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1 Ionic Liquids for Natural Product Extraction Adam Walker Bioniqs Ltd.

2 Ionic Liquids - Introduction Ionic liquids are salts, with melting points below ambient temperature They are composed solely of anions and cations – no water is present Their regular, ordered structure gives them very different properties to conventional liquids Ionic liquids based on imidazole have been well studied as novel solvents BMIm PF 6 (mp -79°C) NaCl (mp 801°C)

3 Extremely good solvents for many compounds – organic, inorganic, mineral, polymeric and biological Non-volatile – do not evaporate Non-flammable Stabilize sensitive compounds Many possible combinations of ions – can design the solvent for a particular application Ionic Liquids - Properties

4 Applications Solvents for chemical and biochemical reactions Extraction media for natural product isolation Cleaning agents Storage media for unstable compounds Lubricants Electrochemical/battery materials

5 Expensive in comparison with molecular solvents. Very few commercially available. Viscous Poorly biodegradable and potentially toxic. “First Generation” Ionic Liquids - Disadvantages

6 Bioniqs has developed new types of simple ionic liquids, based on ammonium salts. These retain the advantages of ionic liquids, but also offer: - reduced viscosity. - low cost. - straightforward preparation from sustainable precursors. - minimal toxicity and environmental impact. - recyclability and biodegradability. “Second Generation” Ionic Liquids

7 Stabilization of enzymes for biocatalysis Dissolution and processing of biomass Natural product isolation and purification Reactor decontamination Example Applications

8 Stabilization of Biomolecules Activity of alcohol dehydrogenase enzyme after storage in water compared to standard (purple) and optimized (red) ionic liquids. H 2 O AEFF-390 AAFF-015 Enzyme in water deactivated after 10 days at room temperature. Enzyme in AEFF-390 retains activity after 90 days at room temperature.

9 Ionic liquids can dissolve numerous polymers, including biological macromolecules such as:- –Cellulose (up to 10% wt. solutions) –Lignin –Proteins –DNA/RNA Bioprocessing requires solvent to dissolve substrate without denaturing enzyme. Ionic liquid can be designed accordingly. Biomass Processing

10 Natural Product Extraction & Processing H2OH2O0.15 Et 2 O1.2 CHCl 3 3.3 BMIm PF 6 77.6 Morphine (free base) – solubility (gL -1 ) Solubility of natural products in ionic liquids often very much higher than in conventional solvents. Can be used to extract high concentrations from natural sources, using small extractor volumes.

11 Natural Product Extraction & Processing Dissolution of penicillin in ionic liquids – varies between solvent formulations Solubility limit ranges from 20-270g/L Can design solvent to optimize extraction efficiency

12 Natural Product Extraction & Processing With support from MMV, Bioniqs has developed ionic liquids for artemisinin extraction, from both wet and dry plant material. Extraction up to 4 times faster than in hexane Solubility in ionic liquids up to 110 gL -1 @ 25°C. Artemisinin may be recovered by adding water, precipitating and filtering off. Residual solvent content of recovered artemisinin <0.001%. Solvent may then be recycled and re-used Image provided courtesy of

13 Solubility of two nitroaromatic pollutants in ionic liquids compared to water. Ionic liquid may be designed to dissolve one compound even in presence of structurally similar materials. Decontamination & Cleaning

14 ILs designed to remove specified contaminant (amoxicillin) All ILs tested dissolve contaminant to >300g/L; several to >500g/L Decontamination & Cleaning

15 ILs have been widely touted as “green” solvents –recyclable –non-flammable –non-volatile BUT early imidazole-based ILs were –poorly biodegradable –toxic to micro-organisms –may form hazardous hydrolysis products Biodegradability must be “built in” to an ionic liquid at the design stage. Ecotoxicity and Biodegradation

16 Biodegradation of Ionic Liquids Ordinary soil organisms can grow on Bioniqs ionic liquids and completely degrade them within 48 hours (above). Degradation products are water, carbon dioxide and ammonium ion. No significant toxic effects at concentrations below 80mM.

17 Ionic liquids are not a panacea, but can offer major benefits in certain key areas:- Can now compete on comparable cost footing with conventional solvents for bulk applications. Reduced pollution and waste Improved process safety Enhanced efficiency of reaction and extraction processes Facilitate improved processes. Increased solubilities – smaller volumes Improved turnover rates and yields Stabilization of sensitive molecules Application to poorly soluble substrates Summary

18 Acknowledgements

19 Further Information Bioniqs Ltd. Biocentre York Science Park Heslington York YO10 5DG United Kingdom 0(+44)1904 561538

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