Molecular Diversity

, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp 3–25

Microwave-assisted synthesis using ionic liquids


DOI: 10.1007/s11030-009-9159-3

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Martínez-Palou, R. Mol Divers (2010) 14: 3. doi:10.1007/s11030-009-9159-3


The research and application of green chemistry principles have led to the development of cleaner processes. In this sense, during the present century an ever-growing number of studies have been published describing the use of ionic liquids (ILs) as solvents, catalysts, or templates to develop more environmentally friendly and efficient chemical transformations for their use in both academia and industry. The conjugation of ILs and microwave irradiation as a non-conventional heating source has shown evident advantages when compared to conventional synthetic procedures for the generation of fast, efficient, and environmental friendly synthetic methodologies. This review focuses on the advances in the use of ILs in organic, polymers and materials syntheses under MW irradiation conditions.


Ionic liquidsMicrowaveOrganic synthesisPolymer synthesisMaterials synthesis



Ionic liquid(s)




Chiral Ionic Liquid(s)

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Programa de Ingeniería MolecularInstituto Mexicano del PetróleoMexicoMexico