Special Issue "Ionic Liquids: New Materials for Sensors and Catalysis"
A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2017)
Prof. Dr. Abdul Rehman
Department of Chemistry, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Dhahran, 31261, USA
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Interests: chemical and biochemical materials (e.g., Polymers, ionic liquids, and their composites); magnetic nanomaterials; nano electrolytes for electrochemical sensing; generation and analysis of complex real time sensor data
In this Special Issue, we would like to bring together state-of-the-art research and development that addresses the benefits and challenges of using ionic liquids as new materials for catalytic reactions, as well as new sensing materials for sensor development.
Room-temperature ionic liquids (ILs) containing organic cation or anions have been demonstrated to act as “green” reaction media for various chemical reactions. Ionic liquids have very low vapor pressure, thus allowing chemical processes to be carried out with essentially zero emission of toxic volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the environment. Consequently, they have been considered as environmentally friendly, recyclable media for synthetic organic chemistry, separation sciences, and other chemical sciences and engineering. For example, ILs have been used as solvents for organic reactions (nucleophilic and electrophilic reactions including acid catalyzed reactions), transition metal catalyzed reactions, and biotransformations. Recent work shows ILs provide opportunities for electrocatalytic reactions. ILs could provide the benefits of increasing the solubility of reactants and allowing the ease of removing the products by distillation. Another significant area that ILs are finding great applications in is as sensing materials for gas sensor development. For gas sensing, one of the important aspects is the sampling of analyte gases. The nonvolatile nature of ionic liquids and their remarkable thermal stability make them well suited for use as sensing materials to couple with different transducers for the detection of highly toxic, flammable, and/or reactive gases since they reduce hazards, associated with flash points and flammability. The unique charge properties of ILs allow easy construction of ILs with conductive polymer composites that form robust, chemically sensitive and selective films. Gas detection technology is the key in a broad range of applications such as air quality monitoring, biomedical diagnostics, occupational health and safety, industrial process control, and counter-terrorism. ILs are the promising material for new catalytic reactions and/or sensing reactions that could enable innovative gas sensor as well as energy science technology to be developed.
In this Special Issue, we solicit review articles, original research papers, and short communications covering all aspects of the fundamentals and applications of ionic liquids in catalysis and sensors. Submissions should clearly indicate which open challenges in using ionic liquids in catalytic reactions and sensor applications the work is addressing. Authors are invited to contact the Guest Editors prior to submission if they are uncertain whether their work falls within the general scope of this Special Issue.
Prof. Dr. Xiangqun Zeng
Prof. Dr. Zhe Wang
Prof. Dr. Abdul Rehman
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