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Insights into the surface composition and enrichment effects of ionic liquids and ionic liquid mixtures

Maier, F; Cremer, T; Kolbeck, C; Lovelock, KRJ; Paape, N; Schulz, PS; ... Steinruck, HP; + view all (2010) Insights into the surface composition and enrichment effects of ionic liquids and ionic liquid mixtures. PHYS CHEM CHEM PHYS , 12 (8) 1905 - 1915. 10.1039/b920804f.

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Abstract

A systematic study of ionic liquid surfaces by angle resolved X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (ARXPS) is presented. By reviewing recent and presenting new results for imidazolium-based ionic liquids (ILs), we discuss the impact of chemical differences on surface composition and on surface enrichment effects. ( 1) For the hydrophilic ethylene glycol (EG) functionalised ILs [Me(EG)MIm][Tf2N], [Et(EG)(2)MIm][Tf2N] and [Me(EG)(3)MIm][Tf2N], which vary in the number of ethylene glycol units ( from 1 to 3), we find that the surface composition of the near-surface region is in excellent agreement with the bulk composition, which is attributed to attractive interactions between the oxygen atoms on the cation to the hydrogen atoms on the imidazolium ring. (2) For [C(n)C(1)Im][Tf2N] (where n = 1-16), i.e. ILs with an alkyl chain of increasing length, an enrichment of the aliphatic carbons is observed for longer chains ( n > 2), at the expense of the polar cation head groups and the anions in the first molecular layer, both of which are located approximately at the same distance from the outer surface. ( 3) To study the influence of the anion on the surface enrichment, we investigated ten ILs [C(8)C(1)Im][X] with the same cation, but very different anions [X](-). In all cases, surface enrichment of the cation alkyl chains is found, with the degree of enrichment decreasing with increasing size of the anion, i.e., it is most pronounced for the smallest anions and least pronounced for the largest anions. ( 4) For the IL mixture [C(2)C(1)Im][Tf2N] and [C(12)C(1)Im][Tf2N] we find a homogeneous distribution in the outermost surface region with no specific enrichment

Type:Article
Title:Insights into the surface composition and enrichment effects of ionic liquids and ionic liquid mixtures
DOI:10.1039/b920804f
Keywords:RAY PHOTOELECTRON-SPECTROSCOPY, SUM-FREQUENCY GENERATION, VIBRATIONAL SPECTROSCOPY, ELECTRON-SPECTROSCOPY, MOLECULAR COMPOSITION, GAS-PHASE, IN-VACUO, TEMPERATURE, INTERFACE, 1-ETHYL-3-METHYLIMIDAZOLIUM
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Chemistry

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