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Ionic Liquids
Gordon Research Conference

Ionic Liquids for Future Technologies


August 14-19, 2016


Grand Summit Hotel at Sunday River
Newry, ME


Anja V. Mudring

Vice Chair:
Jim Davis

Meeting Description

World-wide activities in ionic liquids (ILs) are bursting and ionic liquid research is well past its infancy. The time is ready to inspect ILs for applications. For that reason, the 2016 Ionic Liquid GRC will focus on the technological aspects of ionic liquids: The development of ILs as smart materials, their use for advanced technologies and the use of ILs in the manufacturing of high value products.

After first efforts in applying ILs as battery electrolytes in the late 1940s, it soon became apparent that ILs also possess other unique properties, e.g. a negligible vapor pressure which renders them attractive as safer and more environmentally benign solvent replacement in chemical processes. Increasing economic, societal and environmental awareness brings along an increasing demand for green technologies. Although ionic liquids are not intrinsically green, they can be designed to be green and the implementation of ILs in industrial processes may lead to a cleaner environment, enhanced work safety and a more efficient use of resources. For today and the future, probably the most important and desirable feature of ILs is that they can be intelligently engineered for a specific application due to their modular tuneability. Consequently, ILs are currently evolving from electrochemical and general solvents to novel materials with diverse applications such as lubricants or thermal, magnetic and optical fluids.

Ionic Liquids truly lie at the intersection of interdisciplinary sciences, where research areas intercept to create something new, promoting an "out-of-the-box" way of thinking. This is also reflected in the program of the 2nd Ionic Liquids GRC. This GRC will provide an opportunity to meet and discuss scientific and technological topics with international experts. Academic and industrial scientists will provide insight into key issues such as scale-up, costs, availability, governmental regulations, and other key parameters needed to plan new ventures. Poster sessions will provide much time for interaction with ionic liquid scientists and engineers from around the world.

Related Meeting

This GRC was held in conjunction with the "Ionic Liquids" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.


Final Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmKeynote Session: Ionic Liquids - Where Do We Stand and Where Do We Go?
Discussion Leader: Gerd Meyer (Iowa State University, USA)
7:40 pm - 7:50 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader: Ionic Liquids - The Past and Future
7:50 pm - 8:30 pmRobin Rogers (McGill University, Canada)
"Ionic Liquids in Pharma: Is It Time for Manipulation of the Ionic Bond to Supplant Covalent Modification?"
8:30 pm - 8:40 pmDiscussion
8:40 pm - 9:20 pmBarbara Kirchner (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Germany)
"Ionic Liquids: What Can Theory Do for Us?"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmIonic Liquids and Interfaces
Discussion Leader: James Wishart (Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA)
9:00 am - 9:45 amEdward Castner (Rutgers University, USA)
"Probing the Connections Between Structure, Friction, Transport and Reactivity in Ionic Liquids and Solutions"
9:45 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:15 amRobert Hayes (Rutgers University, USA)
"Structure and Nanostructure in Ionic Liquids"
11:15 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:15 pmSergei Glavatshkih (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)
"Ionic Liquids and Tribology"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmIonic Liquids as Nano-Ordered Solvents for Materials Design
Discussion Leader: Arsalan Mirjafari (Florida Gulf Coast University, USA)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmAndreas Taubert (University of Potsdam, Germany)
"Materials Synthesis with Ionic Liquids - From Serendipity to (Some Sort of) Rational Design"
8:10 pm - 8:20 pmDiscussion
8:20 pm - 9:00 pmLaurent Douce (CNRS, France)
"Ionic Liquid Crystals for Nanochemistry, Gene Delivery and Radiation Sensors"
9:00 pm - 9:10 pmDiscussion
9:10 pm - 9:25 pmMatthew Panzer (Tufts University, USA)
"Chemically Cross-Linked, Polymer-Supported Ionogels: Choosing the 'Right' Polymer for the Job"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmElucidating Structure and Interactions in Ionic Liquids
Discussion Leader: Scott Shaw (University of Iowa, USA)
9:00 am - 9:40 amJohn Holbrey (Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom)
"Using Neutron Scattering to Understand Ionic Liquids?"
9:40 am - 9:50 amDiscussion
9:50 am - 10:30 amAndrea Mele (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
"NMR Methods for Ionic Liquids Research"
10:30 am - 10:40 amDiscussion
10:40 am - 11:10 amCoffee Break
11:10 am - 11:50 amAlessandro Triolo (Istituto Struttura della Materia, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy)
"Correlations Between Micro-and Mesosopic Structural Properties in Neat and Mixed ILs"
11:50 am - 12:00 pmDiscussion
12:00 pm - 12:20 pmSefik Suzer (Bilkent University, Turkey)
"XPS Enables Visualization of Charge Screening in Metal-Ionic Liquid Interfaces with Temporal- and Lateral-Resolution"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmLate-Breaking Topics
Discussion Leader: Aaron Socha (Proionic GmbH, Austria)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmAgilio Padua (Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand II / CNRS, France)
"Exfoliation of van der Waals Materials in Ionic and Molecular Solvents"
8:10 pm - 8:20 pmDiscussion
8:20 pm - 8:45 pmEamonn Conrad (Solvay, Canada)
"Asking More from ChemistryTM: Addressing the Needs of Society with Sustainable Technology"
8:45 pm - 8:55 pmDiscussion
8:55 pm - 9:20 pmPeter Von Czarnecki (IoLiTec - Ionic Liquids Technologies, USA)
"Recent Examples of Commercialized Applications of Ionic Liquids"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmIonic Liquids, Polymers and Where the Two Meet
Discussion Leader: Jim Davis (University of South Alabama, USA)
9:00 am - 9:40 amPaul Trulove (U.S. Naval Academy, USA)
"Modification and Manipulation of Natural Polymers Using Ionic Liquids"
9:40 am - 9:50 amDiscussion
9:50 am - 10:30 amJoshua Sangoro (University of Tennessee, USA)
"Charge Transport and Dynamics in Molecular and Polymerized Ionic Liquids"
10:30 am - 10:40 amDiscussion
10:40 am - 11:10 amCoffee Break
11:10 am - 11:50 amTimothy Long (Virginia Tech, USA)
"Ionic Liquids Inspiring the Design of Charged Polymers: The Allure of the Phosphorous Atom"
11:50 am - 12:00 pmDiscussion
12:00 pm - 12:20 pmSean Garrett-Roe (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
"Ultrafast Vibrational Spectroscopy of Ionic Liquids: Insight into Structure and Dynamics"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the Next Vice Chair; Fill in Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss Future Site and Scheduling Preferences; Election of the Next Vice Chair
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmEnergy-Related Applications of Ionic Liquids
Discussion Leader: Matthew Reichert (University of South Alabama, USA)
7:30 pm - 8:15 pmJerry Boatz (Air Force Research Laboratory, AFRL/RQRP, USA)
"Theoretical Studies of Ionic Liquids+Nanoclusters as Hybrid Fuels"
8:15 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:15 pmJenny Pringle (Deakin University, Australia)
"Ionic Liquid Based Redox Electrolytes for Thermal Energy Harvesting"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmInorganic Chemistry's Contribution to Ionic Liquids
Discussion Leader: Mihkel Koel (Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia)
9:00 am - 9:45 amAndreas Bund (Technische Universität Ilmenau, Germany)
"Electrodeposition of Refractory Metals from Ionic Liquids"
9:45 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:15 amPatricia Hunt (Imperial College London, United Kingdom)
"Inorganic Ionic Liquids"
11:15 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:15 pmJared Anderson (Iowa State University, USA)
"Ionic Liquids and Magnetic Ionic Liquids in Separation Science"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 5:30 pmPoster Session
5:30 pm - 7:30 pmIonic Liquids for Future Sustainable Technologies
Discussion Leader: Gabriela Gurau (525 Solutions, Inc., USA)
5:30 pm - 6:15 pmAnders Riisager (Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)
"Ionic Liquids and Their Application in Catalysis"
6:15 pm - 6:30 pmDiscussion
6:30 pm - 6:45 pmMarco Haumann (Friedrich-Alexander-Universitat Erlangen-Nurnberg (FAU), Germany)
"Surface Influences on Catalytic Performance of Supported Ionic Liquid Phase (SILP) Materials"
6:45 pm - 6:50 pmDiscussion
6:50 pm - 7:20 pmKatharina Schröder (Vienna University of Technology, Austria)
"From Waste Utilization to Food Control: New Out-of-the-Box Applications for Biomass Treatment with Ionic Liquids"
7:20 pm - 7:30 pmDiscussion
8:00 pmDinner
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture

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