Anionic Surfactant Ionic Liquids with 1-Butyl-3-methyl-imidazolium Cations: Characterization and Application

Paul Brown, Craig P. Butts, Julian Eastoe, David Fermin, Isabelle Grillo, Huai-Chin Lee, David Parker, Daniela Plana, Robert M. Richardson

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For the first time a series of anionic surfactant ionic liquids (SAILs) has been synthesized based on organic surfactant anions and 1-butyl-3-methyl-imidazolium cations. These compounds are more environmentally friendly and chemically tunable as compared to other common ionic liquids. A detailed investigation of physicochemical properties highlights potential applications from battery design to reaction control, and studies into aqueous aggregation behavior, as well as structuring in pure ILs, point to possible uses in electrochemistry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2502-2509
Number of pages8
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 7 Feb 2012

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