Ionic liquids (IL) are a very versatile tool for natural product and food analysis. When combined with moieties with different functional groups, ILs can be tuned to obtain extraction media with different properties and selectivity.
A simple, automated, and fast method to quantify complex odorants in foods is described using stir-bar sorptive extraction (SBSE) combined
with fast enantioselective GC–MS analysis. The total analytical method takes only 30 minutes and does not require any sample pretreatment.