Jump to main content
Jump to site search

Issue 8, 2008
Previous Article Next Article

Ionic liquids as amphiphile self-assembly media

Author affiliations

Abstract

In recent years, the number of non-aqueous solvents which mediate hydrocarbon–solvent interactions and promote the self-assembly of amphiphiles has been markedly increased by the reporting of over 30 ionic liquids which possess this previously unusual solvent characteristic. This new situation allows a different exploration of the molecular “solvophobic effect” and tests the current understanding of amphiphile self-assembly. Interestingly, both protic and aprotic ionic liquids support amphiphile self-assembly, indicating that it is not required for the solvents to be able to form a hydrogen bonded network. Here, the use of ionic liquids as amphiphile self-assembly media is reviewed, including micelle and liquid crystalline mesophase formation, their use as a solvent phase in microemulsions and emulsions, and the emerging field of nanostructured inorganic materials synthesis. Surfactants, lipids and block co-polymers are the focus amphiphile classes in this critical review (174 references).

Graphical abstract: Ionic liquids as amphiphile self-assembly media

Back to tab navigation
Please wait while Download options loads

Supplementary files

Publication details

The article was received on 11 Apr 2008 and first published on 25 Jun 2008


Article type: Critical Review
DOI: 10.1039/B801395K
Citation: Chem. Soc. Rev., 2008,37, 1709-1726
  •   Request permissions

    Ionic liquids as amphiphile self-assembly media

    T. L. Greaves and C. J. Drummond, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2008, 37, 1709
    DOI: 10.1039/B801395K

Search articles by author