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Imidazolium salts and their polymeric materials for biological applications

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Abstract

Imidazolium salts, distinct from their parent imidazoles, are made up of a discrete cation and anion pair, and have found widespread utility as ionic liquids. A lesser known function of such imidazolium salts includes the application of these salts in biological systems, and several areas of bio-applications, including antitumour, antimicrobial, antioxidant and bioengineering applications, will be presented and discussed in this review. The wide-ranging applications and versatility of these imidazolium salts stem from the ease of their structural variation, in which properties such as amphiphilicity, lipophilicity and solubility can be tuned.

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The article was received on 27 May 2013 and first published on 27 Aug 2013


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C3CS60169B
Citation: Chem. Soc. Rev., 2013,42, 9055-9070
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    Imidazolium salts and their polymeric materials for biological applications

    S. N. Riduan and Y. Zhang, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2013, 42, 9055
    DOI: 10.1039/C3CS60169B

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