Henry's Law Constants

Rolf Sander

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Henry's Law Constants




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When referring to the compilation of Henry's Law Constants, please cite this publication:

R. Sander: Compilation of Henry's law constants (version 4.0) for water as solvent, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 4399-4981 (2015), doi:10.5194/acp-15-4399-2015

Henry's Law ConstantsOrganic species with chlorine (Cl)Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) → 4-chlorobiphenyl

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Hcp d ln Hcp / d (1/T) Reference Type Notes
[mol/(m3Pa)] [K]
2.8×10−2 5700 Li et al. 2003 L 143)
4.2×10−2 6100 Li et al. 2003 L 144)
3.6×10−2 Lau et al. 2006 M 262)
2.9×10−2 Lau et al. 2006 M 263)
3.5×10−2 6700 Charles and Destaillats 2005 M
5.6×10−2 6700 Bamford et al. 2002 M
1.4×10−2 5100 Paasivirta and Sinkkonen 2009 V
2.3×10−2 Mackay et al. 2006b V
2.3×10−2 Mackay et al. 1992a V
2.3×10−2 Shiu and Mackay 1986 V
7.7×10−2 Burkhard et al. 1985 V
3.9×10−2 Hilal et al. 2008 Q
2.1×10−2 Fang Lee 2007 Q 264)
3.4×10−2 Fang Lee 2007 Q 265)
3.6×10−2 Dunnivant et al. 1992 Q


  • Bamford, H. A., Poster, D. L., Huie, R. E., and Baker, J. E.: Using extrathermodynamic relationships to model the temperature dependence of Henry's law constants of 209 PCB congeners, Environ. Sci. Technol., 36, 4395-4402, doi:10.1021/ES020599Y, 2002.
  • Burkhard, L. P., Armstrong, D. E., and Andren, A. W.: Henry's law constants for the polychlorinated biphenyls, Environ. Sci. Technol., 19, 590-596, doi:10.1021/ES00137A002, 1985.
  • Charles, M. J. and Destaillats, H.: Experimental determinations of Henry's law constants of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) to evaluate exposure to aquatic biota, technical Completion Report, University of California Water Resources Center, UC Berkeley,, 2005.
  • Dunnivant, F. M., Elzerman, A. W., Jurs, P. C., and Hasan, M. N.: Quantitative structure-property relationships for aqueous solubilities and Henry's law constants of polychlorinated biphenyls, Environ. Sci. Technol., 26, 1567-1573, doi:10.1021/ES00032A012, 1992.
  • Fang Lee, F.: Comprehensive analysis, Henry's law constant determination, and photocatalytic degradation of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and/or other persistent organic pollutants (POPs), Ph.D. thesis, University at Albany, State University of New York, USA, 2007.
  • Hilal, S. H., Ayyampalayam, S. N., and Carreira, L. A.: Air-liquid partition coefficient for a diverse set of organic compounds: Henry's law constant in water and hexadecane, Environ. Sci. Technol., 42, 9231-9236, doi:10.1021/ES8005783, 2008.
  • Lau, F. K., Charles, M. J., and Cahill, T. M.: Evaluation of gas-stripping methods for the determination of Henry's law constants for polybrominated diphenyl ethers and polychlorinated biphenyls, J. Chem. Eng. Data, 51, 871-878, doi:10.1021/JE050308B, 2006.
  • Li, N., Wania, F., Lei, Y. D., and Daly, G. L.: A comprehensive and critical compilation, evaluation, and selection of physical-chemical property data for selected polychlorinated biphenyls, J. Phys. Chem. Ref. Data, 32, 1545-1590, doi:10.1063/1.1562632, 2003.
  • Mackay, D., Shiu, W. Y., and Ma, K. C.: Illustrated Handbook of Physical-Chemical Properties and Environmental Fate for Organic Chemicals, vol. I of Monoaromatic Hydrocarbons, Chlorobenzenes, and PCBs , Lewis Publishers, Boca Raton, 1992a.
  • Mackay, D., Shiu, W. Y., Ma, K. C., and Lee, S. C.: Handbook of Physical-Chemical Properties and Environmental Fate for Organic Chemicals, vol. II of Halogenated Hydrocarbons , CRC/Taylor & Francis Group, 2006b.
  • Paasivirta, J. and Sinkkonen, S. I.: Environmentally relevant properties of all 209 polychlorinated biphenyl congeners for modeling their fate in different natural and climatic conditions, J. Chem. Eng. Data, 54, 1189-1213, doi:10.1021/JE800501H, 2009.
  • Shiu, W. Y. and Mackay, D.: A critical review of aqueous solubilities, vapor pressures, Henry's law constants, and octanol-water partition coefficients of the polychlorinated biphenyls, J. Phys. Chem. Ref. Data, 15, 911-929, doi:10.1063/1.555755, 1986.


Table entries are sorted according to reliability of the data, listing the most reliable type first: L) literature review, M) measured, V) VP/AS = vapor pressure/aqueous solubility, R) recalculation, T) thermodynamical calculation, X) original paper not available, C) citation, Q) QSPR, E) estimate, ?) unknown, W) wrong. See Section 3.1 of Sander (2015) for further details.


143) Literature-derived value.
144) Final adjusted value.
262) Modified gas-stripping method (MGSM), see Lau et al. (2006) for details.
263) Integrated gas-stripping method (IGSM), see Lau et al. (2006) for details.
264) Calculated with the principal component regression (PCR) method, see Fang Lee (2007) for details.
265) Calculated with the partial least-square regression (PLSR) method, see Fang Lee (2007) for details.

The numbers of the notes are the same as in Sander (2015). References cited in the notes can be found here.

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