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A cyclic voltammetric technique for the detection of micro-regions of bmimPF6/Tween 20/H2O microemulsions and their performance characterization by UV-Vis spectroscopy

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Abstract

As green solvents, ionic liquids (ILs) can be substitutes for traditional organic solvents, and form useful microemulsions with water. Microemulsions consisting of the IL, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate (bmimPF6), the non-ionic surfactant Tween 20 and water were formed at 30.0 °C, and the phase behavior of the ternary system was investigated. Three regions of the microemulsions: water-in-bmimPF6 (W/IL), bicontinuous, and bmimPF6-in-water (IL/W) were identified by cyclic voltammetry using potassium ferrocyanide K4Fe(CN)6 as an electroactive probe. The polarity of the microemulsion environment was investigated by UV-Visible spectroscopy using methyl orange as a probe. Use of the ionic compound K3Fe(CN)6 in UV-Visible measurements revealed that the bmimPF6/Tween 20/H2O microemulsions could solubilize salt species into the microemulsion droplets. Moreover, the solubilization of riboflavin in the microemulsions was also shown by UV-Visible spectra. These results show that these IL-based microemulsions have potential in the production of metal nanomaterials, in biological extractions or as solvents for enzymatic reactions.

Graphical abstract: A cyclic voltammetric technique for the detection of micro-regions of bmimPF6/Tween 20/H2O microemulsions and their performance characterization by UV-Vis spectroscopy

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The article was received on 02 Aug 2005, accepted on 28 Oct 2005 and first published on 16 Nov 2005


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B510902G
Citation: Green Chem., 2006,8, 43-49
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    A cyclic voltammetric technique for the detection of micro-regions of bmimPF6/Tween 20/H2O microemulsions and their performance characterization by UV-Vis spectroscopy

    Y. Gao, N. Li, L. Zheng, X. Zhao, S. Zhang, B. Han, W. Hou and G. Li, Green Chem., 2006, 8, 43
    DOI: 10.1039/B510902G

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