Effects of water and methanol on the molecular organization of 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate as functions of pressure and concentration.

Abstract

The structural organization in mixtures of 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([bmim][BF(4)])/water or methanol was studied by infrared spectroscopy. No drastic change in the concentration dependence of the alkyl C-H band frequency was observed at high concentration of the ionic liquid. This behavior indicates a clustering of the ionic liquid in alkyl regions. Nevertheless, the presence of methanol significantly perturbs the ionic liquid-ionic liquid associations in the imidazolium region. On the basis of the responses to change in pressure and concentration, two different types of O-H species, i.e., free O-H and bonded O-H, were observed in the O-H stretching region. For [bmim][BF(4)]/water mixtures, the compression leads to loss of the free O-H band intensity. It is likely that free O-H is switched to bonded O-H as high pressures are applied. For [bmim][BF(4)]/methanol mixtures, the free O-H is still stable under high pressures.

DOI: 10.1063/1.2958256

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@article{Chang2008EffectsOW, title={Effects of water and methanol on the molecular organization of 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate as functions of pressure and concentration.}, author={Hai-Chou Chang and Jyh-Chiang Jiang and You-Chang Liou and Chao-Hsin Hung and Ting-Yun Lai and S. H. Lin}, journal={The Journal of chemical physics}, year={2008}, volume={129 4}, pages={044506} }