Structure and solvation in ionic liquids

Christopher Hardacre, John Holbrey, Mark Nieuwenhuyzen, Tristan Youngs

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This Account describes experimental data used to understand the structure of ionic liquids and solute-solvent interactions of both molecular solutes and dissolved metal complexes. In general, the structures of the ionic liquids determined from experimental data show good agreement with both simulated structures and solid-state structures. For all ionic liquids studied, strong charge ordering is found leading to long-range order even in the presence of a solute. For dissolved metal complexes, the ionic liquid is not innocent and a clear dependence on the speciation is observed with variations in both the cation and anion.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1146-1155
Number of pages10
JournalAccounts of Chemical Research
Volume40 (11)
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007

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  • Chemistry(all)

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