Malhotra, who's been promoting further study of the substance, was recently named the invited chairman of an upcoming conference on green chemistry to be held in January of 2006 in New Delhi, India. The conference will include multiple presentations on ionic liquids. NJIT and the University of Delhi are jointly organizing the event.
(NOTE: Contact Sheryl Weinstein 973-596-3436 for more information on the New Delhi conference or to interview Malhotra.)
Organizing events is not new to the young and ambitious faculty member. Last year, Malhotra organized chemical researchers from the Northeast into North America's only consortium to study ionic liquids. Members included researchers from Rutgers University, City University of New York and other institutions. He also organized in August of 2004 a symposium at an annual meeting of the American Chemical Society.
Since 2004, the U.S. Department of Energy has funded Malholtra's work. He is also collaborating on funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Recent published work by Malhotra and doctoral student Ying Xiao include "FriedelCrafts Alkylation Reactions in Pyridinium-Based Ionic Liquids," (Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical, Feb., 2005) and "DielsAlder reactions in pyridinium based ionic liquids" ( Tetrahedron Letters, Nov. 1, 2004).
"I'm high on these liquids because I see them useful in industries such as mining or petroleum refinement," Malhotra said. Research indicates that these solvents can be customized to dissolve almost any material, including m
Contact: Sheryl Weinstein
New Jersey Institute of Technology