Sonochemistry and sonoluminescence in ionic liquids, molten salts, and concentrated electrolyte solutions

David J. Flannigan, Stephen D. Hopkins, Kenneth S. Suslick

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Ionic liquids have favorable intrinsic properties that make them of interest as solvents for various chemical reactions. The same properties that make the liquids effective solvents also make them interesting liquids for studies involving sonochemistry, acoustic cavitation, and sonoluminescence. Recent interest in using ultrasound to accelerate chemical reactions conducted in ionic liquids necessitates an understanding of the effects of acoustic cavitation on these solvents. Here, we review our previous results on the effects of cavitation on some room-temperature ionic liquids, including the sonoluminescence spectra of molten salt eutectics and concentrated aqueous electrolyte solutions. In all cases, regardless of the essentially nonexistent vapor pressure of the solution atomic and small molecule emitters are observed in the spectra which arise from sonolysis of the ionic liquids.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3513-3517
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Organometallic Chemistry
Issue number15
StatePublished - Aug 1 2005


  • Acoustic cavitation
  • Ionic liquids
  • Molten salts
  • Review
  • Sonochemistry
  • Sonoluminescence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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