Henry's Law Constants

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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 sulfur (S)Sulfur (C, H, O, N, Cl, S) → carbon oxide sulfide

TRIVIAL NAME: carbonyl sulfide
CAS RN:463-58-1

Hcp d ln Hcp / d (1/T) Reference Type Notes
[mol/(m3Pa)] [K]
2.1×10−4 3300 Warneck and Williams 2012 L
2.0×10−4 3500 Sander et al. 2011 L
2.0×10−4 3500 Sander et al. 2006 L
2.1×10−4 3000 Wilhelm et al. 1977 L
2.2×10−4 2100 De Bruyn et al. 1995b M
1.5×10−4 3800 Johnson and Harrison 1986 M 127)
1.5×10−4 3500 Hoyt 1982 M 127)
2.4×10−4 Stock and Kuß 1917 M
2.1×10−4 3300 Winkler 1906 M
3.4×10−4 Hempel 1901 M 236)
1.6×10−5 HSDB 2015 V
2.0×10−4 3500 Winkler 1907 X 291)
2.1×10−4 3300 Winkler 1907 X 292)
2900 Kühne et al. 2005 Q
3300 Kühne et al. 2005 ?
2.0×10−4 Yaws 1999 ?
1.9×10−4 Yaws and Yang 1992 ? 92)


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  • Hempel, W.: Ueber Kohlenoxysulfid, Z. Angew. Chem., 14, 865-868, doi:10.1002/ANGE.19010143502, 1901.
  • Hoyt, S. D.: The ocean-air exchange of carbonyl sulfide (OCS) and halocarbons, Ph.D. thesis, Oregon Graduate Center,, 1982.
  • HSDB: Hazardous Substances Data Bank, TOXicology data NETwork (TOXNET), National Library of Medicine (US),, 2015.
  • Johnson, J. E. and Harrison, H.: Carbonyl sulfide concentrations in the surface waters and above the Pacific Ocean, J. Geophys. Res., 91D, 7883-7888, doi:10.1029/JD091ID07P07883, 1986.
  • Kühne, R., Ebert, R.-U., and Schüürmann, G.: Prediction of the temperature dependency of Henry's law constant from chemical structure, Environ. Sci. Technol., 39, 6705-6711, doi:10.1021/ES050527H, 2005.
  • Sander, S. P., Friedl, R. R., Golden, D. M., Kurylo, M. J., Moortgat, G. K., Keller-Rudek, H., Wine, P. H., Ravishankara, A. R., Kolb, C. E., Molina, M. J., Finlayson-Pitts, B. J., Huie, R. E., and Orkin, V. L.: Chemical Kinetics and Photochemical Data for Use in Atmospheric Studies, Evaluation Number 15, JPL Publication 06-2, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA,, 2006.
  • Sander, S. P., Abbatt, J., Barker, J. R., Burkholder, J. B., Friedl, R. R., Golden, D. M., Huie, R. E., Kolb, C. E., Kurylo, M. J., Moortgat, G. K., Orkin, V. L., and Wine, P. H.: Chemical Kinetics and Photochemical Data for Use in Atmospheric Studies, Evaluation No. 17, JPL Publication 10-6, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena,, 2011.
  • Stock, A. and Kuß, E.: Zur Kenntnis des Kohlenoxysulfides COS, Ber. Dtsch. Chem. Ges., 50, 159-164, doi:10.1002/CBER.19170500125, 1917.
  • Warneck, P. and Williams, J.: The Atmospheric Chemist's Companion: Numerical Data for Use in the Atmospheric Sciences, Springer Verlag, doi:10.1007/978-94-007-2275-0, 2012.
  • Wilhelm, E., Battino, R., and Wilcock, R. J.: Low-pressure solubility of gases in liquid water, Chem. Rev., 77, 219-262, doi:10.1021/CR60306A003, 1977.
  • Winkler, L. W.: Gesetzmässigkeit bei der Absorption der Gase in Flüssigkeiten, Z. Phys. Chem., 55, 344-354, doi:10.1515/ZPCH-1906-5518, 1906.
  • Winkler, L. W.: Math. Termesz. Ertesitö, 25, 86, 1907.
  • Yaws, C. L., ed.: Chemical Properties Handbook, McGraw-Hill, Inc., 1999.
  • Yaws, C. L. and Yang, H.-C.: Henry's law constant for compound in water, in: Thermodynamic and Physical Property Data, edited by Yaws, C. L., pp. 181-206, Gulf Publishing Company, Houston, TX, 1992.


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.


92) Yaws and Yang (1992) give several references for the Henry's law constants but don't assign them to specific species.
127) Solubility in sea water.
236) Value at T = 287 K.
291) Value given here as quoted by Booth and Jolley (1943).
292) Value given here as quoted by Loomis (1928).

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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