Informational Workshop on Chemistry and Applications of Ionic Liquids

Wednesday, April 7, 2004, 10 am 5 pm

Hamilton Seminar Room, Chemistry Building (555), Brookhaven National Laboratory

Dear Colleague,
You are invited to attend a one-day "Informational Workshop on Chemistry and Applications of Ionic Liquids" to be held at Brookhaven National Laboratory on April 7, 2004. A growing number of researchers in the metropolitan area are studying the basic science and applications of ionic liquids. We aim to establish links and forge collaborations, such that researchers at different institutions can put their capabilities together and propose new applications and directions for study of ionic liquids. The symposium includes several short talks on a wide variety of topics, a poster session and roundtable discussion. The agenda is given below. We hope that you will be interested in joining us. Please pass this information along to any of your colleagues who may also be interested in attending this symposium

Posters: Poster boards (4' x 4') will be available on easels. If you would like to participate in the poster presentations, space is still available.

For directions to BNL, see:

Access to BNL is controlled– therefore pre-registration is strongly suggested for persons without a BNL ID. We would appreciate it if you confirm your attendance via e-mail to or by April 5, 2004. All attendees should bring a valid ID and inform the guard at the gate that they are attending this workshop. Ask for directions to the Chemistry Department. Thank you for your cooperation.

Support for this workshop has been kindly provided by Brookhaven National Laboratory and the CUNY Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation.



10:00 am      Breakfast, sign-in and poster set-up

10:30            Introductory remarks (Robert Engel, Queens College, CUNY)

10:40            Introduction to ionic liquids (S. Lall-Ramnarine)

11:10            Physical properties of ionic liquids (J. Wishart)

11:35            Applications of ionic liquids in organic reactions (S. Malhotra)

11:55            Lunch

12:40 pm      Poster Session and discussions

1:45              Reactivity and solvation dynamics in ionic liquids (J. Wishart)

2:15              Applications of ionic liquids to fuel cells, batteries and fuel production  (J. Wishart)

2:35              Group Photo

2:45              Refreshments

3:00              Biocatalysis in ionic liquids (S. Malhotra)

3:30              Panel discussion

4:15              Tour of the Chemistry Department’s Laser-Electron Accelerator Facility (LEAF)

Organizing Committee

Sharon I. Lall-Ramnarine (Department of Chemistry, Queensborough Community, CUNY), (718) 997-4476

A. J. Francis (Environmental Science Department, BNL), (631) 344-4534

James Wishart (Chemistry Department, BNL), (631) 344-4327

Sanjay Malhotra (Department of Chemistry, New Jersey Institute of Technology), (973) 596-5583