Special Issue "Characterization and Application of Ionic Liquid-Based Aqueous Biphasic Systems"


A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Material Sciences and Nanotechnology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (10 September 2013)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. João Araújo Pereira Coutinho

Departamento de Química, CICECO, Universidade de Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
Website: http://path.web.ua.pt/coutinho.asp
Interests: characterization and development of new applications for ionic liquids
Guest Editor
Professor Dr. Robin D. Rogers

Center for Green Manufacturing Department of Chemistry/Box 870336 3006D Shelby Hall, 250 Hackberry Lane The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL 35487, USA
Website: http://bama.ua.edu/~rdrogers/

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Since their first scientific report by Gutowski et al. in 2003, ionic-liquid-based aqueous biphasic systems became one of the most promising areas of application of ionic liquids. Prof. João A.P. Coutinho and Prof. Robin D. Rogers join efforts on this special issue to celebrate the first decade of work on this subject. The last decade witnessed the publication of more than 200 articles in the characterization and application of these systems but, in spite of the reported successes in the extraction and purification of a wide range of compounds, in particular biomolecules, it is sure that this field is still on its infancy. The number of potential systems keeps increasing surpassing by far the conventional polymer-salt or polymer-polymer ABS. Many of their characteristics and properties are still unknown. The driving mechanisms responsible for the phase splitting and partitioning behavior on these systems are only partly understood. No attempts at modeling have yet been reported and only lab scale trials were carried out. Besides ABS extractions from aqueous media using immiscible or partially miscible ionic liquids, thermoreversible systems based on UCST and LCST have been reported extending the range of potential application of liquid-liquid extractions from aqueous media. A deeper understanding of the systems' underlying mechanisms, their application to new fields such as in metal recovery, and a whole range of technical issues related with the back extraction and purification of compounds, as well as the recovery of the ionic liquids employed, must be tackled in what seems to be a most exciting next decade of research on IL-based extractions. This is a moment of celebration for all researchers that have been working on this subject and research contributions on the most various issues related with IL-based extractions from aqueous media are welcome.

Dr. João Araújo Pereira Coutinho
Prof. Dr. Robin D. Rogers
Guest Editors


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  • ionic liquids
  • aqueous biphasic systems
  • aqueous two-phase systems
  • aqueous systems
  • hydrophobic ionic liquids
  • extraction
  • biomolecules
  • metals
  • phase diagrams
  • liquid-liquid extraction
  • purification
  • thermoreversible systems
  • UCST
  • LCST

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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(9), 18350-18361; doi:10.3390/ijms140918350
Received: 8 August 2013 / Revised: 30 August 2013 / Accepted: 2 September 2013 / Published: 5 September 2013
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Last update: 11 September 2013

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