Deep eutectic solvents have quickly attracted the attention of researchers because they better meet the requirements of green chemistry and thus have the potential to replace conventional hazardous organic solvents in some areas. To better understand the nature of these mixtures, as well as expand the possibilities of their use in different industries, a detailed examination of their physical properties, such as density, viscosity, the nature of the interactions between their constituents, the phase diagrams, depression of their melting point, and interpretation of these results is necessary. In this work, the mixtures of tetrabutylammonium bromide (TBAB) and nonanoic acid (NA) in different molar ratios are theoretically and experimentally investigated by applying a phase diagram constructed on the basis of differential scanning calorimetry measurements and COSMO-RS model. Spectral properties are investigated based on Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and density functional theory. The observed eutectic point indicates the formation of a DES in the TBAB-NA system in a 1:2 molar ratio. This is due to the presence of hydrogen bonds between the carboxyl group from the NA molecule and the bromine atom from the TBAB molecule. Other eutectic mixtures are most likely the solutions of TBAB in NA, in which hydrogen bonds predominate between acid molecules.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3889-3896
Number of pages8
JournalThe journal of physical chemistry. B
Issue number21
StatePublished - 2 Jun 2022

    Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry

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