Combining ionic liquids and polyethylene glycols to boost the hydrophobic-hydrophilic range of aqueous biphasic systems

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This work reveals, for the first time, that polymer-ionic-liquid-based aqueous biphasic systems (ABS) exhibit a much wider hydrophilic-hydrophobic range than conventional systems reported to date. Three probe dyes were used to demonstrate that either the polymer-rich or the ionic-liquid-rich layer can serve as the most hydrophobic phase. It was found that the phase polarities can be easily tuned by the choice of an appropriate ionic liquid.
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Pages (from-to)19580-19583
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Issue number45
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013

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