0 Replies Latest reply on Nov 1, 2012 10:32 AM by Stanley Seelig

    Are ionic liquids solvents or surfactants or both?  Which may be a better application?

    Stanley Seelig


      Ionic liquids have been mostly viewed as green solvents according to millions of literature references.  But when used in small quantities (less than 1 wt%), they behave as surfactants.  Considering the expense of manufacture, ionic liquids can get a much broader use as a surfactant additive that would perform better than other surfactants.  This was the idea when I first worked with ionic liquids in the 1980's as a specialty additive for a solvent cleaning and drying application.  Any comments?