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Department of Chemistry and Mathematics

Department of Chemistry and Physics

Arsalan Mirjafari

Associate Professor, Chemistry
Phone: (239) 590-1270
Office: SH 431


  • 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, Green Chemistry and Sustainable Technology, Synthetic Chemistry; Bio-Inspired/Biometric Materials.


  • American Chemical Society – Petroleum Research Fund (ACS−PRF): Click Synthesis and Physicochemical Characterization of Amphiphile Ionic Liquids with Enhanced Fluidity and Diverse Functionalities, 2018.
  • National Science Foundation − Major Research Instrumentations (NSF−MRI): MRI: Acquisition of a 400 MHz NMR Spectrometer to Support Undergraduate Research and Chemical Education at Florida Gulf Coast University, 2015.
  • Junior Faculty Scholarship Excellence Award of FGCU, 2015.


*indicates undergraduate student co-author

**indicates Master student co-author


  • Editorial Board Member of International Journal of Materials and Chemistry Editorial Board Member of Journal of Physical Chemistry & Biophysics.