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Vol. 27 No. 5
September-October 2005

The Project Place | Information about new, current, and complete IUPAC projects and related initiatives
See also www.iupac.org/projects

Ionic Liquids Database

Progress in utilizing ionic liquids has been hampered by the lack of an open-access, public-domain, comprehensive data retrieval system scoped to cover information pertaining to ionic liquids. Development of such a database infrastructure encompasses a number of complex issues related to data submission, processing, mining, quality control, management, critical evaluation, and dissemination. It is also obvious that such a system should provide coverage for various types of data such as synthesis, catalysis, structure, manufacturing, and modeling, as well as thermophysical and thermochemical property data. Because of the great diversity of the data types listed above, it is envisioned that the users will have a distributed information system with access to various types of data managed independently by different research groups and linked together via the main Web outlet. An international effort is now developing such an information system under the auspices of IUPAC.

This project objective is simply to create an open-access, free, online, comprehensive database for storage and retrieval of metadata and numerical data for ionic liquids, including their syntheses, structure, properties, and uses; lack of this information is impeding progress in a burgeoning field of significant current interest.

The project team has made substantial progress since their first meeting held in January 2004. To date, the NIST team has modified the Thermodynamics Research Center’s SOURCE database and the Guided Data Capture application to facilitate the storage and retrieval of ionic liquids property data and have created a Web-based properties retrieval system by using an Oracle Java Application Development Frame. Presently, search functionality within the properties database is undergoing rigorous internal testing. An external launch of the property database, named ILTHERMO, is anticipated in December 2005.

For more information and comments, contact Task Group Chairman Kenneth R. Seddon <k.seddon@qub.ac.uk>.

www.iupac.org/projects/2003/2003-020-2-100.html


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