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Environmental Concerns Regarding Ionic Liquids in Biotechnological Applications

  • Chul-Woong Cho
  • Myung-Hee Song
  • Thi Phuong Thuy Pham
  • Yeoung-Sang YunEmail author
Part of the Advances in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology book series


Ionic liquids provide challenges and opportunities for sustainable industrial developments. However, the toxic impacts of ionic liquids reported by many researchers cannot be overlooked. Therefore, in this chapter, we introduce the antimicrobial activities of ionic liquids in bioprocesses and, in greater detail, we discuss their environmental impacts, including the toxicity, biodegradability, bioaccumulation, and mobility of ionic liquids. We believe that this presented information will support colleagues engaged in ionic liquid–related fields.

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Adsorption Bioaccumulation Biodegradation Ionic liquids Mobility Quantitative structure–activity relationship (QSAR) Removal Toxicity 



































































































Hydrogen sulfate








O-2-(2-Methoxyethoxy)ethyl sulfate






























Silver dibromide


Copper dichloride




Manganese(IV) chloride


Cobalt tetrachloride


Gadolinium hexachloride








3,6-Dichloro-2-methoxybenzoic acid


(RS)-2-(4-Chloro-2-methylphenoxy)propanoic acid




2-(2-Methoxyethoxy) ethylsulfate




Superoxide dismutase






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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chul-Woong Cho
    • 1
    • 2
  • Myung-Hee Song
    • 1
  • Thi Phuong Thuy Pham
    • 3
  • Yeoung-Sang Yun
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.School of Chemical EngineeringChonbuk National UniversityJeonjuSouth Korea
  2. 2.Department of Bioenergy Science and TechnologyChonnam National UniversityGwangjuKorea
  3. 3.Faculty of BiotechnologyHoChiMihn University of Food IndustryGo Chi Minh CityVietnam

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