10. Ionic Liquid Radiation Chemistry

  1. Natalia V. Plechkova and
  2. Kenneth R. Seddon
  1. James F. Wishart

Published Online: 14 MAR 2014

DOI: 10.1002/9781118839706.ch10

Ionic Liquids Further UnCOILed: Critical Expert Overviews

Ionic Liquids Further UnCOILed: Critical Expert Overviews

How to Cite

Wishart, J. F. (2014) Ionic Liquid Radiation Chemistry, in Ionic Liquids Further UnCOILed: Critical Expert Overviews (eds N. V. Plechkova and K. R. Seddon), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118839706.ch10

Editor Information

  1. The Queen's University of Belfast

Author Information

  1. Chemistry Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, New York, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 MAR 2014
  2. Published Print: 20 MAR 2014

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118438633

Online ISBN: 9781118839706



  • ionic liquids;
  • nanoparticle synthesis;
  • radiation chemistry;
  • spent nuclear fuel recycling


Many potential uses of ionic liquids, such as recycling of used nuclear fuel, aerospace applications, and radiation processing, involve exposure to ionising radiation. Radiation chemistry provides powerful tools for studying redox reaction mechanisms, charge transport processes, and the reactivity of highly energetic species, including the electrochemical processes that occur in ionic liquid-based energy storage devices. This chapter provides an introduction to radiation chemistry and its relevance to the expanding field of ionic liquids. It discusses what happens to ionic liquids when they are irradiated and evaluates whether some ionic liquids would be stable enough to use in nuclear fuel separations. It presents some practical aspects of using ionic liquids in radiolysis studies and nanoparticle synthesis, and concludes with prospects for future work.