Ionic liquids: information lacking

A great deal more research into the so-called "green" solvents known as ionic liquids must be undertaken before companies like pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithkline would adopt them in preference to conventional volatile organic solvents. According to Alan Curzons of GSK's corporate environment, health and safety department speaking at the RSC's Ionic Liquids conference in London, more data is needed on the properties and benefits of using ionic liquid solvents over VOCs. He reckons progress in the field is too slow and that ionic liquids are unlikely to find a place in the industry within the next ten years at the present rate of research.