383550 Imparting Ionic Liquid Character to Commodity Chemicals

Tuesday, November 18, 2014: 5:15 PM
International 1 (Marriott Marquis Atlanta)
Jason E. Bara, John W. Whitley, David A. Wallace, John D. Roveda and Matthew S. Shannon, Chemical & Biological Engineering, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

We have observed that certain bulky salts that are commonly used to synthesize ionic liquids are also highly soluble in a number of polar organic solvents.  Thus, ionic liquid character can be easily imparted to commodity chemicals in a straightforward manner.  Such mixtures provide a tunable alternative reaction media/solvent, and we have observed that this approach can have significant influence on the properties and yield of the desired product.  Furthemore, a mixing approach can streamline/simplify the production of ionic liquids themselves and eliminate separation/purification steps.  In this presentation, we will detail thermophysical properties of these polar organic + salt mixtures and discuss the improvements they provide with respect to chemical reactions and separations.

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