HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Designer solvents promise revolutionary pollution solution

SAN DIEGO - New designer liquids that can replace hazardous and polluting organic solvents are poised to revolutionize industrial chemistry and dramatically reduce pollution at its source, according to researchers.

The designer solvents, known as ionic liquids, are the subject of a major five-day symposium, April 1-5, at the 221st national meeting of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society. More than 80 papers will be presented during the symposium.

"Ionic liquids mean that organic chemistry has entered the 21st century. Things will never be the same again," says leading green chemist Ken Seddon, Ph.D., a professor at Queen's University of Belfast in Northern Ireland and one of the symposium's organizers.

Ionic liquids, which are chemically similar to table salt, are liquid at room temperature. Table salt doesn't turn into a liquid until it's heated to nearly 1500 F (800 C).

Unlike organic solvents, many ionic liquids do not evaporate or escape into the atmosphere easily. Another advantage of the liquids is that they can be recycled and reused as solvents many times. Solvents are widely used in many industries, and by individuals, for cleaning, degreasing, stripping and thinning. Examples of well-known organic solvents include acetone, kerosene and naphtha. Ionic liquids can be tailor-made to dissolve a vast range of substances.

The potential market for ionic liquids is huge. Currently, about $6 billion worth of organic solvents are used worldwide by the petrochemical and pharmaceutical industries. A French company already is using ionic liquids to manufacture plasticizers, chemicals that soften brittle plastics.

Researchers have also designed and synthesized ionic liquids that remove cadmium and mercury from water, which could be used to clean up industrial effluent. When ionic liquids come in contact with contaminated water, they snatch and sequester met
'"/>

Contact: Charmayne Marsh
202-872-4445
American Chemical Society
25-Mar-2001


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Designer diseases
2. Designer proteins
3. Designer molecules correct RNA splicing defects: New strategy for treating many diseases
4. Designer animals made easy
5. Designer diets: ACS symposium will explore relationships between diet and genes, August 28-29
6. Designer chemical offers Alzheimers hope
7. Designer Molecules: Largest Protein Ever Created From Scratch Has Implications For Novel Drug Delivery And Diagnostics
8. Constructing "Designer" Plant Enzymes
9. Veterinary Memorial Fund transforms grief into promise
10. Chemical derived from vitamin-E shows early promise as cancer drug
11. Cancer vaccine based on pathogenic listeria bacteria shows promise targeting metastases

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:4/11/2017)... N.Y. , April 11, 2017 ... fingerprints, but researchers at the New York University ... College of Engineering have found that partial similarities ... security systems used in mobile phones and other ... thought. The vulnerability lies in the ...
(Date:4/5/2017)... KEY FINDINGS The global market for stem ... 25.76% during the forecast period of 2017-2025. The rise ... growth of the stem cell market. Download ... The global stem cell market is segmented on the ... cell market of the product is segmented into adult ...
(Date:3/30/2017)... YORK , March 30, 2017 Trends, ... type (physiological and behavioral), by technology (fingerprint, AFIS, iris ... voice recognition, and others), by end use industry (government ... and immigration, financial and banking, and others), and by ... Europe , Asia Pacific , ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:10/11/2017)... ... ... wash is a basic first aid supply for any work environment, but most personal eye ... first if a dangerous substance enters both eyes? It’s one less decision, and likely quicker ... eye piece. , “Whether its dirt and debris, or an acid or alkali, getting anything ...
(Date:10/11/2017)... ROTTERDAM, the Netherlands and LAGUNA HILLS, ... that The Institute of Cancer Research, London ... will use MMprofiler™ with SKY92, SkylineDx,s prognostic tool to risk-stratify ... high-risk trial known as MUK nine . The University ... this trial, which is partly funded by Myeloma UK, and ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... DIEGO, CALIF. (PRWEB) , ... October 10, 2017 , ... ... as part of its corporate rebranding initiative announced today. The bold new look ... its reach, as the company moves into a significant growth period. , It will ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... firm Parks Associates announced today that Tom Kerber , ... Meeting , October 11 in Scottsdale, Arizona . Kerber ... smart safety and security products impact the competitive landscape. ... Parks Associates: Smart Home Devices: Main Purchase Driver ... "The residential security market has experienced continued growth, and the introduction ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: