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NameMr. Brandon Maier
OrganizationFlorida Gulf Coast University
TopicMaterials Chemisry

Synthesis of Hydrophobic Ionic-Liquids from Natural Product


Brandon Maier, Xiaofei Zhang*

Author Location(s)

Department of Chemistry and Physics, Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd. South, Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565


An intrinsically hydrophobic ionic liquid was synthesized from phytol, which is a natural product that can be extracted from many plants. The synthesis was concise with high or even quantitative yield in each step. The ionic liquid product was lightly colored and of high purity as demonstrated by its NMR spectroscopy. It also indicated a good electrochemical window for electrochemical applications.