Ionic Liquids: A New General Synthetic Strategy for Phase-Pure Complex Functional Materials (Adv. Mater. 42/2012)



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The ability of ionic liquids to solvate inorganic salts completely has to date never been employed in the synthesis of complex inorganic materials. Avinash J. Patil, Simon R. Hall, and co-workers demonstrate on page 5767 that complex functional oxides, even those traditionally considered extremely difficult to synthesize in bulk, such as quinternary superconductors, are produced with no impurity phases and on timescales that are much shorter than other synthetic techniques. Cover image courtesy of André Janela.