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Monash Ionic Liquids Group


Welcome to the Monash Ionic Liquids Group!

Recent publications

Novel Na+ Ion Diffusion Mechanism in Mixed Organic–Inorganic Ionic Liquid Electrolyte Leading to High Na+ Transference Number and Stable, High Rate Electrochemical Cycling of Sodium Cells.
Maria Forsyth, Hyungook Yoon, Fangfang Chen, Haijin Zhu, Douglas R. MacFarlane, Michel Armand, and Patrick C. Howlett
J. Phys. Chem. C, 2016, 120 (8), pp 4276–4286Mixed Organic–Inorganic Ionic Liquid Electrolyte for Sodium Cycling


We report here mixtures of inorganic/organic cation fluorosulfonamide (FSI) ionic liquids that exhibit unexpectedly high Na+ transference numbers due to a mechanism not previously observed in this type of electrolyte. The electrolyte was shown to support high current density cycling of sodium. Despite the fact that overall ion diffusivity decreases substantially with increasing alkali salt concentration, we have found that these high Na+ content electrolytes can support higher current densities and greater stability upon continued cycling.

Ionic liquids and their solid-state analogues as materials for energy generation and storage
Douglas R. MacFarlane, Maria Forsyth, Patrick C. Howlett, Mega Kar, Stefano Passerini, Jennifer M. Pringle, Hiroyuki Ohno, Masayoshi Watanabe, Feng Yan, Wenjun Zheng, Shiguo Zhang & Jie Zhang
Nature Reviews Materials 1, Article number: 15005 (2016)

In this Review, we examine recent work in which the properties of ionic liquids have enabled important advances to be made in sustainable energy generation and storage. We discuss the use of ionic liquids as media for synthesis of electromaterials, for example, in the preparation of doped carbons, conducting polymers and intercalation electrode materials. Focusing on their intrinsic ionic conductivity, we examine recent reports of ionic liquids used as electrolytes in emerging high-energy-density and low-cost batteries, including Li-ion, Li–O2, Li–S, Na-ion and Al-ion batteries. Similar developments in electrolyte applications in dye-sensitized solar cells, thermo-electrochemical cells, double-layer capacitors and CO2 reduction are also discussed.

Its been a busy 2016 so far, so there's a few papers to catch up on!

Here's some highlights of our recent papers, as well as links to all our other papers from 2016.

An intensified π-hole in beryllium-doped boron nitride meshes: its determinant role in CO2 conversion into hydrocarbon fuels
Luis Miguel Azofra,a Douglas R. MacFarlanea and Chenghua Sun 
Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 3548-3551

Synergistic Corrosion Inhibition of Mild Steel in Aqueous Chloride Solutions by an Imidazolinium Carboxylate Salt Alison L. Chong, James I. Mardel, Douglas R. MacFarlane, Maria Forsyth, and Anthony E. Somers
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.5b01725

Bioinspired Electrocatalytic CO2 Reduction by Bovine Serum Albumin-Capped Silver Nanoclusters Mediated by [α-SiW12O40]4−
Dr. Si-Xuan Guo, Prof. Douglas R. MacFarlane, Dr. Jie Zhang
ChemSusChem, 2016, 9, 80–87

Stable zinc cycling in novel alkoxy-ammonium based ionic liquid electrolytes
Mega Kara, Bjørn Winther-Jensen, Michel Armand, Tristan J. Simons, Orawan Winther-Jensen, Maria Forsyth, Douglas R. MacFarlane
Electrochimica Acta, 2016, 188, 461–471

Enhanced thermal energy harvesting performance of a cobalt redox couple in ionic liquid–solvent mixtures
Manoj A. Lazar, Danah Al-Masri, Douglas R. MacFarlane and Jennifer M. Pringle 
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016,18, 1404-1410

Polyethylenimine promoted electrocatalytic reduction of CO2 to CO in aqueous medium by graphene-supported amorphous molybdenum sulphide
Fengwang Li, Shu-Feng Zhao, Lu Chen, Azam Khan, Douglas R. MacFarlane and Jie Zhang 
Energy Environ. Sci., 2016,9, 216-223

Mixtures of the 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate ionic liquid with different inorganic salts: insights into their interactions
Filipe S. Oliveira, Eurico J. Cabrita, Smilja Todorovic, Carlos E. S. Bernardes, José N. Canongia Lopes, Jennifer L. Hodgson, Douglas R. MacFarlane, Luís P. N. Rebelo and Isabel M. Marrucho 
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016,18, 2756-2766

Ambient temperature solubilisation of brown coal in ammonium carbamate ionic liquids
Ying Qi, T. Vince Verheyen, Ranganathan Vijayaraghavan, Douglas R. MacFarlane and Alan L. Chaffee
Fuel, Volume 166, 15 February 2016, Pages 106–115

Mechanisms of low temperature capture and regeneration of CO2 using diamino protic ionic liquids
Tristan J. Simons, Thomas Verheyen, Ekaterina I. Izgorodina, R. Vijayaraghavan, Scott Young, Andrew K. Pearson, Steven J. Pas and Douglas R. MacFarlane
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016,18, 1140-1149