COIL 7: 7th International Congress on Ionic Liquids

An ECI Conference

June 25-30, 2017
Fairmont Tremblant Hotel
Mont Tremblant, Quebec Canada

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About This Conference


COIL 7 is the seventh International Congress of a series of MULTIDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCES on Ionic Liquids.

COIL 7 will provide an exceptionally stimulating international forum for the presentation of commercial and emerging technologies and scientific advancements in the area of ionic liquids.

The format of the congress will be of a “retreat-style”.  Apart from 5 plenary lectures of 30 minutes each, there will be twenty-four invited presentations of 20 minutes duration. Regular contributions will consist of oral presentations (15 minutes each) to be delivered in two- three parallel sessions. Presentation may be accompanied by a poster, to be presented normally during the social hour after dinner. The poster session will allow ample time for questions and answers and informal discussion between presenter and interested participants. Additional free-forum poster presentations will also be invited.

Networking time will be allowed during each early afternoon.  This will allow participants to engage in informal discussions and to spend time together enjoying the many beautiful outdoors activities available at Mont Tremblant (hiking, beach time, canoeing, walking around the village, golfing,….).

The conference timeline will extend from Sunday afternoon to mid-day on Friday, starting on Sunday mid-afternoon and finishing on Friday noon.

Confirmed Plenary Speakers

Professor Joao A.P. Coutinho (University of Aveiro, Portugal)
Professor Maria Forsyth (Deakin University, Australia)
Professor Buxing Han (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
Professor Philip Jessop (Queen’s University, Canada)
Professor Barbara Kirchner (University of Bonn, Germany)

Session Titles and Confirmed Invited Speakers


Ionic liquids are involved in the development of more cost-effective and environmentally-friendly extraction and separation processes. The latter include the capture of gases, the extraction of metals and the separation of natural compounds.

Professor Jared Anderson (Iowa State University, USA)
Professor Rico Del Sesto (Dixie State University, USA)


Ionic liquids have been studied for their special solvent properties in a wide range of biomass processing for fuel production and the isolation of valuable chemicals. Examples include reactions involving biopolymers such as cellulose or lignin during the processing of lignocellulosic biomass, as well as recent applications on the extraction of lipids from microalgae using ionic liquids

Dr. Davide Esposito (Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany)
Professor Aaron Socha (Bronx Community College, USA)


Mixing ionic liquids can allow fine tuning of the chemical and physical properties of the system. This session will focus on experimental studies (such as the measurement of phase diagrams and physical properties) and modeling of the properties of binary and higher-order mixtures.

Professor Jose Nuno Canongia Lopes (Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal)
Professor Annegret Stark (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)


This session will focus on experimental and theoretical studies of single ionic liquids and of mixtures consisting of an ionic liquid and one or more co-solvents (water or organic compounds).

Dr. Patricia Hunt (Imperial College London, UK)
Professor Peter Licence (University of Nottingham, UK)


Significant changes in chemoselectivity and reaction outcomes can result by conducting reactions in ionic liquids rather than conventional solvents. Major experimental advances are impacting medicinal chemistry and biological processes, including drug discovery and dynamics; computational methods add substantial value here.

Professor Anna Croft (University of Nottingham, UK)
Professor Peter Scammells (Monash University, Australia)


The properties of ionic liquids can be uniquely tuned to serve their intended application. Physical properties including rheological, magnetic, photophysics, reactivity and other properties can be adjusted to best suit the ionic material for its use.

Professor Anja Mudring (Iowa State University, USA)
Professor Xiangqun Zeng (Oakland University, USA)


Uses of ionic liquids for homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, and for organic synthesis, are increasing at a substantial rate. Examples include the preparation, properties, and applications of task-specific ionic liquids, as well as the use of metal nanoparticles in ionic liquids for coupling, carbonylation, and other transformations.

Professor Gary A. Baker (University of Missouri, USA)
Professor Jairton Dupont (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)


Ionic liquids are emerging materials for use in electrochemical devices like fuel cells, batteries, and solar cells. Functional ILs and IL-containing composite materials have recently been realized by either chemical modification or physical integration into traditional materials, providing additional opportunities to adjust the physicochemical properties of these ionic materials for task-specific applications.

Professor Ingo Krossing (University of Freiburg, Germany)
Professor Anna Martinelli (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden)


Ionic liquids can combine the features of single molecule reactivity with unusual phase behaviour imparted to them by their charge separated nature. These features allow them to react in unique fashions whilst using their bulk behavior to support stabilization of unusual or reactive species or to provide opportunity for product isolation through unique phase behavior.

Professor James Davis (University of South Alabama, USA)
Professor Dominic Rochefort (University of Montreal, Canada)


Ionic liquids feature prominently within green chemistry but central to their application is their behavior both in the environment, including environmental applications, as well as their biodegradation processes. Remediation, acid gas capture, metal extraction, and subsequent biodegradation are some of the promising features of ionic liquids.

Professor Martin Atkins (Queen’s University Ionic Liquid Laboratories, UK)
Dr, Nolene Byrne (Deakin University, Australia)


Ionic liquids provide new avenues in analytical chemistry, including separation science, spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, and sensors. The analysis and characterization of ionic liquids – both by experimental and theoretical techniques – and their behavior in bulk and at interface such as aggregation, self-assembly micelle formation in aqueous solution is also a focus of this session.

Dr. Eamonn Conrad (Cytec Solvay Group, Canada)
Professor Robert Hayes (Rutgers University, USA)


Ionic liquids have considerable potential to enable the emergence of conceptually new, sustainable technologies by, for example, pursuing strategies for environmentally benign processes. Inventions in this arena can accelerate the evolution of industry sectors.

Professor Toshiyuki Itoh (Tottori University, Japan)
Professor Robin Rogers (McGill University, Canada)

Conference Organization


Howard Alper, University of Ottawa, and Governor General of Canada’s Global Excellence Initiative, Ottawa, Canada


Jason Clyburne, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Canada
Lars Rehmann, Western University, London, Canada
Christian Robelin, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Montreal, Canada

International Advisory Board

Joan Brennecke (University of Notre Dame, USA)
Edward Castner (Rutgers University, USA)
Cinzia Chiappe (University of Pisa, Italy)
James Davis (University of South Alabama, USA)
Buxing Han (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
Barbara Kirchner (University of Bonn, Germany)
Yoon-Mo Koo (Inha University, South Korea)
Douglas MacFarlane (Monash University, Australia)
Joseph Magee (NIST, USA)
Hiroyuki Ohno (Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan)
Jelena Popovic (Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Germany)
Thomas Schubert (IoLiTec GmBH, Germany)
Kenneth Seddon (Queen’s University of Belfast, UK))
Jose Valderrama (University of La Serena, Chile)
Peter Wasserscheid (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany)
Masayoshi Watanabe (Yokohama National University, Japan)
Thomas Welton (Imperial College, UK)
Suojiang Zhang (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)

Abstract Submission

Deadline for abstracts for oral presentations:  December 19, 2016

Deadline for abstracts for poster presentations:  February 10, 2017

One page abstracts should be submitted as soon as possible and no later than the deadlines noted above.  The abstract should include both the significance of the research as well well as results that will be discussed in order to allow a scientific assessment of the work by the organizers.

You  will be asked to indicate:
– If your presentation is for an oral or poster presentation
– The session for which it is being presented

All abstracts should be submitted electronically on this LINK and must follow the template provided at this link.

Important Dates

Oral and Poster Abstract Submission will open on September 15, 2016

Deadline for Oral Abstract Submission is December 19, 2016

Acceptances for Oral Abstracts will be announced January 30, 2017

Deadline for Poster Abstract Submission is February 10, 2017

Conference Venue

Fairmont Tremblant, 3025 Chemin de la Chapelle, Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada

The Fairmont Tremblant Hotel, which made its official debut in February 1997, is located at the base of Mont Tremblant in the magnificent Laurentian region of Quebec.  The concept for Fairmont Tremblant hotel originated with the vision of a modern chateau situated in harmony with its natural surroundings and the colorful pedestrian village.  Architects and designers worked together to combine modern conveniences and a warm décor that reflected the mountain life.  The architects drew inspiration from 19th-century Quebec seigneury, whose grant Provencal-style residences dominated the merchant squares overlooking the outskirts of the village.

Embedded in the mountainside, the village of Mont Tremblant features French-inspired architecture that evokes the charm of old Quebec City, with pitched rooftops, corrugated shingles, old-fashioned chimneys and a U-shaped design opening onto a public square – a meeting place and public crossroads for the villagers.

Chasse-galerie sur le Mont Tremblant, a Quebec legend, tells the tale of a group of lumberjacks desperate to return home to their families after spending months in the Laurentian forests.  Visited one night by a mysterious stranger with a flying canoe, they boarded the craft and he expelled an enchanted command creating colorful sparks that propelled the canoe into the air.  As they passed over Mont Tremblant, they slowed their rhythm and lit a lantern to light up the night.  This inspired Fairmont Tremblant hotel’s rustic interior design.

General Information

Engineering Conferences International (ECI) is a global engineering conferences program, originally established in 1962, that provides opportunities for the exploration of problems and issues of concern to engineers and scientists from many disciplines.

The format of the weeklong research conference provides morning and late afternoon or evening sessions in which major presentations are made. Available time is included during the afternoons for ad hoc meetings, informal discussions, and/or recreation. This format is designed to enhance rapport among participants and promote dialogue on the development of the meeting. We believe that the conferences have been instrumental in generating ideas and disseminating information to a greater extent than is possible through more conventional forums.

All participants are expected both to attend the entire conference and to contribute actively to the discussions. The recording of lectures and presentations is forbidden. As ECI conferences take place in an informal atmosphere, casual clothing is the usual attire.

The Engineering Conferences International conferences calendar and other information can be found on the ECI web site:

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