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May 12, 2009

Ionic Liquids as Engineering Fluids

U. Vagt, BASF SE, Ludwigshafen (D)
Plenary Lecture at ACHEMA
Thursday, 14 May 2009, 1.30 p.m.
Hall 4.C, Alliance

Ionic Liquids have gained overwhelming interest over the past years. Today they are discussed as a valuable alternative in many commercial processes and products, because they open up the way to novel solutions not achievable with any other material. Starting from the original idea that ionic liwuids should be used as alternative reaction media for chemical reactions, promising applications today span a wide array of uses. Ionic liquid applications that have actually been put into practice successfully are often distinguished by the fact that they could not have been realized at all if it had not been for the specific properties of these materials. This is especially true for using them as Engineering or Functional Fluids as for example Hydraulic Liquids, Lubricants, Absorption Media or Antistatics for polymers. The most promising ones are those that employ more than one of the properties typical of ionic liquids. Bearing this in mind, ionic liquids should be seen less as „chemicals“ but rather as „system innovations“ that make certain products and processes possible for the first time. This lecture will give an overview on what has been achieved in this field so far.

Dr. Uwe Vagt is Ionic Liquids Project Manager at BASF SE, Ludwigshafen.

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