Jump to main content
Jump to site search

Issue 9, 2014
Previous Article Next Article

The alternation effect in ionic liquid homologous series

Author affiliations


A recent report on a density odd–even alternation effect in a homologous series of ionic liquids (alkyltrioctylphosphonium chlorides, with the linear alkyl group ranging from ethyl to decyl) led to the detection of a similar trend in another ionic liquid family based on a different cation (1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium). Ab initio calculations and Molecular Dynamics simulations of the corresponding ions confirmed that the charge distribution along the alkyl side chains and the conformations adopted by them are not the direct cause of the odd–even effect. The simulations also showed that all cation side chains tend to adopt transoid conformations that pack head-to-head in the liquid phase. Such types of conformations/packing lead to odd–even alternation effects on properties involving solid phases of different molecular compounds containing linear alkyl chains. The surprising results obtained for the ionic liquid series enabled us to unveil similar trends in the liquid phases of linear alkanes and alkanols via the application of a simple corresponding states principle.

Graphical abstract: The alternation effect in ionic liquid homologous series

Back to tab navigation

Publication details

The article was received on 30 Oct 2013, accepted on 27 Dec 2013 and first published on 07 Jan 2014

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C3CP54584A
Author version available: Download Author version (PDF)
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2014,16, 4033-4038
  •   Request permissions

    The alternation effect in ionic liquid homologous series

    G. Adamová, J. N. Canongia Lopes, L. P. N. Rebelo, L. M. N. B. Santos, K. R. Seddon and K. Shimizu, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2014, 16, 4033
    DOI: 10.1039/C3CP54584A

Search articles by author