Spontaneous emulsification in ionic liquid/water systems and its use for templating of solids

Soft Matter. 2014 Jun 7;10(21):3798-805. doi: 10.1039/c4sm00213j. Epub 2014 Apr 4.


We report on the spontaneous formation of nano-sized ionic liquid/water (IL/W) emulsions in a simple system solely composed of an IL and aqueous solution of an inorganic salt. The IL ions play a dual role, that of both a surfactant and the dispersed phase. No extra surfactant is needed to promote emulsification. Droplets generation at the IL/W interface is captured by nanoparticulate and porous films that imprint the morphology of this unstable interface. The emulsion droplets are employed to create core-shell microcrystals with potential functionality.

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  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't