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Title: Physical characterisation of ionic liquid solutions and their potential applications as media for nanoparticle formation or batteries
Author: Boudie, Claire
ISNI:       0000 0004 6423 3487
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2017
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In this study, solutions of 1-ethyl-2-methylimidazolium acetate, butanoate and octanoate ILs in binary mixtures with water will be investigated with the aim to investigate the effect of aggregation by increasing the carbon chain lengths from 2 to 8 carbons of the alkyl-carboxylate anion. A wide range of techniques will be applied, starting from the characterisation of their physical properties as well as spectroscopic techniques in function of temperature and mixture compositions in order to gain a full understanding of their interaction behaviour. Furthermore, these carboxylate ionic liquids will be used in two separate applications. The first application will use those solutions to make copper(ll) oxide nanoparticles by an in-situ method and to investigate the role of ILs and the presence of water in the nanoparticle formation. The second application will use ILs in binary mixture with a new solvent; propylene carbonate (PC), to investigate the role of these ILs in terms of overcoming current safety-issues with electrolytes for sodium-ion batteries. Those two applications are supported by a comprehensive study on the IL binary mixtures with water which will lead to a better understanding of the role of these ILs as “designer solvent”.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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