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U.K. Research Team Embarks on Replacing Solvents with Ionic Liquids

8:37 AM MST | January 11, 2010 | Alex Scott

Researchers at the University of Leicester’s (Leicester, U.K.) chemistry department say they are developing new ways of replacing harmful, carcinogenic, or toxic acids and electrolytes, currently used in commercial applications, with ionic liquids. The department has received more than €1 million ($1.45 million) to undertake its research. Newly developed ionic liquids can be employed as a “drop-in” replacement technology, and perform as well as-or even better than-existing processes, the researchers say.   The funding will be used to...

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