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Pure Appl. Chem., 2000, Vol. 72, No. 7, pp. 1391-1398

Ionic liquids. Green solvents for the future

Martyn J. Earle and Kenneth R. Seddon

The QUILL Centre, Stranmillis Road, The Queen's University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT9 5AG, UK

Abstract: Ionic liquids, being composed entirely of ions, were once mainly of interest to electrochemists. Recently, however, it has become apparent that, inter alia, their lack of measurable vapor pressure characterizes them as green solvents, and that a wide range of chemical reactions (reviewed here) can be performed in them.