Towards solvent-controlled reactivity in ionic liquids

Hon Man Yau, Sinead T. Keaveney, Bradley J. Butler, Eden E. L. Tanner, Max S. Guerry, Stephen R. D. George, Michelle H. Dunn, Anna K. Croft, Jason B. Harper

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Ionic liquids are frequently touted as alternatives to traditional molecular solvents but are limited in their applicability as the outcome of reactions may be altered on moving from a molecular to an ionic solvent. This manuscript summarizes our progress towards a predictive framework through understanding how ionic solvents affect organic processes, with an emphasis on how these findings might be applied. Particularly, we will consider the importance of the mole fraction of the ionic liquid used, including some hitherto undisclosed results, as well as the importance of understanding the key interactions of the solvent with the components along the reaction coordinate.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1979-1990
Number of pages12
JournalPure and Applied Chemistry
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventIUPAC Conference on Physical Organic Chemistry (21st : 2012) - Durham, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 Sep 021213 Sep 2012
Conference number: 21st


  • ionic liquids
  • reaction control
  • reaction mechanisms
  • solvation
  • solvent effects


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