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Magical Salts Changing Chemistry of Tomorrow

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If you're like me you will always remember the grade-six science experiment where plain old table salt is dissolved in a beaker of water and used to conduct electricity and deliver power to a light bulb. To the wandering 11-year-old mind, the potential (somewhat devious) implications were pretty exciting. As it turns out, aqueous salt electrolytes are vital to countless applications, including pretty much every metabolic activity in the human body. Unfortunately for many useful industrial applications, the realities of evaporation, freezing, boiling and reactivity render these electrolytes useless. So what if there was a non-aqueous salt that remained liquid at room temperature and had a vapor pressure near zero? Well that would be called an ionic liquid, one of the most promising materials of this century.

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