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Ionic liquids in electrochemical devices and processes : managing interfacial electrochemistry
journal contributionposted on 2007-11-01, 00:00 authored by D MacFarlane, Maria ForsythMaria Forsyth, Patrick HowlettPatrick Howlett, Jenny PringleJenny Pringle, J Sun, G Annat, W Neil, E Izgorodina
Many ionic liquids offer a range of properties that make them attractive to the field of electrochemistry; indeed it was electrochemical research and applications that ushered in the modern era of interest in ionic liquids. In parallel with this, a variety of electrochemical devices including solar cells, high energy density batteries, fuel cells, and supercapacitors have become of intense interest as part of various proposed solutions to improve sustainability of energy supply in our societies. Much of our work over the last ten years has been motivated by such applications. Here we summarize the role of ionic liquids in these devices and the insights that the research provides for the broader field of interest of these fascinating liquids.