Degradation of 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ionic liquid in a Fenton-like system

E M Siedlecka, W Mrozik, Z Kaczyński, P Stepnowski
Journal of Hazardous Materials 2008 June 15, 154 (1-3): 893-900
The study examined the usefulness of a Fenton-like system for the degradation of ionic liquid residues in water. The ionic liquid was oxidized in a dilute aqueous solution of 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (bmimCl). The ionic liquid decomposes readily and rapidly in aqueous solution by chemical degradation in a Fenton-like system. Under chosen conditions the initial bmimCl solution was reduced by a factor of 0.973 within 90 min. Additional results showed that bmimCl degradations in a Fenton-like system in excess H2O2 could be interpreted as a combined oxidation-reduction mechanism. Preliminary investigations of the mechanism of such degradations have indicated that initial OH* radicals can attack any one of the three carbon atoms on the imidazolium ring. The intermediates of this reaction may be mono- di- or amino- carboxylic acids.

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