Abstract: While there has been much effort in recent years to characterise ionic liquids in terms of parameters that are well described for molecular solvents, using these to explain reaction outcomes remains problematic. Herein we propose that many reaction outcomes in ionic liquids may be explained by considering the electrostatic interactions present in the solution; that is, by recognising that ionic liquids are salts. This is supported by evidence in the literature, along with studies presented here.
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Yau, H.M.; Chan, S.J.; George, S.R.D.; Hook, J.M.; Croft, A.K.; Harper, J.B. Ionic Liquids: Just Molten Salts After All? Molecules 2009, 14, 2521-2534.
Yau HM, Chan SJ, George SRD, Hook JM, Croft AK, Harper JB. Ionic Liquids: Just Molten Salts After All? Molecules. 2009; 14(7):2521-2534.
Yau, Hon Man; Chan, Si Jia; George, Stephen R.D.; Hook, James M.; Croft, Anna K.; Harper, Jason B. 2009. "Ionic Liquids: Just Molten Salts After All?" Molecules 14, no. 7: 2521-2534.