Ionic Liquids

Ionic liquids are salts which are fluid at ambient temperatures. They have several advantages over conventional molecular solvents, which make them environmentally compatible:
• Dissolves many different inorganic and organic materials
• Highly polar
• Consist of loosely co-ordinating bulky ions
• Very low vapour pressure
• Liquid window of up to 300 ºC enabling wide kinetic control
• Most liquids thermally stable >200 ºC
• Immiscible with many organic solvents
• Non-aqueous polar alternatives for phase transfer processes
• Relatively inexpensive
• Easy to handle and store
We have identified a large number of opportunities that take advantage of the features listed above:
• Metal Plating
• Electropolishing
• Metal Reprocessing
• Phase transfer media

Publications

For a full background on metal processing using ionic liquids look at the new book
F. Endres, A. P. Abbott and D. MacFarlane, Electrodeposition from Ionic Liquids, Wiley VCH, Weinheim, 2008
(ISBN: 978-3-527-31565-9)

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