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The making of iLiquids--the chemist's equivalent of the iPhone.

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2013
Author Fei Zhaofu, Dyson Paul J,
Project Functionalised ionic liquids for catalysis and other applications
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Chemical communications (Cambridge, England)
Volume (Issue) 49(26)
Page(s) 2594 - 6
Title of proceedings Chemical communications (Cambridge, England)
DOI 10.1039/c3cc38671f


In this viewpoint we discuss the contributions from John S. Wilkes and Michael J. Zaworotko concerning the discovery of stable ionic liquids (ILs) and their accompanying structural studies (J. Chem. Soc., Chem. Commun., 1992, 965) and Robin D. Rogers and James H. Davis et al. who described the rational modification of ILs for specific applications - so-called task-specific ionic liquids (TSILs) (Chem. Commun., 2001, 135). These were quite simply groundbreaking discoveries that inspired the scientific community, leading to enormous growth in the field and the wide and diverse range of ILs and their applications. The multitude of 'apps' of ILs warrants an analogy with the iPhone and our use of the term iLiquids.