The ionicity and transport properties of a series of diethylmethylamine (DEMA) based protic ionic liquids (PILs) were characterized, principally utilizing nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. PILs were formed via the protonation of DEMA by an array of acids spanning a large range of acidities. A correlation between the 1H chemical shift of the exchangeable proton and the acidity of the acid used for the synthesis of the PIL was observed. The gas phase proton affinity of the acid was found to be a better predictor of the extent of proton transfer than the commonly used aqueous δpKa. Pulsed field gradient (PFG) NMR was used to determine the diffusivity of the exchangeable proton in a subset of the PILs. The exchangeable proton diffuses with the acid if the PIL is synthesized with a weak acid, and with the base if a strong acid is used. The ionicity of the PILs was characterized using the Walden analysis and by comparing to the ideal Nernst-Einstein conductivity predicted from the 1H PFG-NMR results.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Materials Chemistry