Imparting Ionic Liquid Character to Commodity Chemicals

Source: AIChE
  • Type:
    Conference Presentation
  • Conference Type:
    AIChE Annual Meeting
  • Presentation Date:
    November 18, 2014
  • Duration:
    15 minutes
  • Skill Level:
    Intermediate
  • PDHs:
    0.50

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We have observed that certain bulky salts that are commonly used to synthesize ionic liquids are also highly soluble in a number of polar organic solvents.  Thus, ionic liquid character can be easily imparted to commodity chemicals in a straightforward manner.  Such mixtures provide a tunable alternative reaction media/solvent, and we have observed that this approach can have significant influence on the properties and yield of the desired product.  Furthemore, a mixing approach can streamline/simplify the production of ionic liquids themselves and eliminate separation/purification steps.  In this presentation, we will detail thermophysical properties of these polar organic + salt mixtures and discuss the improvements they provide with respect to chemical reactions and separations.
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