Henry's Law Constants

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Max-Planck Institute for Chemistry
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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 ConstantsHydrocarbons (C, H)Polynuclear aromatics → chrysene

CAS RN:218-01-9

Hcp d ln Hcp / d (1/T) Reference Type Notes
[mol/(m3Pa)] [K]
2.3 Ma et al. 2010 L 143)
2.7 Ma et al. 2010 L 144)
2.1 Lee et al. 2012 M
1.9 13000 Bamford et al. 1999a M
9.4 Zhang and Pawliszyn 1993 M
1.0×101 HSDB 2015 V
1.5×101 Mackay et al. 2006a V
1.5×101 Shiu and Ma 2000 V
2.2 Eastcott et al. 1988 V
2.0×10−1 6400 Paasivirta et al. 1999 T
9.4 Smith et al. 1993 C
4.6×10−3 Ryan et al. 1988 C
6.6 Petrasek et al. 1983 C
3.6 Hilal et al. 2008 Q


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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.

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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