Ionic Liquid-Liquid Chromatography: A New General Purpose Separation Methodology

Leslie Brown, Martyn J Earle, Manuela Gilea, Natalia V Plechkova, Kenneth R Seddon

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Ionic liquids can form biphasic solvent systems with many organic solvents and water, and these solvent systems can be used in liquid-liquid separations and countercurrent chromatography. The wide range of ionic liquids that can by synthesised, with specifically tailored properties, represents a new philosophy for the separation of organic, inorganic and bio-based materials. A customised countercurrent chromatograph has been designed and constructed specifically to allow the more viscous character of ionic liquid-based solvent systems to be used in a wide variety of separations (including transition metal salts, arenes, alkenes, alkanes, bio-oils and sugars).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-74
JournalTopics in current chemistry (Cham)
Issue number5
Early online date10 Aug 2017
Publication statusEarly online date - 10 Aug 2017


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