Encyclopedia of Ionic Liquids

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Abiotic Degradation of Ionic Liquids (ILs)

  • Chiara SamorìEmail author
  • Daniele Pirini
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-6739-6_57-1


Since the 1990s the research on ionic liquids (ILs) and the evaluation of their peculiar properties has been extensively investigated, with a consequent deeper knowledge on their unique nature. However, the study of the infinite possible combinations of cations and anions is currently demonstrating a diverse suite of behaviors that are described differently from the original concepts (e.g., from “nonvolatile, non-flammable, and air/water stable” to “distinctly volatile, flammable, and potentially unstable”) [ 1]. For many years, ILs were thought as “inert solvents,” thus non-participative into those chemical processes in which they serve as solvents or materials, and highly thermally stable. However, imidazolium-based ILs have different positions on the ring (e.g., C2 position) on which reactions can occur and that can be involved in many transformations [ 1]; moreover, some anions can decompose under conditions used for their preparation/use, to give detrimental...
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Chemistry “Giacomo Ciamician”University of BolognaBolognaItaly

Section editors and affiliations

  • Chunxi Li
    • 1
  • Stefan Stolte
  1. 1.Chemical EngineeringBeijing University of Chemical TechnologyBeijingChina