Gerald, I am well-aware of the dangers in working with organic synthesis, Max Gergel's autobiography (Excuse Me Sir, Would You Like to Buy a Kilo of Isopropyl Bromide) has some vivid examples of reactions going awry and unexpected problems occurring. My interest in the aforementioned synthesis is theoretical, but I would like to see if it could be implemented in reality. I work in sub-gram quantities, under a fume hood, respirator and filters as per OSHA regulations (just that cost as much as the school's whole budget on chemicals last year ), so my safety shouldn't be your concern Whether I'll pursue the task any further is still vague