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Arsalan Mirjafari

Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Phone: (239) 590-1270
Office: AB7 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


  • A. Mirjafari, "Direct synthesis of 2,4,5-trisubstituted imidazoles from alcohols and a-hydroxyketones by microwave" Environmental Chemistry Letters 2013, DOI: 10.1007/s10311-013-0423-5
  • C. G. Cassity, A. Mirjafari, N. Mobarrez, K. J. Strickland, R. A. O'Brien , J. H. Davis "Ionic liquids of superior thermal stability" Chemical Communications 2013, DOI: 10.1039/C3CC44118K
  • 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" Journal of Chemical & Engineering 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 Advances 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 Letters 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" Environmental Pollution 2013, 182, 53-62.
  • 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, L. Pham, P. J. Smith, R. E. Sykora, J. H. Davis Jr. "Molecular co-crystal structure of 1,10-phenanthroline with boric acid: novel aza-aromatic complex" Acta Crystallographica 2013, E69, o1067–o1068
  • 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.
  • 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" Chemical Communications 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 Letters 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" Chemical Communications 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" Comptes Rendus Chimie 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 Chemistry 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

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