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Special Issue "Ionic Liquids in Chemical Separations: Promise and Prospects"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Analytical Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 June 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Eric Guibal

Institut Mines Telecom - Mines Ales, C2MA - Centre des Matériaux des Mines d'Alès, Pôle MPA - Matériaux Polymères Avancés, 6, avenue de Clavières, F30319 Alès cedex, France
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Interests: biopolymer; physical conditioning; chemical functionalization; metal sorption; encapsulation properties; biopolymer supported catalysis; antimicrobial metal-loaded biopolymers; wastewater treatment
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Prof. Mark L. Dietz

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53211 United States
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Interests: development of improved reagents, media, and processes for the separation of metal ions and toxic organic molecules, for application in chemical analysis and large-scale waste treatment or environmental remediation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

For more than two decades, ionic liquids (ILs) have attracted considerable attention from the research community, a result of their wide range of potential applications, their enormous structural diversity (made possible by the availability of a nearly infinite variety of cations and anions), and their many useful physicochemical properties (e.g., low vapor pressure, electrical conductivity, and wide liquid range).

Among the many fields that have benefited from the remarkable characteristics of these “solvents of the future” are homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, battery and fuel cell development, organic synthesis, and chemical sensor design.   Ionic liquids have also been of particular interest in the field of separations, both in terms of their fundamental aspects and their practical applications. Today, work in this area spans such varied techniques as liquid-liquid extraction for product recovery and waste-treatment applications, liquid membranes for the capture of organic or inorganic solutes, and analytical-scale chromatographic systems. Closely related are efforts to develop new ionic liquid-based composite materials, in which, for example, a structured support is impregnated with an ionic liquid or its mixture with an extractant to yield novel, selective sorbents.

With this as background, it is our pleasure to invite you to contribute to a Special Issue of the journal Molecules focused on the fundamental and applied aspects of ionic liquids as they relate to chemical separations. Our objective is to create a forum for the sharing of information on the most recent developments in the fields of materials science, chemical engineering, and analytical chemistry, with emphasis on their impact on the applications of ILs in separations science. Contributions may be full papers, communications, or reviews. Questions concerning the suitability of a particular topic for a contribution should be directed to the Guest Editors indicated below.

We thank you in advance for your willingness to share your insights with the readers of Molecules.

Dr. Eric Guibal
Prof. Mark L. Dietz
Guest Editors

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Molecules is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

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Open AccessFeature PaperArticle Rh(III) Aqueous Speciation with Chloride as a Driver for Its Extraction by Phosphonium Based Ionic Liquids
Molecules 2019, 24(7), 1391; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules24071391
Received: 5 March 2019 / Revised: 4 April 2019 / Accepted: 6 April 2019 / Published: 9 April 2019
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In this work, the aqueous speciation of Rh(III) in chloride medium was investigated by UV-vis spectroscopy for ligand to metal ratios R = (Cl)/(Rh) ranging from 300 to 5000, at fixed Rh concentration (2.4 × 10−3 M). Under the chemical [...] Read more.
In this work, the aqueous speciation of Rh(III) in chloride medium was investigated by UV-vis spectroscopy for ligand to metal ratios R = (Cl)/(Rh) ranging from 300 to 5000, at fixed Rh concentration (2.4 × 10−3 M). Under the chemical conditions of this work, no time evolution was observed, which allows for the fitting of the UV-vis data by Principal Component Analysis (PCA) and Multi-Curve Resolution (MCR). From this, and by comparison with literature data, the three independent species [RhCl4], [RhCl5]2− and [RhCl6]3− were identified, their individual absorption spectra derived and their respective contribution to the collected experimental UV-vis spectra calculated. Then, extraction of Rh(III) towards the ionic liquid trihexyltetradecylphosphonium chloride was performed. Comparison with the speciation data gives insight into the extraction mechanism and the extracted species. Full article
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Open AccessFeature PaperArticle Extraction of Acids and Bases from Aqueous Phase to a Pseudoprotic Ionic Liquid
Molecules 2019, 24(5), 894; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules24050894
Received: 23 January 2019 / Revised: 14 February 2019 / Accepted: 27 February 2019 / Published: 4 March 2019
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We report experiments on the extraction of acids and bases from an aqueous phase to a pseudoprotic ionic liquid phase consisting of an equimolar mixture of trihexylamine and octanoic acid. We observed the extraction of a wide range of acids and bases, and [...] Read more.
We report experiments on the extraction of acids and bases from an aqueous phase to a pseudoprotic ionic liquid phase consisting of an equimolar mixture of trihexylamine and octanoic acid. We observed the extraction of a wide range of acids and bases, and investigated the mechanism of extraction in detail. Our results confirmed the observation of the Hofmeister effect in these systems reported in our previous work, where the extent of the extraction of copper salts was significantly influenced by the interactions between extracted inorganic anions and the organic phase. Our results further demonstrated that the organic layer served as a “floating buffer” capable of stabilizing the pH of an acidic or alkaline aqueous phase. The results tie current interest in protic and pseudoprotic ionic liquids to earlier work on the extraction of acids using amine and acid–base couples as extraction agents in an inert organic solvent. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Rapid and Sensitive Analysis of Volatile Components of Different Parts of Clausena lansium by Ionic Liquid Based Headspace Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry
Received: 29 November 2018 / Revised: 21 December 2018 / Accepted: 23 December 2018 / Published: 27 December 2018
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A rapid and sensitive ionic liquid (IL) based headspace gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (HS-GC-MS) method was developed for analyzing volatile components in leaf, pericarp, and seed of Clausena lansium from different areas in Hainan Province, China. HS efficiencies were carefully investigated by using three [...] Read more.
A rapid and sensitive ionic liquid (IL) based headspace gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (HS-GC-MS) method was developed for analyzing volatile components in leaf, pericarp, and seed of Clausena lansium from different areas in Hainan Province, China. HS efficiencies were carefully investigated by using three ILs and water as matrix media. Extraction parameters, including equilibrium temperature, equilibrium time, and stirring rate had been evaluated and optimized by using an orthogonal design with OA9(33) table. Under the optimized condition of IL-based HS-GC-MS, only 100 mg of sample and 2 mL of [Bmim][BF4] were needed to comprehensively and accurately analyze the volatile components in Clausena lansium. By utilizing a cluster analysis, six clusters were obtained for ninety components. This method was simpler, more rapid, and more sensitive when compared with previously reported methods for analyzing and identifying volatile components in Clausena lansium. The results may provide a theoretical basis for further exploitation of Clausena lansium. Full article
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