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Ionic liquids designed for advanced applications in bioelectrochemistry

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Abstract

Recent applications of ionic liquids (ILs) as sustainable media in biochemistry and bioelectrochemistry are reviewed. The use of ILs as solvents for biopolymers such as proteins is particularly important in bioelectrochemistry. Maintenance of the higher-ordered structure of proteins after dissolution in IL is essential for the applications envisaged. The affinity between ILs and proteins is discussed in relation to the design of new solvents. IL-modified electrodes are another important topic for bioelectrochemistry. Some bio-related facets of ILs are also reviewed for the understanding of the usefulness of ILs for this field. The use of ILs in bioscience has led to the development of new types of biodevices, and has also been mentioned.

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The article was received on 08 Nov 2011, accepted on 09 Jan 2012 and first published on 06 Feb 2012


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C2RA01045C
Citation: RSC Adv., 2012,2, 4018-4030

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    Ionic liquids designed for advanced applications in bioelectrochemistry

    K. Fujita, K. Murata, M. Masuda, N. Nakamura and H. Ohno, RSC Adv., 2012, 2, 4018
    DOI: 10.1039/C2RA01045C

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