Ionic liquids: Structure and photochemical reactions

Edward W. Castner, Claudio J. Margulis, Mark Maroncelli, James F. Wishart

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Ionic liquids are subjects of intense current interest within the physical chemistry community. A great deal of progress has been made in just the past five years toward identifying the factors that cause these salts to have low melting points and other useful properties. Supramolecular structure and organization have emerged as important and complicated topics that may be key to understanding how chemical reactions and other processes are affected by ionic liquids. New questions are posed, and an active debate is ongoing regarding the nature of nanoscale ordering in ionic liquids. The topic of reactivity in ionic liquids is still relatively unexplored; however, the results that have been obtained indicate that distributed kinetics and dynamical heterogeneity may sometimes, but not always, be influencing factors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-105
Number of pages21
JournalAnnual Review of Physical Chemistry
StatePublished - May 5 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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