In this hot article the authors have used the [Emim][BOB] ionic liquid as a boron source (thereby acting as solvent and reactant) to synthesise a new open-framework cobalt borophosphate with extra-large 16-ring channels:
Chelated orthoborate ionic liquid as a reactant for the synthesis of a new cobalt borophosphate containing extra-large 16-ring channels
Miao Yang, Feifei Xu, Qingshan Liu, Peifang Yan, Xiumei Liu, Chang Wang and Urs Welz-Biermann
Dalton Trans., 2010, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C0DT00368A, Communication
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