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Ionic Liquid Interface Dynamcis

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
 Total cost 2˙498˙125 €
 EC max contribution 2˙498˙125 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-AdG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-10-01   to  2021-09-30


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 Project objective

The aim of the project is to take the ground-breaking step from our present knowledge of static properties to the understanding and control of dynamical processes at ionic liquid interfaces. Ionic liquids (ILs) are chosen as model systems for liquids in general for two reasons: First, their structural diversity allows their properties to be tailored over a wide range, and second, they can be studied using the extremely powerful methods of surface science in ultra-high vacuum due to their low vapor pressure. Such studies cannot be performed for conventional liquids, since they evaporate. ILs are not only relevant from a fundamental point of view, but also for a variety of applications. In catalysis, two new concepts have been put forward: Supported Ionic Liquid Phase (SILP) and Solid Catalyst with Ionic Liquid Layer (SCILL). In both, a high surface area solid substrate is covered with a thin IL film, which contains a dissolved metal complex for SILP, or which modifies active sites at the support for SCILL. For these and other applications, a fundamental understanding of the dynamical processes at the gas/IL and/or IL/support interfaces is strongly needed, but does not exist. Equally important, but even more challenging, is the investigation of the dynamics of chemical reactions in ILs, also under electrochemical conditions. Therefore, the applicant proposes a multi-method approach with new and unique setups to follow these dynamical processes in real time, that is, while they occur. Towards this goal, four key topics will be addressed: (A) How do gases pass through the gas/liquid interface? (B) How does the liquid/solid interface form? (C) Real-time studies of reactions in ILs, and (D) Real-time studies of electrochemical processes in ILs. The achieved insight will then enable to control the processes at the molecular level by tailoring the properties of the ILs. This promises a breakthrough not only for ILs, but for liquid interfaces in general.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Benjamin May, Michael Hönle, Bettina Heller, Francesco Greco, Radha Bhuin, Hans-Peter Steinrück, Florian Maier
Surface-Induced Changes in the Thermochromic Transformation of an Ionic Liquid Cobalt Thiocyanate Complex
published pages: 1137-1141, ISSN: 1948-7185, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.7b00142
The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 8/6 2019-06-14
2018 Karina Shimizu, Bettina S. J. Heller, Florian Maier, Hans-Peter Steinrück, José N. Canongia Lopes
Probing the Surface Tension of Ionic Liquids Using the Langmuir Principle
published pages: 4408-4416, ISSN: 0743-7463, DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.7b04237
Langmuir 34/14 2019-06-14
2018 Matthias Lexow, Timo Talwar, Bettina S. J. Heller, Benjamin May, Radha G. Bhuin, Florian Maier, Hans-Peter Steinrück
Time-dependent changes in the growth of ultrathin ionic liquid films on Ag(111)
published pages: 12929-12938, ISSN: 1463-9076, DOI: 10.1039/c8cp01411f
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 20/18 2019-06-14
2017 F. Maier, I. Niedermaier, H.-P. Steinrück
Perspective: Chemical reactions in ionic liquids monitored through the gas (vacuum)/liquid interface
published pages: 170901, ISSN: 0021-9606, DOI: 10.1063/1.4982355
The Journal of Chemical Physics 146/17 2019-06-14
2018 Bettina S. J. Heller, Claudia Kolbeck, Inga Niedermaier, Sabine Dommer, Jürgen Schatz, Patricia Hunt, Florian Maier, Hans-Peter Steinrück
Surface Enrichment in Equimolar Mixtures of Non-Functionalized and Functionalized Imidazolium-Based Ionic Liquids
published pages: 1733-1745, ISSN: 1439-4235, DOI: 10.1002/cphc.201800216
ChemPhysChem 19/14 2019-06-13
2019 Radha G. Bhuin, Patrick Schreiber, Bettina S.J. Heller, Marlene Scheuermeyer, Peter Wasserscheid, Hans-Peter Steinrück, Florian Maier
Surface behavior of low-temperature molten salt mixtures during the transition from liquid to solid
published pages: 290-296, ISSN: 0167-7322, DOI: 10.1016/j.molliq.2018.11.056
Journal of Molecular Liquids 275 2019-05-22
2019 Benjamin May, Matthias Lexow, Nicola Taccardi, Hans-Peter Steinrück, Florian Maier
Reactions of a Polyhalide Ionic Liquid with Copper, Silver, and Gold
published pages: 15-22, ISSN: 2191-1363, DOI: 10.1002/open.201800149
ChemistryOpen 8/1 2019-05-22
2018 Matthias Lexow, Bettina S. J. Heller, Gabriel Partl, Radha G. Bhuin, Florian Maier, Hans-Peter Steinrück
Cation Exchange at the Interfaces of Ultrathin Films of Fluorous Ionic Liquids on Ag(111)
published pages: 398-405, ISSN: 0743-7463, DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.8b03517
Langmuir 35/2 2019-05-22
2018 Matthias Lexow, Bettina S. J. Heller, Florian Maier, Hans-Peter Steinrück
Anion Exchange at the Liquid/Solid Interface of Ultrathin Ionic Liquid Films on Ag(111)
published pages: 2978-2984, ISSN: 1439-4235, DOI: 10.1002/cphc.201800773
ChemPhysChem 19/22 2019-05-22
2019 Vicent Lloret, Miguel Ángel Rivero-Crespo, José Alejandro Vidal-Moya, Stefan Wild, Antonio Doménech-Carbó, Bettina S. J. Heller, Sunghwan Shin, Hans-Peter Steinrück, Florian Maier, Frank Hauke, Maria Varela, Andreas Hirsch, Antonio Leyva-Pérez, Gonzalo Abellán
Few layer 2D pnictogens catalyze the alkylation of soft nucleophiles with esters
published pages: 509, ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-08063-3
Nature Communications 10/1 2019-05-15

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