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Ionic liquids in confined geometries

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Over recent years the Surface Force Apparatus (SFA) has been used to carry out model experiments revealing structural and dynamic properties of ionic liquids confined to thin films. Understanding characteristics such as confinement induced ion layering and lubrication is of primary importance to many applications of ionic liquids, from energy devices to nanoparticle dispersion. This Perspective surveys and compares SFA results from several laboratories as well as simulations and other model experiments. A coherent picture is beginning to emerge of ionic liquids as nano-structured in pores and thin films, and possessing complex dynamic properties. The article covers structure, dynamics, and colloidal forces in confined ionic liquids; ionic liquids are revealed as a class of liquids with unique and useful confinement properties and pertinent future directions of research are highlighted.

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The article was received on 30 Nov 2011, accepted on 12 Jan 2012 and first published on 03 Feb 2012

Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C2CP23814D
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2012,14, 5052-5062

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    Ionic liquids in confined geometries

    S. Perkin, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2012, 14, 5052
    DOI: 10.1039/C2CP23814D

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