A greener, halide-free approach to ionic liquid synthesis

Jamie L. Ferguson, John D. Holbrey, Shieling Ng, Natalia V. Plechkova, Kenneth R. Seddon, Alina A. Tomaszowska, David F. Wassell

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Conventionally, ionic liquids with anions generated from simple organic acids are prepared following a metathetic procedure from a halide salt, usually a chloride. Here, we describe an efficient means of generating hydroxide solutions of the cations of interest, allowing many ionic liquids to be produced by simple acid-base reactions, completely avoiding the use of halides.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)723-744
Number of pages22
JournalPure and Applied Chemistry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Chemistry(all)


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