Monoethanolamine-based deep eutectic solvents, their synthesis and characterization

Farouq S. Mjalli*, Ghulam Murshid, Suad Al-Zakwani, Adeeb Hayyan

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Since reporting the Reline (choline chloride and urea at 1:2 M ratio) deep eutectic solvent (DES) few years ago, a diversity of similar solvents have been prepared, characterized and used in different practical applications. The need is still available for converting some conventional solvents into a eutectic formulation for different reasons. In this work, the monoethanolamine (MEA) is combined with three different quaternary salts to form DES at different molar compositions. The resulting DESs were characterized by measuring their main physical properties including melting point, density, viscosity, surface tension, and refractive index within the temperature range of 298.15–358.15 K. An FTIR analysis was also conducted to provide an evidence of any chemical structural changes. These new eutectic fluids have melting points below 279.15 K and of relatively low density and viscosity values. The molar composition of these DESs have significant effect on their physical properties. These new fluids can be utilized for a variety of applications involving adsorptive gas separation and particularly carbon dioxide capture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-40
Number of pages11
JournalFluid Phase Equilibria
Publication statusPublished - Sept 25 2017


  • Choline chloride
  • Eutectic solvents
  • MEA
  • Methyltriphenylphosphium bromide
  • Monoethanolamine
  • Properties
  • Tetrabutylammonium bromide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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