Do all ionic liquids need organic cations? Characterisation of [AlCl2nAmide]+ AlCl4 and comparison with imidazolium based systems

Andrew Ballantyne, Andrew Abbott, Karl S Ryder, Hadi Abood

Research output: Contribution to JournalLetter


The addition of a simple amide to AlCl3 causes the formation of a liquid of the form [AlCl2nAmide]+ AlCl4. The material thus produced is liquid over a wide temperature range, is relatively insensitive to water and has the properties of an ionic liquid. This
ionic liquid is shown to be a suitable medium for the acetylation of ferrocene and the electrodeposition of aluminium and demonstrated that quaternary ammonium cations are not always needed to form ionic liquids.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3523-3525
Number of pages3
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 25 Jan 2011


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