4-CEC Crystal Chemical
4-CEC Crystal Chemical entity belonging to the substituted cathinone family of stimulants. Unlike many of its contemporary substituted cathinones there exists some scientific data on this chemical. In the 1960s 4-CEC was being investigated by a team of chemists at the University of London as a potential drug candidate. Thus best used as an anorectic. Indeed 4- CEC has a close structural relationship to diethylpropion (Amfepramone). Hence sometimes prescribed in the short term management of obesity.
4-CEC has the formal and systematic IUPAC name 1-(4-chlorophenyl)-2-(ethylamino)-1-propanone, monohydrochloride. The compound has a relative molar mass of 211.7 grams and is a solid at RTP. 4-CEC melts at 77.9 oC.
It belongs to the family of compounds known as substituted cathinones. The distinguishing features of this chemical family are a phenethylamine backbone along with a ketone at the beta carbon and an alkyl substituent at the alpha carbon. So, 4 CEC has these features. A methyl group is substituted at the alpha position and the nitrogen forms a secondary amine group with an ethyl substituent.
Moreover, a chlorine atom is substituted to the benzene ring at the para position. Addition of the heavy and electronegative chlorine atom at the para position should have a number of effects on the compound.