Biphasic extraction, recovery and identification of organic and inorganic compounds with ionic liquids

Rico E. Del Sesto, Andrew T. Koppisch, David T. Fox, Mattie R. Jones, Katherine S. Lovejoy, Tyler E. Stevens, Todd C. Monson

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New methods aimed at extraction and identification of contaminants and trace compounds are critical for a number of technological areas that greatly impact our society. Current methods to extract bulk or trace compounds from various sources often use volatile organic compounds or exhaustive treatment processes that also tend to destroy important chemical signatures needed for identification of contaminants. We have utilized ionic liquid extractants that are non-toxic and non-flammable, and that can quantitatively remove dissolved organic and inorganic contaminants from aqueous systems and solids. Additionally, complete recovery of trace analytes can be immediately followed by isolation and identification through standard analytical methods. The versatility of these new liquid extractants therefore provides a high-yielding recovery and single-pot approach to enhance identification of water contaminants and aid in forensic investigation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIonic Liquids
Subtitle of host publicationCurrent State and Future Directions
EditorsAaron M. Scurto, Mark B. Shiflett
PublisherAmerican Chemical Society
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9780841232129
StatePublished - 2017

Publication series

NameACS Symposium Series
ISSN (Print)0097-6156
ISSN (Electronic)1947-5918

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering


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