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  1. Investigation of Binary Mixtures Containing 1-Ethyl-3-methylimidazolium Bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)azanide and Ethylene Carbonate

    Hofmann, A.; Migeot, M.; Hanemann, T.

    2016-01-01

    Temperature dependent viscosity, conductivity, and density data of binary mixtures containing ethylene carbonate (EC) and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)azanide (EMIM-TFSA) were determined at atmospheric pressure in a wide temperature range of (20 to 120) °C. Additionally, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) measurements were performed from (−120 to +100) °C to characterize phase behavior of the mixtures. On the basis of the experimental data it is demonstrated t...

  2. Electrodeposition of nanocrystalline silver films and nanowires from the ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium trifluoromethylsulfonate

    We report in this paper on the electrodeposition of nanocrystalline silver films and nanowires in the air and water stable ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium trifluoromethylsulfonate [EMIm]TfO containing Ag(TfO) as a source of silver. The study was performed by means of cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry, and the electrodeposits were characterized by SEM-EDX and XRD. The cyclic voltammetry behaviour showed typical reduction and oxidation peaks corresponding to the deposition and stripping of silver in the employed electrolyte. XRD patterns of the electrodeposited silver layers revealed the characteristic peaks of crystalline silver with crystallites in the nanosize regime. Silver nanowires with average diameters and lengths of about 200 nm and 3 μm, respectively, were prepared by potentiostatic deposition within a commercial nuclear track-etched polycarbonate template.

  3. Enrichment, isolation and characterization of fungi tolerant to 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate

    Singer, S.W.; Reddy, A. P.; Gladden, J. M.; Guo, H.; Hazen, T.C.; Simmons, B. A.; VanderGheynst, J. S.

    2010-12-15

    This work aims to characterize microbial tolerance to 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate ([C2mim][OAc]), ionic liquid that has emerged as a novel biomass pretreatment for lignocellulosic biomass. Enrichment experiments performed using inocula treated with [C2mim][OAc] under solid and liquid cultivation yielded fungal populationsdominated by Aspergilli. Ionic liquid-tolerant Aspergillus isolates from these enrichments were capable of growing in a radial plate growth assay in the presence of 10% [C2mim][OAc]. When a [C2mim][OAc]-tolerant Aspergillus fumigatus strain was grown in the presence of switchgrass, endoglucanases and xylanases were secreted that retained residual enzymatic activity in the presence of 20% [C2mim][OAc]. The results of the study suggest tolerance to ionic liquids is a general property of Aspergilli. Tolerance to an industrially important ionic liquid was discovered in a fungal genera that is widely used in biotechnology, including biomass deconstruction.

  4. Physical insight into switchgrass dissolution in the ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate

    Wang, Hui [University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa; Gurau, Gabriela [University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa; Pingali, Sai Venkatesh [ORNL; O' Neil, Hugh [ORNL; Evans, Barbara R [ORNL; Urban, Volker S [ORNL; Heller, William T [ORNL; Rogers, Robin D [University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

    2014-01-01

    Small-angle neutron scattering was used to characterize solutions of switchgrass and the constituent biopolymers cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin, as well as a physical mixture of them mimicking the composition of switchgrass, dissolved in the ionic liquid (IL) 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate. The results demonstrate that the IL dissolves the cellulose fibrils of switchgrass, although a supramolecular biopolymer network remains that is not present in solutions of the individual biopolymers and that does not self-assemble in a solution containing the physical mixture of the individual biopolymers. The persistence of a network-like structure indicates that dissolving switchgrass in the IL does not disrupt all of the physical entanglements and covalent linkages between the biopolymers created during plant growth. Reconstitution of the IL-dissolved switchgrass yields carbohydrate-rich material containing cellulose with a low degree of crystallinity, as determined by powder X-ray diffraction, which impacts potential down-stream uses of the biopolymers produced by the process. The data suggests that the use of chemical additives which would break bonds that exist between the lignin and hemicellulose might improve the purity of the resulting product, but may not be able to disrupt the highly physically-entangled biopolymer network sufficiently to facilitate their separation.

  5. Experimental study of the density and viscosity of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethyl sulfate

    Highlights: ► Density of the ionic liquid [EMIM][EtSO4]. ► Viscosity of the ionic liquid [EMIM][EtSO4]. ► Thermodynamic properties of ionic liquid [EMIM][EtSO4]. ► Equation of state of ionic liquid [EMIM][EtSO4]. - Abstract: Density and viscosity of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethyl sulfate [EMIM][EtSO4] have been measured over the temperature range from (283.15 to 413.15) K and at pressures up to 140 MPa and in the temperature range from (283.15 to 373.15) K at 0.1 MPa, respectively. The expanded uncertainty of the density, pressure, temperature, and viscosity measurements at the 95% confidence level with a coverage factor of k = 2 is estimated to be (0.01 to 0.08)%, 0.1%, 15 mK, and 0.35%, respectively. The measurements were carried out with an Anton–Paar DMA HPM vibration-tube densimeter and a fully automated SVM 3000 Anton–Paar rotational Stabinger viscometer. The vibration-tube densimeter was calibrated using various reference fluids, double-distilled water, methanol, toluene, and aqueous NaCl solutions. An empiric equation of state for [EMIM][EtSO4] has been developed using the measured (p, ρ, T) data. This equation was used to calculate the various thermodynamic properties of the IL and for compare with measured properties (speed of sound and enthalpy). Theoretically based Arrhenius–Andrade and Vogel–Tamman–Fulcher type equations were use to describe of the temperature dependence of measured viscosities for [EMIM][EtSO4]. All measured properties were detailed compared with the reported data by other author.

  6. Interactions of volatile organic compounds with the ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetracyanoborate

    Highlights: ► Limiting activity coefficients and gas–liquid partition coefficients for 30 VOCs were determined by GLC and IGS methods. ► The measurements resolved the disparity in data reported recently by other laboratories. ► Thermodynamic quantities of dissolution were derived and analyzed. ► [EMIM][TCB] was identified as a rather weakly cohesive IL with separation selectivity comparable to that of sulfolane. ► Behavior of [EMIM] cation was found counterion-dependent. - Abstract: Interactions of volatile organic compounds with the ionic liquid (IL) 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetracyanoborate [EMIM][B(CN)4] were explored through systematic GLC retention measurements. Infinite dilution activity coefficients γ1∞ and gas–liquid partition coefficients KL of 30 selected solutes in [EMIM][B(CN)4] were determined at five temperatures in the range from (318.15 to 353.15) K and respective dissolution enthalpies H¯1E,∞ and entropies S¯1E,∞ were derived. Reliability of our results was substantiated by additional measurements we carried out using the inert gas stripping technique, IL samples from two different batches, and careful purity checks. Since two similar experimental studies on [EMIM][B(CN)4] have emerged during the progression of this work, a unique possibility has arisen for direct inter-laboratory comparison of results. While the present values and those of Yan et al. [P.F. Yan, M. Yang, X.M. Liu, C. Wang, Z.C. Tan, U. Welz-Biermann, J. Chem. Thermodyn. 42 (2010) 817–822] show disparities as large as 30% in γ1∞ and 6 kJ · mol−1 in H¯1E,∞, the present values and those of Domanska et al. [U. Domanska, M. Krolikowska, W.E. Acree, G.A. Baker, J. Chem. Thermodyn. 43 (2011) 1050–1057] exhibit almost perfect agreement. The Linear Free Energy Relationship (LFER) analysis of the results was performed to disclose molecular interactions operating between the IL and the individual solutes. [EMIM][B(CN)4] was identified as a rather weakly

  7. Studies on electrical double layer capacitor with a low-viscosity ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetracyanoborate as electrolyte

    G P Pandey; S A Hashmi

    2013-08-01

    The performance of an electrical double layer capacitor (EDLC) composed of high surface area activated carbon electrodes and a new ionic liquid, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetracyanoborate, [EMIm]TCB, as the electrolyte has been investigated by impedance spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry and galvanostatic charge–discharge studies. The high ionic conductivity (∼1.3 × 10-2 S cm-1 at 20 °C) and low viscosity (∼22 cP) of the ionic liquid, [EMIm]TCB, make it attractive as electrolyte for its use in EDLCs. The optimum capacitance value of 195.5 F g-1 of activated carbon has been achieved with stable cyclic performance.

  8. Solvent extraction of aromatic sulfur compounds from n-heptane using the 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tricyanomethanide ionic liquid

    Highlights: • LLE data for (EMIMTCM + thiophene/benzothiophene + n-heptane) were determined. • High S and β for the extraction of thiophene/benzothiophene from n-heptane was found. • Results of S and β were compared with available literature. • The NRTL model satisfactorily correlates the LLE data. -- Abstract: The ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tricyanomethanide ([EMIM][TCM]) has been tested as a solvent for the separation of sulfur compounds from aliphatic hydrocarbon. Liquid–liquid phase equilibrium data have been determined for ternary systems containing the ionic liquid, thiophene or benzothiophene and n-heptane. The influence of temperature on the separation of thiophene from n-heptane was determined. High solubility of sulfur compounds and practical immiscibility of aliphatic hydrocarbon in ionic liquid have been found. The values of selectivity and solute distribution ratios have been calculated for all systems and compared with literature data for other 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium-based ionic liquids. High values of selectivity were obtained. The experimental data were correlated using the NRTL equation, and the binary interaction parameters have been reported. The phase equilibria diagrams for the ternary mixtures including the experimental and calculated tie-lines have been presented

  9. Topological investigations of binary mixtures containing ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate and pyridine or isomeric picolines

    Highlights: ► ρ, u, and HE of {[emim][BF4] + Py or α- or β- or γ-picoline} mixtures have been measured. ► The observed ρ and u data have been employed to determine VE and κSE. ► Graph theory has been utilized to predict VE, HE, and κSE data of the studied mixtures. - Abstract: The densities, ρ, speeds of sound, u of {1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (i) + pyridine or α- or β- or γ-picoline (j)} at T/K = (293.15, 298.15, 303.15, and 308.15) and excess molar enthalpies, HE of the same set of mixtures at T/K = (298.15) have been measured over entire mole fraction range using DSA-5000 and 2-drop microcalorimeter. Excess molar volumes, VE and excess isentropic compressibilities, κSE values have been predicted by utilizing the measured densities and speeds of sound data. It has been observed that VE, HE, and κSE values for the studied mixtures are negative over entire composition. The connectivity parameter of third degree of a molecule, 3ξ (which in turn depends upon its topology) have been applied to predict (i) state of components of ionic liquid mixtures in their pure and mixed state; (ii) nature and extent of interactions existing in mixtures; and (iii) VE, HE, and κSE values. The analysis of VE data in terms of Graph theory (which deals with topology of a molecule) suggest that while 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate is characterised by electrostatic forces of attraction and exist as monomer; α- or β- or γ-picoline exist as associated molecular entities. Further, (i + j) mixtures are characterized by interactions between nitrogen and florine atoms of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate with nitrogen and carbon atoms of pyridine or isomeric picolines to form 1:1 molecular complex. The IR studies also support to this view point. The VE, HE, and κSE values predicted by Graph theory compare well with experimental values.

  10. Dynamic Percolation and Swollen Behavior of Nanodroplets in 1-Ethyl-3-methylimidazolium Trifluoromethanesulfonate/Triton X-100/Cyclohexane Microemulsions.

    Rahman, Adhip; Rahman, M Muhibur; Mollah, M Yousuf A; Susan, Md Abu Bin Hasan

    2016-07-21

    Microemulsions comprising an ionic liquid (IL), 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium trifluoromethanesulfonate ([emim][OTf]), as the polar component, Triton X-100 as a surfactant, and cyclohexane as the nonpolar medium were prepared and characterized. Conductivity and dynamic viscosity data were critically analyzed to confirm dynamic percolation among the droplets that are in continuous motion, aggregation, and fission. The transition from oil-continuous phase to bicontinuous phase was observed at the conductance and viscosity percolation thresholds and sharp changes in the values of conductivity and dynamic viscosity could be identified. Dynamic light scattering measurements revealed swelling of the droplets, which varied within the hydrodynamic diameter range of 10-100 nm. Diffusivity of the droplets suggested less Brownian movement with increased amount of the IL. Moreover, changes in the droplet sizes and diffusivity with increase in IL content supported dynamic percolation within the systems. PMID:27355977

  11. Effect of the ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate on the phase transition of starch: dissolution or gelatinization?

    Mateyawa, Sainimili; Xie, David Fengwei; Truss, Rowan W; Halley, Peter J; Nicholson, Timothy M; Shamshina, Julia L; Rogers, Robin D; Boehm, Michael W; McNally, Tony

    2013-04-15

    This work revealed that the interactions between starch, the ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate ([Emim][OAc]), and water might contribute to the phase transition (gelatinization, dissolution, or both) of native starch at reduced temperature. Using mixtures of water and [Emim][OAc] at certain ratios (7.2/1 and 10.8/1 mol/mol), both the gelatinization and dissolution of the starch occur competitively, but also in a synergistic manner. At lower [Emim][OAc] concentration (water/[Emim][OAc] molar ratio≥25.0/1), mainly gelatinization occurs which is slightly impeded by the strong interaction between water and [Emim][OAc]; while at higher [Emim][OAc] concentration (water/[Emim][OAc] molar ratio≤2.8/1), the dissolution of starch is the major form of phase transition, possibly restricted by the difficulty of [Emim][OAc] to interact with starch. PMID:23544570

  12. A new chemiluminescence method for determination of clonazepam and diazepam based on 1-Ethyl-3-Methylimidazolium Ethylsulfate/copper as catalyst

    Chaichi, M. J.; Alijanpour, S. O.

    2014-01-01

    A novel chemiluminescence (CL) reaction, Benzodiazepines-H2O2-1-Ethyl-3-Methylimidazolium Ethylsulfate/copper, for determination of clonazepam and diazepam at nanogram per milliliter level in batch-type system have been described. The method relies on the catalytic effect of 1-Ethyl-3-Methylimidazolium Ethylsulfate/copper on the chemiluminescence reaction of Benzodiazepines, the oxidation of Benzodiazepines with hydrogen peroxide in natural medium. The influences of various experimental parameters such as solution pH, the ratio of 1-Ethyl-3 Methylimidazolium ethylsulfate concentration to copper ion, the type of buffer and the concentration of CL reagents were investigated. Under the optimum condition, the proposed method was satisfactorily applied for the determination of these drugs in tablets and urine without the interference of their potential impurities.

  13. Probing solute-solvent interaction in 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium-based room temperature ionic liquids: A time-resolved fluorescence anisotropy study.

    Das, Sudhir Kumar; Sarkar, Moloy

    2014-03-01

    Rotational diffusion of two organic solutes, coumarin153 (C153) and 4-aminophthalimide (AP) has been investigated in four ionic liquids (ILs), viz. 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium trifluoroacetate (EMIMTFA), 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethylsulfate (EMIMESU), 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (EMIMTFB) and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetracyanoborate (EMIMTCB), as a function of temperature. Between the two probes, AP can act as hydrogen-bond-donor to the solvents having hydrogen bond acceptor ability. The results indicate that the rotational dynamics of C153 is mainly governed by the viscosity of the medium. On the other hand, the rotational motion of AP is found to be significantly hindered in the ILs depending on the nature of anions of the ILs. Rotational coupling constant values for AP in the ILs follow the order TFA > ESU > TCB > TFB. The slower rotational motion of AP in these ILs has been attributed to the specific hydrogen bonding interaction between AP and anions of ILs. PMID:24158315

  14. Influence of the anion on the surface tension of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium-based ionic liquids

    Highlights: ► Novel surface tension data for ionic liquids are presented. ► The effect of the anion on the surface tension is evaluated. ► A correlation between the surface tension and the molar volume is presented. ► The surface thermodynamic properties are presented. ► The hypothetical critical temperatures are shown. - Abstract: The air–liquid interfacial tensions of eight ionic liquids, from (298 to 343) K, are presented in this work. The studied ionic liquids are formed by the fixed 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium cation combined with the anions acetate, dicyanamide, dimethylphosphate, methylphosphonate, methanesulfonate, thiocyanate, tosylate, and trifluoromethanesulfonate. The selected ionic liquids allowed a comprehensive study through the influence of the anion nature on the surface tension and on their surface ordering. A slight dependence of the surface tension with the ionic liquid molar volume was identified. The surface thermodynamic functions are mainly controlled by the anion which constitutes a given ionic liquid. The hypothetical critical temperatures of all ionic liquids were estimated by means of the Eötvos and Guggenheim correlations and are presented.

  15. Solubilities of some organic solutes in 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate. Chromatographic measurements and predictions from COSMO-RS

    Highlights: ► New solubility data are reported. ► Two experimental procedures for measuring solubilities are used. ► The experimental results from both procedures are compared. ► Experiments are compared with the theoretical calculations. - Abstract: Infinite-dilution activity coefficients and Henry’s constants for several organic solutes in 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate [EMIM][Ac] were measured from T = 313 K to T = 413 K using two types of gas–liquid chromatography columns: packed columns and an open tubular wall-coated (OTWC) column. The organic solutes include n-hexane, 1-hexene, cyclohexane, heptane, benzene, toluene, ethyl acetate, tetrahydrofuran, 1,4-dioxane, acetonitrile, nitromethane, 1,2-methoxyethane, 1-propanol, 2-propanol, t-butanol and t-amyl alcohol. Results using packed columns are in good agreement with those using the OTWC column. However, there is a useful advantage associated with an OTWC column: for solutes such as alcohols, that have strong interactions with the stationary phase, measurements are faster due to their shorter retention time compared to those in packed columns.

  16. Physical Properties and CO2 Reaction Pathway of 1-Ethyl-3-Methylimidazolium Ionic Liquids with Aprotic Heterocyclic Anions

    Seo, S; DeSilva, MA; Brennecke, JF

    2014-12-25

    Ionic liquids (ILs) with aprotic heterocyclic anions (AHA) are attractive candidates for CO2 capture technologies. In this study, a series of AHA ILs with 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ([emim](+)) cations were synthesized, and their physical properties (density, viscosity, and ionic conductivity) were measured. In addition, CO2 solubility in each IL was determined at room temperature using a volumetric method at pressures between 0 and 1 bar. The AHAs are basic anions that are capable of reacting stoichiometrically with CO2 to form carbamate species. An interesting CO2 uptake isotherm behavior was observed, and this may be attributed to a parallel, equilibrium proton exchange process between the imidazolium cation and the basic AHA in the presence of CO2, followed by the formation of "transient" carbene species that react rapidly with CO2. The presence of the imidazolium-carboxylate species and carbamate anion species was verified using H-1 and C-13 NMR spectroscopy. While the reaction between CO2 and the proposed transient carbene resulted in cation-CO2 binding that is stronger than the anion-CO2 reaction, the reactions of the imidazolium AHA ILs were fully reversible upon regeneration at 80 degrees C with nitrogen purging. The presence of water decreased the CO2 uptake due to the inhibiting effect of the neutral species (protonated form of AHA) that is formed.

  17. Isobaric (vapor + liquid) equilibria of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethylsulfate plus (propionaldehyde or valeraldehyde): Experimental data and prediction

    Alvarez, Victor H. [School of Chemical Engineering, University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Av. Albert Einstein 500, 13083-852 Campinas, SP (Brazil); Mattedi, Silvana [Chemical Engineering Department, Polytechnic School, Federal University of Bahia (UFBA), R. Aristides Novis 2, 40210-630 Salvador, BA (Brazil); Aznar, Martin, E-mail: maznar@feq.unicamp.b [School of Chemical Engineering, University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Av. Albert Einstein 500, 13083-852 Campinas, SP (Brazil)

    2011-06-15

    Research highlights: We report density, refraction index, and VLE for (propionaldehyde or valeraldehyde) + [emim][EtSO{sub 4}]. The Peng-Robinson + Wong-Sandler + COSMO-SAC model was used to predict density and VLE. The densities were predicted with deviations below than 2.3%. The experimental VLE was predicted with deviations below than 1.6%. - Abstract: This paper reports the density, refraction index, and (vapor + liquid) equilibria (VLE) for binary systems {l_brace}aldehyde + 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethylsulfate ([emim][EtSO{sub 4}]){r_brace}: {l_brace}propionaldehyde + [emim][EtSO{sub 4}]{r_brace} and {l_brace}valeraldehyde + [emim][EtSO{sub 4}]{r_brace}. The uncertainties for the temperature, pressure, and compositions measurements for the phase equilibria are {+-}0.1 K, {+-}0.01 kPa and {+-}0.0004, respectively. A qualitative analysis of the variation of the properties with changes in solvent and temperature was performed. The Peng-Robinson equation of state (PR EoS), coupled with the Wong-Sandler mixing rule (WS), is used to describe the experimental data. To calculate activity coefficients we used three different models: NRTL, UNIQUAC, and COSMO-SAC. Since the predictive liquid activity coefficient model COSMO-SAC is used in the Wong-Sandler mixing rule, the resulting thermodynamic model is a completely predictive one. The prediction results for the density and for the (vapor + liquid) equilibria have a deviation lower than 2.3% and 1.6%, respectively. The (vapor + liquid) equilibria predictions show a good description for the propionaldehyde system and only a qualitative description for the valeraldehyde system.

  18. Different characteristic effects of ageing on starch-based films plasticised by 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate and by glycerol.

    Zhang, Binjia; Xie, Fengwei; Zhang, Tianlong; Chen, Ling; Li, Xiaoxi; Truss, Rowan W; Halley, Peter J; Shamshina, Julia L; McNally, Tony; Rogers, Robin D

    2016-08-01

    The focus of this study was on the effects of plasticisers (the ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate, or [Emim][OAc]; and glycerol) on the changes of starch structure on multiple length scales, and the variation in properties of plasticised starch-based films, during ageing. The films were prepared by a simple melt compression moulding process, followed by storage at different relative humidity (RH) environments. Compared with glycerol, [Emim][OAc] could result in greater homogeneity in [Emim][OAc]-plasticised starch-based films (no gel-like aggregates and less molecular order (crystallites) on the nano-scale). Besides, much weaker starch-starch interactions but stronger starch-[Emim][OAc] interactions at the molecular level led to reduced strength and stiffness but increased flexibility of the films. More importantly, [Emim][OAc] (especially at high content) was revealed to more effectively maintain the plasticised state during ageing than glycerol: the densification (especially in the amorphous regions) was suppressed; and the structural characteristics especially on the nano-scale were stabilised (especially at a high RH), presumably due to the suppressed starch molecular interactions by [Emim][OAc] as confirmed by Raman spectroscopy. Such behaviour contributed to stabilised mechanical properties. Nonetheless, the crystallinity and thermal stability of starch-based films with both plasticisers were much less affected by ageing and moisture uptake during storage (42 days), but mostly depended on the plasticiser type and content. As starch is a typical semi-crystalline bio-polymer containing abundant hydroxyl groups and strong hydrogen bonding, the findings here could also be significant in creating materials from other similar biopolymers with tailored sensitivity and properties to the environment. PMID:27112852

  19. Fabrication of cobalt nanowires from mixture of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ionic liquid and ethylene glycol using porous anodic alumina template

    Porous anodic alumina template is synthesized by electrochemical anodization of aluminum and used to grow cobalt nanowires. The cobalt nanowires produced by direct current electrodeposition are characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and physical property measurement system. Test results indicate that the average diameter of cobalt nanowires is about 45 nm, which is generally the same as the pore diameter of porous anodic alumina template, and the cobalt nanowires electrodeposited from mixture of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ionic liquid and ethylene glycol have a smoother surface and better magnetic properties than cobalt nanowires electrodeposited from aqueous solution, and they show a better squareness. Therefore it can be concluded that the cobalt nanowires electrodeposited from mixture of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ionic liquid and ethylene glycol using porous anodic alumina template can be used as a perpendicular magnetic recording film

  20. Solubility of CO2 and H2S in the ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tris(pentafluoroethyl)trifluorophosphate

    Highlights: • Measurement solubility of single gases CO2 and H2S in [C2mim][eFAP] ionic liquid. • Evaluation of Henry’s constants for solubility of CO2 and H2S in [C2mim][eFAP]. • Correlation of experimental data by the Redlich–Kwong equation of State. • Correlation of experimental data by the extended Henry’s law and Pitzer model. • Comparison of [C2mim][eFAP] with other ILs for gas sweetening and separation. -- Abstract: The solubility of two single gases carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide in the ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tris(pentafluoroethyl)trifluorophosphate ([C2mim][eFAP]) was experimentally determined at temperatures from (303 to 353) K and pressures up to about 2.0 MPa. Results show that hydrogen sulfide is more soluble in that particular ionic liquid than carbon dioxide. At fixed temperature and pressure, the amount of dissolved H2S is more than twice the amount of CO2. The new experimental data were used to determine the Henry’s law constants, which again were used to derive some thermodynamic functions of the gas/solvent systems, such as, for example, the change of the partial molar Gibbs free energy of the gases upon solution in the ionic liquid. Two models were used to correlate the new experimental data: (1) a model comprised of the extended Henry’s law and Pitzer's virial expansion for the excess Gibbs free energy, and (2) a generic Redlich–Kwong (RK) cubic equation of state recently proposed for gas-ionic liquid systems. Both models are equally suited to correlate the experimental results. The (CO2 + H2S) selectivity of [C2mim][eFAP] was calculated from the RK EoS at various temperatures, pressures and CO2/H2S feed ratios and compared with the recently reported results for the selectivity of other ionic liquids

  1. Vapour pressures and osmotic coefficients of binary mixtures of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethylsulfate and 1-ethyl-3-methylpyridinium ethylsulfate with alcohols at T = 323.15 K

    Osmotic coefficients of binary mixtures containing alcohols (ethanol, 1-propanol, and 2-propanol) and the ionic liquids 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethylsulfate and 1-ethyl-3-methylpyridinium ethylsulfate were determined at T = 323.15 K. Vapour pressure and activity coefficients of the studied systems were calculated from experimental data. The extended Pitzer model modified by Archer, and the modified NRTL model (MNRTL) were used to correlate the experimental data, obtaining standard deviations lower than 0.012 and 0.031, respectively. The mean molal activity coefficients and the excess Gibbs free energy of the studied binary mixtures were calculated from the parameters obtained with the extended Pitzer model of Archer.

  2. Investigation of Ternary Mixtures Containing 1-Ethyl-3-methylimidazolium Bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)azanide, Ethylene Carbonate and Lithium Bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)azanide

    Hofmann, Andreas; Migeot, Matthias; Arens, Lukas; Hanemann, Thomas

    2016-01-01

    Temperature-dependent viscosity, conductivity and density data of ternary mixtures containing 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)azanide (EMIM-TFSA), ethylene carbonate (EC), and lithium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)azanide (Li-TFSA) were determined at atmospheric pressure in the temperature range of 20 to 80 °C. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) measurements were performed to characterize phase conditions of the mixtures in a temperature range of −120 to +100 °C. The viscosity data were fitted according to the Vogel-Fulcher-Tammann-Hesse (VFTH) equation and analyzed with the help of the fractional Walden rule. In this study, fundamental physicochemical data about the mixtures are provided and discussed as a basis for structure-property relationship calculations and for potential use of those mixtures as electrolytes for various applications. PMID:27153066

  3. Physical properties and solubility parameters of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium based ionic liquids/DMSO mixtures at 298.15 K

    Saba, H.; Yumei, Z.; Huaping, W.

    2015-12-01

    Densities, refractive indices, conductivities and viscosities of binary mixtures of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium-based ionic liquids (ILs) with dimethyl sulfoxide at 298.15 K are reported. Excess molar volumes have been calculated from experimental data and were fitted with Redlich-Kister equation. The density and refractive index were found to increase with increasing concentration in all cases except [EMIM]COOH. The free mobility of ions has found to enhance conductivity and decrease viscosity to varying extent in all mixtures being studied. It has been observed that solubility parameters, dielectric constants and nature of anions of ILs being used play a vital role in determining the subsequent characteristics. As DMSO has high dielectric constant therefore, it was able to form interactions with most of ILs except with [EMIM]COOH due to anomalous nature of anion.

  4. Simultaneous measurement of speed of sound, thermal diffusivity, and bulk viscosity of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium-based ionic liquids using laser-induced gratings.

    Kozlov, Dimitrii N; Kiefer, Johannes; Seeger, Thomas; Fröba, Andreas P; Leipertz, Alfred

    2014-12-11

    The technique of laser-induced gratings (LIGs) has been applied to the simultaneous determination of speed of sound and thermal diffusivity of four 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ([EMIm])-based room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs)-[EMIm][N(CN)2], [EMIm][MeSO3], [EMIm][C(CN)3], and [EMIm][NTf2]-at ambient pressure (1 bar (0.1 MPa)) and temperature (28 °C (301 K)). Transient laser-induced gratings were created as a result of thermalization of a quasi-resonant excitation of highly lying combinational vibrational states of the RTIL molecules and electrostrictive compression of the liquid by radiation of a pulse-repetitive Q-switched Nd:YAG pump laser (1064 nm). The LIGs temporal evolution was recorded using Bragg diffraction of the radiation from a continuous-wave probe laser (532 nm). By fitting the temporal profiles of the LIG signals, the speed of sound and thermal diffusivity were determined, and the isentropic compressibility and thermal conductivity were calculated. Independently, the special experimental arrangement allowed the measurement of the damping of the laser-excited acoustic waves and the derivation of the RTIL bulk viscosity for the first time. PMID:25415848

  5. Vapor pressures and activity coefficients of binary mixtures of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide with acetonitrile and tetrahydrofuran

    Highlights: ► A new apparatus for the determination of VLE is presented. ► The first vapor pressures for binary mixtures containing aprotic solvents in IL are reported. ► Calculated activity coefficients and osmotic coefficients reveal a strong non-ideal behavior. ► A more detailed study of the highly diluted IL concentration range is necessary to test the Debye–Hückel law. - Abstract: A new apparatus for the determination of VLE has been constructed which works for absolute pressure measurements as well as for measuring differential pressures. The first results obtained are (vapor + liquid) equilibria (VLE) of binary mixtures containing acetonitrile or tetrahydrofuran and the ionic liquid (IL) 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide [EMIm][NTf2] by using the absolute pressures method. VLE measurements were carried out over the whole concentration range at four different temperatures between 293.15 K and 313.15 K. Activity coefficients (γ1) of the solvents in [EMIm][NTf2] and their osmotic coefficients (φ1) have been determined from the VLE data.

  6. Effect of the temperature on the physical properties of the pure ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium methylsulfate and characterization of its binary mixtures with alcohols

    Highlights: • Physical properties of the pure [EMim][MSO4] ionic liquid. • Physical and excess properties of its binary mixtures with alcohols. • The excess properties were fitted using the Redlich–Kister equation. • The effect of temperature on the VE, and KS,mE was analyzed. - Abstract: Experimental density, speed of sound, refractive index and viscosity data of the pure ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium methylsulfate, [EMim][MSO4], were measured as a function of temperature from T = (293.15 to 343.15) K, every 5 K, and atmospheric pressure. Density, speed of sound and refractive index data were satisfactorily correlated with a linear equation, while viscosity data were fitted to the Vogel–Fulcher–Tamman (VFT) equation. Besides, from the experimental density values, the thermal expansion coefficient, α, was calculated. Furthermore, density and speed of sound for the binary systems of {methanol, or ethanol, or 1-propanol, or 2-propanol, or 1-butanol, or 1-pentanol + [EMim][MSO4]} were experimentally determined over the whole composition range, at T = (288.15, 298.15 and 308.15) K and p = 0.1 MPa. These properties were used to calculate the corresponding excess molar volumes and excess molar isentropic compressions, which were satisfactorily fitted to the Redlich–Kister equation. Finally, a comparison with available literature data was also carried out and the obtained results are discussed in terms of interactions and structure factors in these binary mixtures

  7. Phase Behaviour of 1-Ethyl-3-methylimidazolium Thiocyanate Ionic Liquid with Catalytic Deactivated Compounds and Water at Several Temperatures: Experiments and Theoretical Predictions

    Ramalingam Anantharaj

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Density, surface tension and refractive index were determined for the binary mixture of catalytic deactivated compounds with 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium thiocyanate {[EMIM][SCN]} at temperature of (298.15 to 323.15 K. For all the compounds with ILs, the densities varied linearly in the entire mole fraction with increasing temperature. From the obtained data, the excess molar volume and deviation of surface tension and refractive index have been calculated. A strong interaction was found between similar (cation-thiophene or cation-pyrrole compounds. The interaction of IL with dissimilar compounds such as indoline and quinoline and other multiple ring compounds was found to strongly depend on the composition of IL at any temperatures. For the mixtures, the surface tension decreases in the order of: thiophene > quinoline > pyridine > indoline > pyrrole > water. In general from the excess volume studies, the IL-sulphur/nitrogen mixture has stronger interaction as compared to IL-IL, thiophene-thiophene or pyrrole-pyrrole interaction. The deviation of surface tension was found to be inversely proportional to deviation of refractive index. The quantum chemical based COSMO-RS was used to predict the non-ideal liquid phase activity coefficient for all mixtures. It indicated an inverse relation between activity coefficient and excess molar volumes.

  8. Layering and shear properties of an ionic liquid, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethylsulfate, confined to nano-films between mica surfaces.

    Perkin, Susan; Albrecht, Tim; Klein, Jacob

    2010-02-14

    We report high-resolution measurements of the forces between two atomically smooth solid surfaces across a film of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethylsulfate ionic liquid, for film thickness down to a single ion diameter. For films thinner than approximately 2 nm oscillatory structural forces are observed as the surface separation decreases and pairs of ion layers are squeezed out of the film. Strikingly, measurements of the shear stress of the ionic liquid film reveal low friction coefficients which are 1-2 orders of magnitude smaller than for analogous films of non-polar molecular liquids, including standard hydrocarbon lubricants, up to ca. 1 MPa pressure. We attribute this to the geometric and charge characteristics of the ionic liquid: the irregular shapes of the ions lead to a low shear stress, while the strong coulombic interactions between the ions and the charged confining surfaces lead to a robust film which is maintained between the shearing surfaces when pressure is applied across the film. PMID:20119601

  9. Density and surface tension of pure 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium L-lactate ionic liquid and its binary mixtures with water

    Research highlights: → The density and surface tension of [emim][L-lactate]) ionic liquid were determined. →The thermophysical properties of pure [emim][L-lactate] were investigated. → Density and surface tension were measured for [emim][L-lactate] + water binary system. → Excess molar volumes VE and the surface tension deviations δγ have been determined. - Abstract: The density and surface tension of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium L-lactate ([emim][L-lactate]) ionic liquid were determined from T = (283.15 to 333.15) K. The coefficients of thermal expansion were calculated from the experimental density results using an empirical correlation for T = (283.15 to 333.15) K. Molecular volume and standard entropies of the IL were calculated from the experimental density values. The surface properties of IL were investigated. The critical temperature and enthalpy of vaporization were also discussed. Density and surface tension have been measured over the whole composition range for {[emim][L-lactate] + water} binary systems at a temperature of 298.15 K and atmospheric pressure. Excess molar volumes VE and the surface tension deviations δγ have been determined.

  10. Spectroscopic studies of the ionic liquid during the electrodeposition of Al–Ti alloy in 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride melt

    Graphical abstract: Al3Ti alloy in EmimCl forms via an Al–Ti complex which has been established by characterizing the electrolyte using FTIR, UV–vis and NMR techniques. Highlights: ► We show the possibility of electrodepositing Al–Ti alloy using ionic liquid electrolyte. ► The reaction mechanism was evaluated using UV–visible spectroscopy, FTIR and NMR studies. ► From the spectroscopic studies the formation of a Al–Ti complex with ionic liquids was evident. - Abstract: A new approach for the formation of Al–Ti alloy in 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (EmimCl) was investigated. The dissolution of titanium electrodes in presence of EmimCl:AlCl3 was performed at various potentials to understand the effect of voltage on the reaction rate. It was observed that at low potentials, the presence of titanium hinders the reaction and diminishes the formation of aluminum and aluminum–titanium alloy at the cathode. However, at higher potentials there was substantial formation of Al3Ti alloy. To understand the reaction mechanism during the electrolysis, the electrolyte was characterized using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), UV–visible spectroscopy (UV–vis) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) techniques. The material on the cathode was characterized using scanning electron microscope (SEM) and Energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) techniques. From the above analysis it was found that titanium forms a complex with aluminum and also assists in formation of AlCl4− phase in the acidic ionic liquid.

  11. Raman and FTIR spectroscopic studies of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium trifluoromethylsulfonate, its mixtures with water and the solvation of zinc ions.

    Liu, Zhen; El Abedin, Sherif Zein; Endres, Frank

    2015-04-01

    In this paper we report on the interactions of the ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium trifluoromethylsulfonate ([EMIm]TfO) with water and the solvation of zinc ions in neat [EMIm]TfO and [EMIm]TfO-water mixtures investigated by FTIR and Raman spectroscopy. The structures and physicochemical properties of the [EMIm]TfO-water mixtures are strongly dependent on the interaction between cations, anions, and water. The structure was changed from ionic-liquid-like to water-like solutions upon addition of water. In addition, zinc salts can precipitate in 0.2 M Zn(TfO)2/[EMIm]TfO upon addition of 10 % (v/v) water, presumably as a result of polarity change of the solution. The average coordination number of TfO(-) per zinc ion calculated from Raman spectra is 3.8 in neat [EMIm]TfO, indicating that [Zn(TfO)4](2-), and [Zn(TfO)3](-) complexes are present in the solution. However, in the presence of water, water interacts preferentially with the zinc ions, leading to aqueous zinc species. The solvation of zinc ions in 1-butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium trifluoromethylsulfonate ([Py(1,4)]TfO) was also investigated. In [Py(1,4)]TfO, there are, on average, 4.5 TfO(-) anions coordinating each zinc ion, corresponding to the weak interaction between [Py(1,4)](+) cations and TfO(-) anions. The species present in [Py(1,4)]TfO are likely a mixture of [Zn(TfO)4](2-) and [Zn(TfO)5](3-). PMID:25630920

  12. Thermodynamic properties of ternary mixtures of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate with 1-methyl pyrrolidin-2-one or pyrrolidin-2-one + water

    Highlights: • The VijkE and (κSE)ijk data have been measured over entire mole fraction at 4 temperature. • The VijkE and (κSE)ijk data have been fitted to Redlich–Kister equation. • The observed data have been analyzed in terms of Graph theory. • The VijkE and (κSE)ijk values predicted by Graph theory compare well with experimental values. - Abstract: Densities, ρijk and speeds of sound, uijk of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (i) + 1-methyl pyrrolidin-2-one or pyrrolidin-2-one (j) + water (k) ternary mixtures have been measured over the complete mole fraction range at 293.15, 298.15, 303.15, and 308.15 K using density and speed of sound analyzer (Anton Paar DSA 5000). The heat capacity, Cp of water at 293.15, 298.15, 303.15, and 308.15 K have also been measured using differential scanning calorimeter (Model – μDSC 7 Evo). The measured data have been employed to determine excess molar volumes, VijkE and excess isentropic compressibilities, (κSE)ijk. The VijkE and (κSE)ijk data have been fitted to Redlich–Kister equation to calculate ternary adjustable parameters and standard deviations. The observed thermodynamic properties of the ternary mixtures have been analyzed in terms of Graph theory. It has been observed that Graph theory successfully describes well VijkE and (κSE)ijk data of the studied ternary ionic liquid mixtures

  13. Concentration and electrode material dependence of the voltammetric response of iodide on platinum, glassy carbon and boron-doped diamond in the room temperature ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide

    The electro-oxidation of iodide has been investigated as a function of concentration using steady-state microelectrode voltammetry, transient cyclic voltammetry and linear-sweep semi-integral voltammetry on platinum, glassy carbon and boron-doped diamond electrodes in the room temperature ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide. Two oxidation processes are observed on all of the investigated electrode materials, with the first being assigned to the oxidation of iodide to triiodide (confirmed by UV/visible spectroscopy) and the second being attributed to the oxidation of triiodide to iodine. Iodide oxidation is kinetically more facile on platinum compared to glassy carbon or boron-doped diamond. At elevated bulk iodide concentrations, the nucleation and growth of sparingly soluble electrogenerated iodine at the electrode surface was observed and imaged in situ using optical microscopy. The diffusion coefficient of iodide was determined to be 2.59 (±0.04) × 10−7 cm2 s−1 and independent of the bulk concentration of iodide. The steady-state iodide oxidation current measured at a platinum microelectrode was found to be a linear function of iodide concentration, as expected if there are no contributions from non-Stokesian mass-transport processes (electron hopping and/or Grotthuss-type exchange) under the investigated conditions

  14. Characterization of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([Emim][Tf2N])∕TX-100∕cyclohexane ternary microemulsion: investigation of photoinduced electron transfer in this RTIL containing microemulsion.

    Sarkar, Souravi; Pramanik, Rajib; Ghatak, Chiranjib; Rao, Vishal Govind; Sarkar, Nilmoni

    2011-02-21

    In this study we have characterized a ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethyl- sulfonyl)imide containing ternary nonaqueous microemulsion ([Emim][Tf(2)N]∕∕TX-100∕cyclo- hexane). The phase behavior and dynamic light scattering study show that the [Emim][Tf(2)N]∕TX-100∕cyclohexane three component system can form microemulsion with [Emim][Tf(2)N] as polar core at suitable condition. We have investigated photoinduced electron transfer (PET) using dimethyl aniline as electron donor and several Coumarin dyes as electron acceptor molecules at two different R values (R = [ionic liquid]∕[surfactant]) to observe how the dynamics of the PET rate is affected in this type of confined microenvironment compared to that of the PET dynamics in neat ionic liquid and other pure solvent media. The plot of observed k(q) values with the free energy change (ΔG(0)) for electron transfer reaction shows an apparent inversion in the observed rate as predicted by the Marcus theory. PMID:21341859

  15. Characterization of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([Emim][Tf2N])/TX-100/cyclohexane ternary microemulsion: Investigation of photoinduced electron transfer in this RTIL containing microemulsion

    Sarkar, Souravi; Pramanik, Rajib; Ghatak, Chiranjib; Rao, Vishal Govind; Sarkar, Nilmoni

    2011-02-01

    In this study we have characterized a ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethyl- sulfonyl)imide containing ternary nonaqueous microemulsion ([Emim][Tf2N]//TX-100/cyclo- hexane). The phase behavior and dynamic light scattering study show that the [Emim][Tf2N]/TX-100/cyclohexane three component system can form microemulsion with [Emim][Tf2N] as polar core at suitable condition. We have investigated photoinduced electron transfer (PET) using dimethyl aniline as electron donor and several Coumarin dyes as electron acceptor molecules at two different R values (R = [ionic liquid]/[surfactant]) to observe how the dynamics of the PET rate is affected in this type of confined microenvironment compared to that of the PET dynamics in neat ionic liquid and other pure solvent media. The plot of observed kq values with the free energy change (ΔG0) for electron transfer reaction shows an apparent inversion in the observed rate as predicted by the Marcus theory.

  16. Physiochemical Properties of Hydrodenitrification and Hydrodesulphurization Inhibiting Compounds with 1-Ethyl-3-Methylimidazolium Ethylsulphate at T = (298.15 to 323.15 K and =1 Bar

    Ramalingam Anantharaj

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available This work investigates the ability of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethylsulphate ([emim][EtSO4] as a green and tuneable solvent for denitrification and desulphurization of diesel oil. Experimental density, surface tension, and refractive index data have been measured for the following systems: [emim][EtSO4](1 + pyridine(2, [emim][EtSO4](1+ pyrrole(2, [emim][EtSO4](1 + quinoline(2, [emim][EtSO4](1 + indoline(2, [emim][EtSO4](1 + thiophene(2, and [emim][EtSO4](1 + water(2 over the entire mole fraction of [emim][EtSO4] at temperatures of (298.15 to 323.15 K and at atmospheric pressure. Further, from experimental density values, coefficient of thermal expansivity and excess molar volume were also calculated. It was found that the heteroaromatic nitrogen/sulphur compounds and water are completely miscible in the [emim][EtSO4] ionic liquid. The surface tension values were found to increase while the refractive index decrease with increasing mole fraction of [emim][EtSO4]. On the other hand, dissimilar molecule such as water showed mobility of ions on mixing resulting in lower surface tension. The experimental values of surface tension increased in the order: thiophene > pyridine > pyrrole > indoline > quinoline and for refractive index: quinoline > indoline > pyrrole > pyridine > thiophene > water. It was found that the composition of [emim][EtSO4] has a greater influence than temperature in deciding the densities, surface, optical, and thermodynamic properties.

  17. Spectroscopy of UO2Cl42- in basic aluminum chloride: 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride

    In this study we focus on the spectroscopic characterization of UO2Cl42- in 40:60 AlCl3:EMIC using multiple techniques. A combination of absorption, emission, excitation, two-photon excitation, Fourier transform Raman, and time-resolved emission spectra for solution (298 K) and frozen glass (75 K) samples have been measured and analyzed in terms of the electronic and vibrational structures of the UO2Cl42- ion. The spectroscopic properties of UO2Cl42- in single crystals are well known, and the analyses of the spectra of UO2Cl42- in 40:60 AlCl3:EMIC rely heavily on single crystal studies. Results are also compared with absorption spectra from a previous study of UO2Cl42- in 48:52 AlCl3:EMIC (a basic ionic liquid). The results from multiple spectroscopic measurements and their comparison with previous results help provide a picture of the structure and environment of UO2Cl42- in 40:60 AlCl3:EMIC

  18. Electroreduction of Benzoylformic Acid in 1-Ethyl-3-methylimidazolium Bromide Room Temperature Ionic Liquid

    SUN Qian; ZHAO Peng; LU Jia-xing; HE Ming-yuan

    2005-01-01

    @@ Introduction The chemical industry is under considerable pressure to replace many volatile organic compounds that are widely used as solvents in organic synthesis. This trend leads to the exploration for novel reaction media. Room temperature ionic liquids as environmentally benign media for organic synthesis and catalytic reactions have been gradually recognized and accepted[1,2].

  19. Synergistic Effect of Combining Titanosilicate and 1-Ethyl-3-Methylimidazolium Acetate in Mixed Matrix Membranes for Efficient C02 Separation

    Maria Del Mar López Guerrero

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The separation and capture of CO2 from these sources is becoming important for greenhouse emission. The membrane-based separation process use to remove CO2 takes advantages in energy efficient and environmentally friendly aspects and has been recognized as an important technology for CO2 capture and gas separation. The novel mixed matrix membranes (MMMs were fabricated by incorporating microporous titanosilicate ETS-10 and a highly CO2 absorbent ionic liquid , [EMIM][Ac] into a Chitosan (CS matrix to improve CO2 separation performance, and were prepared, characterized and tested for CO2 and N2. The solubility values show that the CO2 solubility increases upon addition of ETS-10 particles. The N2 solubility in the ETS-10/[EMIM][Ac]/CS was reduced, while CO2 solubility remained constant. FT-IR spectra revealed a good interaction between the components in the MMMs. Subtle differences in the intensity and position of all individual bands, were observed in the region between 3600 and 2700 cm-1 and 1700 and 900 cm-1. These indicated bonding of the components in the film, confirming the good interaction existing among the components, and that may account for the higher flexibility of the hybrid membrane materials imparted to both CS and ETS-10/CS MMMs, , due to the singular interaction between CS and [EMIM][Ac]. Keywords: CO2 solubility, CO2 separation, microporous titanosilicate ETS-10, Chitosan, mixed matrix membranes (MMMs.

  20. Vapour Permeations in Fluoropolymer Gel Membrane Based on Ionic Liquid 1-Ethyl-3-Methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)Imide

    Morávková, Lenka; Vejražka, Jiří; Vychodilová, Hana; Sedláková, Zuzana; Izák, Pavel

    Bratislava : AXIMA Graphics Design & Printing Services, 2014, s. 211 ISBN 978-80-89475-13-1. [International Conference of Slovak Society of Chemical Engineering /41./. Tatranské Matliare (SK), 26.05.2014-30.05.2014] R&D Projects: GA TA ČR TE01020080; GA ČR GA14-12695S; GA MŠk(CZ) LD14094 Institutional support: RVO:67985858 Keywords : transport properties * hexane * isooctane Subject RIV: CI - Industrial Chemistry, Chemical Engineering

  1. Liquid Phase Behaviour in the Binary System 1-Ethyl-3-Methylimidazolium Ethylsulfate + Alkane (n-Heptane, Methylcyclohexane, Toluene).

    Bendová, Magdalena; Wagner, Zdeněk

    - : Norhaven Book, 2007 - (Gani, R.; Dam-Johansen, K.), s. 25-26 ISBN 978-87-91435-56-0. [European Congress of Chemical Engineering ECCE-6. Copenhagen (DK), 16.09.2007-20.09.2007] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GP104/06/P066 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40720504 Keywords : liquid-liquid equilibrium * ionic liquids * thermodynamic model Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry

  2. Vapour Permeation and Sorption in Fluoropolymer Gel Membrane Based on Ionic Liquid 1-Ethyl-3-Methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)Imide

    Morávková, Lenka; Vopička, O.; Vejražka, Jiří; Vychodilová, Hana; Sedláková, Zuzana; Friess, K.; Izák, Pavel

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 68, č. 12 (2014), s. 1739-1746. ISSN 0366-6352 R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP106/10/1194; GA TA ČR TE01020080; GA MŠk(CZ) LD14094; GA MŠk(CZ) LD13018 Grant ostatní: GA ČR(CZ) GA13-32829P Institutional support: RVO:67985858 Keywords : ionic liquid membrane * hydrocarbon removal * volatile organic compound removal Subject RIV: CI - Industrial Chemistry, Chemical Engineering Impact factor: 1.468, year: 2014

  3. Microscopic structures of ionic liquids 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate in water probed by the relative chemical shift

    2010-01-01

    The relative chemical shifts (△δ) △δwere put forward to investigate the microscopic structure of 1-ethyl-3-methyl-imidazolium tetrafluoroborate (EmimBF4) during the dilution process with water.The concentration-dependent △δ(C2)H-(C4)H,△δ(C2)H-(C5)H and △δ(C4)H-(C5)H were analyzed.The results reveal that the variations of the microscopic structures of three aromatic protons are inconsistent.The strength of the H-bond between water and three aromatic protons follows the order:(C2)H···O > (C4)H···O > (C5)H···O.The concentration-dependent △δ(C6)H-(C7)H and △δ(C6)H-(C8)H indicate the formation of the H-bonds of (Calkyl)H···O is impossible,and more water is located around (C6)H than around (C7)H or (C8)H.The concentration-dependent △δ(C2)H-(C4)H and △δ(C2)H-(C5)H both increase rapidly when xwater > 0.9 or so,suggesting the ionic pairs of EmimBF4 are dissociated rapidly.The turning points of concentration-dependent △δ(C2)H-(C4)H and △δ(C2)H-(C5)H indicate that some physical properties of the EmimBF4/water mixtures also change at the corresponding concentration point.The microscopic structures of EmimBF4 in water could be clearly detected by the relative chemical shifts.

  4. Multi-scale processes of beech wood disintegration and pretreatment with 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate/water mixtures

    Viell, Jörn; Inouye, Hideyo; Szekely, Noemi K.; Frielinghaus, Henrich; Marks, Caroline; Wang, Yumei; Anders, Nico; Spiess, Antje C.; Makowski, Lee

    2016-01-01

    Background The valorization of biomass for chemicals and fuels requires efficient pretreatment. One effective strategy involves the pretreatment with ionic liquids which enables enzymatic saccharification of wood within a few hours under mild conditions. This pretreatment strategy is, however, limited by water and the ionic liquids are rather expensive. The scarce understanding of the involved effects, however, challenges the design of alternative pretreatment concepts. This work investigates...

  5. Ethanol Sorption and Permeation in Fluoropolymer Gel Membrane Containing 1-Ethyl-3-Methylimidazolium bis(Trifluoromethylsulphonyl)Imide Ionic Liquid

    Vopička, O.; Morávková, Lenka; Vejražka, Jiří; Sedláková, Zuzana; Friess, K.; Izák, Pavel

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 94, SI (2015), s. 72-77. ISSN 0255-2701. [International Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering CHISA 2014 /21./ and Conference PRES 2014 /17./. Prague, 23.08.2014-27.08.2014] R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) LD14094; GA MŠk LH14006 Institutional support: RVO:67985858 Keywords : ethanol diffusivity * ethanol permeation * activation energy of diffusion Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 2.071, year: 2014

  6. Vapour Permeations in Fluoropolymer Gel Membrane Based on Ionic Liquid 1-Ethyl-3-Methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)Imide

    Morávková, Lenka; Vejražka, Jiří; Vychodilová, Hana; Sedláková, Zuzana; Izák, Pavel

    Bratislava: AXIMA Graphics Design & Printing Services, 2014, s. 211 ISBN 978-80-89475-13-1. [International Conference of Slovak Society of Chemical Engineering /41./. Tatranské Matliare (SK), 26.05.2014-30.05.2014] R&D Projects: GA TA ČR TE01020080; GA ČR GA14-12695S; GA MŠk(CZ) LD14094 Institutional support: RVO:67985858 Keywords : transport properties * hexane * isooctane Subject RIV: CI - Industrial Chemistry, Chemical Engineering

  7. Thermodynamic Description of Liquid-Liquid Equilibria in Systems 1-Ethyl-3-methylimidazolium Ethylsulfate + C7-Hydrocarbons by Polymer-Solution Models

    Bendová, Magdalena; Wagner, Zdeněk

    2009-01-01

    Roč. 284, č. 2 (2009), s. 80-85. ISSN 0378-3812 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA104/07/0444; GA ČR GP104/06/P066; GA AV ČR IAA400720710 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40720504 Keywords : liquid-liquid equilibrium * ionic liquids * thermodynamic model Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 1.857, year: 2009

  8. Graphene-based supercapacitors in the parallel-plate electrode configuration: ionic liquids versus organic electrolytes.

    Shim, Youngseon; Kim, Hyung J; Jung, Younjoon

    2012-01-01

    Supercapacitors with two single-sheet graphene electrodes in the parallel plate geometry are studied via molecular dynamics (MD) computer simulations. Pure 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (EMI+BF4-) and a 1.1 M solution of EMI+BF4- in acetonitrile are considered as prototypes of room-temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) and organic electrolytes. Electrolyte structure, charge density and associated electric potential are investigated by varying the charges and separation of the two electrodes. Multiple charge layers formed in the electrolytes in the vicinity of the electrodes are found to screen the electrode surface charge almost completely. As a result, the supercapacitors show nearly an ideal electric double layer behavior, i.e., the electric potential exhibits essentially a plateau behavior in the entire electrolyte region except for sharp changes in screening zones very close to the electrodes. Due to its small size and large charge separation, BF4- is considerably more efficient in shielding electrode charges than EMI+. In the case of the acetonitrile solution, acetonitrile also plays an important role by aligning its dipoles near the electrodes; however, the overall screening mainly arises from ions. Because of the disparity of shielding efficiency between cations and anions, the capacitance of the positively-charged anode is significantly larger than that of the negatively-charged cathode. Therefore, the total cell capacitance in the parallel plate configuration is primarily governed by the cathode. Ion conductivity obtained via the Green-Kubo (GK) method is found to be largely independent of the electrode surface charge. Interestingly, EMI+BF4- shows higher GK ion conductivity than the 1.1 M acetonitrile solution between two parallel plate electrodes. PMID:22455024

  9. Density and viscosity of several pure and water-saturated ionic liquids

    Jacquemin, J.; Husson, P.; Padua, A.A.H.; Majer, V.

    2006-01-01

    Densities and viscosities were measured as a function of temperature for six ionic liquids (1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethylsulfate and butyltrimethylammonium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide. The density and the viscosity were obtained using a vibrating tube densimeter fr...

  10. Direct Arylation of Pyrroles via Indirect Electroreductive C-H Functionalization Using Perylene Bisimide as an Electron-Transfer Mediator.

    Sun, Guoquan; Ren, Shuya; Zhu, Xinhai; Huang, Manna; Wan, Yiqian

    2016-02-01

    The indirect electroreductive coupling of aryl halides and pyrroles was successfully conducted using a catalytic amount of perylene bisimide as a mediator in 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis((trifluoromethyl)sulfonyl)imide ([EMIM]NTf2)/DMSO. PMID:26800089

  11. Elucidation of the effect of ionic liquid pretreatment on rice husk via structural analyses

    Ang Teck; Ngoh Gek; Chua Adeline Seak; Lee Min

    2012-01-01

    Abstract Background In the present study, three ionic liquids, namely 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ([BMIM]Cl), 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate ([EMIM]OAc), and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium diethyl phosphate ([EMIM]DEP), were used to partially dissolve rice husk, after which the cellulose were regenerated by the addition of water. The aim of the investigation is to examine the implications of the ionic liquid pretreatments on rice husk composition and structure. Results From the att...

  12. Search for liquids electrospraying the smallest possible nanodrops in vacuo

    Alonso-Matilla, R.; Fernández-García, J.; Congdon, H.; Fernández de la Mora, J.

    2014-12-01

    Prior work with electrosprays in vacuum of mixtures of ionic liquids (ILs) and the moderately high boiling point (Tb) solvents formamide (FM) and propylene carbonate (PC) (Tb of 210 and 241 °C) has shown that the charged drops produced have reasonably narrow charge/mass distributions, controllable over a wide mass/charge range. This enables their use as propellants in electrical propulsion with specific impulse Isp varying from a few hundred to a few thousand seconds (10 kV beam energy) and with excellent propulsion efficiency. However, some limitations are imposed by the finite room temperature volatility of FM and PC. Here, we seek improved performance from propellants based on the polar but viscous solvent Sulfolane (SF; ɛ = 43.2, μ = 10.3 cP) and the low viscosity but less polar solvent tributyl phosphate (TBP; ɛ = 8.9, μ = 3.4 cP), both with Tb > 280 °C. Neither TBP nor its low viscosity mixtures with SF achieve the electrical conductivities needed to yield high Isp. Most ILs used in SF/IL mixtures tested were based on the 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium (EMI) or 1,3-dimethylimidazolium (DMI) cations, including EMI-BF4, EMI-N(CN)2, and DMI-N(CN)2. These combinations reach high conductivities, some approaching 3 S/m, but have limited propulsive performance because evaporation of ions directly from the electrified meniscus produces undesirable mixed beams of drops and ions. Exceptional characteristics are found in mixtures of SF with ethylammonium nitrate (EAN), where the small EA+ cation is strongly bound to the solvent, greatly delaying ion evaporation from the meniscus. Evidence on the formation of nano-jets with diameters as small as 1 nm is seen. Although unprecedented, this finding agrees with what would be expected if ion evaporation were suppressed. SF/EAN mixtures thus provide the best available sources to produce the smallest possible nanodrops, minimally polluted by ions.

  13. Enzyme activity in dialkyl phosphate ionic liquids

    Thomas, M.F.; Dunn, J.; Li, L.-L.; Handley-Pendleton, J. M.; van der lelie, D.; Wishart, J. F.

    2011-12-01

    The activity of four metagenomic enzymes and an enzyme cloned from the straw mushroom, Volvariellavolvacea were studied in the following ionic liquids, 1,3-dimethylimidazolium dimethyl phosphate, [mmim][dmp], 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium dimethyl phosphate, [emim][dmp], 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium diethyl phosphate, [emim][dep] and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate, [emim][OAc]. Activity was determined by analyzing the hydrolysis of para-nitrobenzene carbohydrate derivatives. In general, the enzymes were most active in the dimethyl phosphate ionic liquids, followed by acetate. Generally speaking, activity decreased sharply for concentrations of [emim][dep] above 10% v/v, while the other ionic liquids showed less impact on activity up to 20% v/v.

  14. Excess molar enthalpies for [emim][BF4] + pyrrolidin-2-one or 1-methyl pyrrolidin-2-one + pyridine or water mixtures

    Highlights: • The HE and HijkE data have been measured over entire composition range at 298.15 K. • The observed data have been fitted to Redlich–Kister equation. • The observed data have been analyzed in terms of Graph and PFP theories. • The values calculated by Graph theory compare well with experimental values. -- Abstract: Excess molar enthalpies, HijkE of ternary 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (i) + Pyrrolidin-2-one (j) + Pyridine or Water (k); 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (i) 1-methyl pyrrolidin-2-one (j) + Pyridine or Water (k) and HE of Pyrrolidin-2-one (i) + Pyridine or Water (j); 1-methyl pyrrolidin-2-one (i) + Pyridine (j); 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (i) + Water (j) mixtures have been measured over entire mole fraction range at 298.15 K. The HijkE value for 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (i) + Pyrrolidin-2-one (j) + Water (k); 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (i) + 1-methyl pyrrolidin-2-one (j) + Pyridine or Water (k) are positive over whole range of composition and for 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (i) + Pyrrolidin-2-one (j) + Pyridine (k) mixture, the sign of HijkE values varies with change in composition of the components. The observed data have been analyzed in terms of (i) Graph; and (ii) Prigogine–Flory–Patterson (PFP) theories. Results indicate that HE and HijkE values obtained by Graph theory are in good agreement with experimental data. The PFP theory correctly predict sign as well as magnitude of HE values for the binary mixtures. However, theory fails to predict the sign of HijkE values for the ternary mixtures

  15. Measurements and Correlation of High-Pressure Densities of Imidazolium-Based Ionic Liquids

    Tomé, Luciana I. N.; Carvalho, Pedro J.; Freire, Mara G.; Marrucho, Isabel M.; Fonseca, Isabel M. A.; Ferreira, Abel G. M.; Coutinho, João A. P.; Gardas, Ramesh L.

    2008-01-01

    In the present work, experimental density measurements are reported along with the derived thermodynamic properties, such as the isothermal compressibility (κT), the isobaric expansivity (αp), and the thermal pressure coefficient (γv) for imidazolium-based ionic liquids (ILs), namely, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium methylsulfate [C2mim][MeSO4], 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethylsulfate [C2mim][EtSO4], 1,3-diethylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide [C2eim][Tf2N], and 1-decyl-3-methylimid...

  16. Genome Sequence of Halomonas sp. Strain KO116, an Ionic Liquid-Tolerant Marine Bacterium Isolated from a Lignin-Enriched Seawater Microcosm

    O’Dell, Kaela B.; Woo, Hannah L.; Utturkar, Sagar; Klingeman, Dawn; Brown, Steven D.; Hazen, Terry C

    2015-01-01

    Halomonas sp. strain KO116 was isolated from Nile Delta Mediterranean Sea surface water enriched with insoluble organosolv lignin. It was further screened for growth on alkali lignin minimal salts medium agar. The strain tolerates the ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate. Its complete genome sequence is presented in this report.

  17. Electropolymerization of O-Phenylenediamine in an Ionic Liquid

    Yan Fang DU; Xi Min QI; Peng ZHAO; Jia Xing LU; Ming Yuan HE

    2004-01-01

    Ionic liquid like 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bromine ([EMIM]Br) has been used as electrolyte for the electropolymerization of O-phenylenediamine at glassy carbon electrode by cyclic voltammetry. It is found that poly (O-phenylenediamine) film modified electrode has favorable electrochemical activity in acid solution.

  18. Structure and ionic conductivity of ionic liquid embedded PEO- LiCF3SO3 polymer electrolyte

    Karmakar, A.; Ghosh, A.

    2014-01-01

    In this paper we have reported electrical and other physical properties of polyethylene oxide (PEO) - LiCF3SO3 polymer electrolytes embedded with 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium trifluoromethanesulfonate ionic liquid. The addition of the ionic liquid to PEO- LiCF3SO3 electrolyte increases the amorphous phase content considerably and decreases the glass transition temperature. The relative amounts of different ionic species present in these electrolytes have been determined. It is observed that th...

  19. Ionic Liquid assisted Synthesis of Zeolite-TON

    Tian, Yuyang; McPherson, Matthew Joseph; Wheatley, Paul Stewart; Morris, Russell Edward

    2014-01-01

    An ionic liquid assisted strategy for the synthesis of zeolitic material is reported. This strategy is a solid state synthetic method and the ionic liquid is employed as structure directing agent. A TON-type zeolite, which contains one-dimensional 10-member-ring, is successfully synthesized with the assistance of the ionic liquid, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide. This finding improves our understanding about the challenge of ionothermally synthesizing siliceous and aluminosilicate zeolites.

  20. Pre-treatment of lignocellulosic biomass using ionic liquids: Wheat straw fractionation

    da Costa Lopes, André M.; João, Karen G.; Rubik, Djonatam F.; Bogel-Łukasik, Ewa; Duarte, Luís C.; Andreaus, Jürgen; Bogel-Łukasik, Rafał

    2013-01-01

    This work is devoted to study pre-treatment methodologies of wheat straw with 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate ([emim][CH3COO]) and subsequent fractionation to cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin. The method developed and described here allows the separation into high purity carbohydrate and lignin fractions and permits an efficient IL recovery. A versatility of the established method was confirmed by the IL reuse. The fractionation of completely dissolved biomass led to cellulose-rich and...

  1. Etude thermodynamique de liquides ioniques non aqueux

    Johan JACQUEMIN

    2006-01-01

    The objective of this thesis is to broaden the knowledge of thermophysical and thermodynamic properties of ionic liquids and their mixtures with other fluids. Seven ionic liquids were chosen - 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluroborate, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide, 1-ethyl-3- methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide, trimethyl-butylammonium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl) imide, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidaz...

  2. Densities and Derived Thermodynamic Properties of Imidazolium-, Pyridinium-, Pyrrolidinium-, and Piperidinium-Based Ionic Liquids

    Gardas, Ramesh L.; Costa, Henrique F.; Freire, Mara G.; Carvalho, Pedro J.; Marrucho, Isabel M.; Fonseca, Isabel M. A.; Ferreira, Abel G. M.; Coutinho, João A. P.

    2008-01-01

    In the present work, experimental density measurements are reported along with the derived thermodynamic properties, such as the isothermal compressibility (κT), the isobaric expansivity (αp), and the thermal pressure coefficient (γv) for imidazolium-, pyridinium-, pyrrolidinium-, and piperidinium-based ionic liquids (ILs), namely, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium trifluoromethanesulfonate [C2mim][CF3SO3], 3-methyl-1-propylpyridinium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide [C3mpy][NTf2], 1-methyl-1-prop...

  3. Ionothermal Synthesis of Lithium Iron Phosphate Composite Nanoparticles as a Cathode Material for Li-ion Batteries

    Miller, Ian Jacob

    2014-01-01

    An affordable yet high performance LiFePO4/C cathode material has been synthesized through an ionothermal approach. The incorporation of the ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium trifluoromethanesulfonate in a bath synthesis with iron chloride and lithium phosphate as precursors has allowed for the precipitation of crystalline LiFePO4 using significantly less temperature and less time than previous methods. Post sintering with starch has yield a crystalline cathode material with a 155 mAh/...

  4. The rechargeable aluminum-ion battery

    Jayaprakash, N.

    2011-01-01

    We report a novel aluminium-ion rechargeable battery comprised of an electrolyte containing AlCl3 in the ionic liquid, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride, and a V2O5 nano-wire cathode against an aluminium metal anode. The battery delivered a discharge capacity of 305 mAh g-1 in the first cycle and 273 mAh g-1 after 20 cycles, with very stable electrochemical behaviour. © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2011.

  5. Ultrasound-assisted green synthesis of nanocrystalline Co3O4 in the ionic liquid

    Cobalt oxide Co3O4 nanoparticles have been synthesized via sonochemical method in an ionic liquid, 1-Ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate [EMIM][BF4] for the first time. The crystal structure of Co3O4 nanoparticles has been characterized by using powder X-ray diffraction (XRD). Morphology has been characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The optical properties were studied by UV-VIS Spectrometer

  6. A Highly Viscous Imidazolium Ionic Liquid inside Carbon Nanotubes

    Ohba, T.; Chaban, Vitaly V.

    2014-01-01

    We report a combined experimental (X-ray diffraction) and theoretical (molecular dynamics, hybrid density functional theory) study of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride, [C2C1MIM][Cl], inside carbon nanotubes (CNTs). We show that despite its huge viscosity [C2C1MIM][Cl] readily penetrates into 1...... adsorption of [C2C1MIM][Cl] on the inner sidewalls of 1-3 nm carbon nanotubes....

  7. Leaching performance of imidazolium based ionic liquids in the presence of hydrogen peroxide for recovery of metals from brass waste

    Kilicarslan, Ayfer; Saridede, Muhlis N.

    2016-01-01

    The application of ionic liquids (ILs), 1-methylimidazolium hydrogen sulfate (HmimHSO4), 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium hydrogen sulfate (HmimHSO4) and 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (BmimCl) as leaching agents was investigated in the leaching of copper and zinc from brass waste in the presence of an oxidant, hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). Factors that affect copper and zinc dissolution rates such as ionic liquid concentration, time and temperature were investigated. The results indicated that ...

  8. Imidazolium ionic liquids as solvents for cerium(IV)-mediated oxidation reactions

    Mehdi, Hasan; Bodor, Andrea; Lantos, Diana; Horváth, István T; De Vos, Dirk; Binnemans, Koen

    2007-01-01

    Use of imidazolium ionic liquids as solvents for organic transformations with tetravalent cerium salts as oxidizing agents was evaluated. Good solubility was found for ammonium hexanitratocerate(IV) (ceric ammonium nitrate, CAN) and cerium(IV) triflate in 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium triflate ionic liquids. Oxidation of benzyl alcohol to benzaldehyde in 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium triflate was studied by in-situ FTIR spectroscopy and 13C NMR spectroscopy on carbon-13-labeled benzyl alcohol. Ca...

  9. Electrospun nanosized cellulose fibers using ionic liquids at room temperature

    Freire, Mara G.; Teles, Ana Rita R.; Ferreira, Rute A. S.; Carlos, Luís D.; José A. Lopes-da-Silva; Coutinho, João A. P.

    2011-01-01

    Aiming at replacing the noxious solvents commonly employed, ionic-liquid-based solvents have been recently explored as novel non-volatile and non-flammable media for the electrospinning of polymers. In this work, nanosized and biodegradable cellulose fibers were obtained by electrospinning at room temperature using a pure ionic liquid or a binary mixture of two selected ionic liquids. The electrospinning of 8 wt% cellulose in 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate medium (a low viscosity and roo...

  10. Development of glucose biosensor based on ZnO nanoparticles film and glucose oxidase-immobilized eggshell membrane

    Bohari Noor Aini; Shafiquzzaman Siddiquee; Kamaruzaman Ampon; Kenneth Francis Rodrigues; Saallah Suryani

    2015-01-01

    A novel electrochemical glucose biosensor was developed by depositing an ionic liquid (IL) (e.g., 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium trifluoromethanesulfonate; [EMIM][Otf]), ZnO nanoparticles (ZnONPs) and eggshell membrane (ESM) on a modified glassy carbon electrode (GCE) for determination of glucose. Glucose oxidase (GOx) was covalently immobilized on eggshell membrane with glutaraldehyde as a cross-linker. Methylene blue was used as a redox indicator to enhance the electron transfer capacity and t...

  11. Quaternary (liquid + liquid) equilibria for systems of imidazolium based ionic liquid + thiophene + pyridine + cyclohexane at 298.15 K: Experiments and quantum chemical predictions

    Highlights: ► Quaternary (liquid + liquid) equilibria are measured for ionic liquids, cyclohexane, pyridine and thiophene. ► Extraction of thiophene and pyridine from cyclohexane using ionic liquids is investigated. ► Three different ionic liquids are investigated. ► The experimental data can be successfully correlated using NRTL and UNIQUAC models. ► The experimental data are in moderate agreement with a priori predictions made using the COSMO-SAC model. -- Abstract: 1-Ethyl 3-methylimidazolium acetate [EMIM][OAc], 1-ethyl 3-methylimidazolium ethylsulfate [EMIM][EtSO4] and 1-ethyl 3-methylimidazolium methylsulfonate [EMIM][MeSO3] are found to be effective for the selective removal of a five member ring sulfur compound, viz. thiophene, and a six member ring nitrogen compound, viz. pyridine from a hydrocarbon, viz. cyclohexane at room temperature and atmospheric pressure. The liquid liquid equilibrium (LLE) data for the quaternary mixtures of ionic liquid (1) + thiophene (2) + pyridine (3) + cyclohexane (4) are experimentally determined. The experimental tie line data are successfully correlated with the Non Random Two Liquid (NRTL) and UNIversal QUAasi-Chemical (UNIQUAC) models, which provide a good correlation of the experimental data with root mean square deviation (RMSD) values less than unity for all the studied systems. The results suggest that the structure and size of the anion greatly affects the extractive performance of ionic liquids. The reliability of experimental data is ascertained by applying the quantum chemical based COnductor like Screening Model-Segment Activity Coefficient (COSMO-SAC) model. The goodness of the fit is determined by calculating the RMSD values. The RMSD values obtained for [EMIM][OAc], [EMIM][EtSO4] and [EMIM][MeSO3] are 10.4%, 8.1% and 12.2%, respectively

  12. Performance analysis of the single-stage absorption heat transformer using a new working pair composed of ionic liquid and water

    The performance simulation of a single-stage absorption heat transformer using a new working pair composed of ionic liquids, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium dimethylphosphate, and water (H2O + [EMIM][DMP]), was performed based on the thermodynamic properties of the new working pair and on the mass and energy balance for each component of the system. In order to evaluate the new working pair, the simulation results were compared with those of aqueous solution of lithium bromide (H2O + LiBr), Trifluoroethanol (TFE) + tetraethylenglycol dimethylether (E181). The results indicate that when generation, evaporation, condensing and absorption temperatures are 90 °C, 90 °C, 35 °C and 130 °C, the coefficients of performance of the single-stage absorption heat transformer using H2O + LiBr, H2O + [EMIM][DMP] and TFE + E181 as working pairs will reach 0.494, 0.481 and 0.458 respectively. And the corresponding exergy efficiency will reach 0.64, 0.62 and 0.59, respectively. Meanwhile the available heat outputs for per unit mass of refrigerant are 2466 kJ/kg, 2344 kJ/kg and 311 kJ/kg, respectively. The above excellent cycle performance together with the advantages of negligible vapor pressure, no crystallization and more weak corrosion tendency to iron-steel materials may make the new working pair better suited for the industrial absorption heat transformer. - Highlights: ► The cycle performance of the single-stage absorption heat transformer was simulated. ► Water and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium dimethylphosphate was used as new working pair. ► Water and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium dimethylphosphate are entirely miscible. ► The COP and exergy efficiency for this new working pairs were 0.481 and 0.62. ► The new working pairs has potential application to absorption heat transformer.

  13. Synthesis of Dimethyl Carbonate from Methanol and Carbon Dioxide Catalyzed by Potassium Hydroxide under Mild Conditions

    2005-01-01

    The synthesis of dimethyl carbonate (DMC) from methanol and carbon dioxide using potassium hydroxide as catalyst in the presence of CH3I and the effect of ionic liquid on the reaction were investigated. The results showed that KOH is an effective catalyst; the high selectivity and raised yield of DMC formation under mild conditions were achieved. However,the addition of the ionic liquid, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide (emimBr), can evidently accelerate the conversion of methanol and yield of the product.

  14. Promotion of Ionic Liquid to Dimethyl Carbonate Synthesis from Methanol and Carbon Dioxide

    CAI,Qing-Hai(蔡清海); ZHANG,Li(张丽); SHAN,Yong-Kui(单永奎); HE,Ming-Yuan(何鸣元)

    2004-01-01

    Promotion of ionic liquid,1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide (emimBr),to the synthesis of dimethyl carbonate (DMC) from methanol and carbon dioxide in the presence of potassium carbonate and less amount of methyl iodide under mild conditions was investigated.The results showed that the high selectivity and raised yield of DMC was achieved due to the addition of emimBr in the reaction system.And effect of several reaction conditions such as temperature,pressure and amount of emimBr was discussed.

  15. Ratiometric Optical Temperature Sensor Using Two Fluorescent Dyes Dissolved in an Ionic Liquid Encapsulated by Parylene Film

    Isao Shimoyama; Nguyen Binh-Khiem; Tetsuo Kan; Hironori Aoki; Kiyoshi Matsumoto

    2013-01-01

    A temperature sensor that uses temperature-sensitive fluorescent dyes is developed. The droplet sensor has a diameter of 40 µm and uses 1 g/L of Rhodamine B (RhB) and 0.5 g/L of Rhodamine 110 (Rh110), which are fluorescent dyes that are dissolved in an ionic liquid (1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethyl sulfate) to function as temperature indicators. This ionic liquid is encapsulated using vacuum Parylene film deposition (which is known as the Parylene-on-liquid-deposition (PoLD) method). The dro...

  16. Influence of the cation on the solubility of CO2 and H 2 in ionic liquids based on the bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide anion

    Jacquemin, J.; Husson, P.; Majer, V.; Costa Gomes, M.F.

    2007-01-01

    Experimental values for the solubility of carbon dioxide and hydrogen in three room temperature ionic liquids based on the same anion- (bistrifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide [Ntf2]-and three different cations-1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium, [C4mim], 1-ethyl-3- methylimidazolium, [C2mim] and trimethyl-butylammonium, [N 4111]-are reported between 283 and 343 K and close to atmospheric pressure. Carbon dioxide, with a mole-fraction solubility of the order of 10-2, is two orders of magnitude more soluble...

  17. Optical absorption and fluorescence studies on imidazolium ionic liquids comprising the bis(trifluoromethanesulphonyl)imide anion

    Aniruddha Paul; Anunay Samanta

    2006-07-01

    Optical absorption and fluorescence behaviour of two rigorously purified imidazolium ionic liquids, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide are studied in the neat condition and in solution. Non-negligible absorption in the UV region with a long tail extending into the visible region is the main feature of the absorption. Excitation wavelength-dependent two-component fluorescence characterizes the emission behaviour of these liquids. That ion association gives rise to the long absorption tail and shifting fluorescence maximum, which appears to be common to most of the imidazolium ionic liquids, is evident from the effect of the conventional solvents.

  18. Separation of rare earths and nickel by solvent extraction with two mutually immiscible ionic liquids

    Rout, Alok; Wellens, Sil; Binnemans, Koen

    2014-01-01

    It is shown that rare earths can be distributed between two immiscible ionic liquids, allowing the transfer of the rare earths from one ionic liquid phase to another. The ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride was used as the initial feed phase and the ionic liquid trihexyl(tetradecyl)phosphonium bis(2,4,4- trimethylpentyl)phosphinate (Cyphos IL 104) as the extracting phase. The rare earths could be recovered from the extracting phase by stripping with a 2 M HNO3 solution. The i...

  19. A high performance hybrid battery based on aluminum anode and LiFePO4 cathode.

    Sun, Xiao-Guang; Bi, Zhonghe; Liu, Hansan; Fang, Youxing; Bridges, Craig A; Paranthaman, M Parans; Dai, Sheng; Brown, Gilbert M

    2016-01-28

    A novel hybrid battery utilizing an aluminum anode, a LiFePO4 cathode and an acidic ionic liquid electrolyte based on 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (EMImCl) and aluminum trichloride (AlCl3) (EMImCl-AlCl3, 1-1.1 in molar ratio) with or without LiAlCl4 is proposed. The hybrid ion battery delivers an initial high capacity of 160 mA h g(-1) at a current rate of C/5. It also shows good rate capability and cycling performance. PMID:26666453

  20. Probing Ionic Liquid Aqueous Solutions Using Temperature of Maximum Density Isotope Effects

    Mohammad Tariq

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available This work is a new development of an extensive research program that is investigating for the first time shifts in the temperature of maximum density (TMD of aqueous solutions caused by ionic liquid solutes. In the present case we have compared the shifts caused by three ionic liquid solutes with a common cation—1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium coupled with acetate, ethylsulfate and tetracyanoborate anions—in normal and deuterated water solutions. The observed differences are discussed in terms of the nature of the corresponding anion-water interactions.

  1. Dissolution Behavior of Cellulose in IL + DMSO Solvent: Effect of Alkyl Length in Imidazolium Cation on Cellulose Dissolution

    Airong Xu; Lili Cao; Bingjun Wang; Junying Ma

    2015-01-01

    Four cellulose solvents including [C2mim][CH3COO] + DMSO, [C4mim][CH3COO] + DMSO, [C6mim][CH3COO] + DMSO, and [C8mim][CH3COO] + DMSO were prepared by adding dimethyl sulfoxide DMSO in 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate [C2mim][CH3COO], 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate [C4mim][CH3COO], 1-hexyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate [C6mim][CH3COO], and 1-octyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate [C8mim][CH3COO], respectively. The solubilities of cellulose in these solvents were determined at 25°C. The effect...

  2. Partition Coefficients of Organic Compounds in New Imidazolium and Tetralkylammonium Based Ionic Liquids Using Inverse Gas Chromatography

    Mutelet, Fabrice [Laboratoire de Thermodynamique des Milieux Polyphases, Nancy-Universite, Nancy, France; Revelli, Anne-Laure [Laboratoire de Thermodynamique des Milieux Polyphases, Nancy-Universite, Nancy, France; Jaubert, Jean-Noel [Laboratoire de Thermodynamique des Milieux Polyphases, Nancy-Universite, Nancy, France; Sprunger, Laura [University of North Texas; Acree, William [University of North Texas; Baker, Gary A [ORNL

    2010-01-01

    Partition coefficients of 51 organic compounds in two ionic liquids (IL), 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium dicyanamide and trimethylhexylammonium bis((trifluoromethyl)sulfonyl)amide, were measured using inverse gas chromatography from (322.5 to 352.5) K. These partition coefficients were converted into water-to-IL partition coefficients using the corresponding gas-to-water partition coefficients. Both sets of partition coefficients were analyzed using the Abraham solvation parameter model with cation-specific and anionspecific equation coefficients. The derived equations correlated the experimental gas-to-IL and water-to-IL partition coefficient data to within (0.12 and 0.14) log units, respectively.

  3. Polymer gel electrolytes for application in aluminum deposition and rechargeable aluminum ion batteries.

    Sun, Xiao-Guang; Fang, Youxing; Jiang, Xueguang; Yoshii, Kazuki; Tsuda, Tetsuya; Dai, Sheng

    2016-01-01

    A polymer gel electrolyte using AlCl3 complexed acrylamide as a functional monomer and acidic ionic liquid based on a mixture of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (EMImCl) and AlCl3 (EMImCl-AlCl3, 1-1.5, in molar ratio) as a plasticizer has been successfully prepared for the first time via free radical polymerization. Aluminum deposition is successfully achieved using a polymer gel electrolyte containing 80 wt% ionic liquid. The polymer gel electrolytes are also good candidates for rechargeable aluminum ion batteries. PMID:26511160

  4. An ionic liquid as polar phase in low-temperature-stable microemulsions

    Harrar, Agnes

    2011-01-01

    The present work is divided in four main sections. The aim of the thesis was to formulate low-temperature-stable microemulsions. This comprises structured liquid systems that do not exclusively exist at temperatures around 25 °C but also at temperatures that are stable well below 0 °C. For this purpose water, the conventional polar phase in microemulsions was replaced by the ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethylsulfate ([emim][etSO4]) comprising a glass transition temperature of -80 ...

  5. Neutron diffraction study of aluminum chloride imidazolium chloride molten salts

    Takahashi, S. [Nisshin Steel Co. Ltd., Tokyo (Japan); Saboungi, M.L.; Suzuya, K. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States); Koura, N. [Tokyo University of Science, Tokyo (Japan). Faculty of Science and Technology

    1994-02-01

    The structure of molten mixtures of (AlCl{sub 3}){sub x}(1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride){sub 1-x} was investigated by neutron diffraction techniques for x=0.46, 0.50, 0.60 and 0.67. Results derived from earlier ab initio molecular orbital (6-31G* basis set) computations for AlCl{sub 4}{sup {minus}}, Al{sub 2}Cl{sub 7}{sup {minus}}, and EMI{sup +} were used to calculate the diffraction patterns; the calculated contributions of each species are thus obtained and overall results are in good agreement with measurements.

  6. Solvent effects on the polar network of ionic liquid solutions

    Bernardes, Carlos E. S.; Shimizu, Karina; Canongia Lopes, José N.

    2015-05-01

    Molecular dynamics simulations were used to probe mixtures of ionic liquids (ILs) with common molecular solvents. Four types of systems were considered: (i) 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide plus benzene, hexafluorobenzene or 1,2-difluorobenzene mixtures; (ii) choline-based ILs plus ether mixtures (iii) choline-based ILs plus n-alkanol mixtures; and (iv) 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium nitrate and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethyl sulfate aqueous mixtures. The results produced a wealth of structural and aggregation information that highlight the resilience of the polar network of the ILs (formed by clusters of alternating ions and counter-ions) to the addition of different types of molecular solvent. The analysis of the MD data also shows that the intricate balance between different types of interaction (electrostatic, van der Waals, H-bond-like) between the different species present in the mixtures has a profound effect on the morphology of the mixtures at a mesoscopic scale. In the case of the IL aqueous solutions, the present results suggest an alternative interpretation for very recently published x-ray and neutron diffraction data on similar systems.

  7. Solubilities of some gases in four immidazolium-based ionic liquids

    Graphical abstract: Experimental apparatus based on the synthetic-volumetric method for measuring solubilities of gases in liquids. Highlights: • We constructed an apparatus for measuring solubilities of sparingly-soluble gases. • We measured solubilities of five gases in four immidazolium-based ionic liquids. • We calculated Henry’s constants for gases in the ionic liquids studied in this work. -- Abstract: The synthetic-volumetric method is used for rapidly measuring solubilities of sparingly-soluble gases in monoethylene glycol and in four ionic liquids. Known molar quantities of solute and solvent are charged into an equilibrium vessel. Measured quantities at equilibrium include: temperature, pressure, quantities of fluids, and volumes of the gas and liquid phases in the equilibrium vessel. These measurements enable calculation of equilibrium compositions using material balances. No sampling or chemical analyses are required. Solubilities are reported for carbon dioxide, krypton, oxygen, and hydrogen in monoethylene glycol, l-n-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate [BMIM][BF4], l-n-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate [BMIM][PF6], 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide [EMIM][Tf2N], or 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate [EMIM][AC]. Solubilities were measured over the temperature range (298 to 355) K and for pressures up to about 7 MPa using two different pieces of equipment, both based on the volumetric method: a low-pressure glass apparatus and a high-pressure stainless-steel apparatus. Special emphasis is given to experimental reliability to assure consistent data

  8. Influence of alkyl chain length and anion species on ionic liquid structure at the graphite interface as a function of applied potential

    Atomic force microscopy (AFM) force measurements elucidate the effect of cation alkyl chain length and the anion species on ionic liquid (IL) interfacial structure at highly ordered pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) surfaces as a function of potential. Three ILs are examined: 1-hexyl-3-methylimidazolium tris(pentafluoroethyl)trifluorophosphate ([HMIM] FAP), 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tris(pentafluoroethyl)trifluorophosphate ([EMIM] FAP), and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([EMIM] TFSA). The step-wise force-distance profiles indicate the ILs adopt a multilayered morphology near the surface. When the surface is biased positively or negatively versus Pt quasireference electrode, both the number of steps, and the force required to rupture each step increase, indicating stronger interfacial structure. At all potentials, push-through forces for [HMIM] FAP are the highest, because the long alkyl chain results in strong cohesive interactions between cations, leading to well-formed layers that resist the AFM tip. The most layers are observed for [EMIM] FAP, because the C2 chains are relatively rigid and the dimensions of the cation and anion are similar, facilitating neat packing. [EMIM] TFSA has the smallest push-through forces and fewest layers, and thus the weakest interfacial structure. Surface-tip attractive forces are measured for all ILs. At the same potential, the attractions are the strongest for [EMIM] TFSA and the weakest for [HMIM] FAP because the interfacial layers are better formed for the longer alkyl chain cation. This means interfacial forces are stronger, which masks the weak attractive forces. (paper)

  9. Investigation of polymer electrolyte based on agar and ionic liquids

    M. M. Silva

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The possibility to use natural polymer as ionic conducting matrix was investigated in this study. Samples of agarbased electrolytes with different ionic liquids were prepared and characterized by physical and chemical analyses. The ionic liquids used in this work were 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethylsulfate, [C2mim][C2SO4], 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate, [C2mim][OAc] and trimethyl-ethanolammonium acetate, [Ch][OAc]. Samples of solvent-free electrolytes were prepared and characterized by ionic conductivity measurements, thermal analysis, electrochemical stability, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and Fourier Transform infrared spectroscopy. Electrolyte samples are thermally stable up to approximately 190°C. All the materials synthesized are semicrystalline. The electrochemical stability domain of all samples is about 2.0 V versus Li/Li+. The preliminary studies carried out with electrochromic devices (ECDs incorporating optimized compositions have confirmed that these materials may perform as satisfactory multifunctional component layers in the field of ‘smart windows’, as well as ECD-based devices.

  10. Molecular Dynamics Study of Ionic Liquid Film Based on [emim][Tf2N] and [emim][TfO] Adsorbed on Highly Oriented Pyrolytic Graphite

    XUE Xiang-gui; ZHAO Li; L(U) Zhong-yuan; QIAN Hu-iun

    2013-01-01

    Molecular dynamics simulation was used to study the ionic liquid(IL) crystalline film based on 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis[trifluoromethylsulfonyl]imide([emim][Tf2N]) and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium trifluoromethanesulfonate([emim][TfO]) on the graphite surface.Our results show that the cations are parallelly dis-tributed to the surface in the l/2 monolayer(ML) crystalline film.The [Tf2N] anions are parallel to the surface with the oxygen atoms at the bottom,whereas the [TfO] anions are perpendicularly distributed to the surface also with the oxygen atoms at the bottom in the 1/2 ML crystalline film.It has been found that the IL-vapor interface strongly influences the arrangement of ions at the interface.The anions in the top layer with the oxygen atoms outmost turn over to make themselves with the F atoms outmost so as to form C-H...O hydrogen bonds with the cations.The calculated orientational ordering shows that in the outmost layer at the IL-vapor interface,the cation rings present either parallel or perpendicular to the surface at 350 K.

  11. Influences of porous reservoir Laplace pressure on emissions from passively fed ionic liquid electrospray sources

    Courtney, Daniel G., E-mail: dcourtney@alum.mit.edu; Shea, Herbert [Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Microsystems for Space Technologies Laboratory (LMTS), Neuchatel CH-2002 (Switzerland)

    2015-09-07

    Passively fed ionic liquid electrospray sources are capable of efficiently emitting a variety of ion beams with promising applications to spacecraft propulsion and as focused ion beams. Practical devices will require integrated or coupled ionic liquid reservoirs; the effects of which have not been explored in detail. Porous reservoirs are a simple, scalable solution. However, we have shown that their pore size can dramatically alter the beam composition. Emitting the ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(triflouromethylsulfonyl)amide, the same device was shown to yield either an ion or droplet dominated beam when using reservoirs of small or large pore size, respectively; with the latter having a mass flow in excess of 15 times larger than the former at negative polarity. Another source, emitting nearly purely ionic beams of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate, was similarly shown to emit a significant droplet population when coupled to reservoirs of large (>100 μm) pores; constituting a reduction in propulsive efficiency from greater than 70% to less than 30%. Furthermore, we show that reservoir selection can alter the voltage required to obtain and sustain emission, increasing with smaller pore size.

  12. Excess heat capacities of (binary + ternary) mixtures containing [emim][BF4] and organic liquids

    Highlights: • The CPE and (CPE)ijk data have been measured over entire composition range at four temperatures. • The observed data have been fitted to Redlich–Kister equation. • The observed data have been analyzed in terms of Graph theory. • The values determined by Graph theory compare well with experimental values. - Abstract: The excess heat capacities, CPE and (CPE)ijk (calculated from the measured molar heat capacities, Cp data) of binary 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (i) + pyrrolidin-2-one or 1-methylpyrrolidin-2-one or pyridine (j); pyrrolidin-2-one (i) + pyridine (j) and ternary 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (i) + pyrrolidin-2-one or 1-methylpyrrolidin-2-one (j) + pyridine (k) mixtures have been measured as a function of composition at T = (293.15, 298.15, 303.15 and 308.15) K and 0.1 MPa using micro differential scanning calorimeter. The (CPE)ijk values for the present ternary mixtures are positive over entire range of composition. The CPE and (CPE)ijk data have been fitted to Redlich–Kister equation to compute binary and ternary adjustable parameters along with their standard deviations. The topology of the constituent molecules (Graph theory) has been utilized to obtain the expressions that describe well the CPE and (CPE)ijk data of the present mixtures. It has been observed that Graph theory describes well the CPE and (CPE)ijk data of the binary as well as ternary mixtures

  13. Blending municipal solid waste with corn stover for sugar production using ionic liquid process

    Sun, Ning [Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Xu, Feng [Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Sandia National Laboratories (SNL-CA), Livermore, CA (United States); Sathitsuksanoh, Noppadon [Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Thompson, Vicki S. [Idaho National Laboratory (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Cafferty, Kara [Idaho National Laboratory (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Li, Chenlin [Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Tanjore, Deepti [Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Narani, Akash [Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Pray, Todd R. [Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Simmons, Blake A. [Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Sandia National Laboratories (SNL-CA), Livermore, CA (United States); Singh, Seema [Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Sandia National Laboratories (SNL-CA), Livermore, CA (United States)

    2015-06-01

    Municipal solid waste (MSW) represents an attractive cellulosic resource for sustainable fuel production because of its abundance and its low or perhaps negative cost. However, the significant heterogeneity and toxic contaminants are barriers to efficient conversion to ethanol and other products. In this study, we generated MSW paper mix, blended with corn stover (CS), and have shown that both MSW paper mix alone and MSW/CS blends can be efficiently pretreated in certain ionic liquids (ILs) with high yields of fermentable sugars. After pretreatment in 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate ([C2C1Im][OAc]), over 80% glucose has been released with enzymatic saccharification. We have also applied an enzyme free process by adding mineral acid and water directly into the IL/biomass slurry to induce hydrolysis. With the acidolysis process in the IL 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ([C2C1Im]Cl), up to 80% glucose and 90% xylose are released for MSW. The results indicate the feasibility of incorporating MSW as a robust blending agent for biorefineries.

  14. Influence of the crystalline structure of cellulose on the production of ethanol from lignocellulose biomass

    Smuga-Kogut, Małgorzata; Zgórska, Kazimiera; Szymanowska-Powałowska, Daria

    2016-01-01

    In recent years, much attention has been devoted to the possibility of using lignocellulosic biomass for energy. Bioethanol is a promising substitute for conventional fossil fuels and can be produced from straw and wood biomass. Therefore, the aim of this paper was to investigate the effect of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium pretreatment on the structure of cellulose and the acquisition of reducing sugars and bioethanol from cellulosic materials. Material used in the study was rye straw and microcrystalline cellulose subjected to ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium pretreatment. The morphology of cellulose fibres in rye straw and microcrystalline cellulose was imaged prior to and after ionic liquid pretreatment. Solutions of ionic liquid-treated and untreated cellulosic materials were subjected to enzymatic hydrolysis in order to obtain reducing sugars, which constituted a substrate for alcoholic fermentation. An influence of the ionic liquid on the cellulose structure, accumulation of reducing sugars in the process of hydrolysis of this material, and an increase in ethanol amount after fermentation was observed. The ionic liquid did not affect cellulolytic enzymes negatively and did not inhibit yeast activity. The amount of reducing sugars and ethyl alcohol was higher in samples purified with 1-ethyl-3-methy-limidazolium acetate. A change in the supramolecular structure of cellulose induced by the ionic liquid was also observed.

  15. Correlation between Soft X-ray Absorption and Emission Spectra of the Nitrogen Atoms within Imidazolium-Based Ionic Liquids.

    Horikawa, Yuka; Tokushima, Takashi; Takahashi, Osamu; Hoke, Hiroshi; Takamuku, Toshiyuki

    2016-08-01

    Soft X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) has been performed on the N K-edge of two imidazolium-based ionic liquids (ILs), 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)amide ([C2mim][TFSA]) and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide ([C2mim][Br]), to clarify the electronic structures of the ILs. Soft X-ray emission spectroscopy (XES) has also been applied to the ILs by excitation at various X-ray energies according to the XAS spectra. It was possible to fully associate the XAS peaks with the XES peaks. Additionally, both XAS and XES spectra of the ILs were well reproduced by the theoretical spectra for a single-molecule model on [C2mim](+) and [TFSA](-) using density functional theory. The assignments for the XAS and XES peaks of the ILs were accomplished from both experimental and theoretical approaches. The theoretical XAS and XES spectra of [C2mim](+) and [TFSA](-) did not significantly depend on the conformations of the ions. The reproducibility of the theoretical spectra for the single-molecule model suggested that the interactions between the cations and anions are very weak in the ILs, thus scarcely influencing the electronic structures of the nitrogen atoms. PMID:27388151

  16. Global transcriptome response to ionic liquid by a tropical rain forest soil bacterium, Enterobacter lignolyticus.

    Khudyakov, Jane I; D'haeseleer, Patrik; Borglin, Sharon E; Deangelis, Kristen M; Woo, Hannah; Lindquist, Erika A; Hazen, Terry C; Simmons, Blake A; Thelen, Michael P

    2012-08-01

    To process plant-based renewable biofuels, pretreatment of plant feedstock with ionic liquids has significant advantages over current methods for deconstruction of lignocellulosic feedstocks. However, ionic liquids are often toxic to the microorganisms used subsequently for biomass saccharification and fermentation. We previously isolated Enterobacter lignolyticus strain SCF1, a lignocellulolytic bacterium from tropical rain forest soil, and report here that it can grow in the presence of 0.5 M 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride, a commonly used ionic liquid. We investigated molecular mechanisms of SCF1 ionic liquid tolerance using a combination of phenotypic growth assays, phospholipid fatty acid analysis, and RNA sequencing technologies. Potential modes of resistance to 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride include an increase in cyclopropane fatty acids in the cell membrane, scavenging of compatible solutes, up-regulation of osmoprotectant transporters and drug efflux pumps, and down-regulation of membrane porins. These findings represent an important first step in understanding mechanisms of ionic liquid resistance in bacteria and provide a basis for engineering microbial tolerance. PMID:22586090

  17. Dissolution of agro-waste in ionic liquids

    Full text: There are abundant of agro-wastes being produced in Malaysia. One of the largely produced agro wastes is the sago hampas. It is known as a strong environmental pollutant due to its cellulosic fibrous material. However, the presence of the starch, cellulose and hemicelluloses in the hampas can be converted into valuable products such as reducing sugars. Hence, this study was performed to investigate the ability of ionic liquids in hydrolysing the ligno celluloses biomass into reducing sugars. Three types of ionic liquids were used, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (BMIM Cl), 1-ethyl-3- methylimidazolium acetate (EMIM Ac) and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium diethyl phosphate (EMIM DEP). The reaction was performed by heating the reaction mixture of sago hampas and ionic liquids at 100 degree Celsius. The concentrations of reducing sugars in the hydrolysates were determined by DNS method. Maximum concentration of reducing sugars were 0.424, 0.299, 0.260 mg/ml for BmimCl, EmimAc and EmimDEP respectively. These concluded that the selected ionic liquids were inefficient in hydrolysing the sago hampas to reducing sugars. (author)

  18. Electrochemical behaviour of iron in a third-generation ionic liquid: cyclic voltammetry and micromachining investigations.

    Moustafa, Essam M; Mann, Olivier; Fürbeth, Wolfram; Schuster, Rolf

    2009-12-01

    The electrochemical behaviour of Fe in 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([Emim](+)Ntf2(-)) and mixtures with Cl(-) is studied with the aim of investigating the applicability of ionic liquids (IL) for the electrochemical machining of iron. Whereas in pure IL iron could not be significantly dissolved, the addition of Cl(-) enables the active dissolution with anodic current densities up to several mA cm(-2). Although several anodic peaks appear in the cyclic voltammograms (CV), the distinct assignment of those electrochemical processes remain difficult. In particular no proof for the formation of FeCl(x) (2-x) complexes during Fe dissolution are deduced from the CV, although such complexes are shown to be stable in the employed electrolyte. In addition, we present electrochemical drilling experiments with short potential pulses, which demonstrate that electrochemical machining of Fe is, in principle, possible in IL based electrolytes, even though hampered by slow machining speed. PMID:19760696

  19. Pretreatment of rice hulls by ionic liquid dissolution.

    Lynam, Joan G; Reza, M Toufiq; Vasquez, Victor R; Coronella, Charles J

    2012-06-01

    As a highly available waste product, rice hulls could be a starting block in replacing liquid fossil fuels. However, their silica covering can make further use difficult. This preliminary study investigates effects of dissolving rice hulls in the ionic liquids 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate (EMIM Ac), 1-hexyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride, (HMIM Cl), and 1-allyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (AMIM Cl), and what lignocellulosic components can be precipitated from the used ionic liquid with water and ethanol. EMIM Ac dissolution at 110 °C for 8 h was found to completely remove lignin from rice hulls, while ethanol was capable of precipitating lignin out of the used EMIM Ac. With 8h dissolution at 110 °C using HMIM Cl, approximately 20% of the cellulose in the rice hull sample can be precipitated out using water as co-solvent, while more than 60% of the hemicellulose can be precipitated with ethanol. PMID:22446050

  20. Ionic-liquid-induced ferroelectric polarization in poly(vinylidene fluoride) thin films

    Wang, Feipeng; Lack, Alexander; Xie, Zailai; Frübing, Peter; Taubert, Andreas; Gerhard, Reimund

    2012-02-01

    Thin films of ferroelectric β-phase poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) were spin-coated from a solution that contained small amounts of the ionic liquid (IL) 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium nitrate. A remanent polarization of 60 mC/m2 and a quasi-static pyroelectric coefficient of 19 μC/m2K at 30 °C were observed in the films. It is suggested that the IL promotes the formation of the β phase through dipolar interactions between PVDF chain-molecules and the IL. The dipolar interactions are identified as Coulomb attraction between hydrogen atoms in PVDF chains and anions in IL. The strong crystallinity increase is probably caused by the same dipolar interaction as well.

  1. Nanoscale Carbon Greatly Enhances Mobility of a Highly Viscous Ionic Liquid

    Chaban, V. V.; Prezhdo, O. V.

    2014-01-01

    liquids (ILs) and apolar carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are disparate objects; nevertheless, their interaction leads to spontaneous CNT filling with ILs. Moreover, ionic diffusion of highly viscous ILs can increase 5-fold inside CNTs, approaching that of molecular liquids, even though the confined IL phase still......The ability to encapsulate molecules is one of the outstanding features of nanotubes. The encapsulation alters physical and chemical properties of both nanotubes and guest species. The latter normally form a separate phase, exhibiting drastically different behavior compared to the bulk. Ionic...... contains exclusively ions. We exemplify these unusual effects by computer simulation on a highly hydrophilic, electrostatically structured, and immobile 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride, [C2C1IM][CI]. Self-diffusion constants and energetic properties provide microscopic interpretation of the observed...

  2. Pre-treatment of lignocellulosic biomass using ionic liquids: wheat straw fractionation.

    da Costa Lopes, André M; João, Karen G; Rubik, Djonatam F; Bogel-Łukasik, Ewa; Duarte, Luís C; Andreaus, Jürgen; Bogel-Łukasik, Rafał

    2013-08-01

    This work is devoted to study pre-treatment methodologies of wheat straw with 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate ([emim][CH3COO]) and subsequent fractionation to cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin. The method developed and described here allows the separation into high purity carbohydrate and lignin fractions and permits an efficient IL recovery. A versatility of the established method was confirmed by the IL reuse. The fractionation of completely dissolved biomass led to cellulose-rich and hemicellulose-rich fractions. A high purity lignin was also achieved. To verify the potential further applicability of the obtained carbohydrate-rich fractions, and to evaluate the pre-treatment efficiency, the cellulose fraction resulting from the treatment with [emim][CH3COO] was subjected to enzymatic hydrolysis. Results showed a very high digestibility of the cellulose samples and confirmed a high glucose yield for the optimized pre-treatment methodology. PMID:23735803

  3. Solubility and phase behavior of binary systems containing salts based on transitional metals

    Highlights: • Solubilities of salts were enhanced by temperature increase. • For all studied systems activity coefficients lower then unity were observed. • Melting point depression of 20 K was observed for [bmim]3[GdCl6]. -- Abstract: Tri(1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium) gadolinium hexachloride ([emim]3[GdCl6]), tri(1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium) hexagadolinium chloride ([bmim]3[GdCl6]), di(tetramethylammonium) manganese tetrachloride ([TMA]2[MnCl4]) and cholinium tetrachloroferrate ([Chol][FeCl4]) were synthetized and their solubility in water, ethanol, 1-propanol and 1-butanol were determined as a function of temperature. Activity coefficients were calculated and their comparison with ideal solutions is discussed. The experimental data were correlated successfully by means of the semi-empirical Grant equation. In addition, melting point depression effect of high pressure carbon dioxide was studied

  4. Electrodeposition of tin from EMI⋅BF4⋅Cl room temperature molten salts

    Morimitsu M.

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available The electrochemistry of Sn(II was investigated with cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry in the 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate molten salt containing free chloride ions (EMI ⋅BF4 ⋅Cl originated from the mixture of EMIC and NaBF4 (60:40 mol%. The well defined redox waves for the electro deposition and dissolution of tin were observed on a platinum electrode at 303 K. The deposition of tin proceeded through a quasi-reversible step with two electron transfer, and the deposited tin was sufficiently recovered during oxidation. The experimental current-time transient coincided with the theory based on one-dimensional diffusion control.

  5. Physically and chemically stable ionic liquid-infused textured surfaces showing excellent dynamic omniphobicity

    Miranda, Daniel F.; Urata, Chihiro; Masheder, Benjamin; Dunderdale, Gary J.; Hozumi, Atsushi, E-mail: a.hozumi@aist.go.jp [National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), 2266-98, Anagahora, Shimo-Shidami, Moriyama-ku, Nagoya, Aichi 463-8560 (Japan); Yagihashi, Makoto [Nagoya Municipal Industrial Research Institute, Rokuban, Atsuta-ku, Nagoya 456-0058 (Japan)

    2014-05-01

    A fluorinated and hydrophobic ionic liquid (IL), 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl) imide, effectively served as an advantageous lubricating liquid for the preparation of physically and chemically stable omniphobic surfaces based on slippery liquid-infused porous surfaces. Here, we used particulate microstructures as supports, prepared by the chemical vapor deposition of 1,3,5,7-tetramethylcyclotetrasiloxane and subsequent surface modification with (3-aminopropyl)triethoxysilane. Confirmed by SEM and contact angle measurements, the resulting IL-infused microtextured surfaces are smooth and not only water but also various low surface tension liquids can easily slide off at low substrate tilt angles of <5°, even after exposure to high temperature, vacuum, and UV irradiation.

  6. Measurement and correlation of vapour pressures of pyridine and thiophene with [EMIM][SCN] ionic liquid

    Highlights: • VLE of (pyridine + [EMIM][SCN]), or (thiophene + [EMIM][SCN]) binary mixtures were measured. • The investigated temperatures are 273 K to 363 K. • The PC-SAFT equation of state has been used to correlate the vapour pressures of the binary systems. - Abstract: In this work (vapour + liquid) equilibrium (VLE) measurements were performed on binary systems of the ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium thiocynate [EMIM][SCN] with thiophene or pyridine at pressures close to the atmospheric pressure using a static device at temperatures between 273 K and 363 K. Experimental data were correlated by the PC-SAFT EoS. The binary interaction parameters kij were optimised on experimental VLE data. The results obtained for the two binary mixtures studied in this paper indicate that the PC-SAFT EoS can be used to represent systems containing ionic liquids

  7. Osmotic coefficients of binary mixtures of four ionic liquids with ethanol or water at T = (313.15 and 333.15) K

    Measurements of osmotic coefficients of BmimCl (1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride) and HmimCl (1-hexyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride) with ethanol and EmimEtSO4 (1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethylsulfate) and EmpyEtSO4 (1-ethyl-3-methylpyridinium ethylsulfate) with water at T = (313.15 and 333.15) K are reported in this work. Vapour pressure and activity results of the studied binary systems are obtained from experimental measurements. The results for the osmotic coefficients are correlated using the extended Pitzer model modified by Archer and the modified NRTL (MNRTL) model. The standard deviations obtained with both models are also given. The parameters obtained with the extended Pitzer model of Archer are used to calculate the mean molal activity coefficients

  8. Reactions of Lignin Model Compounds in Ionic Liquids

    Holladay, John E.; Binder, Joseph B.; Gray, Michel J.; White, James F.; Zhang, Z. Conrad

    2009-09-15

    Lignin, a readily available form of biomass, awaits novel chemistry for converting it to valuable aromatic chemicals. Recent work has demonstrated that ionic liquids are excellent solvents for processing woody biomass and lignin. Seeking to exploit ionic liquids as media for depolymerization of lignin, we investigated reactions of lignin model compounds in these solvents. Using Brønsted acid catalysts in 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium triflate at moderate temperatures, we obtained up to 11.6% yield of the dealkylation product guaiacol from the model compound eugenol and cleaved phenethyl phenyl ether, a model for lignin ethers. Despite these successes, acid catalysis failed in dealkylation of the unsaturated model compound 4-ethylguaiacol and did not produce monomeric products from organosolv lignin, demonstrating that further work is required to understand the complex chemistry of lignin depolymerization.

  9. Three dimensional ink-jet printing of biomaterials using ionic liquids and co-solvents.

    Gunasekera, Deshani H A T; Kuek, SzeLee; Hasanaj, Denis; He, Yinfeng; Tuck, Christopher; Croft, Anna K; Wildman, Ricky D

    2016-08-15

    1-Ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate ([C2C1Im][OAc]) and 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate ([C4C1Im][OAc]) have been used as solvents for the dissolution and ink-jet printing of cellulose from 1.0 to 4.8 wt%, mixed with the co-solvents 1-butanol and DMSO. 1-Butanol and DMSO were used as rheological modifiers to ensure consistent printing, with DMSO in the range of 41-47 wt% producing samples within the printable range of a DIMATIX print-head used (printability parameter printed samples using water was demonstrated, with the resulting structural changes to the cellulose sample assessed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and white light interferometry (WLI). These results indicate the potential of biorenewable materials to be used in the 3D additive manufacture process to generate single-component and composite materials. PMID:27231729

  10. STRUCTURAL CHANGES EVIDENCED BY FTIR SPECTROSCOPY IN CELLULOSE MATERIALS AFTER PRE-TREATMENT WITH IONIC LIQUID AND ENZYMATIC HYDROLYSIS

    Iuliana Spiridon

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Attempts were made to enhance the hydrolysis of Asclepias syriaca (As seed floss and poplar seed floss (PSF by cellulase after pre-treatment with ionic liquids. Two ionic liquids, namely 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride [BMIM]Cl and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrachloroaluminate [EMIM]Cl-AlCl3, were used. In comparison with conventional cellulose pretreatment processes, the ionic liquids were used under a milder condition corresponding to the optimum activity of cellulase. Hydrolysis kinetics of the IL-treated cellulose materials was significantly enhanced. The initial hydrolysis rates for IL-treated cellulose materials were greater than those of non-treated ones. The structural modifications of hydrolyzed cellulose materials were analyzed using FTIR spectroscopy.

  11. Promoting Effect of Layered Titanium Phosphate on the Electrochemical and Photovoltaic Performance of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

    Deng Changsheng

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract We reported a composite electrolyte prepared by incorporating layered α-titanium phosphate (α-TiP into an iodide-based electrolyte using 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate(EmimBF4 ionic liquid as solvent. The obtained composite electrolyte exhibited excellent electrochemical and photovoltaic properties compared to pure ionic liquid electrolyte. Both the diffusion coefficient of triiodide (I3 − in the electrolyte and the charge-transfer reaction at the electrode/electrolyte interface were improved markedly. The mechanism for the enhanced electrochemical properties of the composite electrolyte was discussed. The highest conversion efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC was obtained for the composite electrolyte containing 1wt% α-TiP, with an improvement of 58% in the conversion efficiency than the blank one, which offered a broad prospect for the fabrication of stable DSSCs with a high conversion efficiency.

  12. Steric repulsion as a way to achieve the required stability for the preparation of ionic liquid-based ferrofluids.

    Rodríguez-Arco, Laura; López-López, Modesto T; González-Caballero, Fernando; Durán, Juan D G

    2011-05-01

    With this work we would like to emphasize the necessity of steric repulsion to stabilize novel ionic liquid-based ferrofluids. For this purpose, we prepared a suspension of magnetite nanoparticles coated with a double layer of oleic acid, dispersed in 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethylsulphate ([EMIM][EtSO(4)]). For comparison, a suspension of bare magnetite nanoparticles in [EMIM][EtSO(4)] was also prepared. The stability of these suspensions was checked by magnetic sedimentation and centrifugation processes. Furthermore, their yield stress was measured as a function of the applied magnetic field, which gave additional information on their stability. The results of these experiments showed that the suspension of bare nanoparticles was rather unstable, whereas the suspension of double layer coated nanoparticles gave rise to a true (stable) ferrofluid. PMID:21345446

  13. Desulfurization of oxidized diesel using ionic liquids

    Wilfred, Cecilia D.; Salleh, M. Zulhaziman M.; Mutalib, M. I. Abdul

    2014-10-01

    The extraction of oxidized sulfur compounds from diesel were carried out using ten types of ionic liquids consisting of different cation and anion i.e. 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazoium thiocyanate, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazoium dicyanamide, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium trifluoromethanesulfonate, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazoliumhexafluorophosphate, 1-hexyl-3-methylimidazolium trifluoromethanesulfonate, trioctylmethylammonium chloride, 1-propionitrile-3-butylimidazolium thiocyanate, 1-propionitrile-3-butylimidazolium dicyanamide and 1-butyl-6-methylquinolinium dicyanamide. The oxidation of diesel was successfully done using phosphotungstic acid as the catalyst, hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) as the oxidant and trioctylmethylammonium chloride as the phase transfer agent. The oxidation of diesel changes the sulfur compounds into sulfone which increases its polarity and enhances the ionic liquid's extraction performance. Result showed that ionic liquid [C4mquin][N(CN)2] performed the highest sulfur removal (91% at 1:5 diesel:IL ratio) compared to the others.

  14. Volumetric properties, viscosities and refractive indices of binary liquid mixtures of tetrafluoroborate-based ionic liquids with methanol at several temperatures

    Highlights: • Mixtures of [bmim][BF4] or [emim][BF4] with methanol were studied. • Density, speed of sound, viscosity and refractive index were determined. • Excess volumes, isentropic compressibilities, properties deviations were calculated. • Properties excess and deviations were correlated with temperature and composition. - Abstract: Densities, speeds of sound, viscosities and refractive indices of two binary systems 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate [bmim][BF4] + methanol and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate [emim][BF4] + methanol, as well as of all pure components, have been measured covering the whole range of compositions at T = (278.15 to 318.15) K and p = 101 kPa. From this data, excess molar volumes, excess isentropic compressibilities, viscosity deviations and refractive index deviations were calculated and fitted to extended versions of the Redlich–Kister equation. Estimated coefficients of these equations taking into account the dependence on composition and temperature simultaneously were also presented

  15. Comparative studies on electrochemical cycling behavior of two different silica-based ionogels

    Wang, Shuang; Hsia, Ben; Alper, John P.; Carraro, Carlo; Wang, Zhe; Maboudian, Roya

    2016-01-01

    We report a comparative study of two silica-based ionogel electrolytes for electrochemical cycling applications. The ionogels considered represent two classes of gel networks, a covalently formed network generated by the polymerization of tetramethoxysilane catalyzed by formic acid, and a network formed by weak intermolecular forces obtained by mixing fumed silica nanopowder with ionic liquid. In both cases, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis (trifluoromethylsulfonyl) imide is utilized as the ion conductor in the gel network. With increasing temperature it is shown that the electrochemical stability window is reduced, the conductivity of the electrolyte is increased, and the double layer capacitance is increased for both types of ionogels. Long-term stability of the two ionogels is excellent, with 90% capacitance retained after 10,000 repetitive CV cycles at 100 °C. Our results indicate that both of these ionogel electrolytes are promising for application in solid-state electrochemical systems at high temperature.

  16. Are ionic liquids pairwise in gas phase? A cluster approach and in situ IR study.

    Dong, Kun; Zhao, Lidong; Wang, Qian; Song, Yuting; Zhang, Suojiang

    2013-04-28

    In this work, we discussed the vaporization and gas species of ionic liquids (ILs) by a cluster approach of quantum statistical thermodynamics proposed by R. Luwig (Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 10, 4333), which is a controversial issue up to date. Based on the different sized clusters (2-12 ion-pairs) of the condensed phase, the molar enthalpies of vaporization (ΔvapH, 298.15 K, 1bar) of four representative ILs, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([Emim][NTf2]) 1-ethyl-2,3-dimethylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([Emmim][NTf2]) 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ([Emim]Cl) and ethylammonium nitrate ([EtAm][NO3]), were calculated. The predicted ΔvapH were increased remarkably; even the values of [EtAm][NO3] were larger than 700 kJ mol(-1) when the charged isolated ions were assumed to be gas species. However, the ΔvapH were close to experimental measurements when the gas species assumed to be anion-cation pairwise, indicating that the different conformational ion-pairs can coexist in the gas phase when the IL is evaporated. Particularly for the protic IL, [EtAm][NO3], even the neutral precursor molecules by proton transfer can occur in gas phase. In addition, it's found that the effect of hydrogen bonds on the vaporization cannot be negligible by comparing the ΔvapH of [Emim][NTf2] with [Emmim][NTf2]. The in situ and calculated IR spectra provided the further proof that the ions are pairwise in gas phase. PMID:23493905

  17. Combined physical and chemical absorption of carbon dioxide in a mixture of ionic liquids

    Highlights: • Carbon dioxide can be absorbed in mixtures of two ionic liquids: [C2mim][EtSO4] and [C2mim][OAc]. • A combination of physical and chemical absorption mechanisms is observed. • The CO2 absorption capacity of the mixture of ionic liquids decreases with increasing temperature. • [C2mim][EtSO4] in the mixture prevents solidification of the product resulting from reaction of [C2mim][OAc] and CO2. • Density and viscosity studies of the mixture of ionic liquids also lead to synergies, in particular at low temperatures. - Abstract: Ionic liquids have attracted great interest recently as the basis of a potential alternative technology for the capture of carbon dioxide. Beyond the inherent tunability of properties of individual ionic liquids, a further strategy in optimising the ionic liquid sorbent for this application is the use of mixtures of ‘pure’ ionic liquids. Some ionic liquids absorb CO2 physically, whereas others do so chemically. Both mechanisms of absorption present advantages and disadvantages for a CO2 capture process operating in a continuous regime. In this work, a mixture of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate (an ionic liquid that reacts chemically with CO2) and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethylsulfate (an ionic liquid that absorbs CO2 only through a physical mechanism) was investigated for the absorption of CO2 as a function of temperature and at pressures up to 17 bar. The absorption/desorption studies were complemented by the characterisation of thermal and physical properties of the mixture of ionic liquids, which provide extra information on the interactions at a molecular level, and are also critical for the assessment of its suitability for a proposed process and for the subsequent process design

  18. Evaluation of thermophysical properties of ionic liquids with polar solvent: a comparable study of two families of ionic liquids with various ions.

    Govinda, Varadhi; Attri, Pankaj; Venkatesu, Punnuru; Venkateswarlu, Ponneri

    2013-10-17

    In this work, we explore and compare the role of the ion effect on the thermophysical properties of two families of ionic liquids (ILs), namely, tetra-alkyl ammonium cation [R4N](+) with hydroxide [OH](-) anion and 1-alkyl-3-methyl imidazolium cation [amim](+) with different anions (chloride, methyl sulfate, and tetrafluoroborate), with polar solvent such as dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) in the temperature range from 25 to 40 °C and over the whole concentration range of ILs. Two families of ILs, namely, tetramethyl ammonium hydroxide [(CH3)4N][OH] (TMAH), tetraethyl ammonium hydroxide [(C2H5)4N][OH] (TEAH), tetrapropyl ammonium hydroxide [(C3H7)4N][OH] (TPAH), and tetrabutyl ammonium hydroxide [(C4H9)4N][OH] (TBAH) from ammonium-based ILs and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride [Emim][Cl], 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium methylsulfate [Emim][MeSO4], 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate [Bmim][BF4], and 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ([Bmim][Cl]) from imidazolium family of ILs, are used in the present study. To address the molecular interactions of ILs with DMSO, densities (ρ), ultrasonic sound velocities (u), and viscosities (η) have been measured over the entire composition range and at four temperatures, 25, 30, 35, and 40 °C, under atmospheric pressure. From these experimental data, the excess molar volume (V(E)), the deviation in isentropic compressibility (Δκs), and the deviation in viscosity (Δη) were calculated and were adequately correlated by using the Redlich-Kister polynomial equation. The measured and predicted data were interpreted on the basis of intermolecular interactions and structural effects between like and unlike molecules upon mixing. The hydrogen-bonding features between ammonium-based ILs and DMSO were analyzed using molecular modeling program by HyperChem 7. PMID:24087984

  19. Liquid-liquid miscibility and volumetric properties of aqueous solutions of ionic liquids as a function of temperature

    The volumetric properties of seven {water + ionic liquid} binary mixtures have been studied as a function of temperature from (293 to 343) K. The phase behaviour of the systems was first investigated using a nephelometric method and excess molar volumes were calculated from densities measured using an Anton Paar densimeter and fitted using a Redlich-Kister type equation. Two ionic liquids fully miscible with water (1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([C1C4Im][BF4]) and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethylsulfate ([C1C2Im][EtSO4])) and five ionic liquids only partially miscible with water (1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([C1C2Im][NTf2]), 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([C1C4Im][NTf2]), 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate ([C1C4Im][PF6]), 1-butyl-3-methylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([C1C4Pyrro][NTf2]), and butyltrimethylammonium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([N4111][NTf2])) were chosen. Small excess volumes (less than 0.5 cm3 . mol-1 at 298 K) are obtained compared with the molar volumes of the pure components (less than 0.3% of the molar volume of the pure ionic liquid). For all the considered systems, except for {[C1C2Im][EtSO4] + water}, positive excess molar volumes were calculated. Finally, an increase of the non-ideality character is observed for all the systems as temperature increases.

  20. Liquid-liquid miscibility and volumetric properties of aqueous solutions of ionic liquids as a function of temperature

    Wang Silu [QUILL Research Center, School of Chemistry, Queen' s University of Belfast (United Kingdom); Jacquemin, Johan [QUILL Research Center, School of Chemistry, Queen' s University of Belfast (United Kingdom); Thermodynamique et Interactions Moleculaires, FRE 3099, Universite Blaise Pascal Clermont-Ferrand/CNRS, 24 avenue des Landais, 63177 Aubiere Cedex (France); Husson, Pascale [Thermodynamique et Interactions Moleculaires, FRE 3099, Universite Blaise Pascal Clermont-Ferrand/CNRS, 24 avenue des Landais, 63177 Aubiere Cedex (France)], E-mail: pascale.husson@univ-bpclermont.fr; Hardacre, Christopher [QUILL Research Center, School of Chemistry, Queen' s University of Belfast (United Kingdom); Costa Gomes, Margarida F. [Thermodynamique et Interactions Moleculaires, FRE 3099, Universite Blaise Pascal Clermont-Ferrand/CNRS, 24 avenue des Landais, 63177 Aubiere Cedex (France)

    2009-11-15

    The volumetric properties of seven {l_brace}water + ionic liquid{r_brace} binary mixtures have been studied as a function of temperature from (293 to 343) K. The phase behaviour of the systems was first investigated using a nephelometric method and excess molar volumes were calculated from densities measured using an Anton Paar densimeter and fitted using a Redlich-Kister type equation. Two ionic liquids fully miscible with water (1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([C{sub 1}C{sub 4}Im][BF{sub 4}]) and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethylsulfate ([C{sub 1}C{sub 2}Im][EtSO{sub 4}])) and five ionic liquids only partially miscible with water (1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([C{sub 1}C{sub 2}Im][NTf{sub 2}]), 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([C{sub 1}C{sub 4}Im][NTf{sub 2}]), 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate ([C{sub 1}C{sub 4}Im][PF{sub 6}]), 1-butyl-3-methylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([C{sub 1}C{sub 4}Pyrro][NTf{sub 2}]), and butyltrimethylammonium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([N{sub 4111}][NTf{sub 2}])) were chosen. Small excess volumes (less than 0.5 cm{sup 3} . mol{sup -1} at 298 K) are obtained compared with the molar volumes of the pure components (less than 0.3% of the molar volume of the pure ionic liquid). For all the considered systems, except for {l_brace}[C{sub 1}C{sub 2}Im][EtSO{sub 4}] + water{r_brace}, positive excess molar volumes were calculated. Finally, an increase of the non-ideality character is observed for all the systems as temperature increases.

  1. Study on capacitance evolving mechanism of polypyrrole during prolonged cycling.

    Wang, JingPing; Xu, Youlong; Wang, Jie; Zhu, Jianbo; Bai, Yang; Xiong, Lilong

    2014-02-01

    A simple model on the evolution mechanism of PPy capacitance during prolonged cycling offers a reasonably description on the rapid increase and decay of PPy capacitance in 1 M 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate/propylene carbonate (EtMeImBF4/PC). The capacitance of PPy films reached a very high specific capacitance of 420 F·g(-1) after 15 cycles when they worked in 1 M MeEt3ImBF4/PC. However, the capacitance rapidly decreased to 5% after only 400 cycles. The electronic conductivity and protonation level on the nitrogen site of PPy films rapidly decreased with the increase of cyclic number. The salt of EtMeImBF4 was monitored in PPy matrix by FTIR spectra after 400 cycles. The EQCM results indicated that a lot of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium cations (EtMeIm(+)) were inserted during reduction process and retained in PPy matrix. The detained EtMeIm(+) cations bonded with doped p-toluenesulfonate anions (PTS(-)) in PPy matrix or BF4(-) anions from electrolyte and formed salts. Small amount of salts in PPy matrix can open more channels of ion insertion and resulted in a very high capacitance after 15 cycles. The continuous combination of detained EtMeIm(+) cations with doping anions of PTS(-) resulted in the rapid decrease of PPy protonation level on the nitrogen site and formation of compensate semiconductor state in PPy matrix. This should be responsible for the rapid decay of PPy conductivity and capacitance. The continuous accumulation of salts resulted in the great increase of PPy internal resistance. PMID:24428582

  2. Efficient biomass pretreatment using ionic liquids derived from lignin and hemicellulose.

    Socha, Aaron M; Parthasarathi, Ramakrishnan; Shi, Jian; Pattathil, Sivakumar; Whyte, Dorian; Bergeron, Maxime; George, Anthe; Tran, Kim; Stavila, Vitalie; Venkatachalam, Sivasankari; Hahn, Michael G; Simmons, Blake A; Singh, Seema

    2014-09-01

    Ionic liquids (ILs), solvents composed entirely of paired ions, have been used in a variety of process chemistry and renewable energy applications. Imidazolium-based ILs effectively dissolve biomass and represent a remarkable platform for biomass pretreatment. Although efficient, imidazolium cations are expensive and thus limited in their large-scale industrial deployment. To replace imidazolium-based ILs with those derived from renewable sources, we synthesized a series of tertiary amine-based ILs from aromatic aldehydes derived from lignin and hemicellulose, the major by-products of lignocellulosic biofuel production. Compositional analysis of switchgrass pretreated with ILs derived from vanillin, p-anisaldehyde, and furfural confirmed their efficacy. Enzymatic hydrolysis of pretreated switchgrass allowed for direct comparison of sugar yields and lignin removal between biomass-derived ILs and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate. Although the rate of cellulose hydrolysis for switchgrass pretreated with biomass-derived ILs was slightly slower than that of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate, 90-95% glucose and 70-75% xylose yields were obtained for these samples after 72-h incubation. Molecular modeling was used to compare IL solvent parameters with experimentally obtained compositional analysis data. Effective pretreatment of lignocellulose was further investigated by powder X-ray diffraction and glycome profiling of switchgrass cell walls. These studies showed different cellulose structural changes and differences in hemicellulose epitopes between switchgrass pretreatments with the aforementioned ILs. Our concept of deriving ILs from lignocellulosic biomass shows significant potential for the realization of a "closed-loop" process for future lignocellulosic biorefineries and has far-reaching economic impacts for other IL-based process technology currently using ILs synthesized from petroleum sources. PMID:25136131

  3. Direct electrochemistry and electrocatalysis of hemoglobin in graphene oxide and ionic liquid composite film

    In this paper a novel sensing platform based on graphene oxide (GO), ionic liquid (IL) 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate and Nafion for the immobilization of hemoglobin (Hb) was adopted with a carbon ionic liquid electrode (CILE) as the substrate electrode, which was denoted as Nafion/Hb–GO–IL/CILE. Spectroscopic results suggested that Hb molecules were not denatured in the composite. A pair of well-defined redox peaks appeared on the cyclic voltammogram, which was attributed to the realization of direct electron transfer of Hb on the electrode. Electrochemical behaviors of Hb entrapped in the film were carefully investigated by cyclic voltammetry with the electrochemical parameters calculated. Based on the catalytic ability of the immobilized Hb, Nafion/Hb–GO–IL/CILE exhibited excellent electrocatalytic behavior towards the reduction of different substrates such as trichloroacetic acid in the concentration range from 0.01 to 40.0 mM with the detection limit as 3.12 μM (3σ), H2O2 in the concentration range from 0.08 to 635.0 μM with the detection limit as 0.0137 μM (3σ) and NaNO2 in the concentration range from 0.5 to 800.0 μM with the detection limit as 0.0104 μM (3σ). So the proposed bioelectrode could be served as a new third-generation electrochemical sensor without mediator. - Highlights: • A graphene oxide, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate and hemoglobin composite were prepared. • Composite modified carbon ionic liquid electrode was fabricated. • Direct electrochemistry of hemoglobin was realized on the modified electrode. • Bioelectrocatalytic reduction of the modified electrode to different substrates was studied

  4. Direct electrochemistry and electrocatalysis of hemoglobin in graphene oxide and ionic liquid composite film

    Sun, Wei, E-mail: swyy26@hotmail.com [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Hainan Normal University, Haikou 571158 (China); Gong, Shixing [College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Qingdao University of Science and Technology, Qingdao 266042 (China); Shi, Fan [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Hainan Normal University, Haikou 571158 (China); Cao, Lili; Ling, Luyang [College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Qingdao University of Science and Technology, Qingdao 266042 (China); Zheng, Weizhe; Wang, Wencheng [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Hainan Normal University, Haikou 571158 (China)

    2014-07-01

    In this paper a novel sensing platform based on graphene oxide (GO), ionic liquid (IL) 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate and Nafion for the immobilization of hemoglobin (Hb) was adopted with a carbon ionic liquid electrode (CILE) as the substrate electrode, which was denoted as Nafion/Hb–GO–IL/CILE. Spectroscopic results suggested that Hb molecules were not denatured in the composite. A pair of well-defined redox peaks appeared on the cyclic voltammogram, which was attributed to the realization of direct electron transfer of Hb on the electrode. Electrochemical behaviors of Hb entrapped in the film were carefully investigated by cyclic voltammetry with the electrochemical parameters calculated. Based on the catalytic ability of the immobilized Hb, Nafion/Hb–GO–IL/CILE exhibited excellent electrocatalytic behavior towards the reduction of different substrates such as trichloroacetic acid in the concentration range from 0.01 to 40.0 mM with the detection limit as 3.12 μM (3σ), H{sub 2}O{sub 2} in the concentration range from 0.08 to 635.0 μM with the detection limit as 0.0137 μM (3σ) and NaNO{sub 2} in the concentration range from 0.5 to 800.0 μM with the detection limit as 0.0104 μM (3σ). So the proposed bioelectrode could be served as a new third-generation electrochemical sensor without mediator. - Highlights: • A graphene oxide, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate and hemoglobin composite were prepared. • Composite modified carbon ionic liquid electrode was fabricated. • Direct electrochemistry of hemoglobin was realized on the modified electrode. • Bioelectrocatalytic reduction of the modified electrode to different substrates was studied.

  5. Ionic liquids based aqueous biphasic systems: Effect of the alkyl chains in the cation versus in the anion

    Highlights: • Alkyl-3-methylimidazolium alkylsulfonate ILs for implemention of aqueous biphasic systems. • Study of the effect of alkyl chain length and position on ILs hydrophobicity. • Evaluation of ILs extractive power on L-tryptophan aqueous solutions. • The alkyl chain in the anion contributes more to the hydrophobicity of the IL. • Less hydrophobic ILs have the better extraction coefficients for L-tryptophan. -- Abstract: The use of alkyl-3-methylimidazolium alkylsulfonate ionic liquids for implementing aqueous biphasic systems is studied in this work for the first time. The ability of high charge density inorganic salts, such as K3PO4, to promote phase segregation in aqueous solutions containing the ionic liquids 1,3-dimethylimidazolium methylsulfonate ([C1mim][C1SO3]), 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium hexylsulfonate ([C2mim][C6SO3]), 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium butylsulfonate ([C2mim][C4SO3]), 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium methylsulfonate ([C4mim][C1SO3]), 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium ethylsulfonate ([C4mim][C2SO3]), 1-pentyl-3-methylimidazolium methylsulfonate ([C5mim][C1SO3]), 1-hexyl-3-methylimidazolium methylsulfonate ([C6mim][C1SO3]) and 1-hexyl-3-methylimidazolium ethylsulfonate ([C6mim][C2SO3]) was experimentally determined at 298.15 K and atmospheric pressure. In general, the hydrophobicity of the ionic liquids studied is affected by the increase of the alkyl chain length. However, the position of the alkyl chain, whether in the cation or in the anion affects in a different way the lipophilic effect of the ionic liquid. Two ionic liquids with the same number of carbon atoms, the one with a longer chain in the anion is the more hydrophobic. Furthermore, four ionic liquids were chosen to extract the aminoacid L-tryptophan from aqueous solutions. The chain lengths of the anion or cation were fixed and the partition coefficients compared. The extractions, carried out at 298.15 K, showed the good extractive power of these ionic liquids and also that

  6. Radiation stability of selected ionic liquids: a pulse radiolysis study

    One important potential application of ionic liquids (IL) is as a medium for processing of spent nuclear fuel. It is therefore imperative to study the radiation chemistry of ILs, not only to determine their radiolytic products and degradation pathways, but also to describe how the radiolysis may affect or interfere in the separation processes. An understanding of Radiation Chemistry of ILs would also facilitate general chemical reactivity in this medium, which will aid in the development of energy production, chemical industry and environmental applications. We were interested in understanding how the specific physical properties of ionic liquids influence the dynamical processes that determine the stability and lifetimes of reactive intermediates and thereby affect the courses of chemical reactions and product distributions in this medium. In the pulse radiolysis experiments on Imidazolium based ILs (1-Ethyl-3-methylimidazolium) (Ethyl sulphate) or (Emim) (EtSO4) under oxidizing or reducing conditions, we observed a transient peak at 320 nm. This absorption may be due to the formation of a radical as electron reacts with the imidazolium cation of the ionic liquid. We have not observed hydrated electrons because the electron reacts with imidazolium cation very fast. Pulse radiolysis experiments have also been performed on FAP (Fluoro Alkyl Phosphates) ILs having imidazolium as cation e.g. (1-Ethyl-3-methylimidazolium) (tris(pentafluoroethyl) trifluorophosphate) or FAP-1 and (1-(2-HydroxyEthyl-3-methylimidazolium) (tris(pentafluoroethyl) trifluorophosphate) or FAP-2. FAP-ionic liquids show an excellent hydrolytic stability, low viscosity and high electrochemical and thermal stability that makes them attractive for use in electrochemical devices and as a new media for application in modern technologies and chemical synthesis. The time-resolved transient spectra of FAP ILs were recorded and characterized under different experimental conditions. The formation and decay

  7. Studies on the Reaction of Iron(II) with NO in a Noncoordinating Ionic Liquid.

    Begel, Svetlana; Puchta, Ralph; Sutter, Jörg; Heinemann, Frank W; Dahlenburg, Lutz; Eldik, Rudi van

    2015-07-20

    In an earlier study we investigated the reaction of iron(II) chloride with NO in a strongly coordinating ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium dicyanamide [emim][dca] and showed that the actual reactive species in solution was [Fe(II)(dca)5Cl](4-). For the present report we investigated in detail how this reaction could proceed in a noncoordinating ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium trifluoromethylsulfonate [emim][OTf]. The donor ability of OTf(-) is much lower than that of dca(-), such that the solubility of FeCl2 in [emim][OTf] strongly depended on other donors like water or chloride ions present or added to the ionic liquid. On increasing the chloride concentration in [emim][OTf], the tetrachloridoferrate complex [emim]2[FeCl4] was formed, as verified by X-ray crystallography. This complex undergoes reversible binding of NO, for which the UV-vis spectral characteristics of the green-brown nitrosyl product resembled that found for the corresponding nitrosyl complexes formed in water and [emim][dca] as solvents. A detailed analysis of the spectra revealed that the {Fe-NO}(7) species has Fe(II)-NO(•) character in contrast to Fe(III)-NO(-) as found for the other solvents. The formation constant, however, is much higher than in [emim][dca], lying closer to the value found for water as solvent. Surprisingly, the Mössbauer spectrum found in [emim][OTf] is very unusual and unsimilar to that found in water and [emim][dca] as solvents, pointing at a different electron density distribution between Fe and NO in {Fe-NO}.7 First, the high isomer shift points to the presence of iron(II) species in solution, thus indicating that upon NO binding no oxidation to iron(III) occurs. Second, the negligible quadrupole splitting suggests a high local symmetry around the iron center. The nitrosyl product is suggested to be [Fe(II)Cl3NO](-), which is supported by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and IR measurements. The nature of the Fe(II) complexes formed in [emim

  8. Sugarcane bagasse pretreatment using three imidazolium-based ionic liquids; mass balances and enzyme kinetics

    Karatzos Sergios

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Effective pretreatment is key to achieving high enzymatic saccharification efficiency in processing lignocellulosic biomass to fermentable sugars, biofuels and value-added products. Ionic liquids (ILs, still relatively new class of solvents, are attractive for biomass pretreatment because some demonstrate the rare ability to dissolve all components of lignocellulosic biomass including highly ordered (crystalline cellulose. In the present study, three ILs, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ([C4mim]Cl, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ([C2mim]Cl, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate ([C2mim]OAc are used to dissolve/pretreat and fractionate sugarcane bagasse. In these IL-based pretreatments the biomass is completely or partially dissolved in ILs at temperatures greater than 130°C and then precipitated by the addition of an antisolvent to the IL biomass mixture. For the first time mass balances of IL-based pretreatments are reported. Such mass balances, along with kinetics data, can be used in process modelling and design. Results Lignin removals of 10% mass of lignin in bagasse with [C4mim]Cl, 50% mass with [C2mim]Cl and 60% mass with [C2mim]OAc, are achieved by limiting the amount of water added as antisolvent to 0.5 water:IL mass ratio thus minimising lignin precipitation. Enzyme saccharification (24 h, 15FPU yields (% cellulose mass in starting bagasse from the recovered solids rank as: [C2mim]OAc(83% > >[C2mim]Cl(53% = [C4mim]Cl(53%. Composition of [C2mim]OAc-treated solids such as low lignin, low acetyl group content and preservation of arabinosyl groups are characteristic of aqueous alkali pretreatments while those of chloride IL-treated solids resemble aqueous acid pretreatments. All ILs are fully recovered after use (100% mass as determined by ion chromatography. Conclusions In all three ILs regulated addition of water as an antisolvent effected a polysaccharide enriched precipitate since some of the lignin

  9. Nicotine aqueous solutions: pH-measurements and salting-out effects - analysis of the effective Gibbs energies of hydration and ionic strengths of the solutions

    Grozdanić Nikola D.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This work is a continuation of our previous studies on the phase demixing - salting-out effects - in aqueous nicotine solutions. Thus, pH measurements were carried out allowing a brief analysis of the existing hydrogen bond interactions. Salting-out effects - the related experimental cloud point shifts - provoked by the addition of two inorganic salts, potassium nitrate and sodium sulfate, which were not studied so far, were determined. Analysis of the current and our previously reported salting-out/or salting-in phenomena in nicotine aqueous solutions was performed. In this respect, five studied salts were included: four inorganic salts (sodium chloride, potassium nitrate, sodium sulfate and sodium phosphate (Na3PO4 and ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethyl sulfate ([C2mim][EtSO4] or ECOENG212®. Based on the pH measurements the effective Gibbs energies of hydration and ionic strengths of the respective ternary solutions were calculated and plotted against the related cloud-point shifts caused by the addition of the salts. For the studied salts, the results and diagram obtained within this work may be used to predict the cloud-points shifts, based on the related quantities of the salts added and/or the molar Gibbs energies of hydration and/or ionic strengths requested in each case. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. 172063

  10. Adsorbed and near surface structure of ionic liquids at a solid interface.

    Segura, Juan José; Elbourne, Aaron; Wanless, Erica J; Warr, Gregory G; Voïtchovsky, Kislon; Atkin, Rob

    2013-03-01

    The structure of solid-ionic liquid (IL) interfaces has been characterised with unprecedented clarity by employing a range of atomic force microscopy (AFM) imaging techniques and tip pressures appropriate for the system under study. Soft contact and amplitude-modulation (AM) AFM imaging have been used to elucidate the lateral structure of ILs adsorbed onto mica, and in the near surface ion layers. Data is presented for ethylammonium nitrate (EAN) and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoro-methylsulfonyl)imide (EMIm TFSI). Whereas EAN is a protic IL that forms a nanostructured sponge phase in the bulk, EMIm TFSI is aprotic and has weak (or absent) bulk association structure. Comparison of results obtained for the two liquids elucidates how the strength of bulk liquid morphology effects lateral organisation at the surface, and any effect of IL class, i.e. protic versus aprotic. Imaging reveals EAN self assembles at the solid surface in a worm-like morphology, whereas EMIm cations adsorb in a more isolated fashion, but still in rows templated by the mica surface. To the authors' knowledge, the wormlike structures present at the EAN-mica interface are the smallest self-assembled aggregates ever imaged on a solid surface. PMID:23361257

  11. Ion-cage interpretation for the structural and dynamic changes of ionic liquids under an external electric field.

    Shi, Rui; Wang, Yanting

    2013-05-01

    In many applications, ionic liquids (ILs) work in a nonequilibrium steady state driven by an external electric field. However, how the electric field changes the structure and dynamics of ILs and its underlying mechanism still remain poorly understood. In this paper, coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations were performed to investigate the structure and dynamics of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium nitrate ([EMIm][NO3]) under a static electric field. The ion cage structure was found to play an essential role in determining the structural and dynamic properties of the IL system. With a weak or moderate electric field (0-10(7) V/m), the external electric field is too weak to modify the ion cage structure in an influential way and thus the changes of structural and dynamic properties are negligible. With a strong electric field (10(7)-10(9) V/m) applied, ion cages expand and deform apparently, leading to the increase of ion mobility and self-diffusion coefficient with electric field, and the self-diffusion of ions along the electric field becomes faster than the other two directions due to the anisotropic deformation of ion cages. In addition, the Einstein relation connecting diffusion and mobility breaks down at strong electric fields, and it also breaks down for a single ion species even at moderate electric fields (linear-response region). PMID:23557150

  12. The role of the anion in the toxicity of imidazolium ionic liquids.

    Biczak, Robert; Pawłowska, Barbara; Bałczewski, Piotr; Rychter, Piotr

    2014-06-15

    From the environmental protection point of view, the growing interest of ionic liquids in various industrial branches has raised concerns for the toxicity assessment of these compounds. The paper discusses the effect of salts containing the shared 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium [EMIM] cation as coupled with five different anions: bromide [Br], nitrate [NO3], p-toluenesulfonate (tosylate) [Ts], dimethylphosphate [dMP] and methanesulfonate [MS] on the growth and development of higher land plants - spring barley and common radish. The experiment was done according to the ISO Standard 11269-2:1995 and the OECD/OCDE Guide 208/2006. As the indications of phytotoxicity, the percentage of sprouts and the level of dry and fresh plant mass were used; in addition, the visual assessment of any signs of damage to the examined plant species, such as growth inhibition and chlorotic changes, was also made. Results of our study has proved the negative impact of ILs on the tested plants and the toxic effect of imidazolium salts was dependent primarily on the applied ionic liquids concentration. The common radish revealed the higher tolerance to the imidazolium as compared to spring barley. The anion type of ionic liquid was crucial for the toxicity against common radish. PMID:24793294

  13. Electrode reactions of ruthenium–bipyridine complex in amide-type ionic liquids

    The electrode kinetics of [Ru(bpy)3]3+/[Ru(bpy)3]2+ (bpy = 2,2′-bipyridine) on a platinum electrode was investigated in room-temperature ionic liquids, 1-butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)amide (BMPTFSA), 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)amide (EMITFSA), and 1-butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium bis(perfluoroethylsulfonyl)amide (BMPBETA) over the temperature range from 25 to 45 °C. The diffusion coefficients of [Ru(bpy)3]2+ and [Ru(bpy)3]3+ were found to be affected not only by the viscosity of ionic liquids but also by the charge density of the complex. The activation energy for the diffusion coefficients of these complexes in the ionic liquids were close to that for the viscosity of the ionic liquids. The standard rate constants of [Ru(bpy)3]3+/[Ru(bpy)3]2+ in BMPTFSA, EMITFSA and BMPBETA were estimated by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The standard rate constants in the ionic liquids were estimated to be smaller than those in aqueous and organic electrolytes, probably due to the slow dynamics of the ionic liquids.

  14. Determining diffusion coefficients of ionic liquids by means of field cycling nuclear magnetic resonance relaxometry

    Field Cycling Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (FC NMR) relaxation studies are reported for three ionic liquids: 1-ethyl-3- methylimidazolium thiocyanate (EMIM-SCN, 220–258 K), 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (BMIM-BF4, 243–318 K), and 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate (BMIM-PF6, 258–323 K). The dispersion of 1H spin-lattice relaxation rate R1(ω) is measured in the frequency range of 10 kHz–20 MHz, and the studies are complemented by 19F spin-lattice relaxation measurements on BMIM-PF6 in the corresponding frequency range. From the 1H relaxation results self-diffusion coefficients for the cation in EMIM-SCN, BMIM-BF4, and BMIM-PF6 are determined. This is done by performing an analysis considering all relevant intra- and intermolecular relaxation contributions to the 1H spin-lattice relaxation as well as by benefiting from the universal low-frequency dispersion law characteristic of Fickian diffusion which yields, at low frequencies, a linear dependence of R1 on square root of frequency. From the 19F relaxation both anion and cation diffusion coefficients are determined for BMIM-PF6. The diffusion coefficients obtained from FC NMR relaxometry are in good agreement with results reported from pulsed- field-gradient NMR. This shows that NMR relaxometry can be considered as an alternative route of determining diffusion coefficients of both cations and anions in ionic liquids

  15. Sensors for Highly Toxic Gases: Methylamine and Hydrogen Chloride Detection at Low Concentrations in an Ionic Liquid on Pt Screen Printed Electrodes

    Krishnan Murugappan

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Commercially available Pt screen printed electrodes (SPEs have been employed as possible electrode materials for methylamine (MA and hydrogen chloride (HCl gas detection. The room temperature ionic liquid (RTIL 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonylimide ([C2mim][NTf2] was used as a solvent and the electrochemical behaviour of both gases was first examined using cyclic voltammetry. The reaction mechanism appears to be the same on Pt SPEs as on Pt microelectrodes. Furthermore, the analytical utility was studied to understand the behaviour of these highly toxic gases at low concentrations on SPEs, with calibration graphs obtained from 10 to 80 ppm. Three different electrochemical techniques were employed: linear sweep voltammetry (LSV, differential pulse voltammetry (DPV and square wave voltammetry (SWV, with no significant differences in the limits of detection (LODs between the techniques (LODs were between 1.4 to 3.6 ppm for all three techniques for both gases. The LODs achieved on Pt SPEs were lower than the current Occupational Safety and Health Administration Permissible Exposure Limit (OSHA PEL limits of the two gases (5 ppm for HCl and 10 ppm for MA, suggesting that Pt SPEs can successfully be combined with RTILs to be used as cheap alternatives for amperometric gas sensing in applications where these toxic gases may be released.

  16. The Effect of Ionic Liquid Pretreatment on the Bioconversion of Tomato Processing Waste to Fermentable Sugars and Biogas.

    Allison, Brittany J; Cádiz, Juan Canales; Karuna, Nardrapee; Jeoh, Tina; Simmons, Christopher W

    2016-08-01

    Tomato pomace is an abundant lignocellulosic waste stream from industrial tomato processing and therefore a potential feedstock for production of renewable biofuels. However, little research has been conducted to determine if pretreatment can enhance release of fermentable sugars from tomato pomace. Ionic liquids (ILs) are an emerging pretreatment technology for lignocellulosic biomass to increase enzymatic digestibility and biofuel yield while utilizing recyclable chemicals with low toxicity. In this study, pretreatment of tomato pomace with the ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate ([C2mim][OAc]) was investigated. Changes in pomace enzymatic digestibility were affected by pretreatment time and temperature. Certain pretreatment conditions significantly improved reducing sugar yield and hydrolysis time compared to untreated pomace. Compositional analyses suggested that pretreatment primarily removed water-soluble compounds and enriched for lignocellulose in pomace, with only subtle changes to the composition of the lignocellulose. While tomato pomace was effectively pretreated with [C2mim][OAc] to improve enzymatic digestibility, as of yet, unknown factors in the pomace caused ionic liquid pretreatment to negatively affect anaerobic digestion of pretreated material. This result, which is unique compared to similar studies on IL pretreatment of grasses and woody biomass, highlights the need for additional research to determine how the unique chemical composition of tomato pomace and other lignocellulosic fruit residues may interact with ionic liquids to generate inhibitors for downstream fermentation to biofuels. PMID:27039400

  17. Molecular interactions in the ionic liquid emim acetate and water binary mixtures probed via NMR spin relaxation and exchange spectroscopy.

    Allen, Jesse J; Bowser, Sage R; Damodaran, Krishnan

    2014-05-01

    Interactions of ionic liquids (ILs) with water are of great interest for many potential IL applications. 1-Ethyl-3-methylimidazolium (emim) acetate, in particular, has shown interesting interactions with water including hydrogen bonding and even chemical exchange. Previous studies have shown the unusual behavior of emim acetate when in the presence of 0.43 mole fraction of water, and a combination of NMR techniques is used herein to investigate the emim acetate-water system and the unusual behavior at 0.43 mole fraction of water. NMR relaxometry techniques are used to describe the effects of water on the molecular motion and interactions of emim acetate with water. A discontinuity is seen in nuclear relaxation behavior at the concentration of 0.43 mole fraction of water, and this is attributed to the formation of a hydrogen bonded network. EXSY measurements are used to determine the exchange rates between the H2 emim proton and water, which show a complex dependence on the concentration of the mixture. The findings support and expand our previous results, which suggested the presence of an extended hydrogen bonding network in the emim acetate-water system at concentrations close to 0.50 mole fraction of H2O. PMID:24654003

  18. Molecular dynamics investigation of the ionic liquid/enzyme interface: application to engineering enzyme surface charge.

    Burney, Patrick R; Nordwald, Erik M; Hickman, Katie; Kaar, Joel L; Pfaendtner, Jim

    2015-04-01

    Molecular simulations of the enzymes Candida rugosa lipase and Bos taurus α-chymotrypsin in aqueous ionic liquids 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethyl sulfate were used to study the change in enzyme-solvent interactions induced by modification of the enzyme surface charge. The enzymes were altered by randomly mutating lysine surface residues to glutamate, effectively decreasing the net surface charge by two for each mutation. These mutations resemble succinylation of the enzyme by chemical modification, which has been shown to enhance the stability of both enzymes in ILs. After establishing that the enzymes were stable on the simulated time scales, we focused the analysis on the organization of the ionic liquid substituents about the enzyme surface. Calculated solvent charge densities show that for both enzymes and in both solvents that changing positively charged residues to negative charge does indeed increase the charge density of the solvent near the enzyme surface. The radial distribution of IL constituents with respect to the enzyme reveals decreased interactions with the anion are prevalent in the modified systems when compared to the wild type, which is largely accompanied by an increase in cation contact. Additionally, the radial dependence of the charge density and ion distribution indicates that the effect of altering enzyme charge is confined to short range (≤1 nm) ordering of the IL. Ultimately, these results, which are consistent with that from prior experiments, provide molecular insight into the effect of enzyme surface charge on enzyme stability in ILs. PMID:25641162

  19. Measurement of thermal conductivity, viscosity and density of ionic liquid [EMIM][DEP]-based nanofluids☆

    Hua Xie; Zongchang Zhao; Jianhua Zhao; Hongtao Gao

    2016-01-01

    This article studied experimental y the effect of multi-wall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) on the thermo physical properties of ionic liquid-based nanofluids. The nanofluids were composed of ionic liquid, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium diethylphosphate [EMIM][DEP], or its aqueous solution[EMIM][DEP](1)+H2O(2) and MWCNTs without any surfactants. The thermal conductivity, viscosity and density of the nanofluids were mea-sured experimental y. The effects of the mass fraction of MWCNTs, temperature and the mole fraction of water on the thermo physical properties of nanofluids were studied. Results show that the thermal conductivity of nanofluids increases within the range of 1.3%–9.7%compared to their base liquids, and have a well linear depen-dence on temperature. The viscosity and density of the nanofluids exhibit a remarkable increase compared with those of the base liquids. Finally, the correlation of the effective thermal conductivity and viscosity of the nanofluids was made using the models in the literatures.

  20. Lyotropic Phase Behavior of Polybutadiene-Poly(ethylene oxide) Diblock Copolymers in Ionic Liquids

    Simone, Peter M.; Lodge, Timothy P. (UMM)

    2008-08-26

    The lyotropic phase behavior of three poly(1,2-butadiene-b-ethylene oxide) diblock copolymers (PB-PEO) with different monomer volume fractions has been studied in two different ionic liquids, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([EMI][TFSI]) and 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate ([BMI][PF{sub 6}]), across the complete concentration range. The ordered microstructures present in the solutions were characterized via small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). The phase diagrams for the PB-PEO/ionic liquid solutions include regions corresponding to the classical copolymer microstructures: body-centered-cubic lattices of spheres, hexagonally ordered cylinders, and lamellae. Additionally, the phase diagrams also include wide regions of coexisting microstructures and regions apparently corresponding to a disordered network microstructure. The phase behavior of the PB-PEO copolymers in both ionic liquids was comparable to their previously reported aqueous solution behavior. The temperature dependence of the phase diagrams was very modest, indicative of a highly segregated system. The level of solvent selectivity was also investigated via cryogenic transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM) on dilute solutions. On the basis of the morphology of the dilute solution copolymer aggregate structures in the ionic liquid solvents, and on the structural length scales of the concentrated solutions, it was concluded that for PB-PEO [BMI][PF{sub 6}] behaves as a more selective solvent than [EMI][TFSI].

  1. Synthesis and characterization of ionic liquid (EMImBF4)/Li+ - chitosan membranes for ion battery

    Lithium ion battery has been currently developed and produced because it has a longer life time, high energycapacity, and the efficient use of lithium ion battery that is suitable for storing electrical energy. However, this battery has some drawbacks such as use liquid electrolytes that are prone to leakage and flammability during the battery charging process in high temperature. In this study, an ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (EMImBF4) containing Li+ ions was synthesized and combined with chitosan polymer host as a polymer electrolyte membrane for lithium-ion batteries to solve this problems. This ionic liquid was obtained from the anion metathesis reaction between EMImBr and LiBF4 salt, while EMImBr was synthesized from the reaction between 1-methylimidazole and ethyl bromide utilizing Microwave Assisted Organic Synthesis (MAOS) method. The ionic liquid obtained was characterized by microstructure analysis with using NMR and FTIR spectroscopy. The polymer electrolyte membrane was characterized by analysis functional groups (FTIR), ionic conductivity (EIS), and surface morphology (SEM). The analysis results of ion conductivity by the EIS method showed the increase the ionic conductivity value of membranes from 1.30 × 10−2 S cm−1 for chitosan to 1.30 × 10−2 S cm−1 for chitosan with EMImBF4/Li+, and this result was supported by analysis the surface morphology (SEM)

  2. Tuning the theta temperature and critical micellization temperature of polymers in ionic liquids

    Lodge, Timothy; Hoarfrost, Megan

    2014-03-01

    Ionic liquids feature a combination of properties that make them very interesting solvents for polymers, but questions remain regarding the thermodynamics of polymer/ionic liquid solutions. In this work, the lower-critical-solution-temperature (LCST) phase behavior of poly(n-butyl methacrylate) (PnBMA) in mixtures of the ionic liquids 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium: bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([BMIm][TFSI]) and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium:TFSI ([EMIm][TFSI]) is characterized by transmittance, light scattering, and small-angle neutron scattering measurements. Relevant thermodynamic parameters are readily tuned by varying the ionic liquid composition. In particular, the cloud point, spinodal, and theta temperatures are all found to increase linearly with [BMIm] content. The interaction parameters are determined as a function of temperature and concentration using three different methods, and the results from each method are compared. The theta temperatures are then compared quantitatively to the critical micellization temperatures (CMTs) for PnBMA-poly(ethylene oxide) diblocks, to test the proposition that the CMT corresponds to a fixed value of chi.

  3. A study on IP2C actuators using ethylene glycol or EmI-Tf as solvent

    Di Pasquale, Giovanna; Fortuna, Luigi; Graziani, Salvatore; La Rosa, Manuela; Pollicino, Antonino; Umana, Elena

    2011-04-01

    Ionic polymer-polymer composites (IP2Cs) are a novel class of all-organic electroactive polymers that can operate both as electromechanical actuators and as sensors. They are an evolution of ionic polymer-metal composites (IPMCs), since the metallic layers, used to realize the electrodes, are substituted by using organic conductors based on PEDOT:PSS. For the IPMC based actuators it is generally reported that solvents different from water can be used to avoid the dehydration phenomenon. Here the possibility to use ethylene glycol and an ionic liquid, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium trifluoromethanesulfonate, as diluents for the IP2C is investigated. Moreover, different materials have been used for the manufacture of the device electrodes and the performances of different organic transducers have been observed and compared. Reported results show that the use of both ethylene glycol and EmI-Tf as the solvent can have beneficial effects both on the working time duration of IP2C and on the corresponding transduction behaviors.

  4. Voltammetric detection of bisphenol a by a chitosan–graphene composite modified carbon ionic liquid electrode

    In this paper 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate based carbon ionic liquid electrode (CILE) was fabricated and further modified with chitosan (CTS) and graphene (GR) composite film. The fabricated CTS-GR/CILE was further used for the investigation on the electrochemical behavior of bisphenol A (BPA) by cyclic voltammetry and differential pulse voltammetry. A well-defined anodic peak appeared at 0.436 V in 0.1 mol/L pH 8.0 Britton–Robinson buffer solution, which was attributed to the electrooxidation of BPA on the modified electrode. The electrochemical parameters of BPA on the modified electrode were calculated with the results of the charge transfer coefficient (α) as 0.662 and the apparent heterogeneous electron transfer rate constant (ks) as 1.36 s−1. Under the optimal conditions, a linear relationship between the oxidation peak current of BPA and its concentration can be obtained in the range from 0.1 μmol/L to 800.0 μmol/L with the limit of detection as 2.64 × 10−8 mol/L (3σ). The CTS-GR/CILE was applied to the detection of BPA content in plastic products with satisfactory results. - Highlights: ► A graphene modified carbon ionic liquid electrode was fabricated and characterized. ► Electrochemical behaviors of bisphenol A were investigated. ► Bisphenol A was detected by the proposed electrode.

  5. Fluoroquinolone antibiotic determination in bovine, ovine and caprine milk using solid-phase extraction and high-performance liquid chromatography-fluorescence detection with ionic liquids as mobile phase additives.

    Herrera-Herrera, Antonio V; Hernández-Borges, Javier; Rodríguez-Delgado, Miguel Angel

    2009-10-23

    This paper describes the use of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (EMIm-BF(4)) as mobile phase additive for the analysis by high-performance liquid chromatography with fluorescence detection of a group of seven basic fluoroquinolone antibiotics (i.e. fleroxacin, ciprofloxacin, lomefloxacin, danofloxacin, enrofloxacin, sarafloxacin and difloxacin) in different milk samples. EMIm-BF(4) was found superior to 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate for the separation of the analytes from chromatographic interferences of the sample matrix. The optimized method was applied to the analysis of ovine, caprine and bovine milk, in the last case in either skimmed, semi-skimmed and full-cream milk after suitable acidic deproteination followed by a solid-phase extraction procedure. Recovery values between 73% and 113% were obtained for the three types of bovine milk samples, as well as for ovine and caprine milk (RSDs below 16% in all cases), which clearly demonstrates the applicability of the method to the three types of milk irrespective of the fat content of the samples. Limits of detection were in the range of 0.5-8.1 microg/L (approximately 0.5-25.9 microg/kg), well below the maximum residue limits established for these compounds by the current European legislation. A screening study of 24 different milk samples was also developed. In none of the samples, residues of the selected antibiotics were found. PMID:19268960

  6. MWCNTs/Cu(OH)2 nanoparticles/IL nanocomposite modified glassy carbon electrode as a voltammetric sensor for determination of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac

    This paper describes the development and utilization of a new nanocomposite consisting of Cu(OH)2 nanoparticles, hydrophobic ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate (EMIMPF6) and multiwalled carbon nanotubes for glassy carbon electrode modification. The nanocomposite was characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) along with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). The modified electrode was used for electrochemical characterization of diclofenac. Using differential pulse voltammetry, the prepared sensor showed good sensitivity and selectivity with low overpotential for the determination of diclofenac in the range from 0.18 to 119 μM, with a detection limit of 0.04 μM. Electrochemical studies suggested that the MWCNTs/Cu(OH)2 nanoparticles/IL nanocomposite modified electrode provided a synergistic augmentation on the voltammetric behavior of electrochemical oxidation of diclofenac, which was indicated by the improvement of anodic peak current. Highlights: ► This work examines oxidation of diclofenac at a nanocomposite modified electrode. ► The salient feature of this electrode is large diffusion coefficient. ► The proposed electrode decreased overpotential of diclofenac electrooxidation. ► The modified electrode has good stability and reproducibility.

  7. MWCNTs/Cu(OH){sub 2} nanoparticles/IL nanocomposite modified glassy carbon electrode as a voltammetric sensor for determination of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac

    Arvand, Majid, E-mail: arvand@guilan.ac.ir; Gholizadeh, Tahereh M.; Zanjanchi, Mohammad Ali

    2012-08-01

    This paper describes the development and utilization of a new nanocomposite consisting of Cu(OH){sub 2} nanoparticles, hydrophobic ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate (EMIMPF{sub 6}) and multiwalled carbon nanotubes for glassy carbon electrode modification. The nanocomposite was characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) along with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). The modified electrode was used for electrochemical characterization of diclofenac. Using differential pulse voltammetry, the prepared sensor showed good sensitivity and selectivity with low overpotential for the determination of diclofenac in the range from 0.18 to 119 {mu}M, with a detection limit of 0.04 {mu}M. Electrochemical studies suggested that the MWCNTs/Cu(OH){sub 2} nanoparticles/IL nanocomposite modified electrode provided a synergistic augmentation on the voltammetric behavior of electrochemical oxidation of diclofenac, which was indicated by the improvement of anodic peak current. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer This work examines oxidation of diclofenac at a nanocomposite modified electrode. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The salient feature of this electrode is large diffusion coefficient. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The proposed electrode decreased overpotential of diclofenac electrooxidation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The modified electrode has good stability and reproducibility.

  8. Electrochemiluminescent Ion Gels for DC-Driven, Sub-2V Solid-State Emissive Devices by Incorporating Redox Coreactants

    Moon, Hong Chul; Lodge, Timothy P.; Frisbie, C. Daniel

    2015-03-01

    We have demonstrated a solid-state DC-driven electrochemiluminescent (ECL) device using a solution processable, emissive ECL gel based on polystyrene-block-poly(methyl methacrylate)-block-polystyrene (SMS) and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([EMI][TFSI]). Tetrabutylammonium oxalate (TBAOX) was incorporated into the ECL gel for a coreactant strategy. Oxalate can be viewed as a consumable fuel for the device providing reducing power and cutting the overall operating voltage. The device was fabricated by a simple two-step solution process. Application of 1.6 V DC bias across the device resulted in the onset of light emission. The maximum luminance was achieved at 1:5 mole ratio of ECL luminophore (Ru(bpy)3(PF6)2) and TBAOX, and the turn-on voltage was independent of the composition. The simplicity of the ECL device and its low voltage operation characteristics make it potentially attractive as a display element for printed electronics. TPL and CDF acknowledge financial support from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research under FA9550-12-1-0067.

  9. Thermoelectric energy recovery at ionic-liquid/electrode interface

    Bonetti, Marco; Nakamae, Sawako; Huang, Bo Tao; Wiertel-Gasquet, Cécile; Roger, Michel [Service de Physique de l’Etat Condensé, CEA-IRAMIS-SPEC, CNRS-UMR 3680, CEA Saclay, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex (France); Salez, Thomas J. [Service de Physique de l’Etat Condensé, CEA-IRAMIS-SPEC, CNRS-UMR 3680, CEA Saclay, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex (France); École des Ponts ParisTech, 6 et 8 avenue Blaise Pascal, Champs-sur-Marne, F-77455 Marne-la-Vallée (France)

    2015-06-28

    A thermally chargeable capacitor containing a binary solution of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)-imide in acetonitrile is electrically charged by applying a temperature gradient to two ideally polarisable electrodes. The corresponding thermoelectric coefficient is −1.7 mV/K for platinum foil electrodes and −0.3 mV/K for nanoporous carbon electrodes. Stored electrical energy is extracted by discharging the capacitor through a resistor. The measured capacitance of the electrode/ionic-liquid interface is 5 μF for each platinum electrode while it becomes four orders of magnitude larger, ≈36 mF, for a single nanoporous carbon electrode. Reproducibility of the effect through repeated charging-discharging cycles under a steady-state temperature gradient demonstrates the robustness of the electrical charging process at the liquid/electrode interface. The acceleration of the charging by convective flows is also observed. This offers the possibility to convert waste-heat into electric energy without exchanging electrons between ions and electrodes, in contrast to what occurs in most thermogalvanic cells.

  10. Ethanol extraction from its azeotropic mixture with hexane employing different ionic liquids as solvents

    Highlights: ► Several ionic liquids were investigated as solvents to extract ethanol from hexane. ► Determination of LLE for the ternary systems was carried out at T = 298.15 K. ► Structural influence of the ionic liquids on the extraction process was analyzed. ► Experimental LLE data were correlated by means of the NRTL and UNIQUAC models. - Abstract: In this work, the ionic liquids 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide, [EMim][NTf2], 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide, [BMim][NTf2], 1-butyl-3-methylpyridinium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide, [BMpy][NTf2], 1-butyl-3-methylpyridinium trifluoromethanesulfonate, [BMpy][TfO], have been investigated for their use as solvents in extraction processes for the ethanol removal from its azeotropic mixture with hexane. Therefore, the experimental determination of the liquid + liquid equilibrium for the ternary systems {hexane (1) + ethanol (2) + [EMim][NTf2] (3)}, {hexane (1) + ethanol (2) + [BMim][NTf2] (3)}, {hexane (1) + ethanol (2) + [BMpy][NTf2] (3)} and {hexane (1) + ethanol (2) + [BMpy][TfO] (3)} was carried out at T = 298.15 K and atmospheric pressure. Classical parameters such as selectivity and solute distribution ratio, derived from the tie-line data, were calculated and afterwards, the structural influence of the ionic liquids on the extraction process was analyzed. Finally, the experimental LLE data were correlated by means of the NRTL and UNIQUAC models.

  11. Determination and modelling of osmotic coefficients and vapour pressures of binary systems 1- and 2-propanol with CnMimNTf2 ionic liquids (n = 2, 3, and 4) at T = 323.15 K

    Highlights: → Osmotic coefficients of 1- and 2-propanol with CnMimNTf2 (n = 2, 3, and 4) are determined. → Experimental data were correlated with extended Pitzer model of Archer and MNRTL. → Mean molal activity coefficients and excess Gibbs free energies were calculated. → Effect of the anion is studied comparing these results with literature. - Abstract: The osmotic and activity coefficients and vapour pressures of binary mixtures containing 1-propanol, or 2-propanol and imidazolium-based ionic liquids with bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide as anion (1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide, C2MimNTf2, 1-methyl-3-propylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide, C3MimNTf2, and 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide, C4MimNTf2) were determined at T = 323.15 K using the vapour pressure osmometry technique. The experimental osmotic coefficients were correlated using the extended Pitzer model modified by Archer and the MNRTL model, obtaining standard deviations lower than 0.033 and 0.064, respectively. The mean molal activity coefficients and the excess Gibbs free energy for the mixtures studied were calculated from the parameters of the extended Pitzer model modified by Archer. Besides the effect of the alkyl-chain of the cation, the effect of the anion can be assessed comparing the experimental results with those previously obtained for imidazolium ionic liquids with sulphate anions.

  12. Performance analysis of absorption heat transformer cycles using ionic liquids based on imidazolium cation as absorbents with 2,2,2-trifluoroethanol as refrigerant

    Highlights: • TFE + [emim][BF4] (or [bmim][BF4]) absorption heat transformer cycles are studied. • Influence of various operating conditions on cycle’s performance is investigated. • Performance comparisons with H2O + LiBr and TFE + TEGDME cycles are done. • Enthalpy data for TFE + [emim][BF4] (or [bmim][BF4]) liquid mixtures are calculated. • TFE + [emim][BF4] (or [bmim][BF4]) cycles have higher gross temperature lift (GTL). - Abstract: A detailed thermodynamic performance analysis of a single-stage absorption heat transformer and double absorption heat transformer cycles using new working pairs composed of ionic liquids (1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([emim][BF4]) and 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([bmim][BF4])) as absorbent and 2,2,2-trifluoroethanol (TFE) as refrigerant has been studied. Several performance indicators were used to evaluate and compare the performance of the cycles using the TFE + [emim][BF4] and TFE + [bmim][BF4] working pairs with the conventional H2O + LiBr and organic TFE + TEGDME working pairs. The obtained results show that the ionic liquid based working pairs are suitable candidates to replace the conventional H2O + LiBr working pairs in order to avoid the disadvantages associated with it mainly crystallization and corrosion and also they perform better (higher gross temperature lift) than TFE + TEGDME working pair at several operating conditions considered in this work

  13. Community dynamics and glycoside hydrolase activities of thermophilic bacterial consortia adapted to switchgrass

    Gladden, J.M.; Allgaier, M.; Miller, C.S.; Hazen, T.C.; VanderGheynst, J.S.; Hugenholtz, P.; Simmons, B.A.; Singer, S.W.

    2011-05-01

    Industrial-scale biofuel production requires robust enzymatic cocktails to produce fermentable sugars from lignocellulosic biomass. Thermophilic bacterial consortia are a potential source of cellulases and hemicellulases adapted to harsher reaction conditions than commercial fungal enzymes. Compost-derived microbial consortia were adapted to switchgrass at 60 C to develop thermophilic biomass-degrading consortia for detailed studies. Microbial community analysis using small-subunit rRNA gene amplicon pyrosequencing and short-read metagenomic sequencing demonstrated that thermophilic adaptation to switchgrass resulted in low-diversity bacterial consortia with a high abundance of bacteria related to thermophilic paenibacilli, Rhodothermus marinus, and Thermus thermophilus. At lower abundance, thermophilic Chloroflexi and an uncultivated lineage of the Gemmatimonadetes phylum were observed. Supernatants isolated from these consortia had high levels of xylanase and endoglucanase activities. Compared to commercial enzyme preparations, the endoglucanase enzymes had a higher thermotolerance and were more stable in the presence of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate ([C2mim][OAc]), an ionic liquid used for biomass pretreatment. The supernatants were used to saccharify [C2mim][OAc]-pretreated switchgrass at elevated temperatures (up to 80 C), demonstrating that these consortia are an excellent source of enzymes for the development of enzymatic cocktails tailored to more extreme reaction conditions.

  14. A study of the acid-catalyzed hydrolysis of cellulose dissolved in ionic liquids and the factors influencing the dehydration of glucose and the formation of humins.

    Dee, Sean J; Bell, Alexis T

    2011-08-22

    An investigation was carried out into the hydrolysis of cellulose dissolved in 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ([Emim][Cl]) and 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ([Bmim][Cl]) catalyzed by mineral acids. Glucose, cellobiose, and 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (5-HMF) were observed as the primary reaction products. The initial rate of glucose formation was determined to be of first order in the concentrations of dissolved glucan and protons and of zero order in the concentration of water. The absence of a dependence on water concentration suggests that cleavage of the β-1,4-glycosidic linkages near chain ends is irreversible. The apparent activation energy for glucose formation is 96 kJ mol(-1). The absence of oligosaccharides longer than cellobiose suggests that cleavage of interior glycosidic bonds is reversible due to the slow diffusional separation of cleaved chains in the highly viscous glucan/ionic liquid solution. Progressive addition of water during the course of glucan hydrolysis inhibited the rate of glucose dehydration to 5-HMF and the formation of humins. The inhibition of glucose dehydration is attributed to stronger interaction of protons with water than the 2-OH atom of the pyranose ring of glucose, the critical step in the proposed mechanism for the formation of 5-HMF. The reduction in humin formation associated with water addition is ascribed to the lowered concentration of 5-HMF, since the formation of humins is suggested to proceed through the condensation polymerization of 5-HMF with glucose. PMID:21809450

  15. A link between structure, diffusion and rotations of hydrogen bonding tracers in ionic liquids

    Araque, Juan C.; Daly, Ryan P.; Margulis, Claudio J.

    2016-05-01

    When solutes are small compared to the size of the ions in an ionic liquid, energetic heterogeneities associated with charge enhanced (stiff) and charge depleted (soft) nanoenvironments are sampled. In a recent article [J. C. Araque et al., J. Phys. Chem. B 119(23), 7015-7029 (2015)], we explored large deviations from Stokes-Einstein translational diffusion caused by such a heterogeneity. The current article is set to explore the effect of soft and stiff solvent environments (i.e., structure) on OH-bond rotations in the case of water and small alcohols in 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([" separators="Im1,2 + ][" separators="NTf2- ]). Is solute rotational dynamics heterogeneous? If so, are solute rotations and translations coupled in the sense that stiff and soft solvent environments hinder or speed up both types of dynamics? For the systems studied here, there appears to be a clear connection between translations, rotations, and stiff/soft solvent environments. We also discuss interesting asymmetries of the correlation between solutes with anions and cations.

  16. Electrochemical horseradish peroxidase biosensor based on dextran-ionic liquid-V2O5 nanobelt composite material modified carbon ionic liquid electrode

    Direct electrochemistry of horseradish peroxidase (HRP) was realized in a dextran (De), 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethylsulphate ([EMIM]EtOSO3) and V2O5 nanobelt composite material modified carbon ionic liquid electrode (CILE). Spectroscopic results indicated that HRP retained its native structure in the composite. A pair of well-defined redox peaks of HRP appeared in pH 3.0 phosphate buffer solution with the formal potential of -0.213 V (vs. SCE), which was the characteristic of HRP heme Fe(III)/Fe(II) redox couple. The result was attributed to the specific characteristics of De-IL-V2O5 nanocomposite and CILE, which promoted the direct electron transfer rate of HRP with electrode. The electrochemical parameters of HRP on the composite modified electrode were calculated and the electrocatalysis of HRP to the reduction of trichloroacetic acid (TCA) was examined. Under the optimal conditions the reduction peak current increased with TCA concentration in the range from 0.4 to 16.0 mmol L-1. The proposed electrode is valuable for the third-generation electrochemical biosensor.

  17. A new QM/MM method oriented to the study of ionic liquids.

    Sánchez, M Luz; Corchado, José C; Martín, M Elena; Galván, Ignacio Fdez; Barata-Morgado, Rute; Aguilar, Manuel A

    2015-09-30

    The interest on room temperature ionic liquids has grown in the last decades because of their use as all-purpose solvent and their low environmental impact. In the present work, a new theoretical procedure is developed to study pure ionic liquids within the framework of the quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics method. Each type of ion (cation or anion) is considered as an independent entity quantum mechanically described that follows a differentiated path in the liquid. The method permits, through an iterative procedure, the full coupling between the polarized charge distribution of the ions and the liquid structure around them. The procedure has been tested with 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate. It was found that, similar to non-polar liquids and as a consequence of the low value of the reaction field, the cation and anion charge distributions are hardly polarized by the rest of molecules in the liquid. Their structure is characterized by an alternance between anion and cation shells as evidenced by the coincidence of the first maximum of the anion-anion and cation-cation radial distribution functions with the first minimum of the anion-cation. Some degree of stacking between the cations is also found. PMID:26213207

  18. Quaternary (liquid + liquid) equilibrium data for the extraction of toluene from alkanes using the ionic liquid [EMim][MSO4

    Highlights: • EMim[MSO4] was proposed as solvent for the extraction of toluene from alkanes. • The quaternary system {heptane + cyclohexane + toluene + [EMim][MSO4]} was evaluated. • The extraction of toluene would be facilitated in the presence of one alkane. • Experimental LLE data were successfully correlated with the NRTL model. - Abstract: (Liquid + liquid) equilibrium (LLE) studies for the extraction of aromatics from alkanes present in the petroleum fractions are important to develop theoretical/semiempirical (liquid + liquid) equilibrium models, which are used in the design of extraction processes. In this work, the ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium methylsulfate, [EMim][MSO4], was evaluated as potential solvent for the separation of toluene from heptane and cyclohexane. The LLE data for the quaternary system {heptane (1) + cyclohexane (2) + toluene (3) + [EMim][MSO4] (4)} were experimentally determined at T = 298.15 K and atmospheric pressure. Moreover, the LLE data for the ternary systems {heptane or cyclohexane (1) + toluene (2) + [EMim][MSO4] (3)} were also determined. Solute distribution ratios and selectivities were calculated and analysed in order to evaluate the capability of the ionic liquid to accomplish the separation target. A comparison between the solute distribution ratios and selectivities for the quaternary and the ternary systems was also made. Finally, the experimental tie-line data were correlated with the NRTL model

  19. (Liquid + liquid) extraction of methanol from alkanes using dialkylphosphate-based ionic liquids as solvents

    Highlights: • Several ILs were studied as solvents to extract methanol from alkanes. • LLE data for ternary systems were measured at T = 298.2 K and atmospheric pressure. • LLE data for ternary systems were successfully correlated by using the NRTL model. • Results of solute distribution ratio and selectivity were compared with literature. • The [MMIM][DMP] showed the best extraction effectiveness in the studied ILs. - Abstract: In this work, the feasibility of ionic liquids (ILs), 1,3-dimethylimidazolium dimethylphosphate ([MMIM][DMP]), 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium diethylphosphate ([EMIM][DEP]), and 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium dibutylphosphate ([BMIM][DBP]), as solvents for the extraction of methanol from its mixtures with hexane and heptane was analyzed. The knowledge of (liquid + liquid) equilibria (LLE) of these mixtures is necessary for the design of the extraction separation process. Hence, the LLE data for the ternary systems, {methanol + hexane + ([MMIM][DMP], or [EMIM][DEP], or [BMIM][DBP])}, and {methanol + heptane + ([MMIM][DMP], or [EMIM][DEP], or [BMIM][DBP])}, were measured at T = 298.2 K and atmospheric pressure. The experimental results were correlated with the thermodynamic nonrandom two-liquid (NRTL) model. The solute distribution ratios of methanol and methanol/alkane selectivities, derived from the experimental LLE data, were calculated and analyzed to evaluate the capability of the studied ILs to accomplish the separation target. Meanwhile, these capabilities were also compared with that of other ILs obtained from the literature

  20. Ionic-liquid-based, manual-shaking- and ultrasound-assisted, surfactant-enhanced emulsification microextraction for the determination of three fungicide residues in juice samples.

    Chen, Xiaochu; You, Xiangwei; Liu, Fengmao; Hou, Fan; Zhang, Xu

    2015-01-01

    A novel manual-shaking- and ultrasound-assisted surfactant-enhanced emulsification microextraction method was developed for the determination of three fungicides in juice samples. In this method, the ionic liquid, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis[(trifluoromethyl)sulfonyl]imide, instead of a volatile organic solvent was used as the extraction solvent. The surfactant, NP-10, was used as an emulsifier to enhance the dispersion of the water-immiscible ionic liquid into an aqueous phase, which accelerated the mass transfer of the analytes. Organic dispersive solvent typically required in common dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction methods was not necessary. In addition, manual shaking for 15 s before ultrasound to preliminarily mix the extraction solvent and the aqueous sample could greatly shorten the time for dispersing the ionic liquid into aqueous solution by ultrasound irradiation. Several experimental parameters affecting the extraction efficiency, including type and volume of extraction solvent, type and concentration of surfactant, extraction time, and pH, were optimized. Under the optimized conditions, good linearity with the correlation coefficients (γ) higher than 0.9986 and high sensitivity with the limit of detection ranging from 0.4 to 1.6 μg/L were obtained. The average recoveries ranged from 61.4 to 86.0% for spiked juice, with relative standard deviations from 1.8 to 9.7%. The proposed method was demonstrated to be a simple, fast, and efficient method for the analysis of the target fungicides in juice samples. PMID:25394281

  1. Sub-nanomolar sensing of ionic mercury with polymeric electrospun nanofibers

    Kacmaz, Sibel [University of Dokuz Eylul, The Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences, Department of Chemistry, 35160 Izmir (Turkey); Ertekin, Kadriye, E-mail: kadriye.ertekin@deu.edu.tr [University of Dokuz Eylul, Faculty of Sciences, Department of Chemistry, 35160 Izmir (Turkey); University of Dokuz Eylul, Center for Fabrication and Application of Electronic Materials (EMUM), 35160 Izmir (Turkey); Suslu, Aslihan [University of Dokuz Eylul, The Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences, Department of Chemistry, 35160 Izmir (Turkey); University of Dokuz Eylul, Faculty Engineering, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, 35160 Izmir (Turkey); Ergun, Yavuz [University of Dokuz Eylul, Faculty of Sciences, Department of Chemistry, 35160 Izmir (Turkey); Celik, Erdal [University of Dokuz Eylul, Center for Fabrication and Application of Electronic Materials (EMUM), 35160 Izmir (Turkey); University of Dokuz Eylul, Faculty Engineering, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, 35160 Izmir (Turkey); Cocen, Umit [University of Dokuz Eylul, Faculty Engineering, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, 35160 Izmir (Turkey)

    2012-03-15

    Ethyl cellulose (EC) based electrospun nanofibers were exploited for sub-nanomolar level optical chemical sensing of ionic mercury. An azomethine ionophore was used as Hg (I) and Hg (II) sensing material. Ethyl cellulose nanofibers with varying amounts of the ionic liquid; 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (EMIMBF{sub 4}) were prepared and characterized. The nanofibers were fabricated by electrospinning technique. The offered chemosensor allow determination of mercury ions in a large linear working range between 1.0 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -10} and 1.0 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -4} mol L{sup -1}. Limit of detection was found to be 0.07 nM which makes this technique alternative to cold-vapor atomic absorption spectrometry (CV-AAS), flame emission methods and to inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). The electrospun nanofibers exhibited excellent sensitivity for Hg (II) with respect to the continuous thin films prepared with same composition. The observed high sensitivity can be attributed to the high surface area of the nanofibrous materials and enhanced diffusibility of the mercury ions to the ionophore.

  2. Influence of surfactant-free ionic liquid microemulsions pretreatment on the composition, structure and enzymatic hydrolysis of water hyacinth.

    Xu, Fan; Chen, Li; Wang, Aili; Yan, Zongcheng

    2016-05-01

    This study investigated the pretreatment performance of surfactant-free ionic liquid microemulsions (ILMs) on water hyacinth. Pretreatment effects were evaluated in terms of lignocellulosic composition, structure and enzymatic hydrolysis. Analysis of the regenerated water hyacinth indicated that the content of the lignocellulosic composition changed, and the surface became more porous. After being pretreated with ILM(a) (mass ratio of toluene: ethanol: 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate ([Emim]Ac)=0.35:0.3:0.35) at 70°C for 12h, the maximum delignification of 63.6% was observed. The cellulose of the water hyacinth was well protected and retained during the pretreatment process. After being enzymatically hydrolyzed for 48 h, the reducing sugar yield of the water hyacinth pretreated with ILM(a) at 70°C for 6 h was 563.7 mg/g, and its hydrolysis yield (86.1%) was nearly four and a half times of that of the untreated one (20.2%). In conclusion, the designed surfactant-free ILMs exhibit promising potential application in biomass pretreatment. PMID:26913644

  3. Ternary (liquid + liquid) equilibria of {trifluorotris(perfluoroethyl)phosphate based ionic liquids + thiophene + heptane}: Part 2

    Highlights: • Ternary (liquid + liquid) equilibria for 3 ionic liquid + thiophene + heptane systems. • The influence of ionic liquid structure on phase diagrams is discussed. • Influence of IL structure on S and β for heptane/thiophene separation is discussed. - Abstract: Ternary (liquid + liquid) equilibria for 3 systems containing ionic liquids {(1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium trifluorotris(perfluoroethyl)phosphate, 1-(2-hydroxyethyl)-3-methylimidazolium trifluorotris(perfluoroethyl)phosphate, ethyl-dimethyl-(2-methoxyethyl)ammonium trifluorotris(perfluoroethyl)phosphate) + thiophene + heptane} have been determined at T = 298.15 K. The selectivity and solute distribution ratio were calculated for investigated systems and compared with literature values obtained for other systems containing ionic liquids with [FAP]− anions and [emim]+ cations. In each system, high solubility of thiophene and low solubility of heptane in the ionic liquid are observed. The experimental results have been correlated using NRTL model. The influence of the structure of ionic liquid on phase equilibria, selectivity and solute distribution ratio is discussed

  4. Polymer-ionic liquid ternary systems for Li-battery electrolytes: Molecular dynamics studies of LiTFSI in a EMIm-TFSI and PEO blend

    This paper presents atomistic molecular dynamics simulation studies of lithium bis(trifluoromethane)sulfonylimide (LiTFSI) in a blend of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium (EMIm)-TFSI and poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO), which is a promising electrolyte material for Li- and Li-ion batteries. Simulations of 100 ns were performed for temperatures between 303 K and 423 K, for a Li:ether oxygen ratio of 1:16, and for PEO chains with 26 EO repeating units. Li+ coordination and transportation were studied in the ternary electrolyte system, i.e., PEO16LiTFSI⋅1.0 EMImTFSI, by applying three different force field models and are here compared to relevant simulation and experimental data. The force fields generated significantly different results, where a scaled charge model displayed the most reasonable comparisons with previous work and overall consistency. It is generally seen that the Li cations are primarily coordinated to polymer chains and less coupled to TFSI anion. The addition of EMImTFSI in the electrolyte system enhances Li diffusion, associated to the enhanced TFSI dynamics observed when increasing the overall TFSI anion concentration in the polymer matrix

  5. Direct extraction of genomic DNA from maize with aqueous ionic liquid buffer systems for applications in genetically modified organisms analysis.

    Gonzalez García, Eric; Ressmann, Anna K; Gaertner, Peter; Zirbs, Ronald; Mach, Robert L; Krska, Rudolf; Bica, Katharina; Brunner, Kurt

    2014-12-01

    To date, the extraction of genomic DNA is considered a bottleneck in the process of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) detection. Conventional DNA isolation methods are associated with long extraction times and multiple pipetting and centrifugation steps, which makes the entire procedure not only tedious and complicated but also prone to sample cross-contamination. In recent times, ionic liquids have emerged as innovative solvents for biomass processing, due to their outstanding properties for dissolution of biomass and biopolymers. In this study, a novel, easily applicable, and time-efficient method for the direct extraction of genomic DNA from biomass based on aqueous-ionic liquid solutions was developed. The straightforward protocol relies on extraction of maize in a 10 % solution of ionic liquids in aqueous phosphate buffer for 5 min at room temperature, followed by a denaturation step at 95 °C for 10 min and a simple filtration to remove residual biopolymers. A set of 22 ionic liquids was tested in a buffer system and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium dimethylphosphate, as well as the environmentally benign choline formate, were identified as ideal candidates. With this strategy, the quality of the genomic DNA extracted was significantly improved and the extraction protocol was notably simplified compared with a well-established method. PMID:25381609

  6. Polymer Sensitized Quasi Solid-State Photovoltaic Cells Using Derivatives of Polythiophene

    G.K.R.Senadeera; J.M.R.C. Fernando

    2006-01-01

    Substituted thiophene sensitized, nanocrystalline TiO2-based quasi solid-state solar cells were fabricated by using either poly (3-thiophene acetic acid) (P3TAA) or a copolymer with poly (3-thiophene acetic acid)-poly (hexyl thiophene) (P3TAA-PHT) polymers and copper iodide (Cul) as a hole conducting material together with an ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis (trifluoromethylsulfonyl) amide and lithium bis (trifluoromethanesulfone) imide as additives for charge transport promotion. Dramatic enhancements in the cell performances were observed with the additives in Cul. While the cell sensitized with P3TAA generated a conversion efficiency of ~0.3% under simulated full sunlight of 100 mW.cm-2 (air mass: 1.5), the cell sensitized with copolymer P3TAA-PHT delivered ~0.25% efficiency under the same conditions with ~1.23 mA.cm-2 as photocurrent and ~371 mV as photovoltage.

  7. Water/ionic liquid/organic three-phase interfacial synthesis of coral-like polypyrrole toward enhanced electrochemical capacitance

    Highlights: → Interfacial synthesis strategies are proposed to synthesize PPy samples. → Water/ionic liquid /organic three-phase interface for preparing coral-like PPy. → Coral-like PPy with more ordered structure and better electronic conductivity. → Coral-like PPy owns higher rate performance and better electrochemical stability. - Abstract: Two interfacial synthesis strategies are proposed to synthesize polypyrrole samples for electrochemical capacitors (ECs). In contrast to water/organic two-phase route, unique water/ionic liquid (IL)/organic three-phase interface strategy is first performed to prepare coral-like polypyrrole with even better electrochemical capacitance, where 1-Ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate IL, as a 'buffering zone', is set between the water and organic phases to control the morphology and micro-structure of the polypyrrole phase during polymerization. The polypyrrole synthesized by three-phase interfacial route owns more ordered structure, less charge transfer resistance and better electronic conductivity, compared with two-phase method, and delivers larger specific capacitance, higher rate performance and better electrochemical stability at large current densities in 3 M KCl aqueous electrolyte.

  8. Cellulose gels produced in room temperature ionic liquids by ionizing radiation

    Cellulose-based gels were produced in room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) by ionizing radiation. Cellulose was dissolved at the initial concentration of 20 wt% in 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium (EMI)-acetate or N,N-diethyl-N-methyl-N-(2-methoxyethyl)ammonium (DEMA)-formate with a water content of 18 wt%, and irradiated with γ-rays under aerated condition to produce new cellulose gels. The gel fractions of the cellulose gels obtained in EMI-acetate and DEMA-formate at a dose of 10 kGy were 13% and 19%, respectively. The formation of gel fractions was found to depend on the initial concentration of cellulose, water content, and irradiation temperature. The obtained gel readily absorbed water, methanol, ethanol, dichloromethane, N,N-dimethylacetamide, and RTILs. - Highlights: • Cellulose gels were produced in room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs). • Water plays a crucial role in the cross-linking reaction. • Cellulose gels swollen with RTILs show good electronic conductivity (3.0 mS cm−1)

  9. Crosslinking of polysaccharides in room temperature ionic liquids by ionizing radiation

    Kimura, Atsushi; Nagasawa, Naotsugu; Shimada, Akihiko; Taguchi, Mitsumasa

    2016-07-01

    Crosslinking of polysaccharides in room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) by ionizing radiation were investigated by the scavenging method, fluorescent and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis. Radiation chemical yields of hydroxyl radicals inducing the crosslinking of cellulose were estimated with phenol as a scavenger, and increased with water content in 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate (EMI-acetate). Cellulose gel was also produced in fluorescent carboxylate-based RTILs, 1,3-dibutylimidazolium acetate (DBI-acetate). Light emission from DBI-acetate in cellulose gel was observed and 20-nm red shifted at a maximum wavelength of 415 nm when excited at 323 nm. Expected elements of carbon and oxygen were detected in neat cellulose by XPS, while additional nitrogen was detected in radiation-crosslinked cellulose gel produced in EMI-acetate. These results indicate that RTILs is incorporated in the cellulose gel. Chitin gel was first obtained in 1-butyl-3-methyimidazolium chloride by γ-ray irradiations, and its gel fraction increased with the dose and reached 86% at 60 kGy.

  10. An Approach to Solid-State Electrical Double Layer Capacitors Fabricated with Graphene Oxide-Doped, Ionic Liquid-Based Solid Copolymer Electrolytes

    N. F. A. Fattah

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Solid polymer electrolyte (SPE composed of semi-crystalline poly (vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene [P(VdF-HFP] copolymer, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis (trifluoromethyl sulphonyl imide [EMI-BTI] and graphene oxide (GO was prepared and its performance evaluated. The effects of GO nano-filler were investigated in terms of enhancement in ionic conductivity along with the electrochemical properties of its electrical double layer capacitors (EDLC. The GO-doped SPE shows improvement in ionic conductivity compared to the P(VdF-HFP-[EMI-BTI] SPE system due to the existence of the abundant oxygen-containing functional group in GO that assists in the improvement of the ion mobility in the polymer matrix. The complexation of the materials in the SPE is confirmed in X-ray diffraction (XRD and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA studies. The electrochemical performance of EDLC fabricated with GO-doped SPE is examined using cyclic voltammetry and charge–discharge techniques. The maximum specific capacitance obtained is 29.6 F∙g−1, which is observed at a scan rate of 3 mV/s in 6 wt % GO-doped, SPE-based EDLC. It also has excellent cyclic retention as it is able keep the performance of the EDLC at 94% even after 3000 cycles. These results suggest GO doped SPE plays a significant role in energy storage application.

  11. Printable polymer actuators from ionic liquid, soluble polyimide, and ubiquitous carbon materials.

    Imaizumi, Satoru; Ohtsuki, Yuto; Yasuda, Tomohiro; Kokubo, Hisashi; Watanabe, Masayoshi

    2013-07-10

    We present here printable high-performance polymer actuators comprising ionic liquid (IL), soluble polyimide, and ubiquitous carbon materials. Polymer electrolytes with high ionic conductivity and reliable mechanical strength are required for high-performance polymer actuators. The developed polymer electrolytes comprised a soluble sulfonated polyimide (SPI) and IL, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)amide ([C2mim][NTf2]), and they exhibited acceptable ionic conductivity up to 1 × 10(-3) S cm(-1) and favorable mechanical properties (elastic modulus >1 × 10(7) Pa). Polymer actuators based on SPI/[C2mim][NTf2] electrolytes were prepared using inexpensive activated carbon (AC) together with highly electron-conducting carbon such as acetylene black (AB), vapor grown carbon fiber (VGCF), and Ketjen black (KB). The resulting polymer actuators have a trilaminar electric double-layer capacitor structure, consisting of a polymer electrolyte layer sandwiched between carbon electrode layers. Displacement, response speed, and durability of the actuators depended on the combination of carbons. Especially the actuators with mixed AC/KB carbon electrodes exhibited relatively large displacement and high-speed response, and they kept 80% of the initial displacement even after more than 5000 cycles. The generated force of the actuators correlated with the elastic modulus of SPI/[C2mim][NTf2] electrolytes. The displacement of the actuators was proportional to the accumulated electric charge in the electrodes, regardless of carbon materials, and agreed well with the previously proposed displacement model. PMID:23738653

  12. Transfer printing of thermoreversible ion gels for flexible electronics.

    Lee, Keun Hyung; Zhang, Sipei; Gu, Yuanyan; Lodge, Timothy P; Frisbie, C Daniel

    2013-10-01

    Thermally assisted transfer printing was employed to pattern thin films of high capacitance ion gels on polyimide, poly(ethylene terephthalate), and SiO2 substrates. The ion gels consisted of 20 wt % block copolymer poly(styrene-b-ethylene oxide-b-styrene and 80 wt % ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethyl sulfonyl)amide. Patterning resolution was on the order of 10 μm. Importantly, ion gels containing the block polymer with short PS end blocks (3.4 kg/mol) could be transfer-printed because of thermoreversible gelation that enabled intimate gel-substrate contact at 100 °C, while gels with long PS blocks (11 kg/mol) were not printable at the same temperature due to poor wetting contact between the gel and substrates. By using printed ion gels as high-capacitance gate insulators, electrolyte-gated thin-film transistors were fabricated that operated at low voltages (<1 V) with high on/off current ratios (∼10(5)). Statistical analysis of carrier mobility, turn-on voltage, and on/off ratio for an array of printed transistors demonstrated the excellent reproducibility of the printing technique. The results show that transfer printing is an attractive route to pattern high-capacitance ion gels for flexible thin-film devices. PMID:24028461

  13. Comparison of different pretreatments for the production of bioethanol and biomethane from corn stover and switchgrass.

    Papa, G; Rodriguez, S; George, A; Schievano, A; Orzi, V; Sale, K L; Singh, S; Adani, F; Simmons, B A

    2015-05-01

    In this study the efficiency of mild ionic liquid (IL) pretreatment and pressurized hot water (PHW) is evaluated and compared in terms of bioethanol and biomethane yields, with corn stover (CS) and switchgrass (SG) as model bioenergy crops. Both feedstocks pretreated with the IL 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate [C2C1Im][OAc] at 100°C for 3h exhibited lower glucose yield that those treated with harsher pretreatment conditions previously used. Compared to PHW, IL pretreatment demonstrated higher bioethanol yields; moreover IL pretreatment enhanced biomethane production. Taking into consideration both bioethanol and biomethane productions, results indicated that when using IL pretreatment, the total energy produced per kg of total solids was higher compared to untreated biomasses. Specifically energy produced from CS and SG was +18.6% and +34.5% respectively, as compared to those obtained by hot water treatment, i.e. +2.3% and +23.4% for CS and SG, respectively. PMID:25725408

  14. Synthesis of free-standing carbon nanohybrid by directly growing carbon nanotubes on air-sprayed graphene oxide paper and its application in supercapacitor

    Wei, Li; Jiang, Wenchao; Yuan, Yang; Goh, Kunli; Yu, Dingshan; Wang, Liang; Chen, Yuan

    2015-04-01

    We report the synthesis of a free-standing two dimensional carbon nanotube (CNT)-reduced graphene oxide (rGO) hybrid by directly growing CNTs on air-sprayed GO paper. As a result of the good integration between CNTs and thermally reduced GO film during chemical vapor deposition, excellent electrical conductivity (2.6×104 S/m), mechanical flexibility (electrical resistance only increases 1.1% after bent to 90° for 500 times) and a relatively large surface area (335.3 m2/g) are achieved. Two-electrode supercapacitor assembled using the CNT-rGO hybrids in ionic liquid electrolyte (1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate) shows excellent stability upon 500 bending cycles with the gravimetric energy density measuring 23.7 Wh/kg and a power density of 2.0 kW/kg. Furthermore, it shows an impedance phase angle of -64.4° at a frequency of 120 Hz, suggesting good potentials for 120 Hz alternating current line filtering applications.

  15. Direct electrochemistry and electrocatalysis of hemoglobin with carbon nanotube-ionic liquid-chitosan composite materials modified carbon ionic liquid electrode

    A novel composite biomaterial was prepared by combining chitosan, multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), hemoglobin (Hb) and ionic liquid (IL) 1-butyl-3-methyl-imidazolium bromide together, which was further modified on the surface of a carbon ionic liquid electrode (CILE) with another ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethylsulphate as the binder. Ultraviolet-visible and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopic results indicated that Hb molecules in the composite film retained the native structure. Cyclic voltammetric results showed that a pair of well-defined redox peaks appeared in 0.1 mol/L phosphate buffer solution, indicating that the direct electron transfer of Hb in the composite film with the underlying electrode was realized. The results were attributed to the synergistic effect of MWCNTs and IL in the composite film, which promoted the electron transfer rate of Hb. The composite material modified electrode showed excellent electrocatalytic ability towards the reduction of different substrates such as trichloroacetic acid and NaNO2 with good stability and reproducibility.

  16. Synthesis of free-standing carbon nanohybrid by directly growing carbon nanotubes on air-sprayed graphene oxide paper and its application in supercapacitor

    We report the synthesis of a free-standing two dimensional carbon nanotube (CNT)-reduced graphene oxide (rGO) hybrid by directly growing CNTs on air-sprayed GO paper. As a result of the good integration between CNTs and thermally reduced GO film during chemical vapor deposition, excellent electrical conductivity (2.6×104 S/m), mechanical flexibility (electrical resistance only increases 1.1% after bent to 90° for 500 times) and a relatively large surface area (335.3 m2/g) are achieved. Two-electrode supercapacitor assembled using the CNT–rGO hybrids in ionic liquid electrolyte (1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate) shows excellent stability upon 500 bending cycles with the gravimetric energy density measuring 23.7 Wh/kg and a power density of 2.0 kW/kg. Furthermore, it shows an impedance phase angle of −64.4° at a frequency of 120 Hz, suggesting good potentials for 120 Hz alternating current line filtering applications. - Graphical abstract: Flexible and highly conductive carbon nanotube-reduced graphene oxide nanohybrid. - Highlights: • Direct growth of carbon nanotubes by chemical vapor deposition on air-sprayed graphene oxide paper. • Two-dimensional carbon nanohybrid with excellent conductivity and mechanical flexibility. • Supercapacitor with excellent performance stability upon mechanical deformation for flexible electronics applications. • Supercapacitor with high impedance phase angle for 120 Hz alternating current line filtering applications

  17. Dehumidification performance of [EMIM]BF4

    Some ionic liquids have dehumidification capacity and are non-corrosive to metals. Based on the Finite Difference Method, the heat and moisture transfer model of the counter-flow dehumidifier was established. Using this model, the dehumidification capacity of one kind of ionic liquids 1-Ethyl-3-methylimidazolium Tetrafluoroborate ([EMIM]BF4) and traditional desiccant lithium bromide (LiBr) was compared in equivalent conditions. The results show that the dehumidification performances of the two solutions both improve with the increase of air flow rate, solution flow rate and air humidity. Even though the dehumidification rate of [EMIM]BF4 is a little lower than that of LiBr, such difference could be reduced by increasing the mass concentration of [EMIM]BF4. Meanwhile, compared with traditional desiccants, [EMIM]BF4 solution has significantly lower corrosion to metals and does not crystallize at high mass concentration, which render it a possible substitute of existed desiccants in liquid desiccant air conditioning systems. - Highlights: → The paper researched on using [EMIM]BF4 solution as desiccant in the liquid desiccant air conditioning system by simulation. → By comparing the dehumidification performance of [EMIM]BF4 solution with traditional desiccant LiBr solution, it confirms the feasibility of using [EMIM]BF4 as desiccant. → [EMIM]BF4 solution has significantly lower corrosion of metals and does not crystallize at high mass concentration, which make it a possible substitute of existed desiccants.

  18. (Liquid + liquid) equilibria for mixtures of dodecane and ethanol with alkylsulfate-based ionic liquids

    Highlights: • LLE data for dodecane + ethanol + 1-alkyl-imidazoluim-based ionic liquids (ILs). • ILs are [Mmim][MeSO4], [Emim][MeSO4], and [Bmim][MeSO4]. • Measurements at T = 298.15 K and 0.101 MPa, as well as at T = 313.15 K for [Mmim][MeSO4]. • Consistency of the tie-lines checked with the Othmer–Tobias and Hand equations. • Data correlated with the NRTL model. - Abstract: The ternary (liquid + liquid) equilibrium (LLE) data for mixtures of dodecane (C12H26) and ethanol with ionic liquids 1,3-dimethylimidazolium methylsulfate [Mmim][MeSO4], 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium methylsulfate, [Emim][MeSO4] and 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium methylsulfate, [Bmim][MeSO4], were studied at T = 298.15 K and 0.101 MPa. The selectivity and solute distribution coefficient ratios determined from the data were used to examine the possibility of using these ionic liquids for extraction of ethanol from dodecane. The temperature dependency was investigated by measuring the LLE data for {dodecane + ethanol + [Mmim][MeSO4]} at T = 313.15 K and 0.101 MPa. The Othmer–Tobias and Hand equations were used to test the consistency of the tie-line data. The tie-line data were correlated with the Non-Random Two Liquid (NRTL) equation which provided a good model and representation for the experimental results

  19. Stability Analysis of Reactive Multiphase Slug Flows in Microchannels

    Alejandro A. Munera Parra

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Conducting multiphase reactions in micro-reactors is a promising strategy for intensifying chemical and biochemical processes. A major unresolved challenge is to exploit the considerable benefits offered by micro-scale operation for industrial scale throughputs by numbering-up whilst retaining the underlying advantageous flow characteristics of the single channel system in multiple parallel channels. Fabrication and installation tolerances in the individual micro-channels result in different pressure losses and, thus, a fluid maldistribution. In this work, an additional source of maldistribution, namely the flow multiplicities, which can arise in a multiphase reactive or extractive flow in otherwise identical micro-channels, was investigated. A detailed experimental and theoretical analysis of the flow stability with and without reaction for both gas-liquid and liquid-liquid slug flow has been developed. The model has been validated using the extraction of acetic acid from n-heptane with the ionic liquid 1-Ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethyl sulfate. The results clearly demonstrate that the coupling between flow structure, the extent of reaction/extraction and pressure drop can result in multiple operating states, thus, necessitating an active measurement and control concept to ensure uniform behavior and optimal performance.

  20. 3 V omni-directionally stretchable one-body supercapacitors based on a single ion–gel matrix and carbon nanotubes

    Kim, Wonbin; Kim, Woong

    2016-06-01

    Stretchable supercapacitors often have laminated structures consisting of electrode, electrolyte, and supporting layers. Since the layers are likely to be composed of different materials, delamination is a major cause of failure upon stretching. In this study, we demonstrate delamination-free stretchable supercapacitors where all the component layers are prepared with a single matrix, which is composed of a polymer, poly(vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene) and an ionic liquid, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide. Since the ionic liquid in the composite plays a role as both an electrolyte and a plasticizer, this composite can be used as an electrolyte and a supporting layer in the stretchable supercapacitor. The electrode layer can be fabricated by incorporating carbon nanotubes in the common matrix. Then, all the layers can be seamlessly fused into one body by dissolving the surface of the composite with acetone, which evaporates after the integration, leaving no borders between the layers. This one-body stretchable supercapacitor not only has high durability against repetitive stretches but also is stretchable in all directions. This feature clearly distinguishes them from conventional stretchable supercapacitors fabricated using buckled structures, which are stretchable only in one or two directions. Moreover, this supercapacitor has high cell voltage (∼3 V) owing to the ionic liquid-based gel electrolytes. Our demonstration of isotropically stretchable high-durability supercapacitors may have a great implication in the development of stretchable energy storage devices for real applications.

  1. Membrane manufacture for peptide separations

    Kim, DooLi

    2016-06-07

    Nanostructured polymeric membranes are key tools in biomedical applications such as hemodialysis, protein separations, in the food industry, and drinking water supply from seawater. Despite of the success in different separation processes, membrane manufacture itself is at risk, since the most used solvents are about to be banned in many countries due to environmental and health issues. We propose for the first time the preparation of polyethersulfone membranes based on dissolution in the ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium dimethylphosphate ([EMIM]DEP). We obtained a series of membranes tailored for separation of solutes with molecular weight of 30, 5, 1.3, and 1.25 kg mol-1 with respective water permeances of 140, 65, 30 and 20 Lm-2h-1bar-1. We demonstrate their superior efficiency in the separation of complex mixtures of peptides with molecular weights in the range of 800 to 3500 gmol-1. Furthermore, the thermodynamics and kinetics of phase separation leading to the pore formation in the membranes were investigated. The rheology of the solutions and the morphology of the prepared membranes were examed and compared to those of polyethersulfone in organic solvents currently used for membrane manufacture.

  2. Leaching performance of imidazolium based ionic liquids in the presence of hydrogen peroxide for recovery of metals from brass waste

    Kelicarslan, A.; Saridede, M. N.

    2016-05-01

    The application of ionic liquids (ILs), 1-methylimidazolium hydrogen sulfate (HmimHSO{sub 4}), 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium hydrogen sulfate (EmimHSO{sub 4}) and 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (BmimCl) as leaching agents was investigated in the leaching of copper and zinc from brass waste in the presence of an oxidant, hydrogen peroxide (H{sub 2}O{sub 2}). Factors that affect copper and zinc dissolution rates such as ionic liquid concentration, time and temperature were investigated. The results indicated that zinc was dissolved in leach solutions with EmimHSO{sub 4} and HmimHSO{sub 4}, completely. Temperature had no considerable influence on copper dissolution rate whilst the rate increased with decreasing IL concentration. In the EmimHSO{sub 4} system, higher copper recoveries were achieved with 40% and 60% IL concentrations compared with IL concentrations of 20% and 80% at 40 degree centigrade leaching temperature. Copper dissolution rates decreased with EmimHSO{sub 4} concentration at 60 degree centigrade and 80 degree centigrade in the following order; 40%>20%>60%>80%. On the other hand the leaching system with BmimCl generally resulted in poor extractions of copper and zinc. (Author)

  3. Mutual and Self-Diffusivities in Binary Mixtures of [EMIM][B(CN)4] with Dissolved Gases by Using Dynamic Light Scattering and Molecular Dynamics Simulations.

    Koller, Thomas M; Heller, Andreas; Rausch, Michael H; Wasserscheid, Peter; Economou, Ioannis G; Fröba, Andreas P

    2015-07-01

    Ionic liquids (ILs) are possible working fluids for the separation of carbon dioxide (CO2) from flue gases. For evaluating their performance in such processes, reliable mutual-diffusivity data are required for mixtures of ILs with relevant flue gas components. In the present study, dynamic light scattering (DLS) and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations were used for the investigation of the molecular diffusion in binary mixtures of the IL 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetracyanoborate ([EMIM][B(CN)4]) with the dissolved gases carbon dioxide, nitrogen, carbon monoxide, hydrogen, methane, oxygen, and hydrogen sulfide at temperatures from 298.15 to 363.15 K and pressures up to 63 bar. At conditions approaching infinite dilution of a gas, the Fick mutual diffusivity of the mixture measured by DLS and the self-diffusivity of the corresponding gas calculated by MD simulations match, which could be generally found within combined uncertainties. The obtained diffusivities are in agreement with literature data for the same or comparable systems as well as with the general trend of increasing diffusivities for decreasing IL viscosities. The DLS and MD results reveal distinctly larger molecular diffusivities for [EMIM][B(CN)4]-hydrogen mixtures compared to mixtures with all other gases. This behavior results in the failure of an empirical correlation with the molar volumes of the gases at their normal boiling points. The DLS experiments also showed that there is no noticeable influence of the dissolved gas and temperature on the thermal diffusivity of the studied systems. PMID:26075680

  4. A novel ionic liquid-in-oil microemulsion composed of biologically acceptable components: an excitation wavelength dependent fluorescence resonance energy transfer study.

    Mandal, Sarthak; Ghosh, Surajit; Banerjee, Chiranjib; Kuchlyan, Jagannath; Banik, Debasis; Sarkar, Nilmoni

    2013-03-21

    In this work we have reported the formulation of a novel ionic liquid-in-oil (IL/O) microemulsion where the polar core of the ionic liquid, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium n-butylsulfate ([C2mim][C4SO4]), is stabilized by a mixture of two nontoxic nonionic surfactants, polyoxyethylene sorbitan monooleate (Tween-80) and sorbitan laurate (Span-20), in a biological oil phase of isopropyl myristate (IPM). The formation of the microemulsion droplets has been confirmed from the dynamic light scattering (DLS) and phase behavior study. To assess the dynamic heterogeneity of this tween-based IL/O microemulsion, we have performed an excitation wavelength dependent fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) from coumarin 480 (C480) to rhodamine 6G (R6G). The multiple donor-acceptor (D-A) distances, ∼15, 30, and 45 Å, obtained from the rise times of the acceptor emission in the presence of a donor can be rationalized from the varying distribution of the donor, C480, in the different regions of the microemulsion system. With increasing the excitation wavelength from 375 to 408 nm, the contribution of the rise component of ∼240 ps which results the D-A distance of ∼30 Å increases significantly due to the enhanced contribution of the C480 probe molecules closer to the acceptor in the ionic liquid pool of the microemulsion. PMID:23445434

  5. Photo-Patterned Ion Gel Electrolyte-Gated Thin Film Transistors

    Choi, Jae-Hong; Gu, Yuanyan; Hong, Kihyun; Frisbie, C. Daniel; Lodge, Timothy P.

    2014-03-01

    We have developed a novel fabrication route to pattern electrolyte thin films in electrolyte-gated transistors (EGTs) using a chemically crosslinkable ABA-triblock copolymer ion gel. In the self-assembly of poly[(styrene-r-vinylbenzylazide)-b-ethylene oxide-b-(styrene-r-vinylbenzylazide)] (SOS-N3) triblock copolymer and the ionic liquid, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([EMI][TFSI]), the azide groups of poly(styrene-r-vinylbenzylazide) (PS-N3) end-blocks in the cores can be chemically cross-linked via UV irradiation (λ = 254 nm). Impedance spectroscopy and small-angle X-ray scattering confirmed that ion transport and microstructure of the ion gel are not affected by UV cross-linking. Using this chemical cross-linking strategy, we demonstrate a photo-patterning of ion gels through a patterned mask and the fabricated electrolyte-gated thin film transistors with photo-patterned ion gels as high-capacitance gate insulators exhibited high device performance (low operation voltages and high on/off current ratios).

  6. Increasing the Mechanical Strength of Block Polymer Ion Gels Through the Stepwise Self-Assembly of a Thermoresponsive ABC Triblock Terpolymer

    Hall, Cecilia; Zhou, Can; Danielsen, Scott; Lodge, Timothy

    Blends of network-forming block polymers and ionic liquids have remarkable potential for solid electrolytes, as they allow the combination of desirable mechanical and electrical properties. While ABA triblock copolymers have successfully been implemented as the network component of ion gels, these networks contain looped defects, where the endblocks of the polymer loop back into the same spherical core instead of forming a bridge between two cores. We demonstrate that the ABC triblock terpolymer poly(ethylene-alt-propylene)-block-poly(ethylene oxide)-block-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PEP-b-PEO-b-PNIPAm) in the ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide forms a thermoreversible gel network with negligible looping defects. PEP-core micelles exist at all temperatures, while cooling causes association of the PNIPAm micelle corona to form a bridging network. Small-angle x-ray scattering and dynamic light scattering were used to characterize the high-temperature micelles. These gels show enhanced mechanical properties and the ability to form gels at lower concentrations than the corresponding thermoresponsive ABA triblock copolymers.

  7. Synthesis and Characterisation of ETS-10/Acetate-based Ionic Liquid/Chitosan Mixed Matrix Membranes for CO2/N2 Permeation

    Clara Casado-Coterillo

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Mixed matrix membranes (MMMs were prepared by incorporating organic surfactant-free hydrothermally synthesised ETS-10 and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate ionic liquid (IL to chitosan (CS polymer matrix. The membrane material characteristics and permselectivity performance of the two-component membranes were compared with the three-component membrane and the pure CS membrane. The addition of IL increased CO2 solubility of the polymer, and, thus, the CO2 affinity was maintained for the MMMs, which can be correlated with the crystallinity, measured by FT-IR, and void fraction calculations from differences between theoretical and experimental densities. The mechanical resistance was enhanced by the ETS-10 nanoparticles, and flexibility decreased in the two-component ETS-10/CS MMMs, but the flexibility imparted by the IL remained in three-component ETS-10/IL/CS MMMs. The results of this work provide insight into another way of facing the adhesion challenge in MMMs and obtain CO2 selective MMMs from renewable or green chemistry materials.

  8. Synthesis of free-standing carbon nanohybrid by directly growing carbon nanotubes on air-sprayed graphene oxide paper and its application in supercapacitor

    Wei, Li; Jiang, Wenchao; Yuan, Yang; Goh, Kunli; Yu, Dingshan [School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 62 Nanyang Drive, Singapore 637459 (Singapore); Wang, Liang [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Tianjin University of Technology, Tianjin 300384 (China); Chen, Yuan, E-mail: chenyuan@ntu.edu.sg [School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 62 Nanyang Drive, Singapore 637459 (Singapore)

    2015-04-15

    We report the synthesis of a free-standing two dimensional carbon nanotube (CNT)-reduced graphene oxide (rGO) hybrid by directly growing CNTs on air-sprayed GO paper. As a result of the good integration between CNTs and thermally reduced GO film during chemical vapor deposition, excellent electrical conductivity (2.6×10{sup 4} S/m), mechanical flexibility (electrical resistance only increases 1.1% after bent to 90° for 500 times) and a relatively large surface area (335.3 m{sup 2}/g) are achieved. Two-electrode supercapacitor assembled using the CNT–rGO hybrids in ionic liquid electrolyte (1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate) shows excellent stability upon 500 bending cycles with the gravimetric energy density measuring 23.7 Wh/kg and a power density of 2.0 kW/kg. Furthermore, it shows an impedance phase angle of −64.4° at a frequency of 120 Hz, suggesting good potentials for 120 Hz alternating current line filtering applications. - Graphical abstract: Flexible and highly conductive carbon nanotube-reduced graphene oxide nanohybrid. - Highlights: • Direct growth of carbon nanotubes by chemical vapor deposition on air-sprayed graphene oxide paper. • Two-dimensional carbon nanohybrid with excellent conductivity and mechanical flexibility. • Supercapacitor with excellent performance stability upon mechanical deformation for flexible electronics applications. • Supercapacitor with high impedance phase angle for 120 Hz alternating current line filtering applications.

  9. All-solid-state flexible supercapacitors based on papers coated with carbon nanotubes and ionic-liquid-based gel electrolytes

    All-solid-state flexible supercapacitors were fabricated using carbon nanotubes (CNTs), regular office papers, and ionic-liquid-based gel electrolytes. Flexible electrodes were made by coating CNTs on office papers by a drop-dry method. The gel electrolyte was prepared by mixing fumed silica nanopowders with ionic liquid, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([EMIM][NTf2]). This supercapacitor showed high power and energy performance as a solid-state flexible supercapacitor. The specific capacitance of the CNT electrodes was 135 F g−1 at a current density of 2 A g−1, when considering the mass of active materials only. The maximum power and energy density of the supercapacitors were 164 kW kg−1 and 41 Wh kg−1, respectively. Interestingly, the solid-state supercapacitor with the gel electrolyte showed comparable performance to the supercapacitors with ionic-liquid electrolyte. Moreover, the supercapacitor showed excellent stability and flexibility. The CNT/paper- and gel-based supercapacitors may hold great potential for low-cost and high-performance flexible energy storage applications. (paper)

  10. Thermoelectric energy recovery at ionic-liquid/electrode interface

    A thermally chargeable capacitor containing a binary solution of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)-imide in acetonitrile is electrically charged by applying a temperature gradient to two ideally polarisable electrodes. The corresponding thermoelectric coefficient is −1.7 mV/K for platinum foil electrodes and −0.3 mV/K for nanoporous carbon electrodes. Stored electrical energy is extracted by discharging the capacitor through a resistor. The measured capacitance of the electrode/ionic-liquid interface is 5 μF for each platinum electrode while it becomes four orders of magnitude larger, ≈36 mF, for a single nanoporous carbon electrode. Reproducibility of the effect through repeated charging-discharging cycles under a steady-state temperature gradient demonstrates the robustness of the electrical charging process at the liquid/electrode interface. The acceleration of the charging by convective flows is also observed. This offers the possibility to convert waste-heat into electric energy without exchanging electrons between ions and electrodes, in contrast to what occurs in most thermogalvanic cells

  11. Conducting IPN actuator/sensor for biomimetic vibrissa system

    Festin, N.; Plesse, C.; Pirim, P.; Chevrot, C.; Vidal, F.

    2014-03-01

    Electroactive polymers, or EAPs, are polymers that exhibit a change in size or shape when stimulated by an electric field. The most common applications of this type of material are in actuators and sensors. One promising technology is the elaboration of electronic conducting polymers based actuators with Interpenetrating Polymer Networks (IPNs) architecture. Their many advantageous properties as low working voltage, light weight and high lifetime make them very attractive for various applications including robotics. Conducting IPNs were fabricated by oxidative polymerization of 3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene within a flexible Solid Polymer Electrolytes (SPE) combining poly(ethylene oxide) and Nitrile Butadiene Rubber. SPE mechanical properties and ionic conductivities in the presence of 1-ethyl-3- methylimidazolium bis-(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)-imide (EMITFSI) have been characterized. The presence of the elastomer within the SPE greatly improves the actuator performances. The free strain as well as the blocking force was characterized as a function of the actuator length. The sensing properties of those conducting IPNs allow their integration into a biomimetic perception prototype: a system mimicking the tactile perception of rat vibrissae.

  12. Leaching performance of imidazolium based ionic liquids in the presence of hydrogen peroxide for recovery of metals from brass waste

    The application of ionic liquids (ILs), 1-methylimidazolium hydrogen sulfate (HmimHSO4), 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium hydrogen sulfate (EmimHSO4) and 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (BmimCl) as leaching agents was investigated in the leaching of copper and zinc from brass waste in the presence of an oxidant, hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). Factors that affect copper and zinc dissolution rates such as ionic liquid concentration, time and temperature were investigated. The results indicated that zinc was dissolved in leach solutions with EmimHSO4 and HmimHSO4, completely. Temperature had no considerable influence on copper dissolution rate whilst the rate increased with decreasing IL concentration. In the EmimHSO4 system, higher copper recoveries were achieved with 40% and 60% IL concentrations compared with IL concentrations of 20% and 80% at 40 degree centigrade leaching temperature. Copper dissolution rates decreased with EmimHSO4 concentration at 60 degree centigrade and 80 degree centigrade in the following order; 40%>20%>60%>80%. On the other hand the leaching system with BmimCl generally resulted in poor extractions of copper and zinc. (Author)

  13. Balance between the physical diffusion and the exchange reaction on binary ionic liquid electrolyte for dye-sensitized solar cells

    Hao, Feng; Lin, Hong; Zhang, Jing; Li, Jianbao

    A comprehensive characterizations of viscosities, conductivities, triiodide diffusion coefficients, charge-transfer resistances and photovoltaic performance of a potential dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC) electrolyte systems based on binary ionic liquid (IL) mixtures, namely, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium dicyanamide (EMIDCA)/1-methyl-3-propylimidazolium iodide (PMII) with a fixed iodine concentration at varying EMIDCA volume fraction are investigated in the present study. Viscosity and conductivity values are accurately correlated with regard to temperature and EMIDCA volume fraction. The triiodide diffusion coefficients, the predominant electrolyte parameter for limitation of DSC efficiency, are determined by symmetrical cell methods. The physical diffusion and exchange reactions between the iodide and triiodide dominate the apparent triiodide diffusion coefficients at different range of EMIDCA volume fraction. A balance between the viscosity-dependent physical diffusion and the exchange reactions can get at an optimal volume percents of EMIDCA. Impedance spectroscopy and photovoltaic results both support the existence of an optimized binary IL electrolyte composition. Hence, for optimizing an IL-based electrolyte in regards to triiodide transport, a low viscosity is not the exclusive crucial factor since exchange reactions transport effects also play an important role to resolve the diffusion limitation of DSC efficiency.

  14. Capacitance of Ti3C2Tx MXene in ionic liquid electrolyte

    Lin, Zifeng; Barbara, Daffos; Taberna, Pierre-Louis; Van Aken, Katherine L.; Anasori, Babak; Gogotsi, Yury; Simon, Patrice

    2016-09-01

    Ti3C2Tx MXene, a two-dimensional (2D) early transition metal carbide, has shown an extremely high volumetric capacitance in aqueous electrolytes, but in a narrow voltage window (less than 1.23 V). The utilization of MXene materials in ionic liquid electrolytes with a large voltage window has never been addressed. Here, we report the preparation of the Ti3C2Tx MXene ionogel film by vacuum filtration for use as supercapacitor electrodes operating in 1-Ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide (EMI-TFSI) neat ionic liquid electrolyte. Due to the disordered structure of the Ti3C2Tx hydrogel film and a stable spacing after vacuum drying, achieved through ionic liquid electrolyte immersion of the Ti3C2Tx hydrogel film, the Ti3C2Tx surface became accessible to EMI+ and TFSI- ions. A capacitance of 70 F g-1 together with a large voltage window of 3 V was obtained at a scan rate of 20 mV s-1 in neat EMI-TFSI electrolyte. The electrochemical signature indicates a capacitive behavior even at a high scan rate (500 mV s-1) and a high power performance. This work opens up the possibilities of using MXene materials with various ionic liquid electrolytes.

  15. Design of an electrolyte composition for stable and rapid charging-discharging of a graphite negative electrode in a bis(fluorosulfonyl)imide-based ionic liquid

    Matsui, Yukiko; Yamagata, Masaki; Murakami, Satoshi; Saito, Yasuteru; Higashizaki, Tetsuya; Ishiko, Eriko; Kono, Michiyuki; Ishikawa, Masashi

    2015-04-01

    We evaluate the effects of lithium salt on the charge-discharge performance of a graphite negative electrode in 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(fluorosulfonyl)imide (EMImFSI) ionic liquid-based electrolytes. Although the graphite negative electrode exhibits good cyclability and rate capability in both 0.43 mol dm-3 LiFSI/EMImFSI and LiTFSI/EMImFSI (TFSI- = bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide) at room temperature, only the LiFSI/EMImFSI system enables the graphite electrode to be operated with sufficient discharge capacity at the low temperature of 0 °C, even though there is no noticeable difference in ionic conductivity, compared with LiTFSI/EMImFSI. Furthermore, a clear difference in the low-temperature behaviors of the two cells composed of EMImFSI with a high-concentration of lithium salts is observed. Additionally, charge-discharge operation of the graphite electrode at C-rate of over 5.0 can be achieved using of the high-concentration LiFSI/EMImFSI electrolyte. Considering the low-temperature characteristics in both high-concentration electrolytes, the stable and rapid charge-discharge operation in the high-concentration LiFSI/EMImFSI is presumably attributed to a suitable electrode/electrolyte interface with low resistivity. These results suggest that optimization of the electrolyte composition can realize safe and high-performance lithium-ion batteries that utilize ionic liquid-based electrolytes.

  16. Synthesis and characterization of ionic liquid (EMImBF4)/Li+ - chitosan membranes for ion battery

    Pasaribu, Marvin H.; Arcana, I. Made; Wahyuningrum, Deana

    2015-09-01

    Lithium ion battery has been currently developed and produced because it has a longer life time, high energycapacity, and the efficient use of lithium ion battery that is suitable for storing electrical energy. However, this battery has some drawbacks such as use liquid electrolytes that are prone to leakage and flammability during the battery charging process in high temperature. In this study, an ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (EMImBF4) containing Li+ ions was synthesized and combined with chitosan polymer host as a polymer electrolyte membrane for lithium-ion batteries to solve this problems. This ionic liquid was obtained from the anion metathesis reaction between EMImBr and LiBF4 salt, while EMImBr was synthesized from the reaction between 1-methylimidazole and ethyl bromide utilizing Microwave Assisted Organic Synthesis (MAOS) method. The ionic liquid obtained was characterized by microstructure analysis with using NMR and FTIR spectroscopy. The polymer electrolyte membrane was characterized by analysis functional groups (FTIR), ionic conductivity (EIS), and surface morphology (SEM). The analysis results of ion conductivity by the EIS method showed the increase the ionic conductivity value of membranes from 1.30 × 10-2 S cm- 1 for chitosan to 1.30 × 10-2 S cm-1 for chitosan with EMImBF4/Li+, and this result was supported by analysis the surface morphology (SEM).

  17. Polymer-ionic liquid ternary systems for Li-battery electrolytes: Molecular dynamics studies of LiTFSI in a EMIm-TFSI and PEO blend

    Costa, Luciano T., E-mail: ltcosta@id.uff.br [Instituto de Química-Departamento de Físico-Química, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Outeiro de São João Batista s/n CEP, 24020-150 Niterói, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil); Sun, Bing; Jeschull, Fabian; Brandell, Daniel [Department of Chemistry—Ångström Laboratory, Uppsala University, P.O. Box 538, SE-751 21 Uppsala (Sweden)

    2015-07-14

    This paper presents atomistic molecular dynamics simulation studies of lithium bis(trifluoromethane)sulfonylimide (LiTFSI) in a blend of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium (EMIm)-TFSI and poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO), which is a promising electrolyte material for Li- and Li-ion batteries. Simulations of 100 ns were performed for temperatures between 303 K and 423 K, for a Li:ether oxygen ratio of 1:16, and for PEO chains with 26 EO repeating units. Li{sup +} coordination and transportation were studied in the ternary electrolyte system, i.e., PEO{sub 16}LiTFSI⋅1.0 EMImTFSI, by applying three different force field models and are here compared to relevant simulation and experimental data. The force fields generated significantly different results, where a scaled charge model displayed the most reasonable comparisons with previous work and overall consistency. It is generally seen that the Li cations are primarily coordinated to polymer chains and less coupled to TFSI anion. The addition of EMImTFSI in the electrolyte system enhances Li diffusion, associated to the enhanced TFSI dynamics observed when increasing the overall TFSI anion concentration in the polymer matrix.

  18. Synthesis and characterization of ionic liquid (EMImBF{sub 4})/Li{sup +} - chitosan membranes for ion battery

    Pasaribu, Marvin H., E-mail: marvin-shady88@yahoo.com; Arcana, I Made, E-mail: arcana@chem.itb.ac.id; Wahyuningrum, Deana, E-mail: deana@chem.itb.ac.id [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, InstitutTeknologi Bandung, Jl. Ganesha No. 10, Bandung 40132 (Indonesia)

    2015-09-30

    Lithium ion battery has been currently developed and produced because it has a longer life time, high energycapacity, and the efficient use of lithium ion battery that is suitable for storing electrical energy. However, this battery has some drawbacks such as use liquid electrolytes that are prone to leakage and flammability during the battery charging process in high temperature. In this study, an ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (EMImBF4) containing Li{sup +} ions was synthesized and combined with chitosan polymer host as a polymer electrolyte membrane for lithium-ion batteries to solve this problems. This ionic liquid was obtained from the anion metathesis reaction between EMImBr and LiBF4 salt, while EMImBr was synthesized from the reaction between 1-methylimidazole and ethyl bromide utilizing Microwave Assisted Organic Synthesis (MAOS) method. The ionic liquid obtained was characterized by microstructure analysis with using NMR and FTIR spectroscopy. The polymer electrolyte membrane was characterized by analysis functional groups (FTIR), ionic conductivity (EIS), and surface morphology (SEM). The analysis results of ion conductivity by the EIS method showed the increase the ionic conductivity value of membranes from 1.30 × 10{sup −2} S cm{sup −1} for chitosan to 1.30 × 10{sup −2} S cm{sup −1} for chitosan with EMImBF4/Li{sup +}, and this result was supported by analysis the surface morphology (SEM)

  19. Thermodynamic surface properties of [BMIm][NTf2] or [EMIm][NTf2] binary mixtures with tetrahydrofuran, acetonitrile or dimethylsulfoxide

    Highlights: ► We report the investigations of surface tensions of binary systems of ionic liquids with aprotic substances. ► DMSO similarly like water has higher surface tension in comparison with ionic liquids under test. ► It seems that surface activity of aprotic substance in mixture with ionic liquid is different than of alcohols. ► Real surface activity of aprotic substance in binary mixtures is always lower than the ideal one. -- Abstract: The surface tension, σ, of binary mixtures of 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide [BMIm][NTf2] with tetrahydrofuran (oxolane, thf), acetonitrile, dimethylsulfoxide ((methylsufinyl)methane, dmso) and of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl) imide [EMIm][NTf2] with dimethylsufoxide was measured between (293.15 and 313.15) K using the pendant drop method. On the basis of experimental σ values and activity coefficients of solutes in their solutions with ionic liquid obtained from vapor pressure measurement, Gibbs excess surface concentrations of thf, acetonitrile or dmso in mixtures with [BMIm][NTf2] or [EMIm][NTf2] were determined. The results are discussed in terms of possible interactions between ILs and aprotic polar substances

  20. Electrochemical storage of polypyrrole-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanocomposites in ionic liquids

    Mallouki, M. [Laboratoire de Physicochimie des Polymeres et des Interfaces, 5, mail Gay-Lussac, F-95031 Cergy-Pontoise Cedex (France); Tran-Van, F. [Laboratoire de Physico-Chimie des Materiaux et des Biomolecules/(EA 4244), Universite de Tours, Faculte des Sciences et Techniques, parc de Grandmont, 37200 Tours (France)], E-mail: francois.tran@univ-tours.fr; Sarrazin, C. [Laboratoire de Physicochimie des Polymeres et des Interfaces, 5, mail Gay-Lussac, F-95031 Cergy-Pontoise Cedex (France); Chevrot, C. [Laboratoire de Physicochimie des Polymeres et des Interfaces, 5, mail Gay-Lussac, F-95031 Cergy-Pontoise Cedex (France)], E-mail: claude.chevrot@u-cergy.fr; Fauvarque, J.F. [CNAM, Laboratoire d' Electrochimie Industrielle, 75003 Paris (France)

    2009-04-15

    Electroactive polypyrrole-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanocomposite materials were prepared by chemical polymerization of pyrrole in aqueous Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} colloidal solution, using FeCl{sub 3} as oxidant and tosylate anions (TS) as doping agent. The nanocomposite material named (PPyTSNC) was studied by X-ray diffraction analysis, Fourier Transform Infra-Red spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analysis. Their electrochemical storage properties were investigated on composite electrodes using 80% in weight of active materials in different immidazolium and pyrrolidinium based room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) as electrolytes. Cyclic voltammetry and constant current charge discharge cycling showed high charge storage properties of the nanocomposite based electrodes in 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis((trifluoromethyl)sulfonyl)imide (EMITFSI) and N-butyl-N-methylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (PYR{sub 14}TFSI) (respectively 72 mAh/g and 62 mAh/g at 1 mA/cm{sup 2} discharge current) which are more than twice higher than the values obtained with pure PPy. These improvements in capacities have been attributed to the PPyTSNC morphology modification which ensures a large incorporation of the electrolyte inside the nanostructure. The specific capacitances of the nanocomposite electrodes reached 210 F/g and 190 F/g in EMITFSI and PYR{sub 14}TFSI and their cyclability has shown only 3-5% capacitance loss after one thousand cycles for both ionic liquids.

  1. Environmentally friendly technologies for obtaining high sugars concentrations from invasive woody species

    Beatriz Gullón

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The efficient utilization and conversion of inexpensive invasive raw materials into bioethanol following a biorefinery approach is a priority in the research field of renewable fuel. With this purpose, Acacia dealbata wood samples were pretreated with 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate under optimized conditions, and the resulting solids were employed as a substrate for enzymatic hydrolysis. Enzymatic assays were performed according to a complete factorial experimental design, in which the effects of two independent variables (liquor to solid ratio and enzyme to substrate ratio on the kinetics and yields of the xylan and cellulose saccharification were assessed. The Response Surface Methodology was employed for optimizing the experimental conditions. High sugar concentrations (around 80 g/L, and favorable polysaccharide conversions (CCG = 79.4% and XnCX = 77.9%. were predicted by the model under the selected operational conditions (6 g liquor/g substrate, 22 FPU/g. The results reported in this work compare well with other studies dealing with either other ionic liquids or classical pretreatments, using the same raw material or other woody substrates.

  2. Stable iron carbide nanoparticle dispersions in [Emim][SCN] and [Emim][N(CN)2] ionic liquids.

    Khare, Varsha; Kraupner, Alexander; Mantion, Alexandre; Jelicić, Aleksandra; Thünemann, Andreas F; Giordano, Cristina; Taubert, Andreas

    2010-07-01

    Dispersions of Fe(3)C nanoparticles in several ionic liquids (ILs) have been investigated. The ILs are based on 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium [Emim] and 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium [Bmim] cations. Anions are ethylsulfate [ES], methanesulfonate [MS], trifluoromethylsulfonate (triflate) [TfO], tetrafluoroborate [BF(4)], dicyanamide [N(CN)(2)], and thiocyanate [SCN]. Among the ILs studied, [Emim][SCN] and [Emim][N(CN)(2)] stand out because only in these ILs have stable and transparent nanoparticle dispersions been obtained. All other ILs lead to blackish, slightly turbid dispersions or to completely nontransparent suspensions, which often contain undispersed sediment. UV/vis spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray scattering suggest that the reason for the stabilization of the Fe(3)C nanoparticles in [Emim][SCN] is the leaching of traces of iron from the particles (without affecting the crystal structure of the Fe(3)C particles). The resulting particle surface is thus carbon-rich, which presumably favors the stabilization of the particles. A similar explanation can be postulated for [Emim][N(CN)(2)], with the dicyanamide anion also being a good ligand for iron. PMID:20426431

  3. Effect of methylimidazolium-based ionic liquids on vapor-liquid equilibrium behavior of tert-butyl alcohol+water azeotropic mixture at 101.3 kPa☆

    Zhigang Zhang; Qiang Zhang; Tao Zhang; Qinqin Zhang; Wenxiu Li

    2016-01-01

    Three ionic liquids (ILs), 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bromine ([EMIM]Br), 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bro-mine ([BMIM]Br), and 1-hexyl-3-methylimidazolium bromine ([HMIM]Br), were used as the solvent for separa-tion of{tert-butyl alcohol (TBA)+water}azeotrope. Vapor–liquid equilibrium (VLE) data for{TBA+water+IL}ternary systems were measured at 101.3 kPa. The results indicate that al the three ILs produce an obvious effect on the VLE behavior of{TBA+water}system and eliminate the azeotropy in the whole concentration range. [EMIM]Br is the best solvent for the separation of{TBA+water}system by extractive distil ation among the three ILs. The experimental VLE data for the ternary systems are correlated with the NRTL model equation with good correlations. Explanations are given with activity coefficients of water and TBA, and the experimental VLE-temperature data for{TBA or water+IL}binary systems.

  4. Isolation and characterisation of 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ionic liquid-tolerant and biodegrading marine bacteria.

    Julianne Megaw

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to isolate and identify marine-derived bacteria which exhibited high tolerance to, and an ability to biodegrade, 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ionic liquids. The salinity and hydrocarbon load of some marine environments may induce selective pressures which enhance the ability of microbes to grow in the presence of these liquid salts. The isolates obtained in this study generally showed a greater ability to grow in the presence of the selected ionic liquids compared to microorganisms described previously, with two marine-derived bacteria, Rhodococcus erythropolis and Brevibacterium sanguinis growing in concentrations exceeding 1 M 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride. The ability of these bacteria to degrade the selected ionic liquids was assessed using High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC, and three were shown to degrade the selected ionic liquids by up to 59% over a 63-day test period. These bacterial isolates represent excellent candidates for further potential applications in the bioremediation of ionic liquid-containing waste or following accidental environmental exposure.

  5. Determination of phase transition points of ionic liquids by combination of thermal analysis and conductivity measurements at very low heating and cooling rates

    The determination of phase transition points of nine different ionic liquids (ILs) was performed by thermal analysis with simultaneous recording of conductivity. Conductivity of electrolyte solutions and ILs drastically changes during phase transitions and thus is an additional and very sensitive indicator for measuring phase transition points. Evaluation of temperature-time functions and conductivity-time functions with our computer-coupled automated equipment enabled the determination of melting temperatures with high accuracy and reliability. This claim is based on large samples, low temperature change rates and by regularly repeated measurements, i.e. at least seven measurements per IL. The melting temperatures of 1-butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium trifluoromethanesulfonate, 1-butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium tris(penta-fluoroethyl)trifluorophosphate, and 1-methyl-3-propylimidazolium iodide were, to our knowledge, determined for the first time. The melting temperatures of the other 1-butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium-, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium-, 1-hexyl-3-methylimidazolium-, and trimethylsulfonium-based ILs showed either a very good accordance with values published in literature or were distinctly higher.

  6. Single-step conversion of cellulose to 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF), a versatile platform chemical

    Su, Yu; Brown, Heather M.; Huang, Xiwen; Zhou, Xiao Dong; Amonette, James E.; Zhang, Z. Conrad

    2009-06-20

    The ability to use cellulosic biomass as feedstock for the production of fuels and chemicals currently derived from petroleum depends critically on the development of effective low-temperature processes. While HMF, as a versatile platform chemical suitable for use in polymer synthesis or production of liquid biofuels, can currently be made from fructose and glucose, synthesis of HMF directly from raw natural cellulose represents the last major barrier toward the development of a sustainable HMF platform. Here we report an unprecedented single-step pathway that depolymerizes cellulose rapidly under mild conditions and converts the resulting glucose to hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF). A pair of metal chlorides (CuCl2 and CrCl2) dissolved in 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride at temperatures of 80-120°C catalyzes cellulose depolymerization and the subsequent glucose conversion to HMF with 95% selectivity among recoverable products (at 56% HMF yield). Cellulose depolymerization, which can also be catalyzed by other metalchloride pairs such as CuCl2 paired with PdCl2, CrCl3, or FeCl3, occurs at a rate that is more than one order of magnitude faster than conventional acid-catalyzed hydrolysis. In contrast, single-metal chlorides at the same total loading showed low activity under similar conditions. Mechanistic studies suggest that the C2 hydrogen of the imidazolium ring is activated by the paired metal-chloride catalysts.

  7. Electrochemical storage of polypyrrole-Fe2O3 nanocomposites in ionic liquids

    Electroactive polypyrrole-Fe2O3 nanocomposite materials were prepared by chemical polymerization of pyrrole in aqueous Fe2O3 colloidal solution, using FeCl3 as oxidant and tosylate anions (TS) as doping agent. The nanocomposite material named (PPyTSNC) was studied by X-ray diffraction analysis, Fourier Transform Infra-Red spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analysis. Their electrochemical storage properties were investigated on composite electrodes using 80% in weight of active materials in different immidazolium and pyrrolidinium based room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) as electrolytes. Cyclic voltammetry and constant current charge discharge cycling showed high charge storage properties of the nanocomposite based electrodes in 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis((trifluoromethyl)sulfonyl)imide (EMITFSI) and N-butyl-N-methylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (PYR14TFSI) (respectively 72 mAh/g and 62 mAh/g at 1 mA/cm2 discharge current) which are more than twice higher than the values obtained with pure PPy. These improvements in capacities have been attributed to the PPyTSNC morphology modification which ensures a large incorporation of the electrolyte inside the nanostructure. The specific capacitances of the nanocomposite electrodes reached 210 F/g and 190 F/g in EMITFSI and PYR14TFSI and their cyclability has shown only 3-5% capacitance loss after one thousand cycles for both ionic liquids

  8. Tertiary phase diagram of cellulose, ionic liquid and organic solvent

    Zhang, Xin; Henderson, Doug; Tyagi, Madhusudan; Mao, Yimin; Briber, Robert M.; Wang, Howard

    Cellulose is the most abundant natural polymer on earth, and widely used in products from clothing to paper. Fundamental understanding of molecular solutions of cellulose is the key to realize advanced technologies beyond cellulose fibers. It has been reported that certain ionic liquid/organic solvent mixtures dissolve cellulose. In this study, the tertiary phase diagram of microcrystalline cellulose, 1-Ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate (EMIMAc), and dimethylformamide (DMF) mixtures has been determined using optical cloud point method and small angle neutron scattering (SANS). Data indicate that a molar ratio of EMIMAc to cellulose repeating unit equal or greater than 3 is necessary but not sufficient in forming one-phase homogeneous solutions. A miscibility gap exists in the dilute regime, where a minimum of 5 mol% of EMIM Ac in DMF is needed to form homogenous solutions. SANS show that cellulose chains adopt Gaussian-like conformation in homogenous solutions. The solutions exhibit the characteristics of upper critical solution temperature. Clustering of cellulose chains occurs at low EMIMAc/DMF or EMIMAc/cellulose ratio, or at low temperatures. The mechanism of cellulose dissolution in tertiary mixture is discussed.

  9. Detection of distributed static and dynamic loads with electrolyte-enabled distributed transducers in a polymer-based microfluidic device

    This paper reports on the use of electrolyte-enabled distributed transducers in a polymer-based microfluidic device for the detection of distributed static and dynamic loads. The core of the device is a polymer rectangular microstructure integrated with electrolyte-enabled distributed transducers. Distributed loads acting on the polymer microstructure are converted to different deflections along the microstructure length, which are further translated to electrical resistance changes by electrolyte-enabled distributed transducers. Owing to the great simplicity of the device configuration, a standard polymer-based fabrication process is employed to fabricate this device. With custom-built electronic circuits and custom LabVIEW programs, fabricated devices filled with two different electrolytes, 0.1 M NaCl electrolyte and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium dicyanamide electrolyte, are characterized, demonstrating the capability of detecting distributed static and dynamic loads with a single device. As a result, the polymer-based microfluidic device presented in this paper is promising for offering the capability of detecting distributed static and dynamic loads in biomedical/surgical, manufacturing and robotics applications. (paper)

  10. Specific distributions of anions and cations of an ionic liquid through confinement between graphene sheets.

    Alibalazadeh, Mahtab; Foroutan, Masumeh

    2015-07-01

    This work was aimed to investigate the behavior, morphology, structure, and dynamical properties of pure ionic liquid (IL) 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([emim][BF4]) confined between two parallel and flat graphene sheets at different interwall distances, H. Thus, molecular dynamic (MD) simulations were performed for different interwall distances including (10, 14, 16, 20, 23, and 28) Å at seven temperatures from 278 to 308 K. These results showed that the distribution and orientation of cations and anions on the graphene sheets depended on H. At the shortest H, a dense monolayer of the anions and cations was formed between two graphene sheets. The number of these layers increased as H increased. The potential energy diagram as a function of H demonstrated a minimum potential energy at H = 16 Å. Also, there was a minimum overlap between the density profiles of the cations and anions at H = 16 Å. Diffusion coefficients of the cations and anions increased as temperature and H increased. Moreover, slope of the plot of the diffusion coefficients of the cations and anions versus H significantly changed at H = 16 Å. Orientation functions revealed that most of the cations oriented parallel to the graphene sheets. PMID:26048248

  11. Desulfurization of fuel-oils with [C2mim][NTf2]: A comparative study

    Highlights: ► Fuels desulfurization with ILs must be analyzed not just in terms of S reduction. ► Smaller chain length of imidazolium cation increases desulfurization selectivity. ► The anion type influences the desulfurization ability of ILs. ► [C2mim][NTf2] can be a competitive desulfurization solvent. - Abstract: A tendency to use polysubstituted pyridinium-based ionic liquids for desulfurization of fuel-oils is being very remarkable during last years. Are these ones the most suitable ionic liquids for this purpose? The possibility of using a much cheaper ionic liquid, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide, has been studied in this work. With this aim, LLE data of the {[C2mim][NTf2] + thiophene + toluene}, {[C2mim][NTf2] + thiophene + n-hexane} and {[C2mim][NTf2] + pyridine + n-hexane} ternary systems have been obtained at T = 298.15 K and atmospheric pressure. The NRTL and UNIQUAC models have been used to correlate the obtained data. Solute distribution ratios and selectivities have been calculated and a comparison with data obtained previously for other ionic liquids has been established. It was found that both cation and anion clearly affect to these thermodynamic parameters. According not just to solubility, but also in terms of selectivity and cost, [C2mim][NTf2] can be a competitive desulfurization solvent.

  12. Structure of cyano-anion ionic liquids: X-ray scattering and simulations

    Dhungana, Kamal B.; Faria, Luiz F. O.; Wu, Boning; Liang, Min; Ribeiro, Mauro C. C.; Margulis, Claudio J.; Castner, Edward W.

    2016-07-01

    Ionic liquids with cyano anions have long been used because of their unique combination of low-melting temperatures, reduced viscosities, and increased conductivities. Recently we have shown that cyano anions in ionic liquids are particularly interesting for their potential use as electron donors to excited state photo-acceptors [B. Wu et al., J. Phys. Chem. B 119, 14790-14799 (2015)]. Here we report on bulk structural and quantum mechanical results for a series of ionic liquids based on the 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium cation, paired with the following five cyano anions: SeCN-, SCN-, N(CN) 2 -, C(CN) 3 -, and B(CN) 4 -. By combining molecular dynamics simulations, high-energy X-ray scattering measurements, and periodic boundary condition DFT calculations, we are able to obtain a comprehensive description of the liquid landscape as well as the nature of the HOMO-LUMO states for these ionic liquids in the condensed phase. Features in the structure functions for these ionic liquids are somewhat different than the commonly observed adjacency, charge-charge, and polarity peaks, especially for the bulkiest B(CN) 4 - anion. While the other four cyano-anion ionic liquids present an anionic HOMO, the one for Im2,1 +/B(CN) 4 - is cationic.

  13. Cellulose fractionation with IONCELL-P.

    Stepan, A M; Monshizadeh, A; Hummel, M; Roselli, A; Sixta, H

    2016-10-01

    IONCELL-P is a solvent fractionation process, which can separate pulps almost quantitatively into pure cellulose and hemicellulose fractions using IL-water mixtures. In this work the role of the molecular weight of cellulose on its solubility in ionic liquid-water mixtures is studied. The aim of this study was to understand and identify the determining factors of this IONCELL-P fractionation. Cotton linters (CL) served as model cellulose substrate and was degraded by ozone treatment to adjust the molecular weight to that of hemicelluloses and low molar mass cellulose in commercial pulps. The ozone treated CLs were subjected to the IONCELL-P process using 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate ([emim][OAc]) and water mixtures with a water content between 13.5 and 19wt%. Based on the molar mass distributions of dissolved and undissolved cellulose the effect of the molecular weight of cellulose in IL-water mixture appears to be a key factor in the fractionation process. PMID:27312618

  14. Balance between the physical diffusion and the exchange reaction on binary ionic liquid electrolyte for dye-sensitized solar cells

    Hao, Feng; Lin, Hong; Zhang, Jing [State Key Laboratory of New Ceramics and Fine Processing, Department of Material Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Li, Jianbao [State Key Laboratory of New Ceramics and Fine Processing, Department of Material Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Key Laboratory of Ministry of Education for Application Technology of Chemical Materials in Hainan Superior Resources, Hainan Provincial Key Laboratory of Research on Utilization of Si-Zr-Ti Resources, College of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, Hainan University, Haikou 570228 (China)

    2011-02-01

    A comprehensive characterizations of viscosities, conductivities, triiodide diffusion coefficients, charge-transfer resistances and photovoltaic performance of a potential dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC) electrolyte systems based on binary ionic liquid (IL) mixtures, namely, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium dicyanamide (EMIDCA)/1-methyl-3-propylimidazolium iodide (PMII) with a fixed iodine concentration at varying EMIDCA volume fraction are investigated in the present study. Viscosity and conductivity values are accurately correlated with regard to temperature and EMIDCA volume fraction. The triiodide diffusion coefficients, the predominant electrolyte parameter for limitation of DSC efficiency, are determined by symmetrical cell methods. The physical diffusion and exchange reactions between the iodide and triiodide dominate the apparent triiodide diffusion coefficients at different range of EMIDCA volume fraction. A balance between the viscosity-dependent physical diffusion and the exchange reactions can get at an optimal volume percents of EMIDCA. Impedance spectroscopy and photovoltaic results both support the existence of an optimized binary IL electrolyte composition. Hence, for optimizing an IL-based electrolyte in regards to triiodide transport, a low viscosity is not the exclusive crucial factor since exchange reactions transport effects also play an important role to resolve the diffusion limitation of DSC efficiency. (author)

  15. Ratiometric Optical Temperature Sensor Using Two Fluorescent Dyes Dissolved in an Ionic Liquid Encapsulated by Parylene Film

    Isao Shimoyama

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available A temperature sensor that uses temperature-sensitive fluorescent dyes is developed. The droplet sensor has a diameter of 40 µm and uses 1 g/L of Rhodamine B (RhB and 0.5 g/L of Rhodamine 110 (Rh110, which are fluorescent dyes that are dissolved in an ionic liquid (1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethyl sulfate to function as temperature indicators. This ionic liquid is encapsulated using vacuum Parylene film deposition (which is known as the Parylene-on-liquid-deposition (PoLD method. The droplet is sealed by the chemically stable and impermeable Parylene film, which prevents the dye from interacting with the molecules in the solution and keeps the volume and concentration of the fluorescent material fixed. The two fluorescent dyes enable the temperature to be measured ratiometrically such that the droplet sensor can be used in various applications, such as the wireless temperature measurement of microregions. The sensor can measure the temperature of such microregions with an accuracy of 1.9 °C, a precision of 3.7 °C, and a fluorescence intensity change sensitivity of 1.0%/K. The sensor can measure temperatures at different sensor depths in water, ranging from 0 to 850 µm. The droplet sensor is fabricated using microelectromechanical system (MEMS technology and is highly applicable to lab-on-a-chip devices.

  16. Stability of nicotinate and dodecyl sulfate in a Lewis acidic ionic liquid for aluminum electroplating and characterization of their degradation products.

    Kosmus, Patrick; Steiner, Oliver; Goessler, Walter; Gollas, Bernhard; Fauler, Gisela

    2016-04-01

    Plating bath additives are essential for optimization of the morphology of electroplated layers. The ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium (EMIM) chloride plus 1.5 mol equivalents of AlCl3 has great potential for electroplating of aluminum. In this study, the chemical and electrochemical stability of the additives EMIM-nicotinate and sodium dodecyl sulfate and their effect on the stability of EMIM was investigated and analyzed. Nicotinate and its electrochemical decomposition product β-picoline could be detected and we show with a single HPLC-UV-MS method that EMIM is not affected by the decomposition of this additive. An adapted standard HPLC-UV-MS method together with GC-MS and ion chromatography was used to analyze the decomposition products of SDS and possible realkylation products of EMIM. Several volatile medium and short chain-length alkanes as well as sulfate ions have been found as decomposition products of SDS. Alkenium ions formed as intermediates during the decomposition of SDS realkylate EMIM to produce mono- up to pentasubstituted alkyl-imidazoles. A reaction pathway involving Wagner-Meerwein rearrangements and Friedel-Crafts alkylations has been suggested to account for the formation of the detected products. PMID:26864607

  17. Coulometric differential FFT admittance voltammetry determination of Amlodipine in pharmaceutical formulation by nano-composite electrode.

    Norouzi, Parviz; Gupta, Vinod Kumar; Larijani, Bagher; Rasoolipour, Solmaz; Faridbod, Farnoush; Ganjali, Mohammad R

    2015-01-01

    An electrochemical detection technique based on combination of was coulometric differential fast Fourier transformation admittance voltammetry (CDFFTAV) and nano-composite film modified glassy carbon electrode was successfully applied for sensitive determination of Amlodipine. The nano-composite film was made by a mixture of ionic liquid, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (EMIMBF4), multiwall carbon nanotube and Au nanoparticles as electrochemical mediators. Studies reveal that the irreversible oxidation of Amlodipine was highly facile on the electrode surface. The electrochemical response was established on calculation of the charge under the admittance peak, which was obtained by discrete integration of the admittance response in a selected potential range, obtained in a flow injection analysis. Once established the best operative optimum conditions, the resulting nano-composite film electrode showed a catalytic effect on the oxidation of the analyte. The response is linear in the Amlodipine concentration range of 1.0 × 10(-9) to 2.0 × 10(-7)M with a detection limit of 1.25 × 10(-10)M. Moreover, the proposed technique exhibited high sensitivity, fast response time (less than 6s) and long-term stability and reproducibility around 96%, and it was successfully used to the determination of Amlodipine content in the pharmaceutical formulation. PMID:25281143

  18. Structural Characteristics of Homogeneous Hydrophobic Ionic Liquid-HNO3-H2O Ternary System: Experimental Studies and Molecular Dynamics Simulations.

    Fu, Jing; Yang, Y Isaac; Zhang, Jun; Chen, Qingde; Shen, Xinghai; Gao, Yi Qin

    2016-06-16

    The solubility of water in the hydrophobic ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([C2mim][NTf2]) increases significantly in the presence of HNO3. [C2mim][NTf2] is completely miscible with HNO3 but immiscible with water. The triangular phase diagram of the ternary system [C2mim][NTf2]-HNO3-H2O was determined at 300.1 K. The homogeneous [C2mim][NTf2]-HNO3-H2O phase is thermodynamically stable, while it can be separated into two phases with an increase of water content. Experiments (electrospray ionization mass spectrometry, Fourier transform infrared spectrometry, and (1)H-nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry) and molecular dynamics simulations were carried out to investigate the interaction between [C2mim][NTf2], HNO3, and water in the homogeneous phase. It was found that NO3(-) ions interact with both C2mim(+) and water via H-bonding and act as a "bridge" to induce a large amount of water to be dissolved in the hydrophobic IL phase. This confirms that the complexes [C2mim-NTf2-C2mim](+) and [NTf2-C2mim-NTf2](-) exist in the homogeneous [C2mim][NTf2]-HNO3-H2O system at the concentration of HNO3 up to 27.01 wt % and of water as high as 20.74 wt %. PMID:27196811

  19. Engineering ionic liquid-tolerant cellulases for biofuels production.

    Wolski, Paul W; Dana, Craig M; Clark, Douglas S; Blanch, Harvey W

    2016-04-01

    Dissolution of lignocellulosic biomass in certain ionic liquids (ILs) can provide an effective pretreatment prior to enzymatic saccharification of cellulose for biofuels production. Toward the goal of combining pretreatment and enzymatic hydrolysis, we evolved enzyme variants of Talaromyces emersonii Cel7A to be more active and stable than wild-type T. emersonii Cel7A or Trichoderma reesei Cel7A in aqueous-IL solutions (up to 43% (w/w) 1,3-dimethylimdazolium dimethylphosphate and 20% (w/w) 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate). In general, greater enzyme stability in buffer at elevated temperature corresponded to greater stability in aqueous-ILs. Post-translational modification of the N-terminal glutamine residue to pyroglutamate via glutaminyl cyclase enhanced the stability of T. emersonii Cel7A and variants. Differential scanning calorimetry revealed an increase in melting temperature of 1.9-3.9°C for the variant 1M10 over the wild-type T. emersonii Cel7A in aqueous buffer and in an IL-aqueous mixture. We observed this increase both with and without glutaminyl cyclase treatment of the enzymes. PMID:26819239

  20. Advances in the electrodeposition of aluminum from ionic liquid based electrolytes

    Leadbetter, Kirt C.

    . Advancements of this nonaqueous aluminum plating process have the potential to lead to a novel and competitive commercial aluminum deposition process. In this investigation aluminum electrodeposition from ionic liquid based electrolytes onto steel, copper and magnesium substrates without conversion coatings or strike layers was evaluated in six different ionic liquid based electrolytes in two technical setups. Three of which are commercially available aluminum plating electrolytes, three of which, discussed in literature were created on site by research personnel in the laboratory. The three commercially available electrolytes were: 1-Butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ([BMIm]Cl) * 1.5 AlCl3 with proprietary additives from IoLiTec, 1-Ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ([EMIm]Cl) * 1.5 AlCl3 with proprietary additives from IoLiTec, and BasionicsTM AL-02, an aluminum plating electrolyte containing [EMIm]Cl * 1.5 AlCl3 with additives from BASF. The three electrolytes created on site were based on the 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ionic liquid with added 1.5 AlCl3 and one with added sodium dodecyl sulfate. Small scale plating tests in a 25-mL plating cell were conducted to provide a comparative analysis of the six different electrolytes considered. From these investigations, two were chosen to be evaluated in a larger 1-liter plating cell; designed and constructed to provide a more realistic evaluation of plating parameters with selected electrolytes to better portray industrial electroplating conditions. The effect of current density (10-40 mA/cm 2), temperature (30-90° Celsius) and plating bath agitation on current efficiency, corrosion resistance by the ASTM B117 method, adhesion, microstructure, and chemical composition (evaluated with energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy) of the plated Al-layer was explored in both the 25-mL and 1-L plating cell investigations. In addition development of pre- and post-treatment processes for the metal substrates was attempted. While

  1. Biomass Pretreatment using Ionic Liquid and Glycerol Mixtures

    Lynam, Joan Goerss

    Lignocellulosic biomass is a renewable, sustainable resource that can replace or supplement fossil fuels use for liquid fuels and chemicals. However, its recalcitrant structure including interwoven cellulose, hemicelluloses, and lignin biomacromolecules is challenging to deconstruct. Pretreating biomass so that it can be converted to useful liquids dominates process economics. Many pretreatment methods exist, but most require hazardous chemicals or processing conditions. Many ionic liquids (ILs), salts molten below 100°C, can be used to deconstruct lignocellulosic biomass and are less hazardous than the volatile organic compounds typically used. While effective, relatively safe, and recyclable, ILs are expensive. To reduce costs, dilution with other safe compounds is desirable, if there is no impact on deconstruction efficiency. Glycerol, a food additive, is inexpensive and becoming even more so since it is a by-product of the burgeoning biodiesel industry. Use of glycerol as an additive or diluent for ILs is extensively evaluated in this work. Rice hulls are an abundant biomass, with over 100 million tons produced per year, but with little practical use. The IL 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium formate ([C2mim][O2CH] or EMIM Form) when mixed with an equal amount of glycerol has been shown to be effective in pretreating rice hulls. Ambient pressure, a pretreatment temperature of 110°C, and a reaction time of three hours produced rice hulls that could be enzymatically hydrolyzed to give reasonably good glucose and xylose yields considering the recalcitrance of this silica-armored biomass. The IL [C2mim][O2CH] was also effective when mixed with an equal amount of glycerol to pretreat loblolly pine, a fast-growing softwood. Loblolly pine was pretreated at 140°C for three hours to produce a solid rich in cellulose and hemicelluloses, while a lignin-rich product could be precipitated from the IL. Similar products were obtained from pretreatment with a mixture of 75% 1

  2. Ionothermal synthesis of uranyl compounds that incorporate imidazole derivatives

    Wylie, Ernest M.; Dustin, Megan K.; Smith, Jeremy S.; Burns, Peter C.

    2013-01-01

    Ionothermal reactions of uranyl nitrate with various salts in methylimidazolium-based ionic liquids have produced single crystals of three uranyl compounds that incorporate imidazole derivatives as charge-balancing cations. (C4H7N2)[(UO2)(PO3F)(F)] (1) crystallizes in space group C2, a=17.952(1) Å, b=6.9646(6) Å, c=8.5062(7) Å, β=112.301(1)°, (C6H11N2)2[(UO2)(SO4)2] (2) crystallizes in space group C2/c, a=31.90(1) Å, b=9.383(5) Å, c=13.770(7) Å, β=93.999(7)° and (C6H11N2)[(UO2)2(PO4)(HPO4) (3) crystallizes in space group P21/n, a=9.307(2), b=18.067(4), c=9.765(2), β=93.171(2). The U6+ cations are present as (UO2)2+ uranyl ions coordinated by three O atoms and two F atoms in 1 and five O atoms in 2 and 3 to give pentagonal bipyramids. The structural unit in 1 is composed of F-sharing dimers of uranyl pentagonal bipyramids linked into sheets through corner-sharing fluorophosphate tetrahedra. The structural unit in 2 is composed of uranyl pentagonal bipyramids with one chelating sulfate tetrahedron linked into chains by three other corner-sharing sulfate tetrahedra. In 3, the structural unit is composed of chains of uranyl pentagonal bipyramids linked into sheets through edge- and corner-sharing phosphate and hydrogen phosphate tetrahedra. N-methylimidazolium cations occupy the interstitial space between the uranyl fluorophosphate sheets in 1, whereas 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium cations link the uranyl sulfate and phosphate units in 2 and 3 into extended structures.

  3. AC and DC conductivity of ionic liquid containing polyvinylidene fluoride thin films

    Frübing, Peter; Wang, Feipeng; Kühle, Till-Friedrich; Gerhard, Reimund

    2016-01-01

    Polarisation processes and charge transport in polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) with a small amount (0.01-10 wt%) of the ionic liquid (IL) 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium nitrate ({[EMIM]}^+[{NO}_3]^-) are investigated by means of dielectric spectroscopy. The response of PVDF that contains more than 0.01 wt% IL is dominated by a low-frequency relaxation which shows typical signatures of electrode polarisation. Furthermore, the α a relaxation, related to the glass transition, disappears for IL contents of more than 1 wt%, which indicates that the amorphous phase loses its glass-forming properties and undergoes structural changes. The DC conductivity is determined from the low-frequency limit of the AC conductivity and from the dielectric loss peak related to the electrode polarisation. DC conductivities of 10^{-10} to 10^{-2} {S}/{m} are obtained—increasing with IL content and temperature. The dependence of the DC conductivity on the IL content follows a power law with an exponent greater than one, indicating an increase in the ion mobility. The temperature dependence of the DC conductivity shows Vogel-Fulcher-Tammann behaviour, which implies that charge transport is coupled to polymer chain motion. Mobile ion densities and ion mobilities are calculated from the DC conductivity and the dielectric loss related to electrode polarisation, with the results that less than one per cent of the total ion concentration contributes to the conductivity and that the strong increase in conductivity with temperature is mainly caused by a strong increase in ion mobility. This leads to the conclusion that in particular the ion mobility must be reduced in order to decrease the DC conductivity.

  4. Do TFSA Anions Slither? Pressure Exposes the Role of TFSA Conformational Exchange in Self-Diffusion.

    Suarez, Sophia N; Rúa, Armando; Cuffari, David; Pilar, Kartik; Hatcher, Jasmine L; Ramati, Sharon; Wishart, James F

    2015-11-19

    Multinuclear ((1)H, (2)H, and (19)F) magnetic resonance spectroscopy techniques as functions of temperature and pressure were applied to the study of selectively deuterated 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)amide (EMIM TFSA) ionic liquid isotopologues and related ionic liquids. For EMIM TFSA, temperature-dependent (2)H T1 data indicate stronger electric field gradients in the alkyl chain region compared to the imidazolium ring. Most significantly, the pressure dependences of the EMIM and TFSA self-diffusion coefficients revealed that the displacements of the cations and anions are independent, with diffusion of the TFSA anions being slowed much more by increasing pressure than for the EMIM cations, as shown by their respective activation volumes (28.8 ± 2.5 cm(3)/mol for TFSA vs 14.6 ± 1.3 cm(3)/mol for EMIM). Increasing pressure may lower the mobility of the TFSA anion by hindering its interconversion between trans and cis conformers, a process that is coupled to diffusion according to published molecular dynamics simulations. Measured activation volumes (ΔV(‡)) for ion self-diffusion in EMIM bis(fluoromethylsulfonyl)amide and EMIM tetrafluoroborate support this hypothesis. In addition, (2)H T1 data suggest increased ordering with increasing pressure, with two T1 regimes observed for the MD3 and D2 isotopologues between 0.1-100 and 100-250 MPa, respectively. The activation volumes for T1 were 21 and 25 cm(3)/mol (0-100 MPa) and 11 and 12 cm(3)/mol (100-250 MPa) for the MD3 and D2 isotopologues, respectively. PMID:26509865

  5. Ion-water wires in imidazolium-based ionic liquid/water solutions induce unique trends in density.

    Ghoshdastidar, Debostuti; Senapati, Sanjib

    2016-03-28

    Ionic liquid/water binary mixtures are rapidly gaining popularity as solvents for dissolution of cellulose, nucleobases, and other poorly water-soluble biomolecules. Hence, several studies have focused on measuring the thermophysical properties of these versatile mixtures. Among these, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ([emim]) cation-based ILs containing different anions exhibit unique density behaviours upon addition of water. While [emim][acetate]/water binary mixtures display an unusual rise in density with the addition of low-to-moderate amounts of water, those containing the [trifluoroacetate] ([Tfa]) anion display a sluggish decrease in density. The density of [emim][tetrafluoroborate] ([emim][BF4])/water mixtures, on the other hand, declines rapidly in close accordance with the experimental reports. Here, we unravel the structural basis underlying this unique density behavior of [emim]-based IL/water mixtures using all-atom molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The results revealed that the distinct nature of anion-water hydrogen bonded networks in the three systems was a key in modulating the observed unique density behaviour. Vast expanses of uninterrupted anion-water-anion H-bonded stretches, denoted here as anion-water wires, induced significant structuring in [emim][Ac]/water mixtures that resulted in the density rise. Conversely, the presence of intermittent large water clusters disintegrated the anion-water wires in [emim][Tfa]/water and [emim][BF4]/water mixtures to cause a monotonic density decrease. The differential nanostructuring affected the dynamics of the solutions proportionately, with the H-bond making and breaking dynamics found to be greatly retarded in [emim][Ac]/water mixtures, while it exhibited a faster relaxation in the other two binary solutions. PMID:26911708

  6. Determining diffusion coefficients of ionic liquids by means of field cycling nuclear magnetic resonance relaxometry

    Kruk, D. [Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Słoneczna 54, PL-10710 Olsztyn (Poland); Universität Bayreuth, Experimentalphysik II, 95440 Bayreuth (Germany); Meier, R.; Rössler, E. A. [Universität Bayreuth, Experimentalphysik II, 95440 Bayreuth (Germany); Rachocki, A. [Institute of Molecular Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Smoluchowskiego 17, 60-179 Poznań (Poland); Korpała, A. [Department of Biophysics, Jagiellonian University Medical College, Łazarza 16, 31-530 Kraków, Poland and Institute of Physics, Jagiellonian University, Reymonta 4, 30-059 Kraków (Poland); Singh, R. K. [Ionic Liquid and Solid State Ionics Laboratory, Department of Physics, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221 005 (India)

    2014-06-28

    Field Cycling Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (FC NMR) relaxation studies are reported for three ionic liquids: 1-ethyl-3- methylimidazolium thiocyanate (EMIM-SCN, 220–258 K), 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (BMIM-BF{sub 4}, 243–318 K), and 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate (BMIM-PF{sub 6}, 258–323 K). The dispersion of {sup 1}H spin-lattice relaxation rate R{sub 1}(ω) is measured in the frequency range of 10 kHz–20 MHz, and the studies are complemented by {sup 19}F spin-lattice relaxation measurements on BMIM-PF{sub 6} in the corresponding frequency range. From the {sup 1}H relaxation results self-diffusion coefficients for the cation in EMIM-SCN, BMIM-BF{sub 4}, and BMIM-PF{sub 6} are determined. This is done by performing an analysis considering all relevant intra- and intermolecular relaxation contributions to the {sup 1}H spin-lattice relaxation as well as by benefiting from the universal low-frequency dispersion law characteristic of Fickian diffusion which yields, at low frequencies, a linear dependence of R{sub 1} on square root of frequency. From the {sup 19}F relaxation both anion and cation diffusion coefficients are determined for BMIM-PF{sub 6}. The diffusion coefficients obtained from FC NMR relaxometry are in good agreement with results reported from pulsed- field-gradient NMR. This shows that NMR relaxometry can be considered as an alternative route of determining diffusion coefficients of both cations and anions in ionic liquids.

  7. Ionic association and interactions in aqueous methylsulfate alkyl-imidazolium-based ionic liquids

    Highlights: • Viscosity and electrical conductivity were determined in aqueous ionic liquids. • For the shorter IL the viscosity was lower and the electrical conductivity higher. • NMR and IR were used to study ionic association and interactions in aqueous ILs. • The main change in the ionic association was only observed for high water contents. • In IR, the SO3 asymmetric stretching band is a probe of structural changes. - Abstract: Several experimental techniques were used to study ionic association and interactions in aqueous [C1C2Im][MeSO4], 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium methylsulfate, and [C1C4Im][MeSO4], 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium methylsulfate. Two transport properties, viscosity and electrical conductivity, were determined for these two binary mixtures. For a better assessment of the ionic association and the perturbation of water into the molecular structure of the ionic liquid, diffusion coefficients of ions and water molecules were obtained by NMR spectroscopy while molecular interactions were probed by IR spectroscopy. The comparison of the two ionic liquids shows that for the shorter alkyl chain the viscosity was lower and the electrical conductivity was higher. While the viscosity of the mixture drops already with small additions of water, the electrical conductivity of the solution is only significantly increased for high water concentrations. A maximum is observed for compositions around xwater = (0.90 to 0.95). The SO3 asymmetric stretching band of the IR spectrum can be used as a probe to observe the evolution of the structure around the anion which was mainly occurring for high concentrations of water. Several experimental techniques show than the main change in the ionic association was only observed for high water contents (water mole fraction > 0.8)

  8. Sorption of trifluoromethane in zeolites and ionic liquid

    Highlights: • Adsorption of trifluoromethane on zeolites Na-Y, K,H-Y, and Rb,Na-Y. • Absorption of trifluoromethane in ionic liquid, [emim][Tf2N]. • Heat of adsorption of trifluoromethane on zeolites from 29 to 35 kJ · mol−1. • Type II adsorption on zeolites. • Type V phase behavior in ionic liquid. -- Abstract: Sorption isotherms for trifluoromethane (R-23) on three zeolites, Na-Y, K,H-Y, and Rb,Na-Y and ionic liquid, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide [emim][Tf2N] have been measured at ca. 298 and 323 K, using a gravimetric microbalance. The adsorption on the zeolites reaches about 3 mol · kg−1 at 0.025 MPa and 298 K while in the ionic liquid the absorption reaches 3 mol · kg−1 at about 2.5 MPa (100 times higher pressure). Three different adsorption models (Langmuir, multi-site Langmuir, and BET equations) have been used to analyze the zeolite sorption data, with a particular interest in the heat of adsorption (−ΔH). The heat of adsorption for zeolites Na-Y, K,H-Y, and Rb,Na-Y were about 35 ± 3 kJ · mol−1, 29 ± 3 kJ · mol−1, and 34 ± 5 kJ · mol−1, respectively. These values are within the range of typical physical adsorption. According to the IUPAC classification, the zeolites exhibit Type II adsorption and according to the Scott and van Konynenburg classification the ionic liquid is predicted to be Type V phase behavior. The adsorption process on the zeolites took more time than the absorption process in the ionic liquid to reach the thermodynamic equilibrium and both processes were reversible

  9. Low-cost microarray thin-film electrodes with ionic liquid gel-polymer electrolytes for miniaturised oxygen sensing.

    Lee, Junqiao; Silvester, Debbie S

    2016-06-21

    A robust, miniaturised electrochemical gas sensor for oxygen (O2) has been constructed using a commercially available Pt microarray thin-film electrode (MATFE) with a gellified electrolyte containing the room temperature ionic liquid (RTIL) 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([C2mim][NTf2]) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) in a 50 : 50 mass ratio. Diffusion coefficients and solubilities for oxygen in mixtures of PMMA/RTIL at different PMMA doping concentrations (0-50% mass) were derived from potential step chronoamperometry (PSCA) on a Pt microdisk electrode. The MATFE was then used with both the neat RTIL and 50% (by mass) PMMA/RTIL gel, to study the analytical behavior over a wide concentration range (0.1 to 100 vol% O2). Cyclic voltammetry (CV) and long-term chronoamperometry (LTCA) techniques were employed and it was determined that the gentler CV technique is better at higher O2 concentrations (above 60 vol%), but LTCA is more reliable and accurate at lower concentrations (especially below 0.5% O2). In particular, there was much less potential shifting (from the unstable Pt quasi-reference electrode) evident in the 50% PMMA/RTIL gel than in the neat RTIL, making this a much more suitable electrolyte for long-term continuous oxygen monitoring. The mass production and low-cost of the electrode array, along with the minimal amounts of RTIL/PMMA required, make this a viable sensing device for oxygen detection on a bulk scale in a wide range of environmental conditions. PMID:26931642

  10. Self-assembly of azobenzene bilayer membranes in binary ionic liquid-water nanostructured media.

    Kang, Tejwant Singh; Ishiba, Keita; Morikawa, Masa-aki; Kimizuka, Nobuo

    2014-03-11

    Anionic azobenzene-containing amphiphile 1 (sodium 4-[4-(N-methyl-N-dodecylamino)phenylazo]benzenesulfonate) forms ordered bilayer membranes in binary ionic liquid (1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethyl sulfate, [C2mim][C2OSO3])-water mixtures. The binary [C2mim][C2OSO3]-water mixture is macroscopically homogeneous at any mixing ratio; however, it possesses fluctuating nanodomains of [C2mim][C2OSO3] molecules as observed by dynamic light scattering (DLS). These nanodomains show reversible heat-induced mixing behavior with water. Although the amphiphile 1 is substantially insoluble in pure water, it is dispersible in the [C2mim][C2OSO3]-water mixtures. The concentration of [C2mim][C2OSO3] and temperature exert significant influences on the self-assembling characteristics of 1 in the binary media, as shown by DLS, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV-vis spectroscopy, and zeta-potential measurements. Bilayer membranes with rod- or dotlike nanostructures were formed at a lower content of [C2mim][C2OSO3] (2-30 v/v %), in which azobenzene chromophores adopt parallel molecular orientation regardless of temperature. In contrast, when the content of [C2mim][C2OSO3] is increased above 60 v/v %, azobenzene bilayers showed thermally reversible gel-to-liquid crystalline phase transition. The self-assembly of azobenzene amphiphiles is tunable depending on the volume fraction of [C2mim][C2OSO3] and temperature, which are associated with the solvation by nanoclusters in the binary [C2mim][C2OSO3]-water media. These observations clearly indicate that mixtures of water-soluble ionic liquids and water provide unique and valiant environments for ordered molecular self-assembly. PMID:24528277

  11. Comparison of the local binding motifs in the imidazolium-based ionic liquids [EMIM][BF4] and [EMMIM][BF4] through cryogenic ion vibrational predissociation spectroscopy: Unraveling the roles of anharmonicity and intermolecular interactions

    We clarify the role of the critical imidazolium C(2)H position (the central C between N atoms in the heterocycle) in the assembly motif of the [EMIM][BF4] ionic liquid by analyzing the vibrational spectra of the bare EMIM+ ion as well as that of the cationic [EMIM]2[BF4]+ (EMIM+ = 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium, C6H11N2+) cluster. Vibrational spectra of the cold, mass-selected ions are obtained using cryogenic ion vibrational predissociation of weakly bound D2 molecules formed in a 10 K ion trap. The C(2)H behavior is isolated by following the evolution of key vibrational features when the C(2) hydrogen, the proposed binding location of the anion to the imidazolium ring, is replaced by either deuterium or a methyl group (i.e., in the EMMIM+ analogue). Strong features in the ring CH stretching region of the bare ion are traced to Fermi resonances with overtones of lower frequency modes. Upon incorporation into the EMIM+ ⋅ ⋅ ⋅ BF4− ⋅ ⋅ ⋅ EMIM+ ternary complex, the C(2)H oscillator strength is dramatically increased, accounting for the much more complicated patterns derived from the EMIM+ ring CH stretches in the light isotopomer, which are strongly suppressed in the deuterated analogue. Further changes in the spectra that occur when the C(2)H is replaced by a methyl group are consistent with BF4− attachment directly to the imidazolium ring in an arrangement that maximizes the electrostatic interaction between the molecular ions

  12. Improved activity of a thermophilic cellulase, Cel5A, from Thermotoga maritima on ionic liquid pretreated switchgrass.

    Zhiwei Chen

    Full Text Available Ionic liquid pretreatment of biomass has been shown to greatly reduce the recalcitrance of lignocellulosic biomass, resulting in improved sugar yields after enzymatic saccharification. However, even under these improved saccharification conditions the cost of enzymes still represents a significant proportion of the total cost of producing sugars and ultimately fuels from lignocellulosic biomass. Much of the high cost of enzymes is due to the low catalytic efficiency and stability of lignocellulolytic enzymes, especially cellulases, under conditions that include high temperatures and the presence of residual pretreatment chemicals, such as acids, organic solvents, bases, or ionic liquids. Improving the efficiency of the saccharification process on ionic liquid pretreated biomass will facilitate reduced enzyme loading and cost. Thermophilic cellulases have been shown to be stable and active in ionic liquids but their activity is typically at lower levels. Cel5A_Tma, a thermophilic endoglucanase from Thermotoga maritima, is highly active on cellulosic substrates and is stable in ionic liquid environments. Here, our motivation was to engineer mutants of Cel5A_Tma with higher activity on 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate ([C2mim][OAc] pretreated biomass. We developed a robotic platform to screen a random mutagenesis library of Cel5A_Tma. Twelve mutants with 25-42% improvement in specific activity on carboxymethyl cellulose and up to 30% improvement on ionic-liquid pretreated switchgrass were successfully isolated and characterized from a library of twenty thousand variants. Interestingly, most of the mutations in the improved variants are located distally to the active site on the protein surface and are not directly involved with substrate binding.

  13. Ionic liquids as mobile phase additives for the high-performance liquid chromatographic analysis of fluoroquinolone antibiotics in water samples.

    Herrera-Herrera, Antonio V; Hernández-Borges, Javier; Rodríguez-Delgado, Miguel Angel

    2008-12-01

    In this work, four ionic liquids differing in the length of the alkyl chain on the imidazolium cation and one ionic liquid containing tetraethylammonium, all with the same counterion, (i.e. 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (EMIm-BF(4)), 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (BMIm-BF(4)), 1-hexyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (HMIm-BF(4)), 1-methyl-3-octylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (MOIm-BF(4)), and tetraethylammonium tetrafluroborate (Et(4)N-BF(4))) were tested as mobile phase additives for HPLC separation of a group of seven basic fluoroquinolone (FQ) antibiotics for human and veterinary use (i.e. fleroxacin, ciprofloxacin, lomefloxacin, danofloxacin, enrofloxacin, sarafloxacin, and difloxacin) using a conventional reversed-phase Nova-Pak C(18) column. Fluorescence detection was used. Among the ionic liquids selected, use of BMIm-BF(4) enabled effective separation of these compounds with relatively low analysis time (14 min). The best separation was achieved by isocratic elution at 1 mL min(-1) with 5 mmol L(-1) BMIm-BF(4) and 10 mmol L(-1) ammonium acetate at pH 3.0 with 13% (v/v) acetonitrile. Limits of detection (LODs) for fluorescence detection were in the range 0.5-11 microg L(-1). The method was tested by analyzing several water samples after the optimization of a suitable solid-phase extraction (SPE) procedure using Oasis HLB cartridges. Mean recovery values were above 84% for all analytes with LODs in the range 1-29 ng L(-1). PMID:18854988

  14. Ultrafast Torsional Relaxation of Thioflavin-T in Tris(pentafluoroethyl)trifluorophosphate (FAP) Anion-Based Ionic Liquids.

    Singh, Prabhat K; Mora, Aruna K; Nath, Sukhendu

    2015-11-01

    Ultrafast spectroscopy on solutes, whose dynamics is very sensitive to the friction in its local environment, has strong potential to report on the microenvironment existing in complex fluids such as ionic liquids. In this work, the torsional relaxation dynamics of Thioflavin-T (ThT), an ultrafast molecular rotor, is investigated in two fluoroalkylphosphate ([FAP])-based ionic liquids, namely, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tris(pentafluoroethyl)trifluorophosphate ([EMIM][FAP]) and 1-(2-hydroxyethyl)-3-methylimidazolium tris(pentafluoroethyl)trifluorophosphate ([OHEMIM][FAP]), using ultrafast fluorescence up-conversion spectroscopy. The emission quantum yield and the excited-state fluorescence lifetime measurement suggest that the torsional relaxation of Thioflavin-T, in this class of ionic liquids, is guided by the viscosity of the medium. The temporal profile of the dynamic Stokes' shift of ThT, measured from time-resolved emission spectrum (TRES), displays a multiexponential behavior in both ionic liquids. The long time dynamics of the Stokes' shift is reasonably slower for the hydroxyethyl derivative as compared to the ethyl derivative, which is in accordance with their measured shear viscosity. However, the short time dynamics of Stokes' shift is very similar in both the ionic liquids, and seems to be independent of the measured shear viscosity of the ionic liquid. We rationalize these observations in terms of different locations of ThT in these ionic liquids. These results suggest that despite having a higher bulk viscosity in the ionic liquid, they can provide unique microenvironment in their complex structure, where the reaction can be faster than expected from their measured shear viscosity. PMID:26457972

  15. Electrochemical and spectroscopic study of Zn(ii) coordination and Zn electrodeposition in three ionic liquids with the trifluoromethylsulfonate anion, different imidazolium ions and their mixtures with water.

    Liu, Zhen; El Abedin, Sherif Zein; Endres, Frank

    2015-06-28

    In this paper we report on the use of three ionic liquids, 1-methylimidazolium trifluoromethylsulfonate ([MIm]TfO), 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium trifluoromethylsulfonate ([EMIm]TfO) and 1-ethyl-2,3-dimethylimidazolium trifluoromethylsulfonate ([EMMIm]TfO) containing zinc trifluoromethylsulfonate as electrolytes for zinc electrodeposition. By varying the cations from [MIm](+)via [EMIm](+) to [EMMIm](+), the vibrational band in the Far-IR spectra below 200 cm(-1), characterizing the cation-anion interaction, is shifted to lower wavenumbers, which suggests that the interaction between cations and anions is arranged in order of [MIm]TfO > [EMIm]TfO > [EMMIm]TfO. The coordination of Zn(2+) ions in these electrolytes was investigated by Raman spectroscopy. The Raman spectra show obvious differences in terms of the solvation of Zn(2+) ions in the dried electrolytes. The average number of TfO(-) anions bound to each Zn(2+) ion is lower in [MIm]TfO than in [EMIm]TfO and in [EMMIm]TfO, respectively. In ionic liquid-water mixtures, aqueous zinc species were formed in all cases. The differences in zinc species present in the electrolytes should have an influence on their electrochemical behavior and on the morphology of the deposits. In dried ionic liquids, the cyclic voltammograms reveal that the potentials for the deposition of zinc were shifted to more negative values by varying the cations, while in ionic liquid-water mixtures, the deposition of zinc occurs at almost the same potential. The SEM and XRD results show that the surface morphology, crystal shape and size as well as crystallographic orientation of the deposits are markedly affected by varying the cations of the ionic liquids. PMID:26027842

  16. Morphological dependence of silver electrodeposits investigated by changing the ionic liquid solvent and the deposition parameters.

    Figueredo-Sobrinho, Francisco A A; Santos, Luis P M; Leite, Davi S; Craveiro, Diego C; Santos, Samir H; Eguiluz, Katlin I B; Salazar-Banda, Giancarlo R; Maciel, Cleiton D; Coutinho-Neto, Maurício D; Homem-de-Mello, Paula; de Lima-Neto, Pedro; Correia, Adriana N

    2016-03-14

    The low toxicity and environmentally compatible ionic liquids (ILs) are alternatives to the toxic and harmful cyanide-based baths used in industrial silver electrodeposition. Here, we report the successful galvanostatic electrodeposition of silver films using the air and water stable ILs 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium trifluoromethylsulfonate ([EMIM]TfO) and 1-H-3-methylimidazolium hydrogen sulphate ([HMIM(+)][HSO4(-)]) as solvents and AgTfO as the source of silver. The electrochemical deposition parameters were thoughtfully studied by cyclic voltammetry before deposition. The electrodeposits were characterized by scanning electron microscopy coupled with X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations were used to investigate the structural dynamic and energetic properties of AgTfO in both ILs. Cyclic voltammetry experiments revealed that the reduction of silver is a diffusion-controlled process. The morphology of the silver coatings obtained in [EMIM]TfO is independent of the applied current density, resulting in nodular electrodeposits grouped as crystalline clusters. However, the current density significantly influences the morphology of silver electrodeposits obtained in [HMIM(+)][HSO4(-)], thus evolving from dendrites at 15 mA cm(-2) to the coexistence of dendrites and columnar shapes at 30 mA cm(-2). These differences are probably due to the greater interaction of Ag(+) with [HSO4(-)] than with TfO(-), as indicated by the MD simulations. The morphology of Ag deposits is independent of the electrodeposition temperature for both ILs, but higher values of temperature promoted increased cluster sizes. Pure face-centred cubic polycrystalline Ag was deposited on the films with crystallite sizes on the nanometre scale. The morphological dependence of Ag electrodeposits obtained in the [HMIM(+)][HSO4(-)] IL on the current density applied opens up the opportunity to produce different and predetermined Ag deposits. PMID

  17. Characterization of agave bagasse as a function of ionic liquid pretreatment

    Previous studies of agave bagasse (AGB-byproduct of tequila industry) presented unidentified crystalline peaks that are not typical from common biofuel feedstocks (e.g. sugarcane bagasse, switchgrass or corn stover) making it an important issue to be addressed for future biorefinery applications. Ionic liquid (IL) pretreatment of AGB was performed using 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate ([C2mim][OAc]) at 120, 140 and 160 °C for 3 h and a mass fraction of 3% in order to identify these peaks. Pretreated samples were analyzed by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, field emission scanning electronic microscopy (FE-SEM), thermal analysis (TGA-DSC) and wet chemistry methods. Previous unidentified XRD peaks on AGB at 2θ = 15°, 24.5° and 30.5°, were found to correspond to calcium oxalate (CaC2O4) in a monohydrated form. IL pretreatment with [C2mim][OAc] was observed to remove CaC2O4 and decrease cellulose crystallinity. At 140 °C, IL pretreatment significantly enhances enzymatic kinetics and leads to ∼8 times increase in sugar yield (6.66 kg m−3) when compared to the untreated samples (960 g m−3). These results indicate that IL pretreatment can effectively process lignocellulosic biomass with high levels of CaC2O4. - Highlights: • Chemical behavior of agave bagasse pretreated by ionic liquid (IL) is assessed. • Previously unidentified XRD peaks correspond to calcium oxalate (CaC2O4). • Total sugar yield and initial enzymatic hydrolysis rate were higher at 140 °C. • IL pretreatment can effectively process biomass with high levels of CaC2O4. • Increasing the temperature of IL pretreatment causes the agglomeration of CaC2O4

  18. Electrochemistry of Iodide, Iodine, and Iodine Monochloride in Chloride Containing Nonhaloaluminate Ionic Liquids.

    Bentley, Cameron L; Bond, Alan M; Hollenkamp, Anthony F; Mahon, Peter J; Zhang, Jie

    2016-02-01

    The electrochemical behavior of iodine remains a contemporary research interest due to the integral role of the I(-)/I3(-) couple in dye-sensitized solar cell technology. The neutral (I2) and positive (I(+)) oxidation states of iodine are known to be strongly electrophilic, and thus the I(-)/I2/I(+) redox processes are sensitive to the presence of nucleophilic chloride or bromide, which are both commonly present as impurities in nonhaloaluminate room temperature ionic liquids (ILs). In this study, the electrochemistry of I(-), I2, and ICl has been investigated by cyclic voltammetry at a platinum macrodisk electrode in a binary IL mixture composed of 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ([C4mim]Cl) and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide ([C2mim][NTf2]). In the absence of chloride (e.g., in neat [C2mim][NTf2]), I(-) is oxidized in an overall one electron per iodide ion process to I2 via an I3(-) intermediate, giving rise to two resolved I(-)/I3(-) and I3(-)/I2 processes, as per previous reports. In the presence of low concentrations of chloride ([Cl(-)] and [I(-)] are both complex anion [ICl2](-), in an overall two electron per iodide ion process. In the presence of a large excess of Cl(-) ([I(-)] ≈ 10 mM and [Cl(-)] ≈ 3.7 M), I(-) is oxidized in an overall two electron per iodide ion process to [ICl2](-) via an [I2Cl](-) intermediate (confirmed by investigating the voltammetric response of ICl and I2 under these conditions). In summary, the I(-)/I2/I(+) processes in nonhaloaluminate ILs involve a complicated interplay between multiple electron transfer pathways and homogeneous chemical reactions which may not be at equilibrium on the voltammetric time scale. PMID:26708364

  19. Selective extraction of toluene from n-heptane using [emim][SCN] and [bmim][SCN] ionic liquids as solvents

    Highlights: • LLE for {n-heptane + toluene + [emim][SCN] or [bmim][SCN]} at 313.2 K were measured. • LLE data were successfully correlated to the NRTL model. • Di and α2,1 were compared to those of sulfolane and other highly selective ILs. • [emim][SCN] and [bmim][SCN] showed higher selectivities than sulfolane. • Physical properties of [emim][SCN] were suitable to be applied at industrial scale. - Abstract: Among the ionic liquids (ILs) studied so far in the liquid–liquid extraction of aromatic hydrocarbons, only a few of them have shown aromatic distribution ratios and aromatic/aliphatic selectivities considerably higher than those of conventional organic solvents, such as sulfolane. Moreover, these ILs had high dynamic viscosities that could limit their application at industrial scale. In this work, we have studied the performance of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium thiocyanate ([emim][SCN]) and 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium thiocyanate ([bmim][SCN]) ILs in the liquid–liquid extraction of toluene from n-heptane at 313.2 K. Densities, dynamic viscosities, and surface tensions of the ILs were also measured to evaluate their suitability as aromatic extraction solvents. In spite of the high selectivities and toluene distribution ratios of [bmim][SCN], its high dynamic viscosity could imply an important drawback. By contrast, the [emim][SCN] shown toluene/n-heptane selectivities three times higher of the sulfolane values and also substantially higher than those of other promising ILs. Futhermore, densities, viscosities, and surface tensions of [emim][SCN] were also appropriate to consider this IL as an alternative to organic solvents

  20. Aging of Cations of Ionic Liquids Monitored by Ion Chromatography hyphenated to an Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometer

    Highlights: • Proposed decomposition mechanisms for the cations. • No influence of the electrolyte salts on the decomposition behavior of the IL cation was observed. • A new method for the identification of decomposition products in ILs. - ABSTRACT: The stability of 1-methyl-1-propylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl) imide (PYR13TFSI), 1-methyl-1-propylpyrrolidinium bis(fluorosulfonyl) imide (PYR13FSI), 1-butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl) imide (PYR14TFSI) and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl) imide (EMIM TFSI) ionic liquids (ILs) at different temperatures (room temperature and 95 °C) was investigated by ion chromatography (IC) hyphenated to a mass spectrometer. The degradation of the cations can be summarized in the following way: The side chain of the main molecule cleaves and reacts subsequently with the main cation molecule to new decomposition products. In addition, the results show that at elevated temperatures more decomposition products are formed. The influence of Li+ cation based electrolyte salts, lithium hexafluorophosphate (LiPF6), lithium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl) imide (LiTFSI) and lithium perchlorate (LiClO4), on the decomposition of the ionic liquids was analyzed over a long term stability study at room temperature and 60 °C. It was found out that in the mixtures of ILs and electrolyte salt, the same decomposition products were formed like in the pure ILs at the same temperature. Accordingly, there is no influence of the electrolyte salts on the decomposition behavior of the IL cation. The influence of the counter anion on the decomposition of PYR13+ was analyzed as well. It was observed that different decomposition products were detected for PYR13TFSI and PYR13FSI

  1. Development of glucose biosensor based on ZnO nanoparticles film and glucose oxidase-immobilized eggshell membrane

    Bohari Noor Aini

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available A novel electrochemical glucose biosensor was developed by depositing an ionic liquid (IL (e.g., 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium trifluoromethanesulfonate; [EMIM][Otf], ZnO nanoparticles (ZnONPs and eggshell membrane (ESM on a modified glassy carbon electrode (GCE for determination of glucose. Glucose oxidase (GOx was covalently immobilized on eggshell membrane with glutaraldehyde as a cross-linker. Methylene blue was used as a redox indicator to enhance the electron transfer capacity and to ensure stability of both the oxidized and reduced forms in the reaction of enzyme and substrate. The morphological characteristics of microstructures eggshell membranes, chitosan, GOx/ESM, GOx/ZnONPs/IL/ESM and GOx/ZnONPs-IL/CHIT were observed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM. The effects of scan rate, time and pH on the response of glucose biosensors were studied in detail. Under optimal conditions (pH 6.5, 50 s, cyclic voltammetry showed different glucose concentrations on the range of 1 × 10−12 to 0.6 M, with a detection limit of 1 × 10−13 M. The GOx/ZnONPs/IL/ESM was found to be more sensitive as compared to GOx/ZnONPs-IL/CHIT. This developed glucose biosensor detection approach has several advantages such as fast, simple and convenient method, sensitivity, low cost, eco-friendly, low concentrations and remarkable catalytic activities of current signals during glucose reaction.

  2. Soft and flexible PEDOT/PSS films for applications to soft actuators

    Stretchable and highly conductive PEDOT/PSS/Xyl films were prepared by casting an aqueous dispersion of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) doped with poly(4-styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT/PSS) as colloidal gel particles containing xylitol (Xyl) and subsequent heating. The electrical conductivity of the PEDOT/PSS/Xyl film containing 50 wt% of xylitol significantly increased from 115 S cm−1 to 407 S cm−1 by heating at 140 °C in air for 1 h. It was found that the xylitol had two functions as (i) a plasticizer to weaken hydrogen bonds between PSS of colloidal particles by replacing with that between xylitol and PSS and (ii) the additional capability of increasing the mobility of charge carriers between the colloidal particles. The transparent ionic liquid/polyurethane (IL/PU) gels were fabricated by dissolving thermoplastic polyurethane and ionic liquid of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide. By increasing the IL content from 0 wt% to 70 wt%, both ionic conductivity and electric-double-layer capacitance under an electric field increased, while Young’s modulus, strength and elongation at break decreased. The IL/PU/PEDOT/PSS/Xyl composites were fabricated by sandwiching the IL/PU gel between two soft and flexible PEDOT/PSS/Xyl films. Upon application of 2 V, the IL/PU/PEDOT/PSS/Xyl composite (IL = 70%) showed quick and intensive bending toward anode, where the bending displacement at 0.1 Hz attained 2.9 mm, corresponding to the strain of 0.15%, and still worked at frequencies higher than 50 Hz

  3. Investigation of Structure and Transport in Li-Doped Ionic Liquid Electrolytes: [pyr14][TFSI], [pyr13][FSI] and [EMIM][BF4

    Haskins, Justin B.; Bennett, William R.; Hernandez-Lugo, Dione M.; Wu, James; Borodin, Oleg; Monk, Joshua D.; Bauschlicher, Charles W.; Lawson, John W.

    2014-01-01

    Ionic liquid electrolytes have been proposed as a means of improving the safety and cycling behavior of advanced lithium batteries; however, the properties of these electrolytes under high lithium doping are poorly understood. Here, we employ both polarizable molecular dynamics simulation and experiment to investigate the structure, thermodynamics and transport of three potential electrolytes, N-methyl-Nbutylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethylsufonyl)imide ([pyr14][TFSI]), N- methyl-Npropylpyrrolidinium bis(fluorosufonyl)imide ([pyr13][FSI]), and 1-ethyl-3-- methylimidazolium boron tetrafluoride ([EMIM][BF4]), as a function of Li-salt concentration and temperature. Structurally, Li(+) is shown to be solvated by three anion neighbors in [pyr14][TFSI] and four anion neighbors in both [pyr13][FSI] and [EMIM][BF4], and at all levels of x(sub Li) we find the presence of lithium aggregates. Furthermore, the computed density, diffusion, viscosity, and ionic conductivity show excellent agreement with experimental data. While the diffusion and viscosity exhibit a systematic decrease and increase, respectively, with increasing x(sub Li), the contribution of Li(+) to ionic conductivity increases until reaching a saturation doping level of x(sub Li) is approximately 0.10. Comparatively, the Li(+) conductivity of [pyr14][TFSI] is an order of magnitude lower than that of the other liquids, which range between 0.1 - 0.3 mS/cm. The differences in Li(+) transport are reflected in the residence times of Li(+) with the anions, which are revealed to be much larger for [pyr14][TFSI] (up to 100 ns at the highest doping levels) than in either [EMIM][BF4] or [pyr13][FSI]. Finally, we comment on the relative kinetics of Li(+) transport in each liquid and we present strong evidence for transport through anion exchange (hopping) as opposed to the net motion of Li(+) with its solvation shell (vehicular).

  4. Investigation of Structure and Transport in Li-Doped Ionic Liquid Electrolytes: [pyr14][TFSI], [pyr13][FSI], [EMIM][BF4

    Haskins, Justin B.; Bennett, William R.; Wu, James J.; Hernandez, Dionne M.; Borodin, Oleg; Monk, Joshua D.; Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Lawson, John W.

    2014-01-01

    Ionic liquid electrolytes have been proposed as a means of improving the safety and cycling behavior of advanced lithium batteries; however, the properties of these electrolytes under high lithium doping are poorly understood. Here, we employ both polarizable molecular dynamics simulation and experiment to investigate the structure, thermodynamics and transport of three potential electrolytes, N-methyl-N-butylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethylsufonyl)imide ([pyr14][TFSI]), N- methyl-N-propylpyrrolidinium bis(fluorosufonyl)imide ([pyr13][FSI]), and 1-ethyl-3-- methylimidazolium boron tetrafluoride ([EMIM][BF4]), as a function of Li (-) salt concentration and temperature. Structurally, Li(+) is shown to be solvated by three anion neighbors in [pyr14][TFSI] and four anion neighbors in both [pyr13][FSI] and [EMIM][BF4], and at all levels of xLi we find the presence of lithium aggregates. Furthermore, the computed density, diffusion, viscosity, and ionic conductivity show excellent agreement with experimental data. While the diffusion and viscosity exhibit a systematic decrease and increase, respectively, with increasing xLi, the contribution of Li(+) to ionic conductivity increases until reaching a saturation doping level of xLi 0.10. Comparatively, the Li(+) conductivity of [pyr14][TFSI] is an order of magnitude lower than that of the other liquids, which range between 0.1-0.3 mScm. The differences in Li(+) transport are reflected in the residence times of Li(+) with the anions, which are revealed to be much larger for [pyr14][TFSI] (up to 100 ns at the highest doping levels) than in either [EMIM][BF4] or [pyr13][FSI]. Finally, we comment on the relative kinetics of Li(+) transport in each liquid and we present strong evidence for transport through anion exchange (hopping) as opposed to the net motion of Li(+) with its solvation shell (vehicular).

  5. Molal Enthalpy of Solution of Ionic Liquid [C2mim][GaCl4

    GUAN,Wei; LIU,Li; WANG,Caixia; YANG,Jiazhen

    2009-01-01

    An ionic liquid (IL),[C2mim][GaCl4](l-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chlorogallate),was prepared by directly mixing 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ([C2mim][Cl]) and anhydrous GaCI3 with a molar ratio of 1/1 under dry argon.The molal enthalpies of solution,△sHm,of [C2mim][GaCl4],were measured over a molality range of about 0.008-0.1 mol·kg 1 by a solution reaction isoperibol calorimeter at 298.15 K.Considering the hydrolization of anion [GaCl4]- in dissolution process of the IL,a new method of determining the standard molal enthalpy of solution,△sH(⊙)m,was put forward on the basis of Pitzer's mixed electrolyte solution theory so that △sH(⊙)m = -132kJ·mol-1 and the sum of Pitzer's parameters;4β(0)GaCl + 4β(0)[C2mim].Cl + ΦGa,[C2mim]= -0.1373076,β(1)LGa,Cl + β(1)L[C2mim].C=0.3484209 were obtained.In terms of thermodynamic cycle and Glasser's theory of lattice energy for IL,the dissociation enthalpy of [GaCl4]-(g),△Hdis([GaCl4]-)≈5855 kJ·mol-1,that is enthalpy change for the reaction:[GaCl4]-(g)→Ga3+(g) +4Cl- (g),was estimated.

  6. Nitrogen-doped carbon nanofoam derived from amino acid chelate complex for supercapacitor applications

    Ramakrishnan, Prakash; Shanmugam, Sangaraju

    2016-06-01

    We report a novel strategy to fabricate the nitrogen-doped mesoporous carbon nanofoam structures (N-MCNF), derived from magnesium amino acid chelate complex (Mg-acc-complex) for its application towards high performance supercapacitor (SCs) system. A series of N-MCNF with well-connected carbon nanofoam structure have been developed by varying the synthesis temperature. The fabricated N-MCNF material possesses a high surface area (1564 m2 g-1) and pore volume (1.767 cm3 g-1) with nitrogen content of 3.42 wt%. A prototypical coin cell type symmetric N-MCNF SC device has been assembled with 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate [EMIMBF4] ionic liquid electrolyte, and evaluated for SCs studies. The N-MCNF with high textural properties delivers unprecedented SC performance, such as high specific capacitance (204 Fg-1 at 0.25 Ag-1, 25 °C), high energy density (63.4 Wh kg-1), high power density (35.9 kW kg-1) and long-term cycle life (32,500 cycles). Significantly, N-MCNF materials exhibited high power rate performance, at 500 mV-1 (115 Fg-1) and 25 Ag-1 (166 Fg-1) owing to the uniform mesopore size distribution (∼4 nm). The N-MCNF SC device delivered maximum energy densities of 83.4 and 93.3 Wh kg-1 at 60 °C and 90 °C, respectively. Such outstanding N-MCNF SC device is successfully demonstrated in solar energy harvester applications.

  7. Developing energy efficient lignin biomass processing - towards understanding mediator behaviour in ionic liquids.

    Eshtaya, Majd; Ejigu, Andinet; Stephens, Gill; Walsh, Darren A; Chen, George Z; Croft, Anna K

    2016-08-15

    Environmental concerns have brought attention to the requirement for more efficient and renewable processes for chemicals production. Lignin is the second most abundant natural polymer, and might serve as a sustainable resource for manufacturing fuels and aromatic derivatives for the chemicals industry after being depolymerised. In this work, the mediator 2,2'-azino-bis(3-ethylbenthiazoline-6-sulfonic acid) diammonium salt (ABTS), commonly used with enzyme degradation systems, has been evaluated by means of cyclic voltammetry (CV) for enhancing the oxidation of the non-phenolic lignin model compound veratryl alcohol and three types of lignin (organosolv, Kraft and lignosulfonate) in the ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethyl sulfate, ([C2mim][C2SO4]). The presence of either veratryl alcohol or organosolv lignin increased the second oxidation peak of ABTS under select conditions, indicating the ABTS-mediated oxidation of these molecules at high potentials in [C2mim][C2SO4]. Furthermore, CV was applied as a quick and efficient way to explore the impact of water in the ABTS-mediated oxidation of both organosolv and lignosulfonate lignin. Higher catalytic efficiencies of ABTS were observed for lignosulfonate solutions either in sodium acetate buffer or when [C2mim][C2SO4] (15 v/v%) was present in the buffer solution, whilst there was no change found in the catalytic efficiency of ABTS in [C2mim][C2SO4]-lignosulfonate mixtures relative to ABTS alone. In contrast, organosolv showed an initial increase in oxidation, followed by a significant decrease on increasing the water content of a [C2mim][C2SO4] solution. PMID:27228384

  8. Nanoporous Carbide-Derived Carbon Material-Based Linear Actuators

    Janno Torop

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Devices using electroactive polymer-supported carbon material can be exploited as alternatives to conventional electromechanical actuators in applications where electromechanical actuators have some serious deficiencies. One of the numerous examples is precise microactuators. In this paper, we show for first time the dilatometric effect in nanocomposite material actuators containing carbide-derived carbon (CDC and polytetrafluoroetylene polymer (PTFE. Transducers based on high surface area carbide-derived carbon electrode materials are suitable for short range displacement applications, because of the proportional actuation response to the charge inserted, and high Coulombic efficiency due to the EDL capacitance. The material is capable of developing stresses in the range of tens of N cm-2. The area of an actuator can be dozens of cm2, which means that forces above 100 N are achievable. The actuation mechanism is based on the interactions between the high-surface carbon and the ions of the electrolyte. Electrochemical evaluations of the four different actuators with linear (longitudinal action response are described. The actuator electrodes were made from two types of nanoporous TiC-derived carbons with surface area (SA of 1150 m2 g-1 and 1470 m2 g-1, respectively. Two kinds of electrolytes were used in actuators: 1.0 M tetraethylammonium tetrafluoroborate (TEABF4 solution in propylene carbonate and pure ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium trifluoromethanesulfonate (EMITf. It was found that CDC based actuators exhibit a linear movement of about 1% in the voltage range of 0.8 V to 3.0 V at DC. The actuators with EMITf electrolyte had about 70% larger movement compared to the specimen with TEABF4 electrolyte.

  9. Full characterization of polypyrrole thin films electrosynthesized in room temperature ionic liquids, water or acetonitrile

    Highlights: • Polypyrrole films were electrodeposited from three room temperature ionic liquids. • Polymer films were characterized using many surface analysis techniques. • The incorporation of anions and/or cations inside the polymer films was evidenced. • The influence of the ionic liquid on the polymer properties was deeply studied. - Abstract: Pyrrole was electrochemically oxidized in two conventional media (water and acetonitrile) and in three room temperature ionic liquids: 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide, and 1-butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide. Infrared and Raman Spectroscopies confirmed the formation of polypyrrole by electropolymerization but were unable to demonstrate the presence of anions in the polymer films. The use of ionic liquids as growth media resulted in polymer films having a good electrochemical activity. The difference of activity from one polymer film to the other was mainly attributed to the difference of viscosity between the solvents used. The morphological features of the polypyrrole films were also fully studied. Profilometric measurements demonstrated that polymer films grown, at the same potential, in ionic liquids were thinner and had a smaller roughness than those grown in other solvents. Atomic Force Microscopy showed that polypyrrole films had nearly similar micrometric nodular structure whatever the growth medium even if some differences of porosity and homogeneity were observed using Scanning Electron Microscopy. The incorporation of counter-anions at the top surface of the films was finally evidenced by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy. These anions were also incorporated inside the polymer film with a uniform distribution as shown by Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectroscopy

  10. Thermodynamic analysis of an absorption refrigeration system with ionic-liquid/refrigerant mixture as a working fluid

    Thermodynamics of an ionic-liquid (IL) based absorption refrigeration system has been numerically analyzed. It provides an alternative to the normally toxic working fluids, such as the ammonia in conventional absorption systems. The use of ILs also eliminates crystallization and metal-compatibility problems of the water/LiBr system. Mixtures of refrigerants and imidazolium-based ILs are theoretically explored as the working fluid pairs in a miniature absorption refrigeration system, so as to utilize waste-heat to power a refrigeration/heat pump system for electronics cooling. A non-random two-liquid (NRTL) model was built and used to predict the solubility of the mixtures. Saturation temperatures at the evaporator and condenser were set at 25 °C and 50 °C, respectively, with the power dissipation of 100 W. Water in combination with [emim][BF4] (1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate) gave the highest coefficient of performance (COP) around 0.9. The refrigerant/IL compatibility indicated by the circulation ratio, alkyl chain length of the IL, and thermodynamic properties of the refrigerants, such as latent heat of evaporation were proven to be important factors in determining the performance of the absorption system. The negative effect of high viscosity was mitigated by dilution of the IL with the refrigerant and the use of slightly larger microfluidic channel heat exchangers. -- Highlights: ► Mixtures of refrigerant/ionic-liquid are studied for absorption system. ► We carry out comprehensive theoretical thermodynamic analysis. ► The essential factors of refrigerant/IL affecting the performance are identified. ► Water/[emim][BF4] showed the best performance of COP. ► The effects of high viscosity ILs on the system performance are not significant.