Analytical Sciences

Abstract − Analytical Sciences, 24(10), 1359 (2008).

Simultaneous Determination of Ionic Liquid Cations and Anions Using Ion Chromatography with Tandem Ion Exchange Columns: a Preliminary Assessment
Department of Environmental Analysis, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Gdansk, ul. Sobieskiego 18, PL-80-952 Gdansk, Poland
The usefulness of a cation exchange system followed by conductometric detection for alkylimidazolium cations separation and analysis was found for the first time. Furthermore, the possibility of simultaneously separating cations and anions typically used in ionic liquids in one chromatographic run was tested. A tandem of columns containing silica-based strong anion exchange and strong cation exchange packings was used. The study's objective was to find the optimal mobile phase: the best results were obtained with one consisting of potassium hydrogen phthalate and phthalic acid modified with acetonitrile. The method is simple and selective, and is believed to be applicable to numerous ionic liquids based on a similar design.