Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry

, Volume 381, Issue 2, pp 464–470 | Cite as

Solvent extraction and extraction–voltammetric determination of phenols using room temperature ionic liquid

  • Kristine S. Khachatryan
  • Svetlana V. Smirnova
  • Irina I. Torocheshnikova
  • Natalia V. Shvedene
  • Andrey A. Formanovsky
  • Igor V. Pletnev
Original Paper


The phenolic compounds phenol, 4-nitrophenol, 2,4-dinitrophenol, 2,6-dinitrophenol, 1-naphthol, 2-naphthol, and 4-chlorophenol are extracted nearly quantitatively from aqueous solution into the room temperature ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate (BMImPF6) in molecular form at pH<pKa. Picric acid is extracted efficiently in anionic form. Recovery of pyrocatechol and resorcinol is much lower. The effect of pH, phenol concentration, and volume ratio of aqueous and organic phases were studied. Ionic liquid BMImPF6 is shown to be suitable for extraction–voltammetric determination of phenols without back-extraction or addition of support electrolyte. The electrochemical window of BMImPF6 at various electrodes was determined, and voltammetric oxidation of phenols and reduction of nitrophenols in BMImPF6 was studied.


Room temperature ionic liquid Phenols Liquid–liquid extraction Voltammetry 



This work was financially supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (Grant 02-03-32340). The authors are grateful to Dr. M.Yu. Nemilova, Moscow State University, for experimental assistance in voltammetric measurements.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kristine S. Khachatryan
    • 1
  • Svetlana V. Smirnova
    • 1
  • Irina I. Torocheshnikova
    • 1
  • Natalia V. Shvedene
    • 1
  • Andrey A. Formanovsky
    • 1
  • Igor V. Pletnev
    • 1
  1. 1.Chemical Department, Division of Analytical ChemistryLomonosov Moscow State UniversityMoscow 119992Russia

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