Determining relative rates of cellulose dissolution in ionic liquids through in situ viscosity measurement

Hugo Cruz, Markus Fanselow, John D. Holbrey, Kenneth R. Seddon

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Using in situ viscosity measurement, the rate of cellulose dissolution in a number of ionic liquids has been determined allowing their performance as solvents to be quantitatively assessed. 1-Butyl-3-methylimidazolium ethanoate was shown to dissolve cellulose faster than analogous ionic liquids with chloride or dimethylphosphate anions. Analysis of the data highlights the influence of both anion basicity and relative concentration on the rate of dissolution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5620-5622
Number of pages3
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number45
Publication statusPublished - 07 Jun 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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