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At the interface: solvation and designing ionic liquids

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Abstract

Ionic liquids’ (ILs) remarkable and tunable physicochemical properties mean they have distinct performance advantages over conventional solvents in many settings. However, the use of ILs in surface-dependent processes (e.g. electrodeposition, heterogeneous catalysis, dye solar cells) is hindered by the lack of a systematic understanding of IL interfacial structure. In this Perspective, we highlight recent experiments which show interfacial IL nanostructure is a consequence of both surface-specific and bulk liquid interactions. These results enable us to develop molecular design rules for controlling interfacial IL behavior.

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Submitted
30 Sep 2009
Accepted
07 Jan 2010
First published
21 Jan 2010

Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2010,12, 1709-1723
Article type
Perspective

At the interface: solvation and designing ionic liquids

R. Hayes, G. G. Warr and R. Atkin, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2010, 12, 1709
DOI: 10.1039/B920393A

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