We are working to develop improve bioanalytical methods by exploiting the properties of Magnetic Ionic Liquids (MILs).
MILs are an intriguing class of ionic liquids comprised of magneto-active anions or cations. MILs exhibit paramagnetic behavior under an applied external magnetic field. By exploiting synthetic chemistry, we have succeeded in developing MILs that exhibit low miscibility in water while also retaining sufficient magnetic susceptibility. Currently, we are interested in developing additional classes of MILs that can be used for the selective extraction of analytes in complex environmental and biological samples.