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Solubility Behavior of CO2 in Ionic Liquids Based on Ionic Polarity Index Analyses

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posted on 2021-04-02, 20:29 authored by Xiaoyang Liu, Kathryn E. O’Harra, Jason E. Bara, C. Heath Turner
Ionic liquids (ILs) can serve as effective CO2 solvents with an appropriate selection of different anions and cations. However, due to the large library of potential IL compositions, rapid screening methods are needed for characterizing and ranking the expected properties. We have recently proposed the ionic polarity index (IPI) parameter, effectively connecting volume-based approaches and electrostatic potential analyses and providing a single metric that can potentially be used to rapidly screen for desirable IL properties. In this work, the corresponding anion and cation IPIs are used to generate correlations with respect to the CO2 volumetric solubility in ILs. The relationships are generally applicable to groups of ILs within a homologous ion series, and this can be particularly valuable for prescreening different ion pairings for maximizing gas solvation performance.