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Ionic Liquids
Provides information about ionic liquids and their unique properties.
# 50262 | 4,075 words | 20 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Apr 01, 2004 in Chemistry (Biochemistry) , Environmental Studies (General) , Chemistry (General)

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This work provides information on the properties of ionic liquids and explores how these unique properties can be used to conduct experiments that would not be possible without ionic liquids. The paper also examines the future potential of ionic liquids.

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"One of the principal driving forces for research in this area is the need to find replacements typical solvents because they are environmentally damaging. This is because they are used in large amounts and they are volatile. Ionic liquids are different from conventional liquids. They are not composed of molecules, polar like water or acetone, or even non-polar like benzene. These liquids are composed of ions. This class of compounds came into being since the 1980s. Since these are liquids, they have the potential to behave as solvents. Which means that potentially there are a million possible solvents that can be created. By combining different anions and cations, it is possible to create a huge library of different ionic liquids each with specific properties. There are at best, 300 organic solvents that are in use in chemical and pharmaceutical industry, today."

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