Industrial Applications of Ionic Liquids

Adam Greer, Johan Jacquemin, Christopher Hardacre

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Since their conception, ionic liquids (ILs) have been investigated for an extensive range of applications including in solvent chemistry, catalysis, and electrochemistry. This is due to their designation as designer solvents, whereby the physiochemical properties of an IL can be tuned for specific applications. This has led to significant research activity both by academia and industry from the 1990s, accelerating research in many fields and leading to the filing of numerous patents. However, while ILs have received great interest in the patent literature, only a limited number of processes are known to have been commercialised. This review aims to provide a perspective on the successful commercialisation of IL-based processes, to date, and the advantages and disadvantages associated with the use of ILs in industry.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5207
Issue number21
Early online date9 Nov 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Nov 2020


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