Encyclopedia of Ionic Liquids

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| Editors: Suojiang Zhang

Hydrogenation Reaction in Ionic Liquids

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-6739-6_84-1



Ionic liquids












Room temperature


Chiral ionic liquid


Supercritical CO2


Supported ionic liquid


1-Butyl-2,3-dimethylimidazolium acetate


Ionic liquids (ILs) are organic salts with organic cation and suitable anion combinations, which exhibit low melting points (<100 °C). The most common salts in use are those with alkylammonium, alkylphosphonium, N-alkylpyridinium, and N, N-dialkylimidazolium cations with various organic or inorganic anions. ILs have many unusual properties, such as low vapor pressure, wide liquid range, strong polarity, inherent designer nature, and recyclability. Not surprisingly, ILs have been found wide applications in various catalytic reactions, especially in hydrogenation reactions.

ILs in the Hydrogenation Reactions

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Key Laboratory for Advanced Materials, Research Institute of Industrial CatalysisEast China University of Science and TechnologyShanghaiPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Max-Planck-Institut für KohlenforschungMülheim an der RuhrGermany

Section editors and affiliations

  • Buxing Han
    • 1
    • 2
  • Pete Licence
    • 3
  1. 1.Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences, CAS Key Lab of Colloid, Interface and Chemical Thermodynamics, Institute of ChemistryChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  2. 2.University of Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  3. 3.University of NottinghamNottinghamUK