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Molecules 2009, 14(7), 2521-2534; doi:10.3390/molecules14072521

Ionic Liquids: Just Molten Salts After All?

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Received: 7 June 2009 / Revised: 6 July 2009 / Accepted: 10 July 2009 / Published: 13 July 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ionic Liquids)
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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.
Keywords: ionic liquid; molten salt; reaction outcome; electrostatic interactions ionic liquid; molten salt; reaction outcome; electrostatic interactions
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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.

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