The field of ionic liquids (ILs) has recently gained huge worldwide scientific and industrial recognition due to the many beneficial properties of these materials. The ability to tailor the physical, chemical and biological properties of ILs has been the major driving force behind the surge of interest in this rapidly growing field of chemistry. In this mini-review, the history of ILs, their description, properties and applications are discussed.
Chiral ionic liquids (CILs) are attractive for their potential applications in chiral analysis. The recent increase in ILs derived from amino acids that are chiral, ‘green', biocompatible and less toxic has also created interest in CILs. The synthesis and analysis of CILs derived from both enantiomeric forms of alanine and leucine ester chlorides and lithium bis- (pentafluoroethylsulfonyl)imide is described. The resultant CILs were liquids and thermally stable up to 288°C.
In the poster 'Amino Acid Based Chiral Ionic Liquids as Potential GC Stationary Phases' Irene Kimaru et al. present the synthesis and characterization of both enantiomeric forms of amino acid based chiral ionic liquids (CILs).