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Self-propelled chemotactic ionic liquid droplets

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Publication Type: 
Refereed Original Article
Abstract: 
Herein we report the chemotactic behaviour of self-propelled droplets composed solely of the ionic liquid trihexyl(tetradecyl)phosphonium chloride ([P6,6,6,14][Cl]). These droplets spontaneously move along an aqueous-air boundary in the direction of chloride gradients to specific destinations due to asymmetric release of [P6,6,6,14]+ cationic surfactant from the droplet into the aqueous phase.
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): 
10.1039/c4cc09214g
Publication Status: 
Published
Date Accepted for Publication: 
Friday, 19 December, 2014
Publication Date: 
19/12/2014
Journal: 
Chemical Communications
Issue: 
51
Pages: 
2342
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Institution: 
Dublin City University (DCU)
Open access repository: 
Yes