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Ionicity and proton transfer in protic ionic liquids

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Proton transfer in protic ionic liquids is poorly understood. Some acid/base proton transfer reactions do not proceed to the extent that is expected from ΔpKaaq data from aqueous solutions, yet some do. In this work we have investigated protic ionic liquids obtained by proton transfer from a common acid, acetic acid, to a range of amine bases of similar pKaaq values. Probe indicator observations, transport property data allowing the construction of Walden plots and computational studies all suggest that there is a clear distinction between the behaviour of simple primary vs. tertiary amines, the proton transfer being more complete in the former case than the latter. The origins of this seem to be related to the hydrogen bonding ability of the ammonium ions in providing a good solvating environment for the ions produced by the proton transfer.

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The article was received on 16 Apr 2010, accepted on 08 Jun 2010 and first published on 05 Jul 2010

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C0CP00239A
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2010,12, 10341-10347

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    Ionicity and proton transfer in protic ionic liquids

    J. Stoimenovski, E. I. Izgorodina and D. R. MacFarlane, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2010, 12, 10341
    DOI: 10.1039/C0CP00239A

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