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Functionalised ionic liquids for catalysis and other applications

English title Functionalised ionic liquids for catalysis and other applications
Applicant Dyson Paul
Number 134687
Funding scheme Project funding
Research institution Laboratoire de chimie organométallique et médicinale EPFL - SB - ISIC - LCOM
Institution of higher education EPF Lausanne - EPFL
Main discipline Inorganic Chemistry
Start/End 01.04.2011 - 31.03.2014
Approved amount 351'220.00
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Keywords (5)

Ionic liquids; Synthesis; Catalysis; X-ray crystallography; Nanoparticles

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Lay summary
Ionic liquids are a special class of salts with low melting points that can be used in place of volatile organic solvents. Notably, ionic liquids are non-volatile and therefore do not escape into the environment by evaporation. Moreover, vast numbers of ionic liquids can be prepared, and designed with specific applications in mind, and there has been considerable interesting in developing new ionic liquids especially by modifying the ionic liquid cation. In this project we focus our attention on ionic liquid anions and explores the use of new ionic liquids containing new types of anions in various applications including catalysis, in solar cells, and in materials chemistry. Our aim is to design new anions which have specific properties and functions and therefore can potentially enhance the performance of ionic liquids in certain applications.

 

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Employees

Publications

Publication
Cycloaddition of CO2 to epoxides catalyzed by imidazolium-based polymeric ionic liquids
Ghazali-Esfahani Saeideh, Song Hongbing, Pǎunescu Emilia, Bobbink Félix D., Liu Huizhen, Fei Zhaofu, Laurenczy Gábor, Bagherzadeh Mojtaba, Yan Ning, Dyson Paul J. (2013), Cycloaddition of CO2 to epoxides catalyzed by imidazolium-based polymeric ionic liquids, in Green Chemistry, 15(6), 1584-1589.
Development of Palladium Surface-Enriched Heteronuclear Au-Pd Nanoparticle Dehalogenation Catalysts in an Ionic Liquid
Yuan Xiao, Sun Geng, Asakura Hiroyuki, Tanaka Tsunehiro, Chen Xi, Yuan Yuan, Laurenczy Gabor, Kou Yuan, Dyson Paul J., Yan Ning (2013), Development of Palladium Surface-Enriched Heteronuclear Au-Pd Nanoparticle Dehalogenation Catalysts in an Ionic Liquid, in CHEMISTRY-A EUROPEAN JOURNAL, 19(4), 1227-1234.
Formation and properties of self-assembly-driven fluorescent nanoparticle sensors.
Cui Kun, Lu Xuemin, Guan Junfang, Lu Qinghua, Fei Zhaofu, Dyson Paul J (2013), Formation and properties of self-assembly-driven fluorescent nanoparticle sensors., in Chemistry (Weinheim an der Bergstrasse, Germany), 19(26), 8550-7.
How strong is hydrogen bonding in ionic liquids? Combined x-ray crystallographic, infrared/Raman spectroscopic, and density functional theory study
Katsyuba Sergey A., Vener Mikhail V., Zvereva Elena E., Fei Zhaofu, Scopelliti Rosario, Laurenczy Gábor, Yan Ning, Pǎunescu Emilia, Dyson Paul J. (2013), How strong is hydrogen bonding in ionic liquids? Combined x-ray crystallographic, infrared/Raman spectroscopic, and density functional theory study, in Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 117(30), 9094-9105.
The making of iLiquids--the chemist's equivalent of the iPhone.
Fei Zhaofu, Dyson Paul J (2013), The making of iLiquids--the chemist's equivalent of the iPhone., in Chemical communications (Cambridge, England), 49(26), 2594-6.
Advances in the rational design of rhodium nanoparticle catalysts: Control via manipulation of the nanoparticle core and stabilizer
Yuan Y, Yan N, Dyson PJ (2012), Advances in the rational design of rhodium nanoparticle catalysts: Control via manipulation of the nanoparticle core and stabilizer, in ACS Catalysis, 2(6), 1057-1069.
Application of a Versatile Nanoparticle Stabilizer in Phase Transfer and Catalysis
Biondi Ilaria, Laporte Vincent, Dyson Paul J. (2012), Application of a Versatile Nanoparticle Stabilizer in Phase Transfer and Catalysis, in CHEMPLUSCHEM, 77(8), 721-726.
Click-Functionalized Ru(II) Complexes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells
Stengel Ilona, Pootrakulchote Nuttapol, Dykeman Ryan R., Mishra Amaresh, Zakeeruddin Shaik M., Dyson Paul J., Graetzel Michael, Baeuerle Peter (2012), Click-Functionalized Ru(II) Complexes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells, in ADVANCED ENERGY MATERIALS, 2(8), 1004-1012.
Electrochemical Stability of Imidazolium Based Ionic Liquids Containing Cyano Groups in the Anion: A Cyclic Voltammetry, XPS and DFT Study
Weingarth Daniel, Czekaj Izabela, Fei Zhaofu, Foelske-Schmitz Annette, Dyson Paul J., Wokaun Alexander, Koetz Ruediger (2012), Electrochemical Stability of Imidazolium Based Ionic Liquids Containing Cyano Groups in the Anion: A Cyclic Voltammetry, XPS and DFT Study, in JOURNAL OF THE ELECTROCHEMICAL SOCIETY, 159(7), 611-615.
Evaluation of ionic liquid soluble imidazolium tetrachloropalladate pre-catalysts in Suzuki coupling reactions
Song Hongbing, Yan Ning, Fei Zhaofu, Kilpin Kelly J., Scopelliti Rosario, Li Xuehui, Dyson Paul J. (2012), Evaluation of ionic liquid soluble imidazolium tetrachloropalladate pre-catalysts in Suzuki coupling reactions, in CATALYSIS TODAY, 183(1), 172-177.
Fabrication of reduced graphene oxide hybrid materials that exhibit strong fluorescence
Peng Hongdan, Meng Lingjie, Lu Qinghua, Dong Sheng, Fei Zhaofu, Dyson Paul J. (2012), Fabrication of reduced graphene oxide hybrid materials that exhibit strong fluorescence, in JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY, 22(30), 14868-14873.
Gold Nanoparticles Grown on Ionic Liquid-Functionalized Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes: New Materials for Photothermal Therapy
Meng Lingjie, Niu Lvye, Li Ling, Lu Qinghua, Fei Zhaofu, Dyson Paul J. (2012), Gold Nanoparticles Grown on Ionic Liquid-Functionalized Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes: New Materials for Photothermal Therapy, in CHEMISTRY-A EUROPEAN JOURNAL, 18(42), 13314-13319.
Rational Design of a Molecular Nanocatalyst-Stabilizer that Enhances both Catalytic Activity and Nanoparticle Stability
Dykeman Ryan R., Yuan Yuan, Yan Ning, Asakura Hiroyuki, Teramura Kentaro, Tanaka Tsunehiro, Dyson Paul J. (2012), Rational Design of a Molecular Nanocatalyst-Stabilizer that Enhances both Catalytic Activity and Nanoparticle Stability, in CHEMCATCHEM, 4(12), 1907-1910.
Rationalization of Solvation and Stabilization of Palladium Nanoparticles in Imidazolium-Based Ionic Liquids by DFT and Vibrational Spectroscopy
Katsyuba Sergey A., Zvereva Elena E., Yan Ning, Yuan Xiao, Kou Yuan, Dyson Paul J. (2012), Rationalization of Solvation and Stabilization of Palladium Nanoparticles in Imidazolium-Based Ionic Liquids by DFT and Vibrational Spectroscopy, in CHEMPHYSCHEM, 13(7), 1781-1790.
Application of Ionic Liquids Containing Tricyanomethanide [C(CN)(3)](-) or Tetracyanoborate [B(CN)(4)](-) Anions in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells
Marszalek Magdalena, Fei Zhaofu, Zhu Dun-Ru, Scopelliti Rosario, Dyson Paul J., Zakeeruddin Shaik Mohammed, Graetzel Michael (2011), Application of Ionic Liquids Containing Tricyanomethanide [C(CN)(3)](-) or Tetracyanoborate [B(CN)(4)](-) Anions in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells, in INORGANIC CHEMISTRY, 50(22), 11561-11567.
Mass Spectrometric and Theoretical Study of Polyiodides: The Connection between Solid State, Solution, and Gas Phases
Groessl Michael, Fei Zhaofu, Dyson Paul J., Katsyuba Sergey A., Vikse Krista L., McIndoe J. Scott (2011), Mass Spectrometric and Theoretical Study of Polyiodides: The Connection between Solid State, Solution, and Gas Phases, in INORGANIC CHEMISTRY, 50(19), 9728-9733.
pH-Sensitive Gold Nanoparticle Catalysts for the Aerobic Oxidation of Alcohols
Yuan Yuan, Yan Ning, Dyson Paul J. (2011), pH-Sensitive Gold Nanoparticle Catalysts for the Aerobic Oxidation of Alcohols, in INORGANIC CHEMISTRY, 50(21), 11069-11074.
Synthesis of Gold Nanoparticle Catalysts Based on a New Water-Soluble Ionic Polymer
Biondi Ilaria, Laurenczy Gabor, Dyson Paul J. (2011), Synthesis of Gold Nanoparticle Catalysts Based on a New Water-Soluble Ionic Polymer, in INORGANIC CHEMISTRY, 50(17), 8038-8045.

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
German Chemical Society Meeting Talk given at a conference Developing ionic liquids for catalysis by design 05.09.2011 Bremen, Germany Dyson Paul;


Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
119762 Functionalised ionic liquids for catalysis and other applications 01.04.2008 Project funding
152783 Turning functionalised ionic liquids into functional materials for catalysis and other applications 01.04.2014 Project funding

Abstract

The current application represents a continuation of our previous SNF project with the same title, concerned with the study of ionic liquids (ILs) at a fundamental level, but with certain applications in mind. The synthesis and application of ILs have enjoyed explosive growth in the past 10-15 years. Scientists from many different research areas have contributed to making the field of IL research highly multidisciplinary and truly exciting. Despite the on-going research efforts in ILs chemistry there are many interesting areas that have received surprisingly little attention. One obvious feature from an analysis of the domain is that the majority of the fundamental research deals with structural variations to the cation, based on a limited number of anions, notably tetrafluoroborate (BF4-), hexafluorophosphate (PF6-) and bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide (Tf2N-), which are all rich in fluorine - albeit with some exceptions. In other words, the chemistry of ILs could be defined as cation chemistry. Now that IL cations have been extensively studied, it is perhaps time to emphasize and focus new attention on IL anions. For example, the majority of studies employing ILs are composed of imidazolium, ammonium, pyridinium cations with fluorous anions. Non-fluorous ILs based on systems containing tricyanomethanide (TCM) and tetracaynoborate (TCB) anions have lower than expected melting points and viscosities, nevertheless, they remain largely unexplored. Compared to the commonly used ILs composed of singly charged cations and anions, multi-charged ILs such as dicationic systems and dianionic systems, have also received only limited attention. In this project we intend to open three new research themes that are outlined below: 1. We intend to prepare new ILs with tricyanomethanide (TCM) and tetracaynoborate (TCB) anions with potentially useful physical properties. Due to the limited availability of these salts, fundamental investigations and applications of ILs derived from them remain largely unexplored. We intend to prepare a series of TCM- and TCB-based ILs and study the relationship between their structures and their physical properties. As the CN groups of the anion can potentially coordinate to metal centres we will also examine the coordinating ability of the anion, and the synthesis of the so-called soft-materials, with the anions acting as multidentate ligands to coordinate to metal ions. In addition, these ILs will be evaluated in super capacitors in collaboration with Dr. Rüdiger at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI). 2. Imidazolium polyiodides will be studied also with a focus on relationship of structural aspects and physical properties. Possible interactions such as I-I···I-, I-I···H-X and I-I···p interactions will be analysed. One of the important applications of imidazolium polyiodide salts is as electrolytes in dye-sensitized solar-cells. Consequently, the relationship between conductivity and structure of the polyiodide salts will be studied. In addition, these ILs will be evaluated in dye-sensitized solar cells in collaboration with Prof. Grätzel at the EPFL.3. New dicationic and dianionic imidazolium salts will be developed and the relationship between the structure and the physical properties will be explored. As far as we are aware no ILs containing dianions have been reported and it is likely that considerable efforts will be required to obtain low melting systems. Notably, some applications of the new ILs, e.g. as nanoparticle stabilizers and as reaction media in various types of reactions will be explored.As the only group developing new ILs in Switzerland we have numerous interactions with other Swiss research groups wanting to collaborate with us. As mentioned above, Dr. Rüdiger at the PSI on super capacitors and Prof. Grätzel at the EPFL on solar cells, and also Prof. Shea at EPFL (Neuchatel Campus) and Prof. Ivo Utke at Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) on ion sources. To fully support all the these projects we request increasing the number of personnel working on this project from two to three PhD students.
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