Solubilization of an ionic liquid, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate, in a surfactant-water system

S.E. Friberg, Q. Yin, F. Pavel, R.A. Mackay, John Holbrey, Kenneth Seddon, P.A. Aikens

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Abstract

The amphiphilic association structures were determined in the system; water, Laureth 4 (approximately C-12(EO)(4)), and the ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate ([bmim][PF6]), using visual observation and small angle x-ray diffraction. The system showed a lamellar liquid crystal solubilizing the ionic liquid ([bmim][PF6]) to a maximum of 15%, an isotropic surfactant solution dissolving the ionic liquid to a maximum of 39%, an isotropic ionic liquid solution with less than 0.5% of water and surfactant and finally, an aqueous solution with only traces of surfactant and ionic liquid. The small angle x-ray diffraction results showed the ionic liquid to be solubilized into the lamellar liquid crystal without changing the dimensions of the amphiphile layer or the interlayer spacing dependence on the water content.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-197
Number of pages13
JournalJOURNAL OF DISPERSION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Volume21
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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