This review provides an overview of the use of mass spectrometry (MS) and its various ionization techniques and an evaluation
of their suitability to investigate structures and physico-chemical properties of ionic liquids (IL) and the types of information that can
be obtained from such experiments. We will focus on most representative and comprehensive work, and on the work that we are been
performing in an collaboration involving our laboratories, one devoted to the synthesis and uses of IL and to the other to the development
of new MS techniques and their applications.
Keywords: Ionic liquids, Mass spectrometry, Ionic pairs, Reaction mechanisms, Hydrogen bonds, Supramolecules, Matrix asssisted laser desorption ionization (MALDI), Hydrodynamic diameters (Dh), Ion Mobility, Collision-induced dissociation (CID)
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