Ionic liquids are not always green: hydrolysis of 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate

Richard Swatloski, John Holbrey, Robin Rogers

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Abstract

1-Butyl-3-methylimidazolium fluoride hydrate has been identified crystallographically as a decomposition product created during purification of the hydrophobic ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate. This highlights the need to treat ionic liquids much as one would any other research chemical with potentially hazardous properties, unknown toxicity and/or stability, particularly when searching for 'green solvents'.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-363
Number of pages3
JournalGreen Chemistry
Volume5
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2003

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