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College of Arts and Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences

Arsalan Mirjafari

Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Phone: (239) 590-1270
Office: SH 442

Department of Chemistry and Department Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama, USA; Postdoc, 2010-2012.
QUILL Research Centre, School of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, Queen's University of Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, Visiting Researcher 2008.
Catalysis Division, Department of Chemistry, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran, PhD, 2004-2009.

To meet the challenges of chemistry in the technology age, chemists must develop novel methodologies to manipulate and create substances of increasing complexity and diversity with dramatically enhanced efficiency and practicality. In recent years, ionic liquids (ILs), molten salts with melting points lower than 100°C, have attracted great interest as environmentally-friendly alternative to conventional organic solvents (VOCs) for reactions and separations due to their often vanishingly-low vapor pressures and the ability to tune their properties using structural modifications. Advances in their development have transitioned them from the first generation, where they were merely regarded as solvents, to a second generation of "Task-specific ionic liquids" (TSILs) where functionalization of the cations or anions provides specific thermophysical or chemical properties designed to accomplish specific reactions or separations tasks. Our research interest focuses on the invention and development of new Task-specific ionic liquids by using the principle of "click" chemistry.

Research interests: Ionic liquids; Bio-Inspired Materials; Green Synthetic Chemistry; Click Chemistry

Book Chapter:

  • A. Mirjafari, R.A. O’Brien, S.M. Murry, K. L. Matsson, N. Mobarrez, K.N. West, J. H. Davis Jr., Lipid-inspired ionic liquids containing long-chain appendages: Novel class of biomaterials with attractive properties and applications, ACS Symposium Series, volume 1117, Ionic Liquids: Science and Applications, 2012, Chapter 9, pp 199-216.W.
  • M. Reichert, A. Mirjafari, J. H. Davis, Jr., T. Goode, N. G. Williams, V. Ho, M. Yoder, M. La, Degradation of chitin utilizing acid functionalized ionic liquids technology, ACS Symposium Series, volume 1117, Ionic Liquids: Science and Applications, 2012, Chapter 8, pp 189-198.W.
  • M. Reichert, A. Mirjafari, T. Goode, N. G. Williams, M. La, V. Ho, M. Yoder, J. H. Davis, Jr., Synthesis of long chain Brønsted acidic ionic liquids, ECS Transactions, 2013, 50, 623-630.


  • A. Mirjafari, R. A. O’Brien, K. N. West, J. H. Davis, Jr. Synthesis of novel lipid-inspired ionic liquids via thiol-ene chemistry: profound solvent effect on reaction pathway, Chem. Eur. J., DOI: 10.1002 /chem. 201402863J.
  • L. McDonald, R. E. Sykora, P. Hixon, A. Mirjafari, J. H. Davis, Jr., Impact of water on CO2 capture by amino acid ionic liquids. Environ. Chem. Lett. 2014,12, 201-208.
  • A. Mirjafari, Direct synthesis of 2,4,5-trisubstituted imidazoles from alcohols and a-hydroxyketones by microwave, Environ. Chem. Lett. 2014, 12, 177-183.
  • C. G. Cassity, A. Mirjafari, N. Mobarrez, K. J. Strickland, R. A. O’Brien, J. H. Davis, Jr., Ionic liquids of superior thermal stability, Chem. Commun. 2013, 49, 7590-7592 (highlighted in Chemical & Engineering News, August 12, 2013, Volume 91, page 27, “Ionic Liquids at High Temps”).
  • R. A. O’Brien, C. W. West, B. E. Hollingsworth, A.C. Stenson, C. B. Henderson, A. Mirjafari, N. Mobarrez, K. N. West, K. L. Matsson, E. A. Salter, A. Wierzbicki, J. H. Davis Jr., A Simple and rapid route to novel tetra(4-thiaalkyl)ammonium bromides, RSC Adv.2013, 3, 24612-24617.
  • S. M. Murry, T. K. Zimlich, A. Mirjafari, R. A. O’Brien, J. H. Davis Jr., K.N. West, “Thermophysical properties of imidazolium-based lipidic ionic liquids” J. Chem. Eng. Data 2013, 58, 1516-152.
  • A. Mirjafari, L. N. Pham, J. R. McCabe, N. Mobarrez, E. A. Salter, A. Wierzbicki, K.N. West, R. E. Sykora, J. H. Davis Jr., Building a bridge between aprotic and protic ionic liquids, RSC Adv. 2013, 3, 337-340.
  • M. -L. Kwan, A. Mirjafari, J. R. McCabe, R. A. O’Brien, D. F. Essi IV , L. Baum , K. N. West, J. H. Davis, Jr., Synthesis and thermophysical properties of ionic liquids: Cyclopropyl moieties versus olefins as Tm-reducing elements in lipid-inspired ionic liquids, Tetrahedron Lett. 2013, 54, 12-14.B.
  • Mortazavi, A. Horel, J. S. Anders, A. Mirjafari, M. J. Beazleya, P. A. Sobeckya., Enhancing the biodegradation of oil in sandy sediments with choline: A naturally methylated nitrogen compound, Environ. Pollut. 2013, 182, 53-62.
  • A. Mirjafari, S. M. Murry, R. A. O’Brien, A. C. Stenson, K. N. West, J. H. Davis Jr., Structure-based tuning of Tm in lipid-like ionic liquids. Insights from Tf2N− salts of gene transfection agents, Chem.Commun.2012, 48, 7522-7524.
  • R. A. O’Brien, A. Mirjafari, V. Jajam, E. N. Capley, A. C. Stenson, K. N. West, J. H. Davis Jr., Functionalized ionic liquids with highly polar polyhydroxylated appendages and their rapid synthesis via thiol-ene click chemistry, Tetrahedron Lett. 2011, 52, 5173-5175.
  • S. C. Dorman, R. A. O’Brien, A. T. Lewis, E. A. Salter, A. Wierzbicki, P. W. Hixon*, R. E. Sykora, A. Mirjafari, J. H. Davis Jr., A new building block for electroactive organic materials? Synthesis, cyclic voltammetry, single crystal X-ray structure, and DFT treatment of a unique boron-based viologen, Chem. Commun. 2011, 47, 9072-9074.
  • A. Mirjafari, N. Mobarrez, R. A. O’Brien, J. H. Davis, Jr., J. Noei, Microwave-promoted one-pot conversion of alcohols to oximes using 1-methylimidazolium nitrate, [Hmim][NO3], as a green promoter and medium, C. R. Chim.2011, 14, 1065-1070.
  • S.Y. Choi, H. Rodríguez, A. Mirjafari, D. F. Gilpin, S. McGrath, K. R. Malcolm, M. M. Tunney, R. D. Rogers, T. McNally, Dual functional ionic liquids as plasticizers and anti-microbial agents for medical polymers, Green Chem. 2011, 13, 1527-1535.


  • Editorial Board Member of International Journal of Materials and Chemistry.
  • Member of American Chemical Society (ACS); Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Division