Mutual Solubility of Water and Structural/Positional Isomers of N-Alkylpyridinium-Based Ionic Liquids

Despite many previous important contributions to the characterization of the liquid−liquid phase behavior of ionic liquids (ILs) plus water systems, a gap still exists as far as the effect of isomers (of ILs) is concerned. Therefore, in this work, a comprehensive study of the liquid−liquid equilibria between water and isomeric pyridinium-based ionic liquids has been performed. Atmospheric pressure mutual solubilities between water and pyridinium-based ionic liquids combined with the common anion bis[(trifluoromethyl)sulfonyl]imide were experimentally determined between (288.15 and 318.15) K. The main goal of this work is to study the isomeric effects on the pyridinium-based cation, namely, the structural and positional isomerism, as well as the alkyl side chain length. To the best of our knowledge, the influence of both structural and positional isomerism on the liquid−liquid behavior in ionic-liquid-water-containing systems is an unexplored field and is here assessed for the first time. Moreover, from the experimental solubility data, several infinite dilution molar thermodynamic functions of solution, namely, the Gibbs energy, the enthalpy, and the entropy, were estimated and discussed. In addition, aiming at gathering a broader picture of the underlying thermodynamic solvation phenomenon, molecular dynamics simulations were also carried out for the same experimental systems.