Control of ion arrangements in ionic liquids represents a major challenge owing to the presence of the predominant coulombic interactions between cationic and anionic ion species that forms the coulombic ordering. Here, water-induced ion rearrangement in a room-temperature ionic liquid (RT-IL) metal complex, (1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium)2[MnN(CN)4], is demonstrated through coordinative interactions between anions. Solidification occurred, which was associated with the formation of a “separated” structure consisting of cation columns and anionic cyanide-bridged one-dimensional coordination polymers. The energy diagram is in accord with the resultant RT-IL incorporating mononuclear [MnN(CN)4]2− molecules being a kinetic phase stabilized by inter-ion repulsions of the anionic divalent metal complex moieties. Water acts to decrease the coulombic interactions, including repulsion, giving rise to breaking of the coulombic ordering arising from coordination bond formation in the IL phase.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Organic Chemistry