Laser Deposition of Nano-ionic Liquids and Their Process Applications in a Vacuum

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The year 2005, until when ionic liquids (ILs) had been investigated in a vacuum with a common preconception among the research community that they would not evaporate even in vacuum, saw a breakthrough in IL-related research in a vacuum. Since then, there have been many reports on vapor deposition of ILs and related studies. In this chapter, a new deposition method using a continuous wave infrared laser (CW-IR) is proposed to fabricate micro- and nano-ILs; this is a promising technique, potentially opening new research fields of nanoscale physics and chemistry of ILs. As one of the applications of such micro- and nano-ILs, a new vacuum process with ILs - IL-assisted vapor synthesis and growth in a vacuum - is also introduced, in which they are used as micro- and nano-scale reactors; its applications are now being extended as one of the new chemical routes to various organic, inorganic single crystals and films as well as porous polymer films.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIonic Liquid Devices
EditorsAli Eftekhari
PublisherRoyal Society of Chemistry
Number of pages32
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameRSC Smart Materials
ISSN (Print)2046-0066
ISSN (Electronic)2046-0074


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