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J Am Chem Soc. 2004 Jul 28;126(29):9142-7.

Deep eutectic solvents formed between choline chloride and carboxylic acids: versatile alternatives to ionic liquids.

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  • 1Chemistry Department, University of Leicester, Leicester, LE1 7RH, United Kingdom. andrew.abbott@ie.ac.uk

Abstract

Deep Eutectic Solvents (DES) can be formed between a variety of quaternary ammonium salts and carboxylic acids. The physical properties are significantly affected by the structure of the carboxylic acid but the phase behavior of the mixtures can be simply modeled by taking account of the mole fraction of carboxylic acid in the mixture. The physical properties such as viscosity, conductivity, and surface tension of these DES are similar to ambient temperature ionic liquids and insight into the cause of these properties is gained using hole-theory. It is shown that the conductivity and viscosity of these liquids is controlled by ion mobility and the availability of voids of suitable dimensions, and this is consistent with the fluidity of other ionic liquids and molten salts. The DES are also shown to be good solvents for metal oxides, which could have potential application for metal extraction.

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15264850
DOI:
10.1021/ja048266j
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