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Partnership with Chemists in Ireland, Italy Yields New Discovery
November 11, 2009
Researchers recently made a discovery about the non-uniform chemical compositions of ionic liquids that could lead to greater understanding and manipulation of these multi-purpose, designer solvents. Originally invented to replace volatile and toxic solvents such as benzene, ionic liquids are now used in high-efficiency solar cells, as cheaper, more environmentally friendly rocket fuel additives, and to more effectively dissolve plant materials into biofuels.
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