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EPSRC Reference: GR/L58156/01
Title: CATALYTIC REDOX CHEMISTRY IN IONIC LIQUIDS: NEOTERIC SOLVENTS FOR CLEAN SYNTHESIS
Principal Investigator: Seddon, Professor K
Other Investigators:
Xiao, Professor J Weatherley, Professor LR Kozhevnikov, Professor I
Derouane, Professor E
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Department: Pure & Applied Chemistry
Organisation: Queen's University of Belfast
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 24 March 1998 Ends: 23 September 2001 Value (£): 83,335
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Complex fluids & soft solids
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
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This proposal concentrates on the development of room-temperature ionic liquids as media for the catalytic reduction and oxidation of organic substrates of industrial interest - crucial areas for industrial clean synthesis (see Cleanline 7, December 1996, pp. 4-5). Our aim is to invesigate systems where the source of reduction and oxidation are dihydrogen and dioxygen, respectively. Reaction media investigated will include 1-methyl - 3- alkylimidazolium salts of acetate, trifluroroacetate and tetrafluoroborate. The solvent systems will be developed, characterized and tested in Prof. Seddon's laboratories, reactors will be designed and optimised in Prof. Weatherley's laboratories, and the catalytic process developed in the Leverhulme Centre. The programme is strongly interactive between the two centres (Belfast and Liverpool), and will provide excellent training in both reactive chemistry and chemical engineering for the students.
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