Applications of ionic liquids in the chemical industry

Chem Soc Rev. 2008 Jan;37(1):123-50. doi: 10.1039/b006677j. Epub 2007 Nov 30.


In contrast to a recently expressed, and widely cited, view that "Ionic liquids are starting to leave academic labs and find their way into a wide variety of industrial applications", we demonstrate in this critical review that there have been parallel and collaborative exchanges between academic research and industrial developments since the materials were first reported in 1914 (148 references).