Special Issue "New Horizons in Ionic Liquid Tribology"


A special issue of Lubricants (ISSN 2075-4442).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. W. Robert Carper
Department of Chemistry, Wichita State University, 1845 Fairmount, Wichita, KS 67260, USA
Website: http://webs.wichita.edu/?u=chem&p=/People/Carper/main/
Fax: +1 316 978 3431
Interests: NMR; Raman and IR spectroscopy; modeling; semi-empirical and Ab Initio theoretical methods; kinetics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The development of room temperature ionic liquids (RTIL’s—also known as room temperature molten salts) as multi-purpose chemical tools has been phenomenal since 2000. The scientific literature has steadily increased to the point where thousands of new articles are produced by scientists world-wide every year. In the early days of RTIL development, these chemical systems were used primarily as chemical reaction media (quite successfully) and as a host for various electrochemical studies. Ionic liquids are generally described as “green systems” due to the recycling of these host systems in which a variety of chemical reactions can be run.

Many new RTIL’s are reported each year and cover a wide selection of chemical characteristics that include either hydrophobic or hydrophilic properties over wide temperature ranges. Mass spectrum studies have shown the ability of RTIL’s to form large aggregates even in the gas phase. This polymeric characteristic of RTIL’s is readily explained through spectroscopic evidence and theoretical studies in which coulombic interactions, hydrogen bonds, van der Waals and other forces provide the “glue” that holds these aggregates together. This type of stability is extremely advantageous and in many cases can be engineered for a specific application.

The application in question is the ability of RTIL’s to act as lubricants on a variety of metallic and non-metallic surfaces. RTIL’s are excellent candidates for such a task as they are often excellent at heat dissipation and can be engineered to lubricate a specific surface. In recent years the scientific community has devoted itself to the testing and development of potential RTIL lubricants. It is my hope that this special issue will provide an additional catalyst for the advancement of ionic liquid tribology.

Prof. Dr. W. Robert Carper
Guest Editor


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  • ionic liquids
  • tribology

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Lubricants 2013, 1(1), 3-21; doi:10.3390/lubricants1010003
Received: 23 November 2012 / Revised: 4 January 2013 / Accepted: 14 January 2013 / Published: 21 January 2013
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