Factors Affecting Bubble Size in Ionic Liquids

Rebecca Taylor, Stuart A Brittle, P Desai, Johan Jacquemin, Christopher Hardacre, W. Zimmermann

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    This study reports on understanding the formation of bubbles in ionic liquids (ILs); with a view to utilising ILs more efficiently in gas capture processes. In particular, the impact of the IL structure on the bubble sizes obtained has been determined in order to obtain design principles for the ionic liquids utilised. 11 ILs were used in this study with a range of physico-chemical properties in order to determine parametrically the impact on bubble size due to the liquid properties and chemical moieties present. The results suggest the bubble size observed is dictated by the strength of interaction between the cation and anion of the IL and therefore the mass transport within the system. This bubble size - ILs structure - physical property relationship has been illustrated using a series of QSPR correlations. A predictive model based only on the sigma profiles of the anions and cations has been developed which shows the best correlation without the need to incorporate the physico-chemical properties of the liquids. Depending on the IL selected mean bubble sizes observed were between 56.1 and 766.9 μm demonstrating that microbubbles can be produced in the IL allowing the potential for enhanced mass transport and absorption kinetics in these systems.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)14306-14318
    JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics: high quality research in physical chemistry, chemical physics and biophysical chemistry
    Early online date16 May 2017
    Publication statusPublished - 2017


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