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Halogen-free chelated orthoborate ionic liquids and organic ionic plastic crystals
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.), Tribologi.
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2012 (English)In: Journal of Materials Chemistry, ISSN 0959-9428, E-ISSN 1364-5501, Vol. 22, no 14, 6928-6938 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Five halogen-free orthoborate salts comprised of three different cations (cholinium, pyrrolidinium and imidazolium) and two orthoborate anions, bis(mandelato) borate and bis(salicylato) borate, were synthesised and characterised by DSC, X-ray diffraction and NMR. DSC measurements revealed that glass transition points of these orthoborate salts are in the temperature range from -18 to -2 degrees C. In addition, it was found that [EMPy][BScB] and [EMIm][BScB] salts have solid-solid phase transitions below their melting points, i.e. they exhibit typical features of plastic crystals. Salts of the bis(salicylato) borate anion [BScB](-) have higher melting points compared with corresponding salts of the bis(mandelato) borate anion [BMB](-). Single crystal X-ray diffraction crystallography (for [Chol][BScB] crystals) and solid-state multinuclear (C-13, B-11 and N-15) NMR spectroscopy were employed for the structural characterisation of [Chol][BScB], [EMPy][BScB] and [EMIm][BScB], which are solids at room temperature: a strong interaction between [BScB](-) anions and [Chol](+) cations was identified as (i) hydrogen bonding between OH of [Chol](+) and carbonyl groups of [BScB](-) and (ii) as the inductive C-H center dot center dot center dot pi interaction. In the other salt, [EMIm][BScB], anions exhibit pi center dot center dot center dot pi stacking in combination with C-H center dot center dot center dot pi interactions with [EMIm]+ cations. These interactions were not identified in [EMPy] [BScB] probably because of the lack of aromaticity in cations of the latter system. Our data on the formation of a lanthanum complex with bis(salicylato) borate in the liquid mixture of La3+(aq) with [Chol][BScB] suggest that this class of novel ILs can be potentially used in the extraction processes of metal ions of rare earth elements.

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2012. Vol. 22, no 14, 6928-6938 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-89270DOI: 10.1039/c2jm12657eISI: 000301459500058ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84858718618OAI: diva2:502903
QC 20120502Available from: 2012-02-14 Created: 2012-02-14 Last updated: 2012-05-02Bibliographically approved

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