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Ionic Liquids in Tribology

Department of Chemical Engineering, Iwate University, 4-3-5 Ueda, Morioka, Iwate, 020-8551, Japan
Molecules 2009, 14(6), 2286-2305;
Received: 24 May 2009 / Revised: 20 June 2009 / Accepted: 23 June 2009 / Published: 24 June 2009
(This article belongs to the Collection Ionic Liquids)
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Current research on room-temperature ionic liquids as lubricants is described. Ionic liquids possess excellent properties such as non-volatility, non-flammability, and thermo-oxidative stability. The potential use of ionic liquids as lubricants was first proposed in 2001 and approximately 70 articles pertaining to fundamental research on ionic liquids have been published through May 2009. A large majority of the cations examined in this area are derived from 1,3-dialkylimidazolium, with a higher alkyl group on the imidazolium cation being beneficial for good lubrication, while it reduces the thermo-oxidative stability. Hydrophobic anions provide both good lubricity and significant thermo-oxidative stability. The anions decompose through a tribochemical reaction to generate metal fluoride on the rubbed surface. Additive technology to improve lubricity is also explained. An introduction to tribology as an interdisciplinary field of lubrication is also provided. View Full-Text
Keywords: synthetic lubricant; surface chemistry; molecular design; friction and wear; thermo-oxidative stability synthetic lubricant; surface chemistry; molecular design; friction and wear; thermo-oxidative stability

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