The general focus of the Ionic Liquids Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame is developing environmentally benign processes through novel solvents. Research on “green” solvents is a challenging task since it not only requires optimization of several properties to overcome technical challenges but also calls for economical feasibility for their process application and acceptance in industry to replace the invested current technology. Brennecke Research Group focuses on the technical platform of this multifaceted challenge.
Through the principles of thermodynamics, several properties of such solvents can be measured and predicted. Our current projects investigate the use of ionic liquids for various applications such as refrigerants, CO2 absorbents and separation media.