Water and hexane in an ionic liquid: computational evidence of association under high pressure†
High pressures may strongly affect the mesoscopic structure of some ionic liquids. In particular, the so called sponge-like structure is gradually destroyed when an increasing pressure is applied. Here we show how a polar solute, an apolar solute or a mixture thereof behave in the ionic liquid trihexyl, tetradecylphosphonium bis (trifluoromethyl-sulfonyl) imide when the pressure is raised up to 10 kbar. Our calculations clearly show an association between molecules that would not interact in ordinary conditions.