Phenylacetone is an organic compound with the chemical formula C6H5CH2COCH3. It is a yellowish oil with a pleasant odor that is soluble in organic solvents. This substance is used in the manufacture of Methamphetamine  and Amphetamine , where it is commonly known as P2P.
IUPAC name: 1-Phenylpropan-2-one
Other names: P2P, BMK, Benzyl Methyl Ketone or Phenylacetone Benzyl methyl ketone; Phenyl-2-propanone
Aside from the often reduction of (pseudo)ephedrine to Methamphetamine, the most popular precursor to Amphetamine and Methamphetamine is phenyl-2-propanone. There is an astounding array of synthetic routes to this compound, both due to the relative simple structure of the compound, and also because of its popularity. Many of the earliest routes to the compound has been more or less abandoned due to restrictions on the pre-precursors used to make it, but there has always sprung up new methods of performing the feat of making this compound. Here is a list of the most popular methods of synthesizing phenyl-2-propanone.
Synthesis of P2P from P2NP with NaBH4 and K2CO3/H2O2
Phenyl-2-Propanones from Acetone Mn(III)-Catalyzed Aromatic Acetonylation
1-Phenyl-2-propanone (P2P) from Diethyl(phenylacetyl)malonate
Synthesis of P2P from Benzaldehyde with MEK
Synthesis of P2P by oxidation of alpha-methylstyrene with Oxone (Potassium Peroxomonosulfate)
Phenylacetone (P2P) syntheses via Grignard reagents
Phenylacetone from BMK methyl glycidate 
Many of the syntheses can also be tweaked to produce substituted phenyl-2-propanones, such as the ever popular MDMA precursor MDP2P (3,4-methylenedioxyphenyl-2-propanone) by using starting materials with the desirable aromatic substituents.
Due to the illicit uses in clandestine chemistry, it was declared a schedule II controlled substance in the United States in 1980. Due to its suitability as a starting material in Methamphetamine synthesis, phenylacetone belongs to Category I of the monitored chemicals in the EU according to the Basic Substances Monitoring Act. This means that manufacture, trade, import and export without a permission are punishable.
Phenylacetone is used in the synthesis of pesticides, diphacinone (a rat poison) and pharmaceutical compounds. These include diphacinone, an anticoagulant used as a rodenticide. Phenylacetone is present in stain removers and cleaning agents in Turkey and the US.
Store in a closed, cooled airtight bottles, in dry place (-20°C as a wet ice) away from air and light. Keep container closed when not in use. Stability ≥ 1 year;
Avoid release into the environment. Runoff from fire control or dilution water may cause pollution. Can be destroyed with excess bleach (to destroy leftover chloroform), then poured down the drain.
Toxicity and rules for handling the substance
Phenylacetone has low toxicity, though it may be irritant. Wash thoroughly after handling. Remove contaminated clothing and wash before reuse. Avoid contact with eyes, skin, and clothing. Avoid ingestion and inhalation. Intraperitoneal LD50 (mouse): 540 mg/kg;
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