Ionic Liquids

Ionic Liquids lets students experience the creativity of scientific research within this emerging scientific field.

Project timeline

Ionic Liquids follows IRIS’ 4 phased project structure:


4Weeks timeframe

Preparation & launch: Teachers prepare and launch the project, using our helpful guidance documents.

6Weeks timeframe

Background research & skills development: With access to our support materials, students develop the knowledge and skills required to successfully complete research.

18Weeks timeframe

Student research: Young scientists systematically investigate, explore, discover, analyse and establish their conclusions.

9Weeks timeframe

Artefact development and conference: Students produce an article, academic poster presentation or academic paper, based on their research process and/or findings with the aim of exhibiting at IRIS’ conference.



Skill level
Moderate /
Subject:CHEMISTRYWatch to discover Ionic Liquids
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Ionic Liquids provides endless opportunities for learning. Many students say this research project has helped them come to grips with chemistry they previously found daunting.


Students begin by learning to synthesise an ionic liquid. Where the project goes next is entirely up to them. 


Students are given methods for making ionic liquids and can then choose which properties to investigate.  As these are very unconventional substances with unusual properties, there is so much to explore, and endless directions students’ research can take. 


These are exciting compounds that students can easily synthesise and test in their school. 


Through IRIS’ relationships with UK universities, there is an opportunity for students to visit and use real research labs, meet current researchers in this area and learn about advanced spectrometers.

With what we do in school, we don’t really get independence. With this, it is our project, we do what we want. That’s not really an experience you get with most things.

StudentSutton Grammar School

We had the opportunity to send our liquid to be analysed in a university lab and it was cool seeing the analysis they sent back.

StudentDornoch Academy