Organic chemists in academia
and industry are excited
about the prospect of a new green chemical
revolution based on ionic
liquids that could dramatically reduce the use of hazardous
polluting organic solvents.
At the first
major U.S. meeting on ionic
liquids, which was
held at the American Chemical Society
meeting in San Diego in April 2001, speakers said that:
liquids represents a major
milestone in chemistry."
that organic chemistry has
entered the 21st century. Things will never be the same again"
Seddon, chair of
chemistry and a Clean
Technology Fellow at the Queen's University of Belfast, in Northen
liquids (ILs) is manifested by the rapidly increasing
rate at which papers on the topic are being published.
fact that many of the initial discoveries have been patented
rather than released in the open literature is a measure of
their industrial potential.7
the sake of those readers not familiar with ionic
liquids, suffice it to say that ionic
salts that are liquid at low
temperature - many at room temperature or below - and that in a molten
form are composed wholly of ions.2