Coordination chemistry in ionic liquids: a review

Daryl Hinchcliffe, Anthony Dodd, Anne Schmidt, Peter Nockemann*

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Ionic liquids (ILs) can be considered a relatively new group of chemical solvents. Per their definition; they are ionic compounds with a melting point below 100 °C (373.15 K). Due to their unique chemical properties they may possess solutions for several problems, also potentially relevant within industry. Today, there are a plethora of unique applications for ionic liquids already employed: the dissolution of cellulose and lignin or removing mercury from flue gases. One of these unique properties is the wide electrochemical window of several ILs, and many groups have investigated e.g. lithium dissolved in ionic liquids as promising alternative to traditional lithium ion batteries. Lithium is not the only element to be investigated in this novel solvent: alkali, alkaline earth metals, transition metal, rare earth metals, and even metal oxides have been investigated in ionic liquids.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComprehensive coordination chemistry III: from biology to nanotechnology
EditorsEdwin C. Constable, Lawrence Que Jr, Gerard Parkin
ISBN (Electronic)9780081026892
ISBN (Print)9780081026885
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jul 2021


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