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Pseudoephedrine #3:  Outsmarting Methamphetamine Producers

Challenge Reward: $100,000 USD Challenge Type: RTP

The Seeker desires a method for formulating pseudoephedrine products in such a way that it will be extremely difficult for clandestine chemists to extract or use the pseudoephedrine in the production of the illegal drug methamphetamine.  The Seeker may be interested in pursuing further collaboration with Solvers whose solutions they find promising.  The Seeker may also allow Solvers additional time after the submission deadline to finalize experiments required for the full reduction-to-practice award. 

This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires a written proposal and experimental proof-of-concept data (and/or sample delivery).  The use of one or more surrogate compounds (e.g. substituted benzylic alcohols, structural mimics, etc.) to demonstrate proof-of-concept is required.  Solvers should NOT conduct reduction-to-practice experiments with illegal or federally controlled substances. 

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DEADLINE: Nov 20 2014 Project Rooms 149 Aug 20 2014

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