Application of EXAFS to molten salts and ionic liquid technology

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    This paper describes the use of extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (EXAFS) to examine the structure of molten salts and ionic liquids and species dissolved in them. The EXAFS theory is briefly described as are the methods by which EXAFS of these systems can be studied. A range of applications have used EXAFS to investigate the structure of metallic species in ionic liquids from extraction studies to catalysts. The area of structural investigations of ionic liquids is still being developed, although growing rapidly, whereas the structure of molten salts has been studied using EXAFS in more detail.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)29-49
    Number of pages21
    JournalAnnual Review of Materials Research
    Publication statusPublished - 2005


    • Absorption
    • RTIL
    • Speciation
    • Structure
    • X ray
    • XAFS


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