Sample records for n-methyl-n-butyl pyrrolidinium bistrifluoromethane

  1. Study of a Li-air battery having an electrolyte solution formed by a mixture of an ether-based aprotic solvent and an ionic liquid

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    Cecchetto, Laura; Salomon, Mark; Scrosati, Bruno; Croce, Fausto


    Recent studies have clearly demonstrated that cyclic and linear carbonates are unstable when used in rechargeable Li-air batteries employing aprotic solvents mostly due to the cathodic formation of superoxide during the oxygen reduction reaction. In particular, it has been ascertained that nucleophilic attack by superoxide anion radical, O2-rad , at O-alkyl carbon is a common mechanism of decomposition of organic carbonates. Moreover, theoretical calculations showed that ether chemical functionalities are stable against nucleophilic substitution induced by superoxide. Aim of this study is to report on a new electrolyte solution for Li-air battery formed by a mixture of an ether-based aprotic solvent with an ionic liquid (IL). The IL-based electrolyte was obtained by mixing the pure ionic liquid N-methyl-(n-butyl) pyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethane sulfonyl) imide (here denoted as PYR14TFSI) to a 0.91 M solution of lithium triflate (LiCF3SO3) in tetra ethylene glycol dimethyl etcher (TEGDME). We observed that the presence of IL beneficially affects the kinetics and the reversibility of the oxygen reactions involved at the cathode. The most significant result being a lower overvoltage for the charge reaction, compared to a Li/air cell containing the same electrolyte solution without IL.

  2. Physicochemical properties and toxicities of hydrophobicpiperidinium and pyrrolidinium ionic liquids

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    Salminen, Justin; Papaiconomou, Nicolas; Kumar, R. Anand; Lee,Jong-Min; Kerr, John; Newman, John; Prausnitz, John M.


    Some properties are reported for hydrophobic ionic liquids (IL) containing 1-methyl-1-propyl pyrrolidinium [MPPyrro]{sup +}, 1-methyl-1-butyl pyrrolidinium [MBPyrro]{sup +}, 1-methyl-1-propyl piperidinium [MPPip]{sup +}, 1-methyl-1-butyl piperidinium [MBPip]{sup +}, 1-methyl-1-octylpyrrolidinium [MOPyrro]{sup +} and 1-methyl-1-octylpiperidinium [MOPip]{sup +} cations. These liquids provide new alternatives to pyridinium and imidazolium ILs. High thermal stability of an ionic liquid increases safety in applications like rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and other electrochemical devices. Thermal properties, ionic conductivities, viscosities, and mutual solubilities with water are reported. In addition, toxicities of selected ionic liquids have been measured using a human cancer cell-line. The ILs studied here are sparingly soluble in water but hygroscopic. We show some structure-property relationships that may help to design green solvents for specific applications. While ionic liquids are claimed to be environmentally-benign solvents, as yet few data have been published to support these claims.

  3. Halogenation Thermodynamics of Pyrrolidinium-Based Ionic Liquids

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    Chaban, Vitaly


    Room-temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) exhibit large difference between melting and boiling points. They are highly tunable thanks to numerous accessible combinations of the cation and the anion. On top of that, cations can be functionalized using methods of organic chemistry. This paper reports gas-phase thermodynamics (enthalpy, entropy, Gibbs free energy) of the halogenation reactions (fluorination, chlorination, bromination) involving protonated pyrrolidine C4H10N+, protic N-ethylpyrrolidinium C4H9N(C2H5)+, and aprotic N-ethyl-N-methylpyrrolidinium C4H8N(CH3)(C2H5)+ cations. Substitution of all symmetrically non-equivalent hydrogen atoms was compared based of the thermodynamic favorability. Fluorination of all sites is much more favorable than chlorination, whereas chlorination is somewhat more favorable than bromination. This is not trivial, since electronegative fluorine and chlorine have to compete for the already insufficient number of electrons with other atoms belonging to the pyrrolidinium-based ca...

  4. Pyrrolidinium fullerene induces apoptosis by activation of procaspase-9 via suppression of Akt in primary effusion lymphoma

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    Watanabe, Tadashi; Nakamura, Shigeo; Ono, Toshiya; Ui, Sadaharu; Yagi, Syota; Kagawa, Hiroki; Watanabe, Hisami; Ohe, Tomoyuki; Mashino, Tadahiko; Fujimuro, Masahiro


    Highlights: Seven fullerenes were evaluated in terms of their cytotoxic effects on B-lymphomas. Pyrrolidinium fullerene induced apoptosis of KSHV-infected B-lymphoma PEL cells. The activation of Akt is essential for PEL cell survival. Pyrrolidinium fullerene activated caspase-9 by inactivating Akt in PEL cells. Pyrrolidinium fullerene have potential as novel drugs for the treatment of PEL. - Abstract: Primary effusion lymphoma (PEL) is a subtype of non-Hodgkins B-cell lymphoma and is an aggressive neoplasm caused by Kaposis sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) in immunosuppressed patients. In general, PEL cells are derived from post-germinal center B-cells and are infected with KSHV. To evaluate potential novel anti-tumor compounds against KSHV-associated PEL, seven water-soluble fullerene derivatives were evaluated as potential drug candidates for the treatment of PEL. Herein, we discovered a pyrrolidinium fullerene derivative, 1,1,1?,1?-tetramethyl [60]fullerenodipyrrolidinium diiodide, which induced apoptosis of PEL cells via a novel mechanism, the caspase-9 activation by suppressing the caspase-9 phosphorylation, causing caspase-9 inactivation. Pyrrolidinium fullerene treatment reduced significantly the viability of PEL cells compared with KSHV-uninfected lymphoma cells, and induced the apoptosis of PEL cells by activating caspase-9 via procaspase-9 cleavage. Pyrrolidinium fullerene additionally reduced the Ser473 phosphorylation of Akt and Ser196 of procaspase-9. Ser473-phosphorylated Akt (i.e., activated Akt) phosphorylates Ser196 in procaspase-9, causing inactivation of procaspase-9. We also demonstrated that Akt inhibitors suppressed the proliferation of PEL cells compared with KSHV-uninfected cells. Our data therefore suggest that Akt activation is essential for cell survival in PEL and a pyrrolidinium fullerene derivative induced apoptosis by activating caspase-9 via suppression of Akt in PEL cells. In addition, we evaluated whether pyrrolidinium fullerene in combination with the HSP90 inhibitor (geldanamycin; GA) or valproate, potentiated the cytotoxic effects on PEL cells. Compared to treatment with pyrrolidinium fullerene alone, the addition of low-concentration GA or valproate enhanced the cytotoxic activity of pyrrolidinium fullerene. These results indicate that pyrrolidinium fullerene could be used as a novel therapy for the treatment of PEL.

  5. The First Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Luminescent Multiferroic: (Pyrrolidinium)MnBr3.


    Zhang, Yi; Liao, Wei-Qiang; Fu, Da-Wei; Ye, Heng-Yun; Liu, Cai-Ming; Chen, Zhong-Ning; Xiong, Ren-Gen


    A hybrid organic-inorganic compound, (pyrrolidinium)MnBr3 , distinguished from rare earth (RE)-doped inorganic perovskites, is discovered as a new member of the ferroelectrics family, having excellent luminescent properties and relatively large spontaneous polarization of 6 ?C cm(-2) , as well as a weak ferromagnetism at about 2.4 K. With a quantum yield of >28% and emission lifetime >0.1 ms, such multiferroic photoluminescence is a suitable candidate for future applications in luminescence materials, photovoltaics, and magneto-optoelectronic devices. PMID:26011784

  6. Interionic interactions of binary gels consisting of pyrrolidinium-based zwitterionic compounds and lithium salts.


    Park, HoSeok; Kim, Hoon Sik; Jung, Young Mee


    We demonstrated thermal transitions and physical gelation of binary ionic salts through interionic interactions, which consist of pyrrolidinium-N-propanesulfonate zwitterionic compound (PyrZIC) and lithium bis(trifluorosulfonyl)imide (LiTFSI). The transition behaviors of binary ionic gels were attributed to conformational changes in the cations and anions of PyrZIC and LiTFSI as analyzed by density functional theory (DFT), principal component analysis (PCA), and two-dimensional infrared correlation spectroscopy (2D IR COS). Furthermore, the geometries of binary PyrZIC-LiTFSI systems were strongly influenced by the electrostatic interactions between two ionic salts. The different dynamic processes in the PyrZIC- and LiTFSI-rich phases, which are classified by the transition point of PCA plots, were induced by the conformational changes in the respective interaction fields, as shown by 2D correlation spectra. In particular, LiTFSI-rich binary gels revealed characteristic four-leaf-clover and butterfly patterns under their unique chemical circumstances, which were different from those of PyrZIC-rich gels. Consequently, these computational and experimental investigations provide an analytical tool to understand the physical phenomenon and interactions occurring in the unveiled and complicated systems. PMID:21291183

  7. Effect of Titanium Substitution on the Compatiblity of Electrodeswith Pyrrolidinium-Based Ionic Liquid Electrolytes

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    Saint, Juliette A.; Shin, Joon-Ho; Best, Adam; Hollenkamp,Anthony; Kerr, John; Doeff, Marca M.


    The quest for the development of rechargeable lithium-metal batteries has attracted vigorous worldwide research efforts because this system offers the highest theoretical specific energy [1]. For this to be achieved, the repetitive deposition and stripping of lithium must be close to fully reversible. Thus, alternative electrolytes have been investigated, such as the room-temperature ionic liquid (RTILs). Lithium can be cycled with a high degree of reversibility with efficiencies exceeding 99% using systems based on N-methyl N-alkyl pyrrolidinium (P{sub 1X}{sup +}) combined with the TFSI anion [2]. More recent efforts have been directed towards systems based on P{sub 1X}{sup +} cations with the FSI anion and appear to be even more promising [3,4]. In this work, we discuss to what extent RTILs based on P{sub 1X}{sup +} cations with TFSI or FSI anions can be used as electrolytes for rechargeable Li batteries. In particular, their physical and chemical properties are thoroughly discussed so as to explain the difference observed in their electrochemical behavior. Although these two systems seem to be stable against lithium, their compatibilities with cathode materials require full assessment as well. Thus, various manganese oxide cathodes are investigated in this study. Strategies to minimize cathode dissolution are also debated, such as the substitution of part of the manganese for titanium.

  8. Stable, High-Efficiency Pyrrolidinium-Based Electrolyte for Solid-State Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.


    He, Tong; Wang, Ye Feng; Zeng, Jing Hui


    We synthesized a series of pyrrolidinium based dicationic ionic crystals with high melting point and good thermal stability. Research on the crystal structure shows that there are ordered three-dimensional ionic channels in these crystals which is favorable for the ionic conductor to achieve high conductivity and diffusion coefficient. These ionic crystals are applied to electrolyte as matrix in dye sensitized solar cells, and the influence of crystal structure (including the alkylene chain separating two pyrrolidinium rings and anion) versus the device performances are studied by steady-state voltammography, current-voltage trace, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. As the solid state electrolyte, an optimized efficiency of 6.02% have achieved under full sunlight irradiation using ionic crystal [C6BEP][TFSI]2. And the device based on this solid electrolyte shows the excellent long-term stability, maintaining 92% of the initial efficiency after 960 h. This study elucidates fundamental the structure of dicationic crystal and provide useful clues for further improvement of solid-state electrolytes in DSSC. PMID:26336080

  9. A pyrrolidinium nitrate protic ionic liquid-based electrolyte for very low-temperature electrical double-layer capacitors.


    Anouti, Mrim; Timperman, Laure


    This study describes the use of the pyrrolidinium nitrate ([Pyrr][NO3]) protic ionic liquid (PIL) in a mixture with gamma butyrolactone (?-BL) as an electrolyte for carbon-based supercapacitors with an operating voltage of 2.0 V and at very low temperature. Thermal and transport properties of this electrolyte were firstly evaluated from -40 C to 80 C. The evolution of conductivity with the addition of ?-BL rendered it possible to determine the optimal composition for electrochemical application, with a molar fraction of ?-BL of 0.6. This mixture shows a Newtonian behavior with a low viscosity value of 5 mPa s at 25 C, and exhibits high conductivity values of up to 65 mS cm(-1) at 80 C. At the same time, exceptional residual conductivity was measured for this composition at -40 C (9 mS cm(-1)), thanks to the superionic character of pyrrolidinium nitrate PIL. Electrochemical characterization of this electrolyte demonstrated, at first, a passivation on the aluminum collector, secondly good cycling performances with an activated carbon electrode from 50 C to -40 C with capacitance up to 132 F g(-1) at room temperature and a wide voltage window (2.0 V). Finally at very low temperature (-40 C), this system demonstrates an unprecedented combination of high specific capacitance (up to 117 F g(-1)), and rapid charging-discharging even at high current density, which is very promising for the progress of energy storage systems with environmentally friendly electrolytes at such very low temperatures. PMID:23532057

  10. Does the influence of substituents impact upon the surface composition of pyrrolidinium-based ionic liquids? An angle resolved XPS study.


    Men, Shuang; Hurisso, Bitu Birru; Lovelock, Kevin R J; Licence, Peter


    The surface chemistry of a series of four pyrrolidinium based ionic liquids, [C(n)C(1)Pyrr][Tf(2)N] where n = 4-10, is investigated by angle resolved X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (ARXPS). The importance of sample purity is demonstrated and the stability of the ionic liquids under X-ray irradiation investigated. It is apparent that the surface chemistry and orientation is broadly analogous to that of similar imidazolium-based systems. PMID:22419165

  11. Rotational and Translational Dynamics of Rhodamine 6G in a Pyrrolidinium Ionic Liquid: A Combined Time-Resolved Fluorescence Anisotropy Decay and NMR Study

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    Guo, Jianchang; Han, Kee Sung; Mahurin, Shannon Mark; Baker, Gary A; Hillesheim, Patrick C; Dai, Sheng; Hagaman, Edward {Ed} W; Shaw, Robert W


    NMR spectroscopy and time-resolved fluorescence anisotropy decay (TRFAD) are two of the most commonly used methods to study solute-solvent interactions. However, only a few studies have been reported to date using a combined NMR and TRFAD approach to systematically investigate the overall picture of diffusional and rotational dynamics of both the solute and solvent. In this paper, we combined NMR and TRFAD to probe fluorescent rhodamine dyes in a pyrrolidinium-based room temperature ionic liquid (RTIL), an emergent environmentally-friendly solvent type used in several energy-related applications. A specific interaction of the R6G cation and [Tf2N]- anion was identified, resulting in near-stick boundary condition rotation of R6G in this RTIL. The diffusional rates of the R6G solute and [C4mpyr][Tf2N] solvent derived from 1H NMR suggest the rates are proportional to their corresponding hydrodynamic radii. The 1H and 13C NMR studies of self-rotational dynamics of [C4mpyr][Tf2N] showed that the self-rotational correlation time of [C4mpyr]+ is 47 2 ps at 300 K. At the same temperature, we find that the correlation time for N-CH3 rotation in [C4mpyr]+ is 77 2 ps, comparable to overall molecular reorientation. This slow motion is attributed to properties of the cation structure.

  12. Structure and properties of Li-ion conducting polymer gel electrolytes based on ionic liquids of the pyrrolidinium cation and the bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide anion

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    Pitawala, Jagath; Navarra, Maria Assunta; Scrosati, Bruno; Jacobsson, Per; Matic, Aleksandar


    We have investigated the structure and physical properties of Li-ion conducting polymer gel electrolytes functionalized with ionic liquid/lithium salt mixtures. The membranes are based on poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) copolymer, PVdF-HFP, and two ionic liquids: pyrrolidinium cations, N-butyl-N-methylpyrrolidinium (PyR14+), N-butyl-N-ethylpyrrolidinium (PyR24+), and bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide anion (TFSI). The ionic liquids where doped with 0.2 mol kg--1 LiTFSI. The resulting membranes are freestanding, flexible, and nonvolatile. The structure of the polymer and the interactions between the polymer and the ionic liquid electrolyte have been studied using Raman spectroscopy. The ionic conductivity of the membranes has been studied using dielectric spectroscopy whereas the thermal properties were investigated using differential scanning caloriometry (DSC). These results show that there is a weak, but noticeable, influence on the physical properties of the ionic liquid by the confinement in the membrane. We observe a change in the Li-ion coordination, conformation of the anion, the fragility and a slight increase of the glass transition temperatures for IL/LiTFSI mixtures in the membranes compared to the neat mixtures. The effect can be related to the confinement of the liquid in the membrane and/or to interactions with the PVdF-HFP polymer matrix where the crystallinity is decreased compared to the starting polymer powder.

  13. Photodetachment and electron reactivity in 1-methyl-1-butyl-pyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)amide

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    Molins i Domenech, Francesc; FitzPatrick, Benjamin; Healy, Andrew T.; Blank, David A.


    The transient absorption spectrum in the range 500 nm-1000 nm was measured with ultrafast time resolution on a flowing neat, aliphatic, room-temperature ionic liquid following anion photodetachment. In this region the spectrum was shown to be a combination of absorption from the electron and the hole. Spectrally-resolved electron quenching determined a bimodal shape for the hole spectrum in agreement with recent computational predictions on a smaller aliphatic ionic liquid [Margulis et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc. 133, 20186 (2011)]. For time delays beyond 15 ps, spectral evolution qualitatively agrees with recent radiolysis experiments [Wishart et al., Faraday Discuss. 154, 353 (2012)]. However, the shape of the spectrum is different, reflecting the contrast in ionization energy between the two methods. Previously unobserved reactivity of the electron was found with a time constant of 300 fs. The results demonstrate solvent control of the rate coefficient for reaction between the electron and proton, with a rapid decline in the rate within the first picosecond.

  14. Communication: X-ray Scattering from Ionic Liquids with Pyrrolidinium Cations

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    C Santos; N Murthy; G Baker; E Castner


    We report the structure functions obtained from x-ray scattering experiments on a series of four homologous ionic liquids. The ionic liquids are 1-alkyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium cations paired with the bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)amide anion, with alkyl chain lengths of n = 4, 6, 8, and 10. The structure functions display two intense diffraction peaks for values of the scattering vector q in the range from 0.6 to 1.5 {angstrom}{sup -1} for all samples. Both diffraction peaks shift to lower values of q for increasing temperature. First sharp diffraction peaks are observed in the structure functions for q < 0.5 {angstrom}{sup -1} for liquids with n = 6, 8, and 10.

  15. Effect of pyrrolidinium based ionic liquid on the channel form of gramicidin in lipid vesicles.


    Singh, Upendra Kumar; Dohare, Neeraj; Mishra, Prabhash; Singh, Prashant; Bohidar, Himadri B; Patel, Rajan


    The present work is focused on the interaction between membrane bound gramicidin and 1-butyl-1-methyl-2-oxopyrrolidinium bromide (BMOP) ionic liquid. Ionic liquids (ILs) are solvents that are often liquid at room temperature and composed of organic cation and appropriate anion. The gramicidin peptide forms prototypical ion channels for cations, which have been extensively used to study the organization, dynamics, and function of membrane spanning channels. The interaction was studied by circular dichroism, steady state, time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy in combination with dynamic surface tension and field emission scanning electron microscopic methods (FESEM). The results obtained from circular dichroism shows that the BMOP interacts with the channel form of gramicidin in lipid vesicle without any considerable effect on its conformation. The Red-edge excitation shift (REES) also supported the above findings. In addition, the fluorescence studies suggested that BMOP makes ground state complex with ion channel, which was further supported by time resolved measurements. Furthermore, dynamic surface tension analysis shows the faster adsorption of BMOP with membrane bound gramicidin at the air-water interface. Additionally, FESEM results indicated that BMOP forms a film around the membrane bound gramicidin at higher concentration. These results are potentially useful to analyze the effect of ionic liquids on the behaviour of membrane proteins. PMID:26025771


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    Fox, E.


    Ionic liquids are often cited for their excellent thermal stability, a key property for their use as solvents and in the chemical processing of biofuels. However, there has been little supporting data on the long term aging effect of temperature on these materials. Imizadolium, quaternary ammonium, pyridinium, and pyrrolidnium-based ionic liquids with the bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide and bis(perfluoroethylsulfonyl)imide anions were aged for 2520 hours (15 weeks) at 200?C in air to determine the effects of an oxidizing environment on their chemical structure and thermal stability over time. It was found that the minor changes in the cation chemistry could greatly affect the properties of the ILs over time.

  17. Electrochemical performance of 0.5Li2MnO3-0.5Li(Mn0.375Ni0.375Co0.25)O2 composite cathode in pyrrolidinium-based ionic liquid electrolytes

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    Patra, Jagabandhu; Dahiya, Prem Prakash; Tseng, Chung-Jen; Fang, Jason; Lin, Yu-Wei; Basu, S.; Majumder, S. B.; Chang, Jeng-Kuei


    High-energy-density 0.5Li2MnO3-0.5Li(Mn0.375Ni0.375Co0.25)O2 composite cathodes for lithium rechargeable batteries are synthesized using an auto-combustion method. The electrode charge-discharge properties are studied at 25 and 50 C in Li+-containing N-butyl-N-methylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (BMP-TFSI) and N-propyl-N-methylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (PMP-TFSI) ionic liquid (IL) electrolytes. The IL electrolytes have a high decomposition temperature (?400 C) and thus are ideal for high-safety applications. Compared to Li+/BMP-TFSI IL, Li+/PMP-TFSI IL exhibits higher ionic conductivity and lower viscosity. As a result, the composite cathode shows superior electrochemical performance in Li+/PMP-TFSI IL electrolyte. With the increase in cell temperature from 25 to 50 C, the maximum capacities and rate capabilities of both IL cells improve significantly. Thus at 50 C, discharge capacities of 304 mAh g-1 (@10 mA g-1) and 223 mAh g-1 (@100 mA g-1) are obtained for the Li+/PMP-TFSI cell. These capacities are superior to those for a control cell made with the same composite cathode and a conventional organic electrolyte. At elevated temperature, the cyclability of the composite cathode in the IL electrolytes is markedly higher than that obtained in a conventional organic electrolyte.

  18. FTIR and Raman Study of the LixTiyMn1-yO2 (y = 0, 0.11) Cathodes in Methylpropyl Pyrrolidinium Bis(fluoro-sulfonyl)imide, LiTFSI Electrolyte

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    Hardwick, L.J.; Lucas, I.T.; Doeff, M.M.; Kostecki, R.; Saint, J.A.


    This work demonstrates the protective effect of partial titanium substitution in Li{sub x}Ti{sub 0.11}Mn{sub 0.89}O{sub 2} against surface decomposition in room-temperature ionic liquid (RTILs) cells. Raman microscopy and reflectance Fourier transform IR (FTIR) spectroscopy were used to analyze electrodes recovered from cycled Li/Li{sub x}Ti{sub y}Mn{sub 1-y}O{sub 2} (y=0, 0.11) cells containing the 0.5 mol/kg LiTFSI in P{sub 13}FSI RTIL electrolyte. [TFSI=bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide.] Raman and FTIR spectra of cycled Li{sub x}MnO{sub 2} cathodes showed many distinct bands that can be attributed to both the electrolyte and electrode decomposition products. The thickness of the amorphous porous layer on the Li{sub x}MnO{sub 2} cathode increased during cycling. The surface degradation of Li{sub x}MnO{sub 2} and precipitation of electrolyte decomposition products contributed to the film growth. Improved cycling behavior was observed in cells containing Li{sub x}Ti{sub 0.11}Mn{sub 0.89}O{sub 2}, yet Raman spectroscopy also showed possible surface degradation. The FTIR spectra of cycled Li{sub x}MnO{sub 2} and Li{sub x}Ti{sub 0.11}Mn{sub 0.89}O{sub 2} cathodes displayed bands characteristic for LiSO{sub 3}CF{sub 3} and Li{sub 2}NSO{sub 2}CF{sub 3}, which originate from the reaction of the TFSI anion with traces of water present in the cell.

  19. Non-aggregated Zn(ii)octa(2,6-diphenylphenoxy) phthalocyanine as a hole transporting material for efficient perovskite solar cells.


    Javier Ramos, F; Ince, M; Urbani, M; Abate, Antonio; Grtzel, M; Ahmad, Shahzada; Torres, T; Nazeeruddin, Mohammad Khaja


    A non-aggregated Zn(ii)octa(2,6-diphenylphenoxy) phthalocyanine (coded as TT80) has been used as a hole-transporting material for perovskite solar cells. The cells were fabricated under three different configurations by changing the uptake solvent (chlorobenzene or toluene) and incorporating additives (bis(trifluoromethane) sulfonimide lithium salt (LiTFSI) and 4-tert-butylpyridine (TBP). A power conversion efficiency of 6.7% (AM1.5G standard conditions) was achieved for the best cell under optimized configuration. PMID:25815796

  20. Lithium-sulfur batteries based on nitrogen-doped carbon and ionic liquid electrolyte

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    Sun, Xiao-Guang; Wang, Xiqing; Mayes, Richard T; Dai, Sheng


    Nitrogen-doped mesoporous carbon (NC) and sulfur were used to prepare an NC/S composite cathode, which was evaluated in an ionic liquid electrolyte of 0.5 M lithium bis(trifluoromethane sulfonyl)imide (LiTFSI) in methylpropylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethane sulfonyl)imide (MPPY.TFSI) by cyclic voltammetry (CV), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), and cycle testing. To facilitate the comparison, a C/S composite based on activated carbon (AC) without nitrogen doping was also fabricated under the same conditions as those for the NC/S composite. Compared with the AC/S composite, the NC/S composite showed enhanced activity toward sulfur reduction, as evidenced by the early onset sulfur reduction potential, higher redox current density in the CV test, and faster charge transfer kinetics as indicated by EIS measurement. At room temperature under a current density of 84 mA g-1 (C/20), the battery based on the NC/S composite exhibited higher discharge potential and an initial capacity of 1420 mAh g-1 whereas that based on the AC/S composite showed lower discharge potential and an initial capacity of 1120 mAh g-1. Both batteries showed similar capacity fading with cycling due to the intrinsic polysulfide solubility and the polysulfide shuttle mechanism; the capacity fading can be improved by further modification of the cathode.

  1. Synthesis of organic (trimethylsilyl)chalcogenolate salts Cat[TMS-E] (E = S, Se, Te): the methylcarbonate anion as a desilylating agent.


    Finger, Lars H; Scheibe, Benjamin; Sundermeyer, Jrg


    A high-yield synthesis of the class of (trimethylsilyl)chalcogenolate organic salts [Cat][TMS-E] (E = S, Se, Te; Cat = BMPyr, DMPyr, NMe4, nBu3MeP) is presented. The title compounds have been prepared by the strictly aprotic reaction between the respective bis(trimethylsilyl)chalcogenide (TMS2E) and methylcarbonate ionic liquids (ILs). This constitutes a novel reaction behavior of methylcarbonate ILs, acting as a nucleophilic desilylating agent and a Lewis base instead of as a Brnsted base. Thus prepared silylchalcogenolate salts represent an activated form of the multifunctional TMS2E reactant series. Pyrrolidinium TMS-S salts have proven to be excellent precursors for the synthesis of pyrrolidinium hexasulfides. The scope of the desilylation reaction can be extended to other silyl-bearing synthons such as (trimethylsilyl)azide and (trimethylsilyl)cyanide. PMID:26371537

  2. EPR Study of Radicals in Irradiated Ionic Liquids and Implications for the Radiation Stability of Ionic Liquid-Based Extraction Systems

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    Shkrob, I A; Wishart, J F; Chemerisov, Sergey D.; Shkrob, Ilya A.; Wishart, James F.


    The radiation- and photo- chemistry of room temperature ionic liquids (ILs) composed of ammonium, phosphonium, pyrrolidinium, and imidazolium cations and bis(triflyl)amide, dicyanamide, and bis(oxalato)borate anions, have been studied using low-temperature Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR). Several classes of radicals have been identified and related to reactions of the primary radiolytically generated electrons and holes. Large yields of terminal and penultimate C-centered radicals are observed in the aliphatic chains of the phosphonium, ammonium and pyrrolidinium cations, but not for imidazolium cation. This pattern can be accounted for by efficient deprotonation of a hole trapped on the cation (the radical dication) that competes with rapid charge transfer to a nearby anion. The latter leads to the formation of stable N- or O-centered radicals. The electrons either react with the protic impurity (for nonaromatic cations) yielding H atoms or the aromatic moiety (for imidazolium cations). Excitation of b...

  3. Assessment of bromide-based ionic liquid toxicity toward aquatic organisms and QSAR analysis.


    Wang, Chao; Wei, Zhongbo; Wang, Liansheng; Sun, Ping; Wang, Zunyao


    The toxicities of 24 bromide-based ionic liquids (Br-ILs) towards Vibrio fischeri (V. fischeri) and Daphnia magna (D. magna) were determined. These Br-ILs are composed of a bromide ion and a generic cation (i.e., pyrrolidinium, piperidinium, pyridinium or imidazolium) with different alkyl side chains. QSAR models with relatively high correlation coefficients, R(2), of 0.954 and 0.895 were developed for V. fischeri and D. magna. The model for V. fischeri indicated that the Br-IL toxicity towards V. fischeri was negatively correlated with the energy of the lowest unoccupied molecular orbitals (ELUMO) which reflects the electron affinities (EAs) and positively correlated with the volumes of Br-IL cations. For the D. magna model, the Br-IL toxicity was positively correlated with the dipole moment (?) and negatively correlated with the total energy (TE) that is highly correlated with the molecular volume (V). For Br-ILs with the same cation ring, the toxicity increased as the length of the alkyl chains increased. For the same alkyl chain length, the toxicity order for V. fischeri was pyridinium>imidazolium>piperidinium>pyrrolidinium, except for those containing octyl side chains, while the toxicity ranking for D. magna was imidazolium~pyridinium>piperidinium>pyrrolidinium. PMID:25682588

  4. Environmentally-friendly lithium recycling from a spent organic li-ion battery.


    Renault, Stven; Brandell, Daniel; Edstrm, Kristina


    A simple and straightforward method using non-polluting solvents and a single thermal treatment step at moderate temperature was investigated as an environmentally-friendly process to recycle lithium from organic electrode materials for secondary lithium batteries. This method, highly dependent on the choice of electrolyte, gives up to 99% of sustained capacity for the recycled materials used in a second life-cycle battery when compared with the original. The best results were obtained using a dimethyl carbonate/lithium bis(trifluoromethane sulfonyl) imide electrolyte that does not decompose in presence of water. The process implies a thermal decomposition step at a moderate temperature of the extracted organic material into lithium carbonate, which is then used as a lithiation agent for the preparation of fresh electrode material without loss of lithium. PMID:25170568

  5. Development and characterization of poly(1-vinylpyrrolidone-co-vinyl acetate) copolymer based polymer electrolytes.


    Sa'adun, Nurul Nadiah; Subramaniam, Ramesh; Kasi, Ramesh


    Gel polymer electrolytes (GPEs) are developed using poly(1-vinylpyrrolidone-co-vinyl acetate) [P(VP-co-VAc)] as the host polymer, lithium bis(trifluoromethane) sulfonimide [LiTFSI] as the lithium salt and ionic liquid, and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl) imide [EMImTFSI] by using solution casting technique. The effect of ionic liquid on ionic conductivity is studied and the optimum ionic conductivity at room temperature is found to be 2.14 10(-6) S cm(-1) for sample containing 25 wt% of EMImTFSI. The temperature dependence of ionic conductivity from 303 K to 353 K exhibits Arrhenius plot behaviour. The thermal stability of the polymer electrolyte system is studied by using thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) while the structural and morphological properties of the polymer electrolyte is studied by using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), respectively. PMID:25431781

  6. Studies on the effect of dispersoid(ZrO2) in PVdF-co-HFP based gel polymer electrolytes

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    Sivakumar, M.; Subadevi, R.; Muthupradeepa, R.


    Gel polymer electrolytes containing poly(vinylidenefluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (P(VdF-co-HFP)) / Lithium bis(trifluoromethane sulfon)imide (LiTFSI) / mixture of ethylene carbonate and propylene carbonate (EC+PC) with different concendration of ZrO2 has been prepared using the solution casting technique. The conductivity of the prepared electrolyte sample has been determined by AC impedance technique in the range 303-353K. The temperature dependent ionic conductivity plot seems to obey VTF relation. The maximum ionic conductivity value of 4.46 10-3S/cm has been obtained for PVdF-co-HFP(32%) - LiTFSI(8%) - EC+PC (60%) + ZrO2(6wt%) based polymer electrolyte. The surface morphology of the prepared electrolyte sample has been studied using SEM.

  7. Method for measuring surface temperature


    Baker, Gary A. (Los Alamos, NM); Baker, Sheila N. (Los Alamos, NM); McCleskey, T. Mark (Los Alamos, NM)


    The present invention relates to a method for measuring a surface temperature using is a fluorescent temperature sensor or optical thermometer. The sensor includes a solution of 1,3-bis(1-pyrenyl)propane within a 1-butyl-1-1-methyl pyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ionic liquid solvent. The 1,3-bis(1-pyrenyl)propane remains unassociated when in the ground state while in solution. When subjected to UV light, an excited state is produced that exists in equilibrium with an excimer. The position of the equilibrium between the two excited states is temperature dependent.

  8. High-Temperature Ferroelectricity and Photoluminescence in a Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Compound: (3-Pyrrolinium)MnCl3.


    Ye, Heng-Yun; Zhou, QiongHua; Niu, XiangHong; Liao, Wei-Qiang; Fu, Da-Wei; Zhang, Yi; You, Yu-Meng; Wang, Jinlan; Chen, Zhong-Ning; Xiong, Ren-Gen


    Coupling of ferroelectricity and optical properties has become an interesting aspect of material research. The switchable spontaneous polarization in ferroelectrics provides an alternative way to manipulate the light-matter interaction. The recent observation of strong photoluminescence emission in ferroelectric hybrid organic-inorganic compounds, (pyrrolidinium)MnX3 (X = Cl or Br), is an attractive approach to high efficiency luminescence with the advantages of ferroelectricity. However, (pyrrolidinium)MnX3 only displays ferroelectricity near or below room temperature, which limits its future applications in optoelectronics and multifunctional devices. Here, we rationally designed and synthesized high-temperature luminescent ferroelectric materials. The new hybrid compound (3-pyrrolinium)MnCl3 has a very high Curie temperature, Tc = 376 K, large spontaneous electronic polarization of 6.2 ?C/cm(2), and high fatigue resistance, as well as high emission efficiency of 28%. This finding is a further step to the practical use of ferroelectric luminescence based on organic-inorganic compounds. PMID:26383504

  9. Transport properties investigation of aqueous protic ionic liquid solutions through conductivity, viscosity, and NMR self-diffusion measurements.


    Anouti, Mrim; Jacquemin, Johan; Porion, Patrice


    We present a study on the transport properties through conductivity (?), viscosity (?), and self-diffusion coefficient (D) measurements of two pure protic ionic liquids--pyrrolidinium hydrogen sulfate, [Pyrr][HSO(4)], and pyrrolidinium trifluoroacetate, [Pyrr][CF(3)COO]--and their mixtures with water over the whole composition range at 298.15 K and atmospheric pressure. Based on these experimental results, transport mobilities of ions have been then investigated in each case through the Stokes-Einstein equation. From this, the proton conduction in these PILs follows a combination of Grotthuss and vehicle-type mechanisms, which depends also on the water composition in solution. In each case, the displacement of the NMR peak attributed to the labile proton on the pyrrolidinium cation with the PILs concentration in aqueous solution indicates that this proton is located between the cation and the anion for a water weight fraction lower than 8%. In other words, for such compositions, it appears that this labile proton is not solvated by water molecules. However, for higher water content, the labile protons are in solution as H(3)O(+). This water weight fraction appears to be the solvation limit of the H(+) ions by water molecules in these two PILs solutions. However, [Pyrr][HSO(4)] and [Pyrr][CF(3)COO] PILs present opposed comportment in aqueous solution. In the case of [Pyrr][CF(3)COO], ?, ?, D, and the attractive potential, E(pot), between ions indicate clearly that the diffusion of each ion is similar. In other words, these ions are tightly bound together as ion pairs, reflecting in fact the importance of the hydrophobicity of the trifluoroacetate anion, whereas, in the case of the [Pyrr][HSO(4)], the strong H-bond between the HSO(4)(-) anion and water promotes a drastic change in the viscosity of the aqueous solution, as well as on the conductivity which is up to 187 mScm(-1) for water weight fraction close to 60% at 298 K. PMID:22404286

  10. Effects of TiO2 addition on ionic conductivity of PVC/PEMA blend based composite polymer electrolyte

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    Subban, R. H. Y.; Sukri, Nursyazwani


    PVC/PEMA blend based polymer electrolytes with lithium bistrifluoromethane sulfonimide (LiN(CF3SO2)2) and PVC/PEMA/(LiN(CF3SO2)2-TiO2 films were prepared by solution cast technique. The sample containing 35 wt. % LiN(CF3SO2)2 exhibited the highest conductivity of 1.75 10-5 Scm-1. The conductivity of the sample increased to 2.12 10-5 Scm-1 and 4.61 10-5 Scm-1 when 4 wt. % and 10 wt. % of titanium dioxide (TiO2) was added to the sample at 65 wt. % PVC/PEMA-35 wt. % LiN(CF3SO2)2 composition respectively. The low increase in conductivity is attributed to two competing factors: increase in crystallinity as accounted by X-Ray diffraction (XRD) and decrease in glass transition temperature as accounted by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC).

  11. Ion conduction in phosphonium-polysiloxane ionomers

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    Liang, Siwei; Hyeok Choi, U.; Runt, James; Colby, Ralph


    Low Tg ionomers with phosphonium cations covalently attached as side chains have potential application in energy conversion and storage devices. For example, alkaline fuel cells rely on membranes that transport hydroxide anions and some advanced batteries rely on membranes transporting fluoride anions. To better understand ion conduction in phosphonium-polysiloxane ionomers, allyl tributyl phosphonium bromide monomer was synthesized and, along with a vinyl ethylene oxide monomer, attached to polymethylhydrosiloxane by hydrosilylation. These ionomers maintain low Tg -74 ^oC with up to 10 mol% phosphonium and are fully water soluble, allowing easy anion exchange and purification. We report dielectric spectroscopy results for these ionomers with a variety of counter-anions. Electrode polarization at low frequencies is analyzed to determine the number density of simultaneously conducting counter ions and their mobility. This analysis reveals higher mobility and lower activation energy for conducting anions that are larger and more diffuse, such as bis(trifluoromethane sulfonyl)imide, contributing to better performance as anion-conducting membranes.

  12. Plasticized Polymer Composite Single-Ion Conductors for Lithium Batteries.


    Zhao, Hui; Asfour, Fadi; Fu, Yanbao; Jia, Zhe; Yuan, Wen; Bai, Ying; Ling, Min; Hu, Heyi; Baker, Gregory; Liu, Gao


    Lithium bis(trifluoromethane) sulfonamide (TFSI) is a promising electrolyte salt in lithium batteries, due to its good conductivity and high dissociation between the lithium cation and its anion. By tethering N-pentane trifluoromethane sulfonamide (C5NHTf), a TFSI analogue molecule, onto the surface of silica nanoparticle as a monolayer coverage should increase the Li(+) transference number to unity since anions bound to particles have reduced mobilities. Silica polymer composite has better mechanical property than that of the pure PEO. Analogously trifluoromethane sulfonic aminoethyl methacrylate (TfMA), a TFSI analogue vinyl monomer, was polymerized on silica nanoparticle surface as a multilayer coverage. Anchored polyelectrolytes to particle surfaces offer multiple sites for anions, and in principle the carrier concentration would increase arbitrarily and approach the carrier concentration of the bulk polyelectrolyte. Monolayer grafted nanoparticles have a lithium content of 1.2 10(-3) g Li/g, and multilayer grafted nanoparticles have a lithium content over an order higher at 2 10(-2) g Li/g. Electrolytes made from monolayer grafted particles exhibit a weak conductivity dependence on temperature, exhibiting an ionic conductivity in the range of 10(-6) S/cm when temperatures increase to 80 C. While electrolytes made from multilayer grafted particles show a steep increase in conductivity with temperature with an ionic conductivity increase to 3 10(-5) S/cm at 80 C, with an O/Li ratio of 32. PMID:26284984

  13. In situ Raman spectroscopy of sulfur speciation in lithium-sulfur batteries.


    Wu, Heng-Liang; Huff, Laura A; Gewirth, Andrew A


    In situ Raman spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry were used to investigate the mechanism of sulfur reduction in lithium-sulfur battery slurry cathodes with 1 M lithium bis(trifluoromethane sulfonyl)imide (LiTFSI) and tetraethylene glycol dimethyl ether (TEGDME)/1,3-dioxolane (DIOX) (1/1, v/v). Raman spectroscopy shows that long-chain polysulfides (S8(2-)) were formed via S8 ring opening in the first reduction process at ?2.4 V vs Li/Li(+) and short-chain polysulfides such as S4(2-), S4(-), S3(-), and S2O4(2-) were observed with continued discharge at ?2.3 V vs Li/Li(+) in the second reduction process. Elemental sulfur can be reformed in the end of the charge process. Rate constants obtained for the appearance and disappearance polysulfide species shows that short-chain polysulfides are directly formed from S8 decomposition. The rate constants for S8 reappearance and polysulfide disappearance on charge were likewise similar. The formation of polysulfide mixtures at partial discharge was found to be quite stable. The CS2 additive was found to inhibit the sulfur reduction mechanism allowing the formation of long-chain polysulfides during discharge only and stabilizing the S8(2-) product. PMID:25543831

  14. Melting-Point Estimation of Ionic Liquids by a Group Contribution Method

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    Aguirre, Claudia L.; Cisternas, Luis A.; Valderrama, Jos O.


    Based on experimental data collected from the literature, a group contribution method for estimating the melting points of imidazolium-, pyridinium-, pyrrolidinium-, ammonium-, phosphonium-, and piperidinium-based ionic liquids (ILs) with common anions is proposed. The method considers the contributions of ionic groups and methylene groups, as additive parameters, and two nonadditive characteristic geometric parameters of cations such as symmetry and flexibility. A total of 293 data points for 136 ILs were used in this study. The average relative deviation and the average absolute deviation of the proposed model are 7.8% and 22.6 K, respectively. It is concluded that the proposal is useful for the prediction of the melting points for a wide range of ILs.

  15. Metsulfuron-methyl-based herbicidal ionic liquids.


    Pernak, Juliusz; Niemczak, Micha?; Shamshina, Julia L; Gurau, Gabriela; G?owacki, Grzegorz; Praczyk, Tadeusz; Marcinkowska, Katarzyna; Rogers, Robin D


    Ten sulfonylurea-based herbicidal ionic liquids (HILs) were prepared by combining the metsulfuron-methyl anion with various cation types including quaternary ammonium ([bis(2-hydroxyethyl)methyloleylammonium](+), [2-hydroxyethyltrimethylammonium](+)), pyridinium ([1-dodecylpyridinium](+)), piperidinium ([1-methyl-1-propylpiperidinium](+)), imidazolium ([1-allyl-3-methylimidazolium](+), [1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium](+)), pyrrolidinium ([1-butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium](+)), morpholinium ([4-decyl-4-methylmorpholinium](+)), and phosphonium ([trihexyltetradecylphosphonium](+) and [tetrabutylphosphonium](+)). Their herbicidal efficacy was studied in both greenhouse tests and field trials. Preliminary results for the greenhouse tests showed at least twice the activity for all HILs when compared to the activity of commercial Galmet 20 SG, with HILs with phosphonium cations being the most effective. The results of two-year field studies showed significantly less enhancement of activity than observed in the greenhouse; nonetheless, it was found that the herbicidal efficacy was higher than that of the commercial analog, and efficacy varied depending on the plant species. PMID:25734891

  16. Composite Electrolytes for Lithium Batteries: Ionic Liquids in APTES Crosslinked Polymers

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    Tigelaar, Dean M.; Meador, Mary Ann B.; Bennett, William R.


    Solvent free polymer electrolytes were made consisting of Li(+) and pyrrolidinium salts of trifluoromethanesulfonimide added to a series of hyperbranched poly(ethylene oxide)s (PEO). The polymers were connected by triazine linkages and crosslinked by a sol-gel process to provide mechanical strength. The connecting PEO groups were varied to help understand the effects of polymer structure on electrolyte conductivity in the presence of ionic liquids. Polymers were also made that contain poly(dimethylsiloxane) groups, which provide increased flexibility without interacting with lithium ions. When large amounts of ionic liquid are added, there is little dependence of conductivity on the polymer structure. However, when smaller amounts of ionic liquid are added, the inherent conductivity of the polymer becomes a factor. These electrolytes are more conductive than those made with high molecular weight PEO imbibed with ionic liquids at ambient temperatures, due to the amorphous nature of the polymer.

  17. Electrowetting of ionic liquids.


    Millefiorini, Stefano; Tkaczyk, Alan H; Sedev, Rossen; Efthimiadis, Jim; Ralston, John


    We have successfully demonstrated that imidazolium- and pyrrolidinium-based commercial room-temperature ionic liquids can electrowet (with a dc voltage) a smooth fluoropolymer (Teflon AF1600) surface. Qualitatively, the process is analogous to the electrowetting of aqueous electrolyte solutions: the contact angle versus voltage curve has a parabolic shape which saturates at larger voltages (positive or negative). On the other hand we observed several peculiarities: (i) the efficiency is significantly lower (by about an order of magnitude); (ii) the influence of the bulky cation is larger and the importance of the smaller anion is lesser, especially with respect to electrowetting saturation; (iii) there is an asymmetry in the saturation contact angles found for positive and negative voltages. The asymmetry may be correlated with the cation-anion asymmetry of the ionic liquids. The low efficiency may be caused by the presence of water and other impurities in these commercial materials. PMID:16506791

  18. Physical Properties of Ionic Liquids Consisting of the 1-Butyl-3-Methylimidazolium Cation with Various Anions and the Bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide Anion with Various Cations

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    Jin, Hui; O'Hare, Bernie; Dong, Jing; Arzhantsev, Sergei; Baker, Gary A; Wishart, James F.; Benesi, Alan; Maroncelli, Mark


    Physical properties of 4 room-temperature ionic liquids consisting of the 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium cation with various perfluorinated anions and the bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide (Tf2N-) anion with 12 pyrrolidinium-, ammonium-, and hydroxyl-containing cations are reported. Electronic structure methods are used to calculate properties related to the size, shape, and dipole moment of individual ions. Experimental measurements of phase-transition temperatures, densities, refractive indices, surface tensions, solvatochromic polarities based on absorption of Nile Red, 19F chemical shifts of the Tf2N- anion, temperature-dependent viscosities, conductivities, and cation diffusion coefficients are reported. Correlations among the measured quantities as well as the use of surface tension and molar volume for estimating Hildebrand solubility parameters of ionic liquids are also discussed.

  19. Mixtures of protic ionic liquids and propylene carbonate as advanced electrolytes for lithium-ion batteries.


    Vogl, T; Menne, S; Balducci, A


    In this study we investigated the chemical-physical properties of mixtures containing the protic ionic liquid (PIL) N-butyl-pyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (PYRH4TFSI), propylene carbonate (PC) and lithium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (LiTFSI) in view of their use as electrolytes for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). We showed that these electrolytic solutions might display conductivity and viscosity comparable to those of conventional electrolytes. Depending on the amount of PIL present inside the mixtures, such mixtures might also display the ability to suppress the anodic dissolution of Al. Furthermore, we showed that the coordination of lithium ions by TFSI in PIL-PC mixtures appears to be different than the one observed for mixtures of PC and aprotic ionic liquids (AILs). When used in combination with a battery electrode, e.g. lithium iron phosphate (LFP), these mixtures allow the achievement of high performance also at a very high C-rate. PMID:25328075

  20. 3-Methylpiperidinium ionic liquids.


    Belhocine, Tayeb; Forsyth, Stewart A; Gunaratne, H Q Nimal; Nieuwenhuyzen, Mark; Nockemann, Peter; Puga, Alberto V; Seddon, Kenneth R; Srinivasan, Geetha; Whiston, Keith


    A wide range of room temperature ionic liquids based on the 3-methylpiperdinium cation core were produced from 3-methylpiperidine, which is a derivative of DYTEK A amine. First, reaction with 1-bromoalkanes or 1-bromoalkoxyalkanes generated the corresponding tertiary amines (Rm?pip, R = alkyl or alkoxyalkyl); further quaternisation reactions with the appropriate methylating agents yielded the quaternary [Rmm?pip]X salts (X(-) = I(-), [CF3CO2](-) or [OTf](-); Tf = -SO2CF3), and [Rmm?pip][NTf2] were prepared by anion metathesis from the corresponding iodides. All [NTf2](-) salts are liquids at room temperature. [Rmm?pip]X (X(-) = I(-), [CF3CO2](-) or [OTf](-)) are low-melting solids when R = alkyl, but room temperature liquids upon introduction of ether functionalities on R. Neither of the 3-methylpiperdinium ionic liquids showed any signs of crystallisation, even well below 0 C. Some related non-C-substituted piperidinium and pyrrolidinium analogues were prepared and studied for comparison. Crystal structures of 1-hexyl-1,3-dimethylpiperidinium tetraphenylborate, 1-butyl-3-methylpiperidinium bromide, 1-(2-methoxyethyl)-1-methylpiperidinium chloride and 1-(2-methoxyethyl)-1-methylpyrrolidinium bromide are reported. Extensive structural and physical data are collected and compared to literature data, with special emphasis on the systematic study of the cation ring size and/or asymmetry effects on density, viscosity and ionic conductivity, allowing general trends to be outlined. Cyclic voltammetry shows that 3-methylpiperidinium ionic liquids, similarly to azepanium, piperidinium or pyrrolidinium counterparts, are extremely electrochemically stable; the portfolio of useful alternatives for safe and high-performing electrolytes is thus greatly extended. PMID:25669485

  1. Extraction separation of rare-earth ions via competitive ligand complexations between aqueous and ionic-liquid phases.


    Sun, Xiaoqi; Bell, Jason R; Luo, Huimin; Dai, Sheng


    The extraction separation of rare earth elements is one of the most challenging separation processes in hydrometallurgy and advanced nuclear fuel cycles. The TALSPEAK process (trivalent actinide lanthanide separations by phosphorus-reagent extraction from aqueous komplexes) is a prime example of these separation processes. The objective of this paper is to explore the use of ionic liquids (ILs) for the TALSPEAK-like process, to further enhance its extraction efficiencies for lanthanides, and to investigate the potential of using this modified TALSPEAK process for separation of lanthanides among themselves. Eight imidazolium ILs ([C(n)mim][NTf(2)] and [C(n)mim][BETI], n = 4,6,8,10) and one pyrrolidinium IL ([C(4)mPy][NTf(2)]) were investigated as diluents using di(2-ethylhexyl)phosphoric acid (HDEHP) as an extractant for the separation of lanthanide ions from aqueous solutions of 50 mM glycolic acid or citric acid and 5 mM diethylenetriamine pentaacetic acid (DTPA). The extraction efficiencies were studied in comparison with diisopropylbenzene (DIPB), an organic solvent used as a diluent for the conventional TALSPEAK extraction system. Excellent extraction efficiencies and selectivities were found for a number of lanthanide ions using HDEHP as an extractant in these ILs. The effects of different alkyl chain lengths in the cations of ILs and of different anions on extraction efficiencies and selectivities of lanthanide ions are also presented in this paper. PMID:21735029

  2. Inhibition of ( sup 3 H)dopamine uptake into rat striatal slices by quaternary N-methylated nicotine metabolites

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    Dwoskin, L.P.; Leibee, L.L.; Jewell, A.L.; Fang, Zhaoxia; Crooks, P.A. )


    The effects of quaternary N-methylated nicotine derivatives were examined on in vitro uptake of ({sup 3}H)dopamine (({sup 3}H)DA) in rat striatal slices. Striatal slices were incubated with a 10 {mu}M concentration of the following compounds: N-methylnicotinium, N-methylnornicotinium, N-methylcotininium, N,N{prime}-dimethylnicotinium and N{prime}-methylnicotinium salts. The results clearly indicated that significant inhibition of ({sup 3}H)DA uptake occurred with those compounds possessing a N-methylpyridinium group; whereas, compounds that were methylated at the N{prime}-pyrrolidinium position were less effective or exhibited no inhibition of ({sup 3}H)DA uptake. The results suggest that high concentrations of quaternary N-methylated nicotine metabolites which are structurally related to the neurotoxin MPP{sup +}, and which may be formed in the CNS, may protect against Parkinson's Disease and explain the inverse relationship between smoking and Parkinsonism reported in epidemiologic studies.

  3. Characterization of phosphonium ionic liquids through a linear solvation energy relationship and their use as GLC stationary phases.


    Breitbach, Zachary S; Armstrong, Daniel W


    In recent years, room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) have proven to be of great interest to analytical chemists. One important development is the use of RTILs as highly thermally stable GLC stationary phases. To date, nearly all of the RTIL stationary phases have been nitrogen-based (ammonium, pyrrolidinium, imidazolium, etc.). In this work, eight new monocationic and three new dicationic phosphonium-based RTILs are used as gas-liquid chromatography (GLC) stationary phases. Inverse gas chromatography (GC) analyses are used to study the solvation properties of the phosphonium RTILs through a linear solvation energy model. This model describes the multiple solvation interactions that the phosphonium RTILs can undergo and is useful in understanding their properties. In addition, the phosphonium-based stationary phases are used to separate complex analyte mixtures by GLC. Results show that the small differences in the solvent properties of the phosphonium ILs compared with ammonium-based ILs will allow for different and unique separation selectivities. Also, the phosphonium-based stationary phases tend to be more thermally stable than nitrogen-based ILs, which is an advantage in many GC applications. PMID:18274737

  4. Extraction Separation of Rare-Earth Ions via Competitive Ligand Complexations between Aqueous and Ionic-Liquid Phases

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    Luo, Huimin; Sun, Xiaoqi; Bell, Jason R; Dai, Sheng


    The extraction separation of rare earth elements is the most challenging separation processes in hydrometallurgy and advanced nuclear fuel cycles. The TALSPEAK process (Trivalent Actinide Lanthanide Separations by Phosphorus-reagent Extraction from Aqueous Komplexes) is a prime example of these separation processes. The objective of this paper is to explore the use of ionic liquids (ILs) for the TALSPEAK-like process, to further enhance its extraction efficiencies for lanthanides, and to investigate the potential of using this modified TALSPEAK process for separation of lanthanides among themselves. Eight imidazolium ILs ([Cnmim][NTf2] and [Cnmim][BETI], n=4,6,8,10) and one pyrrolidinium IL ([C4mPy][NTf2]) were investigated as diluents using di(2-ethylhexyl)phosphoric acid (HDEHP) as an extractant for separation of lanthanide ions from aqueous solutions of 50 mM glycolic acid or citric acid and 5 mM diethylenetriamine pentaacetic acid (DTPA). The extraction efficiencies were studied in comparison with diisopropylbenzene (DIPB), an organic solvent used as diluent for the conventional TALSPEAK extraction system. Excellent extraction efficiencies and selectivities were found for a number of lanthanide ions using HDEHP as an extractant in these ILs. The effects of different alkyl chain lengths in the cations of ILs and anions on extraction efficiencies and selectivities of lanthanide ions are also presented in this paper.

  5. Effects of Two Fullerene Derivatives on Monocytes and Macrophages

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    Pacor, Sabrina; Grillo, Alberto; ?or?evi?, Luka; Zorzet, Sonia; Da Ros, Tatiana; Prato, Maurizio


    Two fullerene derivatives (fullerenes 1 and 2), bearing a hydrophilic chain on the pyrrolidinic nitrogen, were developed with the aim to deliver anticancer agents to solid tumors. These two compounds showed a significantly different behaviour on human neoplastic cell lines in vitro in respect to healthy leukocytes. In particular, the pyrrolidinium ring on the fullerene carbon cage brings to a more active compound. In the present work, we describe the effects of these fullerenes on primary cultures of human monocytes and macrophages, two kinds of immune cells representing the first line of defence in the immune response to foreign materials. These compounds are not recognized by circulating monocytes while they get into macrophages. The evaluation of the pronecrotic or proapoptotic effects, analysed by means of analysis of the purinergic receptor P2X7 activation and of ROS scavenging activity, has allowed us to show that fullerene 2, but not its analogue fullerene 1, displays toxicity, even though at concentrations higher than those shown to be active on neoplastic cells. PMID:26090460

  6. Effect of Monomer Structure on Curing Behavior, CO2 Solubility, and Gas Permeability of Ionic Liquid-Based Epoxy-Amine Resins and Ion-Gels

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    McDanel, WM; Cowan, MG; Barton, JA; Gin, DL; Noble, RD


    New imidazolium- and pyrrolidinium-based bis(epoxide)-functionalized ionic liquid (IL) monorners were synthesized: and reacted with multifunctional amine monomers to produce cross-linked, epoxy-amine poly(ionic liquid) (PIL) resins and PIL/IL ion-gel membranes. The length and chemical nature (i.e., alkyl versus ether) between the irrildazolium group and epokitie groups were studied to determine their effects on CO2 affinity. The CO2 uptake (millimoles per gram) of the epoxy amine resins (between 0.1 and 1 mmol/g) was found to depend predominately on the epoxide-to-amine ratio and the bis(epoxide) IL molecular weight. The effect of using a primary versus a secondary amine-containing multifunctional monoiner was also assessed for the resin-synthesis. Secondary amines can increase CO2 permeability but also increase the iime required for biS(epoxide) coriversion. When either the epoxide or athine monomer structure is changed, the CO2 solubility and permeability of the resulting PIL resins and ion-sel membranes can be tuned.

  7. Ionic liquids effects on the permeability of photosynthetic membranes probed by the electrochromic shift of endogenous carotenoids.


    Malferrari, Marco; Malferrari, Danilo; Francia, Francesco; Galletti, Paola; Tagliavini, Emilio; Venturoli, Giovanni


    Ionic liquids (ILs) are promising materials exploited as solvents and media in many innovative applications, some already used at the industrial scale. The chemical structure and physicochemical properties of ILs can differ significantly according to the specific applications for which they have been synthesized. As a consequence, their interaction with biological entities and toxicity can vary substantially. To select highly effective and minimally harmful ILs, these properties need to be investigated. Here we use the so called chromatophores - protein-phospholipid membrane vesicles obtained from the photosynthetic bacterium Rhodobacter sphaeroides- to assess the effects of imidazolinium and pyrrolidinium ILs, with chloride or dicyanamide as counter anions, on the ionic permeability of a native biological membrane. The extent and modalities by which these ILs affect the ionic conductivity can be studied in chromatophores by analyzing the electrochromic response of endogenous carotenoids, acting as an intramembrane voltmeter at the molecular level. We show that chromatophores represent an in vitro experimental model suitable to probe permeability changes induced in cell membranes by ILs differing in chemical nature, degree of oxygenation of the cationic moiety and counter anion. PMID:26343161

  8. Effect of cation type, alkyl chain length, adsorbate size on adsorption kinetics and isotherms of bromide ionic liquids from aqueous solutions onto microporous fabric and granulated activated carbons.


    Hassan, Safia; Duclaux, Laurent; Lvque, Jean-Marc; Reinert, Laurence; Farooq, Amjad; Yasin, Tariq


    The adsorption from aqueous solution of imidazolium, pyrrolidinium and pyridinium based bromide ionic liquids (ILs) having different alkyl chain lengths was investigated on two types of microporous activated carbons: a fabric and a granulated one, well characterized in terms of surface chemistry by "Boehm" titrations and pH of point of zero charge measurements and of porosity by N2 adsorption at 77K and CO2 adsorption at 273K. The influence of cation type, alkyl chain length and adsorbate size on the adsorption properties was analyzed by studying kinetics and isotherms of eight different ILs using conductivity measurements. Equilibrium studies were carried out at different temperatures in the range [25-55C]. The incorporation of ILs on the AC porosity was studied by N2 adsorption-desorption measurements at 77K. The experimental adsorption isotherms data showed a good correlation with the Langmuir model. Thermodynamic studies indicated that the adsorption of ILs onto activated carbons was an exothermic process, and that the removal efficiency increased with increase in alkyl chain length, due to the increase in hydrophobicity of long chain ILs cations determined with the evolution of the calculated octanol-water constant (Kow). The negative values of free energies indicated that adsorption of ILs with long chain lengths having hydrophobic cations was more spontaneous at the investigated temperatures. PMID:24929502

  9. Functionalized Fullerenes in Photodynamic Therapy

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    Huang, Ying-Ying; Sharma, Sulbha K.; Yin, Rui; Agrawal, Tanupriya; Chiang, Long Y.; Hamblin, Michael R.


    Since the discovery of C60 fullerene in 1985, scientists have been searching for biomedical applications of this most fascinating of molecules. The unique photophysical and photochemical properties of C60 suggested that the molecule would function well as a photosensitizer in photodynamic therapy (PDT). PDT uses the combination of non-toxic dyes and harmless visible light to produce reactive oxygen species that kill unwanted cells. However the extreme insolubility and hydrophobicity of pristine C60, mandated that the cage be functionalized with chemical groups that provided water solubility and biological targeting ability. It has been found that cationic quaternary ammonium groups provide both these features, and this review covers work on the use of cationic fullerenes to mediate destruction of cancer cells and pathogenic microorganisms in vitro and describes the treatment of tumors and microbial infections in mouse models. The design, synthesis, and use of simple pyrrolidinium salts, more complex decacationic chains, and light-harvesting antennae that can be attached to C60, C70 and C84 cages are covered. In the case of bacterial wound infections mice can be saved from certain death by fullerene-mediated PDT. PMID:25544837

  10. Photodetachment, electron cooling, and recombination, in a series of neat aliphatic room temperature ionic liquids

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    Molins i Domenech, Francesc; Healy, Andrew T.; Blank, David A.


    Transient absorption following photodetachment of a series of neat methyl-alkyl-pyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)amides at 6.20 eV was measured with sub-picosecond time resolution in the visible and near-IR portions of the spectrum. This series spans the onset of structuring in the liquids in the form of polarity alternation. Excitation promotes the electron into a delocalized state with a very large reactive radius. Strong transient absorption is observed in the visible spectrum with a 700 fs lifetime, and much weaker, long-lived absorption is observed in the near-IR spectrum. Absorption in the visible is shown to be consistent with the hole, and absorption in the near-IR is assigned to the free solvated electron. Yield of free electrons is estimated at 4%, is insensitive to the size of the cation, and is determined in less than 1 ps. Solvation of free electrons depends strongly on the size of the cation and correlates well with the viscosity of the liquid. In addition to radiolytic stability of the aliphatic cations, ultrafast, efficient recombination of separated charge in NTf2 - based ionic liquids following photo-excitation near the band-gap may prevent subsequent reactive damage associated with anions.

  11. Probing HSA-ionic liquid interactions by spectroscopic and molecular docking methods.


    Kumari, Meena; Maurya, Jitendra Kumar; Tasleem, Munazzah; Singh, Prashant; Patel, Rajan


    Herein, we report the interaction of synthesized pyrrolidinium based ionic liquid, N-butyl-N-methyl-2-oxopyrrolidinium bromide (BMOP) with human serum albumin (HSA). The BMOP was characterized by using (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR and FT-IR techniques. The critical micelle concentration (cmc) of BMOP was confirmed by surface tension, conductivity and contact angle measurements. The interactions between HSA and BMOP were studied by steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence, UV-visible, FT-IR spectroscopic and molecular docking methods. The steady-state fluorescence spectra showed that BMOP quenched the fluorescence of HSA through combined quenching mechanism. Corresponding thermodynamic parameters viz. Gibbs free energy change (?G), entropy change (?S) and enthalpy change (?H) illustrated that the binding process was spontaneous and entropy driven. It is also suggested that hydrophobic forces play a key role in the binding of BMOP to HSA. In addition, the pyrene probe analysis again suggests the involvement of hydrophobic interaction in HSA-BMOP complex formation. Surface tension profile showed that the cmc value of BMOP in the presence of HSA is higher than the cmc value of pure BMOP. The FT-IR results show a conformational change in the secondary structure of HSA upon the addition of BMOP. The molecular docking result indicated that BMOP binds with HSA at hydrophobic pocket domain IIA with hydrophobic and hydrogen bond interactions in which hydrophobic interactions are dominating. PMID:24911269

  12. Ionic liquids for rechargeable lithium batteries

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    Salminen, Justin; Papaiconomou, Nicolas; Kerr, John; Prausnitz,John; Newman, John


    We have investigated possible anticipated advantages of ionic-liquid electrolytes for use in lithium-ion batteries. Thermal stabilities and phase behavior were studied by thermal gravimetric analysis and differential scanning calorimetry. The ionic liquids studied include various imidazoliumTFSI systems, pyrrolidiniumTFSI, BMIMPF{sub 6}, BMIMBF{sub 4}, and BMIMTf. Thermal stabilities were measured for neat ionic liquids and for BMIMBF{sub 4}-LiBF{sub 4}, BMIMTf-LiTf, BMIMTFSI-LiTFSI mixtures. Conductivities have been measured for various ionic-liquid lithium-salt systems. We show the development of interfacial impedance in a Li|BMIMBF{sub 4} + LiBF{sub 4}|Li cell and we report results from cycling experiments for a Li|BMIMBF{sub 4} + 1 mol/kg LIBF{sub 4}|C cell. The interfacial resistance increases with time and the ionic liquid reacts with the lithium electrode. As expected, imidazolium-based ionic liquids react with lithium electrodes. We seek new ionic liquids that have better chemical stabilities.

  13. One-step hydrothermal synthesis of mesoporous anatase TiO? microsphere and interfacial control for enhanced lithium storage performance.


    Lee, Kyung-Ho; Song, Seung-Wan


    Mesoporous TiO(2) anatase microspheres consisting of self-assembled nanocrystals have been synthesized by a one-step hydrothermal method at 120 (o)C using titanium-peroxo complex, without a post-calcination process. Transmission and scanning electron microscopic imaging reveal that diamond-shaped nanocrystals as primary particles, which are 20 nm in average width and 50 nm in length and oriented with (101) plane of anatase phase, are aggregated to form a secondary microsphere particle with 0.5-1 ?m in diameter. BET analysis data show that the TiO(2) anatase particles possess significantly large surface area of 254 m(2) g(-1) with the pore size of ?14 nm. Mesoporous TiO(2) anatase anode shows an enhanced lithium storage performance in pyrrolidinium-based ionic liquid electrolyte diluted with ethyl methyl carbonate, delivering 195 - 150 mAhg(-1) at the C/2 rate with 77 % capacity retention and 98-99 % Coulombic efficiencies over 50 cycles despite the absence of surface carbon-coating. AC impedance analysis results reveal that the formation of a stable solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) layer in diluted ionic liquid electrolyte induces the enhanced cycling performance. Control of electrode-electrolyte interfacial compatibility enables the enhancement of cycling performance and the preservation of microstructure. The data contribute to provide cost-efficient synthetic method for the TiO(2) and the interfacial control aspect of performance control for safer batteries. PMID:21848346

  14. Functionalized fullerenes in photodynamic therapy.


    Huang, Ying-Ying; Sharma, Sulbha K; Yin, Rui; Agrawal, Tanupriya; Chiang, Long Y; Hamblin, Michael R


    Since the discovery of C60 fullerene in 1985, scientists have been searching for biomedical applications of this most fascinating of molecules. The unique photophysical and photochemical properties of C60 suggested that the molecule would function well as a photosensitizer in photodynamic therapy (PDT). PDT uses the combination of non-toxic dyes and harmless visible light to produce reactive oxygen species that kill unwanted cells. However the extreme insolubility and hydrophobicity of pristine CO60, mandated that the cage be functionalized with chemical groups that provided water solubility and biological targeting ability. It has been found that cationic quaternary ammonium groups provide both these features, and this review covers work on the use of cationic fullerenes to mediate destruction of cancer cells and pathogenic microorganisms in vitro and describes the treatment of tumors and microbial infections in mouse models. The design, synthesis, and use of simple pyrrolidinium salts, more complex decacationic chains, and light-harvesting antennae that can be attached to C60, C70 and C84 cages are covered. In the case of bacterial wound infections mice can be saved from certain death by fullerene-mediated PDT. PMID:25544837

  15. Aqueous biphasic systems composed of ionic liquids and sodium carbonate as enhanced routes for the extraction of tetracycline.


    Marques, Carlos F C; Mouro, Teresa; Neves, Catarina M S S; Lima, Alvaro S; Boal-Palheiros, Isabel; Coutinho, Joo A P; Freire, Mara G


    Aqueous biphasic systems (ABS) using ionic liquids (ILs) offer an alternative approach for the extraction, recovery, and purification of biomolecules through their partitioning between two aqueous liquid phases. In this work, the ability of a wide range of ILs to form ABS with aqueous solutions of Na2 CO3 was evaluated. The ABS formed by IL?+?water?+?Na2 CO3 were determined at 25C, and the respective solubility curves, tie-lines, and tie-line lengths are reported. The studied ILs share the common chloride anion, allowing the IL cation core, the cation isomerism, the presence of functionalized groups, and alkyl side chain length effects to be evaluated. An increase in the cation side alkyl chain length leads to a higher ability for liquid-liquid demixing whereas different positional isomers and the presence of an allyl group have no major influence in the phase diagrams behavior. Quaternary phosphonium- and ammonium-based fluids are more able to form an ABS when compared with imidazolium-, pyridinium-, pyrrolidinium-, and piperidium-based ILs. Moreover, the presence of an aromatic cation core has no major contribution to the formation of ABS when compared to the respective nonaromatic counterparts. Finally, to appraise on the systems applicability in downstream processing, selected systems were used for the partitioning of tetracyclines (neutral and salt forms) - a class of antibiotics produced by bacteria fermentation. Single-step extraction efficiencies for the IL-rich phase were always higher than 99% and confirm the great potential of ILs to be applied in the biotechnological field. PMID:23420737

  16. CNT loading into cationic cholesterol suspensions show improved DNA binding and serum stability and ability to internalize into cancer cells

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    Chhikara, Bhupender S.; Misra, Santosh K.; Bhattacharya, Santanu


    Methods which disperse single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) in water as debundled, while maintaining their unique physical properties are highly useful. We present here a family of cationic cholesterol compounds (Chol+) {Cholest-5en-3?-oxyethyl pyridinium bromide (Chol-PB+), Cholest-5en-3?-oxyethyl N-methyl pyrrolidinium bromide (Chol-MPB+), Cholest-5en-3?-oxyethyl N-methyl morpholinium bromide (Chol-MMB+) and Cholest-5en-3?-oxyethyl diazabicyclo octanium bromide (Chol-DOB+)}. Each of these could be easily dispersed in water. The resulting cationic cholesterol (Chol+) suspensions solubilized single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) by the non-specific physical adsorption of Chol+ to form stable, transparent, dark aqueous suspensions at room temperature. Electron microscopy reveals the existence of highly segregated CNTs in these samples. Zeta potential measurements showed an increase in potential of cationic cholesterol aggregates on addition of CNTs. The CNT-Chol+ suspensions were capable of forming stable complexes with genes (DNA) efficiently. The release of double-helical DNA from such CNT-Chol+ complexes could be induced upon the addition of anionic micellar solution of SDS. Furthermore, the CNT-based DNA complexes containing cationic cholesterol aggregates showed higher stability in fetal bovine serum media at physiological conditions. Confocal studies confirm that CNT-Chol+ formulations adhere to HeLa cell surfaces and get internalized more efficiently than the cationic cholesterol suspensions alone (devoid of any CNTs). These cationic cholesterol-CNT suspensions therefore appear to be a promising system for further use in biological applications.

  17. Protic ionic liquids with fluorous anions: physicochemical properties and self-assembly nanostructure.


    Shen, Yan; Kennedy, Danielle F; Greaves, Tamar L; Weerawardena, Asoka; Mulder, Roger J; Kirby, Nigel; Song, Gonghua; Drummond, Calum J


    A series of 11 new protic ionic liquids with fluorous anions (FPILs) have been identified and their self-assembled nanostructure, thermal phase transitions and physicochemical properties were investigated. To the best of our knowledge this is the first time that fluorocarbon domains have been reported in PILs. The FPILs were prepared from a range of hydrocarbon alkyl and heterocyclic amine cations in combination with the perfluorinated anions heptafluorobutyrate and pentadecafluorooctanoate. The nanostructure of the FPILs was established by using small- and wide-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS and WAXS). In the liquid state many of the FPILs showed an intermediate range order, or self-assembled nanostructure, resulting from segregation of the polar and nonpolar hydrocarbon and fluorocarbon domains of the ionic liquid. In addition, the physicochemical properties of the FPILs were determined including the melting point (T(m)), glass transition (T(g)), devitrification temperature (T(c)), thermal stability and the density ?, viscosity ?, air/liquid surface tension ?(LV), refractive index n(D), and ionic conductivity ?. The FPILs were mostly solids at room temperature, however two examples 2-pyrrolidinonium heptafluorobutyrate (PyrroBF) and pyrrolidinium heptafluorobutyrate (PyrrBF) were liquids at room temperature and all of the FPILs melted below 80 C. Four of the FPILs exhibited a glass transition. The two liquids at room temperature, PyrroBF and PyrrBF, had a similar density, surface tension and refractive index but their viscosity and ionic conductivity were very different due to dissimilar self-assembled nanostructure. PMID:22569799

  18. The effect of the cation alkyl chain branching on mutual solubilities with water and toxicities

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    Kurnia, Kiki A.; Sintra, Tnia E.; Neves, Catarina M. S. S.; Shimizu, Karina; Lopes, Jos N. Canongia; Gonalves, Fernando; Ventura, Snia P. M.; Freire, Mara G.; Santos, Lus M. N. B. F.; Coutinho, Joo A. P.


    The design of ionic liquids has been focused on the cation-anion combinations but other more subtle approaches can be used. In this work the effect of the branching of the cation alkyl chain on the design of ionic liquids (ILs) is evaluated. The mutual solubilities with water and toxicities of a series of bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)-based ILs, combined with imidazolium, pyridinium, pyrrolidinium, and piperidinium cations with linear or branched alkyl chains, are reported. The mutual solubility measurements were carried out in the temperature range from (288.15 to 323.15) K. From the obtained experimental data, the thermodynamic properties of the solution (in the water-rich phase) were determined and discussed. The COnductor like Screening MOdel for Real Solvents (COSMO-RS) was used to predict the liquid-liquid equilibrium. Furthermore, molecular dynamic simulations were also carried out aiming to get a deeper understanding of these fluids at the molecular level. The results show that the increase in the number of atoms at the cation ring (from five to six) leads to a decrease in the mutual solubilities with water while increasing their toxicity, and as expected from the well-established relationship between toxicities and hydrophobicities of ILs. The branching of the alkyl chain was observed to decrease the water solubility in ILs, while increasing the ILs solubility in water. The inability of COSMO-RS to correctly predict the effect of branching alkyl chains toward water solubility on them was confirmed using molecular dynamic simulations to be due to the formation of nano-segregated structures of the ILs that are not taken into account by the COSMO-RS model. In addition, the impact of branched alkyl chains on the toxicity is shown to be not trivial and to depend on the aromatic nature of the ILs. PMID:25119425

  19. Designed Chemical Intervention with Thiols for Prophylactic Contraception

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    Jain, Ashish; Verma, Vikas; Sharma, Vikas; Kushwaha, Bhavana; Lal, Nand; Kumar, Lalit; Rawat, Tara; Dwivedi, Anil K.; Maikhuri, Jagdamba P.; Sharma, Vishnu L.; Gupta, Gopal


    Unlike somatic cells, sperm have several-fold more available-thiols that are susceptible to redox-active agents. The present study explains the mechanism behind the instant sperm-immobilizing and trichomonacidal activities of pyrrolidinium pyrrolidine-1-carbodithioate (PPC), a novel thiol agent rationally created for prophylactic contraception by minor chemical modifications of some known thiol drugs. PPC, and its three derivatives (with potential active-site blocked by alkylation), were synthesized and evaluated against live human sperm and metronidazole-susceptible and resistant Trichomonas vaginalis, in vitro. Sperm hexokinase activity was evaluated by coupled enzyme assay. PPC irreversibly immobilized 100% human sperm in ?30 seconds and totally eliminated Trichomonas vaginalis more efficiently than nonoxynol-9 and metronidazole. It significantly inhibited (P<0.001) thiol-sensitive sperm hexokinase. However, the molecule completely lost all its biological activities once its thiol group was blocked by alkylation. PPC was subsequently formulated into a mucoadhesive vaginal film using GRaS excipients and evaluated for spermicidal and microbicidal activities (in vitro), and contraceptive efficacy in rabbits. PPC remained fully active in quick-dissolving, mucoadhesive vaginal-film formulation, and these PPC-films significantly reduced pregnancy and fertility rates in rabbits. The films released ?90% of PPC in simulated vaginal fluid (pH 4.2) at 37C in 5 minutes, in vitro. We have thus discovered a common target (reactive thiols) on chiefly-anaerobic, redox-sensitive cells like sperm and Trichomonas, which is susceptible to designed chemical interference for prophylactic contraception. The active thiol in PPC inactivates sperm and Trichomonas via interference with crucial sulfhydryl-disulfide based reactions, e.g. hexokinase activation in human sperm. In comparison to non-specific surfactant action of OTC spermicide nonoxynol-9, the action of thiol-active PPC is apparently much more specific, potent and safe. PPC presents a proof-of-concept for prophylactic contraception via manipulation of thiols in vagina for selective targeting of sperm and Trichomonas, and qualifies as a promising lead for the development of dually protective vaginal-contraceptive. PMID:23826278

  20. Effects of Aromaticity in Cations and Their Functional Groups on the Low-Frequency Spectra and Physical Properties of Ionic Liquids.


    Shirota, Hideaki; Matsuzaki, Hironori; Ramati, Sharon; Wishart, James F


    We have critically investigated the low-frequency spectra of six ionic liquids (ILs) consisting of systematically different cations having benzyl moieties or comparable-sized saturated cyclohexylmethyl groups, by means of femtosecond Raman-induced Kerr effect spectroscopy (fs-RIKES). The target ionic liquids are bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)amide ([NTf2](-)) salts of the 1-benzyl-3-methylimidazolium ([BzMIm](+)), 1-benzyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium ([BzMPyrr](+)), 1-benzylpyridinium ([BzPy](+)), 1-cyclohexylmethyl-3-methylimidazolium ([CHxmMIm](+)), 1-cyclohexylmethyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium ([CHxmMPyrr](+)), and 1-cyclohexylmethylpyridinium ([CHxmPy](+)) cations. The primary purpose of this study is to clarify the effects of charged and neutral aromatic moieties on the low-frequency spectrum and bulk properties such as liquid density, surface tension, shear viscosity, glass transition temperature, and melting point. We found that ILs with benzyl groups have larger surface tensions than those with the same cation bearing the cyclohexylmethyl group. The trend in the glass transition temperatures, comparing ILs having the same side group, is pyridinium > imidazolium > pyrrolidinium. The effects of a single aromatic moiety on the shear viscosity are inconclusive, although the viscosities of the ILs with aromatic moieties on both the cation and the benzyl group, i.e., [BzMIm][NTf2] and [BzPy][NTf2], are substantially lower than those of the other ILs at room temperature, as a consequence of their higher fragilities. In the low-frequency Kerr spectra in the frequency range of approximately 0.1 to 200 cm(-1) measured by fs-RIKES, the ILs possessing two aromatic groups show the largest relative intensity of the nuclear response to the electronic response. Both the charged and neutral aromatic rings show signals due to the ring libration; the neutral one appears at a lower frequency than the charged one. The relationship between the first moment of the broad low-frequency spectrum band and the bulk parameter consisting of the square root of the surface tension divided by the liquid density is obeyed by the cyclohexylmethyl derivatives whether the cation is aromatic or not, but not by the ILs with the neutral aromatic benzyl group. Quantum chemistry calculations have been also performed to understand the vibrational modes of the ionic species in the ILs. PMID:25389916