Kenneth R. Seddon

Professor Kenneth R. Seddon is one of the greatest scientists and specialists in the ionic liquids field. Great numbers of papers and citations placed him on Top 100 Chemists 2000-2010 list.


The principal aim of Professor Seddon and his group work is to explore, develop and understand the role of ionic liquids as media for synthetic organic chemistry (including polymer chemistry and petrochemical processes), such that current commercial processes using conventional molecular organic solvents may be replaced by clean processes using ionic liquid technology, and so that new processes may be developed. Under his direction a unique centre, QUILL, has been founded to pursue these goals.

Public Rating
60 points
Academy Rating
364 points
Overall Rating
424 points
Chemist CHEMIST (Ionic liquids)
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Top 100 Chemists 2000-2010 list

Selected Publications:

”The distillation and volatility of ionic liquids”
M.J. Earle, J.M.S.S. Esperança, M.A. Gilea, J.N.C. Lopes, L.P.N. Rebelo, J.W. Magee, K.R. Seddon and J.A. Widegren
Nature, 439 (2006) 831-834.

”Mutually immiscible ionic liquids”
A. Arce, M.J. Earle, S.P. Katdare, H. Rodriguez and K.R. Seddon
Chem. Commun., (2006) 2548-2550.

”Predicting physical properties of ionic liquids”
M. Deetlefs, K.R. Seddon and M. Shara
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 8 (2005) 642-649.

”Paradigm confirmed: The first use of ionic liquids to dramatically influence the outcome of chemical reactions”
M.J. Earle, S.P. Katdare and K.R. Seddon
Org. Lett., 6 (2004) 707-710.

”A critical evaluation of C-H··· X hydrogen bonding in the crystalline state”
J.-A. van den Berg and K.R. Seddon
Cryst. Growth Des., 4 (2003) 643-661.

”Biocatalysis in ionic liquids”
R.A. Sheldon, R.M. Lau, M.J. Sorgedrager, F. van Rantwijk and K.R. Seddon
Green Chem., 4 (2002) 147-151.

”Ionic liquids for clean technology”
K.R. Seddon
J. Chem. Technol. Biotechnol., 68 (1997) 351-356.

”The influence of chloride, water and organic solvents on the physical properties of ionic liquids”
K.R. Seddon, A. Stark and M.-J. Torres
Pure Appl. Chem., 72 (2000) 2275-2287.

”Ionic liquids: Green solvents for the future”
M.J. Earle and K.R. Seddon
Pure Appl. Chem., 72 (2000) 1391-1398.

”The phase behaviour of 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborates: ionic liquids and ionic liquid crystals”
J.D. Holbrey and K.R. Seddon
J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans., (1999) 2133-2139.

”The hydrogen bond and crystal engineering”
C.B. Aakeröy and K.R. Seddon
Chem. Soc. Rev., 22 (1993) 397-407.

”The Heck reaction in ionic liquids: a multiphasic catalyst system”
A.J. Carmichael, M.J. Earle, J.D. Holbrey, P.B. McCormac and K.R. Seddon
Org. Lett., 1 (1999) 997-1000.

”Diels-Alder reactions in ionic liquids: A safe recyclable green alternative to lithium perchlorate-diethyl ether mixtures”
M.J. Earle, P.B. McCormac, and K.R. Seddon
Green Chem., 1 (1999) 23-25.

”A polarity study of the 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium ambient temperature ionic liquids with the solvatochromic dye, Nile Red”
A.J. Carmichael and K.R. Seddon
J. Phys. Org. Chem., 13 (2000) 591-595.

”Ionic liquid crystals: hexafluorophosphate salts”
C.M. Gordon, J.D. Holbrey, A.R. Kennedy, and K.R. Seddon
J. Mater. Chem., 8 (1998) 2627-2636.

”Lipase-catalyzed reactions in ionic liquids”
R.M. Lau, F. van Rantwijk, K.R. Seddon and R.A. Sheldon
Org. Lett., 2 (2000) 4189-4191.

dimeric complexes of platinum(I) containing a platinum-platinum bond”
M.P. Brown, R.J. Puddephatt, M. Rashidi and K.R. Seddon
J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans., (1977) 951 955.

”Friedel-Crafts reactions in room temperature ionic liquids”
C.J. Adams, M.J. Earle, G. Roberts and K.R. Seddon
Chem. Commun., (1998) 2097-2098.

”Room temperature ionic liquids as replacements for organic solvents in multiphase bioprocess operations”
S.G. Cull, J.D. Holbrey, V. Vargas-Mora, K.R. Seddon and G.J. Lye
Biotechnol. Bioeng., 69 (2000) 227-233.

”Copper(I) mediated living radical polymerisation in an ionic liquid”
A.J. Carmichael, D.M. Haddleton, S.A.F.Bon and K.R. Seddon
Chem. Commun., (2000) 1237-1238.

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