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Ionic liquids as crystallisation media for inorganic materials

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Ionic liquids (ILs) have made a great impact on materials science and are being explored for potential applications in several disciplines. In this article, we briefly highlight the current state-of-the-art techniques employing ILs as new crystallisation media, working as neutral solvent, template or charge compensating species. The use of an IL as environmental friendly solvent offers many advantages over traditional crystallisation methods. The change from molecular to ionic reaction media leads to new types of materials being accessible. Room temperature ILs have been found to be excellent solvent systems for the crystallisation of a wide range of substances and morphologies ranging from nanoscopic crystals to micro- and even to macroscopic crystals. Moreover, high temperature routes, such as crystallisation from melts or gas phase deposition, have been replaced by convenient room or low temperature syntheses, employing ILs as reaction media.

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The article was received on 06 Feb 2012, accepted on 18 Apr 2012 and first published on 20 Apr 2012

Article type: Highlight
DOI: 10.1039/C2CE25166C
CrystEngComm, 2012,14, 4874-4885

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    Ionic liquids as crystallisation media for inorganic materials

    E. Ahmed, J. Breternitz, M. F. Groh and M. Ruck, CrystEngComm, 2012, 14, 4874
    DOI: 10.1039/C2CE25166C

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