Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: February 16, 2007
Publication Date: February 16, 2007
Citation: Evans, K.O. 2007. Room-temperature ionic liquids and protective phospholipid membranes: Interactions on surfaces [abstract]. Illinois State University Chemistry Series. Abstract A. Technical Abstract: Green chemistry is a growing area of research that involves reducing or eliminating hazardous materials (products and solvents) from chemical processes. An area of green chemistry that is quite interesting to us is bioelectrocatalytic transformation of lipids in non-aqueous solvents called room-temperature ionic liquids. Room-temperature ionic liquids (RT-ILs) are salts that are molten at or around room temperature. Typical RT-ILs of interest have an acyl-imidazolium as the cation which gives the solvent molecule a “lipid” structure. However, there is virtually no literature describing the interactions of lipid membranes with RT-ILs. This presentation will cover the work in my lab to quantify lipid membrane interactions with RT-ILs. Present work has shown that ionic liquids will have distinct effects on a supported bilayer, all dependent on the cation and anion combination that makes up the ionic liquid.