Intermolecular dynamics, interactions, and solvation in ionic liquids

Edward W. Castner, James F. Wishart, Hideaki Shirota

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

200 Citations (Scopus)


Ionic liquids can simultaneously assume multiple solvent roles, because they are strongly polar and polarizable solvents and binary solutions and frequently contain very hydrophobic components. When the cation and anion functional groups are tuned appropriately, ionic liquids can be used as designer solvents for a broad range of applications. In this Account, we discuss our spectroscopic studies on the intermolecular interactions, dynamics, solvation, transport, and friction in ionic liquids, as compared with information obtained from macroscopic experiments including viscometry and calorimetry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1217-1227
Number of pages11
JournalAccounts of chemical research
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2007


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)

Cite this