Chapter 21: Ionic Liquids and their Application to a More Sustainable Chemistry
Published:16 Dec 2014
From tentative beginnings in the 1990s, ionic liquid technologies have emerged into a significant field of research for sustainable processes. Recent developments in ionic liquid technologies provide novel aspects for multiple technological applications that simply cannot be realized with molecular solvents. These allow for the development of feasible processes where conventional solvents fail. This chapter reviews ionic liquids applications that combine their solvent, catalytic and separation properties and hold the potential for a more sustainable chemistry.