this case, it has a methyl group at the 2-position and a phenyl group at the 3-position.

Chemical Properties[edit | edit source]

2-Methyl-3-phenylpiperidine is a colorless liquid at room temperature. It is soluble in organic solvents such as ethanol and dichloromethane, but not in water. The compound has a pungent odor, similar to that of other amines.

Synthesis[edit | edit source]

The synthesis of 2-Methyl-3-phenylpiperidine typically involves the reaction of phenylmagnesium bromide with 2-methylpiperidine. The Grignard reaction, a powerful tool for forming carbon-carbon bonds, is used in this process. The phenylmagnesium bromide acts as a nucleophile, attacking the 3-position of the piperidine ring.

Applications[edit | edit source]

While 2-Methyl-3-phenylpiperidine itself does not have many direct applications, it serves as a useful building block in the synthesis of various pharmaceuticals and other biologically active compounds. For example, it can be used to synthesize opioid analgesics, such as fentanyl and its analogs.

Safety[edit | edit source]

As with many organic compounds, 2-Methyl-3-phenylpiperidine should be handled with care. It can cause skin and eye irritation, and may be harmful if swallowed or inhaled. Appropriate safety measures, such as wearing personal protective equipment and working in a well-ventilated area, should be taken when handling this compound.

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