Science China Chemistry

, Volume 61, Issue 12, pp 1486–1493 | Cite as

Basic ionic liquids promoted chemical transformation of CO2 to organic carbonates

  • Jiayin HuEmail author
  • Huizhen Liu
  • Buxing HanEmail author
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Ionic liquids (ILs), especially basic ILs with unique physicochemical properties, have wide application in catalysis. Using basic ILs as catalysts for the conversion of cheap, abundant, nontoxic, and renewable CO2 into value-added organic carbonates is highly significant in view of environmental and economic issues. This review aims at giving a detailed overview on the recent advances on basic ILs promoted chemical transformation of CO2 to cyclic and linear carbonates. The structures of various basic ILs, as well as the basic ILs promoted reactions for the transformation of CO2 to organic carbonates are discussed in detail, including the reaction conditions, the yields of target products, the catalytic activities of basic ILs and the reaction mechanism.


basic ionic liquid CO2 chemical transformation organic carbonates 



This work was supported by the National Key Research and Development Program of China (2018YFB0605801), and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (21733011, 21533011).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tianjin Key Laboratory of Marine Resources and Chemistry, College of Chemical Engineering and Materials ScienceTianjin University of Science and TechnologyTianjinChina
  2. 2.Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences, CAS Key Laboratory of Colloid, Interface and Chemical Thermodynamics, Institute of ChemistryChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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