Effect of water and oxygen traces on the cathodic stability of N-alkyl-N-methylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide

Sara Randström, Maria Montanino, Giovanni B. Appetecchi, Carina Lagergren, Angelo Moreno, Stefano Passerini

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Although research in the field of ionic liquids for electrochemical applications has led to a deeper knowledge in their electrochemical properties, doubts in the interpretation of the experimental results are still encountered in the literature due to the poor control of the experimental conditions and/or to the limited number of experiments conducted. In this work, the effect of water and oxygen traces on the cathodic stability window of hydrophobic, air-stable ionic liquids composed of N-alkyl-N-methylpyrrolidinium (PYR1A+) cations and bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (TFSI-) anion, is reported. The extensive investigation performed by linear sweep voltammetry (LSV) and cyclic voltammetry (CV) indicates that the TFSI-anion is cathodically stable if the ionic liquid is pure and dry. The N-alkyl-N-methylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide ionic liquids investigated showed featureless cathodic linear sweep voltammetry curves before the massive cation decomposition took place at very low potentials. © 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6397 - 6401
Number of pages5
JournalElectrochimica Acta
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 20 Sep 2008


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Electrochemistry

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