Mesoscopic structural organization in triphilic room temperature ionic liquids

Olga Russina, Fabrizio Lo Celso, Marco Di Michiel, Stefano Passerini, Giovanni Battista Appetecchi, Franca Castiglione, Andrea Mele, Ruggero Caminiti, Alessandro Triolo

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Room temperature ionic liquids are one of the most exciting classes of materials in the last decade. The interest for these low melting, ionic compounds stems from both their technological impact and the stimulating plethora of structural and dynamic peculiarities in the mesoscopic space-time scales. It is nowadays well-established that they are characterised by an enhanced degree of mesoscopic order originating from their inherent amphiphilicity. In this contribution we highlight the existence of a further degree of mesoscopic complexity when dealing with RTILs bearing a medium length fluorous tail: such triphilic materials (they simultaneously contain polar, hydrophobic and fluorophilic moieties that mutually segregate from each other) turn out to be highly structurally compartmentalised at the mesoscopic level, thus paving the way to new smart applications for this new class of RTILs. © The Royal Society of Chemistry.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)499 - 513
Number of pages15
JournalFaraday Discussions
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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Russina, O., Lo Celso, F., Di Michiel, M., Passerini, S., Appetecchi, G. B., Castiglione, F., ... Triolo, A. (2013). Mesoscopic structural organization in triphilic room temperature ionic liquids. Faraday Discussions, 167, 499 - 513.