Scientists Demonstrate New Real-Time Technique for Studying Ionic Liquids at Electrode Interfaces

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-27828
Published November 01, 2017 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States
  • English

Ionic liquids—salts made by combining positively charged molecules (cations) and negatively charged molecules (anions) that are liquid at relatively low temperatures, often below room temperature—are increasingly being investigated for uses in batteries, supercapacitors, and transistors. Their unique physical and chemical properties, including good ionic conductivity, low flammability and volatility, and high thermal stability, make them well suited for such applications. But thousands of ionic liquids exist and exactly how they interact with the electrified surfaces of electrodes remains poorly understood, making it difficult to choose one for a particular application.