Ambient temperature ionic liquids possess a remarkable range of desirable intrinsic characteristics, namely, negligible vapour pressure, wide liquidus range, thermal stability, high ionic conductivity and a wide electrochemical window. Their exploitation as catalysts, selective material-extraction media, liquid crystals, electrochemical process media, and solvents is in its infancy, especially as clean technology candidates . The archetypal systems for homogeneous catalytic exploration are 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride — aluminium(III) chloride, [emim]Cl-AlCl3 and 1-butylpyridinium chloride — aluminium(III) chloride, [Bupy]Cl-AlCl3 . However, other water and/or air-stable ionic liquids  have been reported as catalytically active .
|Title of host publication||Combinatorial Catalysis and High Throughput Catalyst Design and Testing|
|Editors||Eric Derouane, Francisco Lemos, Avelino Corma, Fernando Rebeiro|
|Place of Publication||Dordrecht|
|Publication status||Published - 2000|
|Name|| NATO Science Series|