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Predicting physical properties of ionic liquids

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A simple method to predict the densities of a range of ionic liquids from their surface tensions, and vice versa, using a surface-tension-weighted molar volume, the parachor, is reported. The parachors of ionic liquids containing 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium cations were determined experimentally, but were also calculated directly from their structural compositions using existing parachor contribution data for neutral compounds. The calculated and experimentally determined parachors were remarkably similar, and the latter data were subsequently employed to predict the densities and surface tensions of the investigated ionic liquids. Using a similar approach, the molar refractions of ionic liquids were determined experimentally, as well as calculated using existing molar refraction contribution data for uncharged compounds. The calculated molar refraction data were employed to predict the refractive indices of the ionic liquids from their surface tensions. The errors involved in the refractive index predictions were much higher than the analogous predictions employing the parachor, but nevertheless demonstrated the potential for developing parachor and molar refraction contribution data for ions as tools to predict ionic liquid physical properties.

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The article was received on 21 Sep 2005, accepted on 18 Nov 2005 and first published on 01 Dec 2005

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B513453F
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2006,8, 642-649
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    Predicting physical properties of ionic liquids

    M. Deetlefs, K. R. Seddon and M. Shara, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2006, 8, 642
    DOI: 10.1039/B513453F

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