Welcome. The Molecular Thermodynamics of Ionic Liquids research group is part of the Institute of Chemistry of Clermont-Ferrand (France), a joint research unit of the Université Blaise Pascal and the CNRS.
The research of the Ionic Liquids group aims at understanding the properties of new fluids and materials for a sustainable chemistry, from a knowledge of their molecular structure and interactions. Our discipline is molecular thermodynamics, a synthesis of classical and statistical thermodynamics, physical chemistry and molecular physics, with applications to materials, devices and process engineering.
Ionic liquids are stable salts composed of organic ions — large, asymmetric, flexible and with charge delocalisation — that have sophisticated interactions leading to remarkable properties as solvents for separations or reactions or as electrolytes. A lack of understanding in physical chemistry hinders the establishment of structure-property relations, which are key to the design and widespread use of these new materials.
Our approach combines experimental physical chemistry — through characterization of thermodynamics, structure and dynamics — with molecular simulation in order to provide insights on the systems and phenomena at the microscopic level.