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Tailored ionic liquid-based surfactants for the formation of microemulsions with water and a hydrophobic ionic liquid

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Abstract

Microemulsions (μe) with water and a hydrophobic ionic liquid (IL) usually require 45–60 wt% surfactant to solubilize equal amounts of water and IL. To increase the efficiency we designed a new class of surfactants by combining a hydrophilic but IL-ophobic carbohydrate-based part with a hydrophobic but IL-ophilic IL-based part. These surfactants allow formulating microemulsions with 20 wt% surfactant only which opens up a new arena for efficient water–IL μes.

Graphical abstract: Tailored ionic liquid-based surfactants for the formation of microemulsions with water and a hydrophobic ionic liquid

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Submitted
19 Apr 2016
Accepted
05 Jul 2016
First published
13 Jul 2016

This article is Open Access

Soft Matter, 2016,12, 6352-6356
Article type
Communication

Tailored ionic liquid-based surfactants for the formation of microemulsions with water and a hydrophobic ionic liquid

J. H. Porada, D. Zauser, B. Feucht and C. Stubenrauch, Soft Matter, 2016, 12, 6352
DOI: 10.1039/C6SM00930A

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