Henry's Law Constants

Rolf Sander

Atmospheric Chemistry Division

Max-Planck Institute for Chemistry
Mainz, Germany


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 → 2-methylnaphthalene

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Hcp d ln Hcp / d (1/T) Reference Type Notes
[mol/(m3Pa)] [K]
1.8×10−2 5600 Fogg and Sangster 2003 L
3.5×10−2 5500 Hiatt 2013 M
1.6×10−2 Altschuh et al. 1999 M
1.9×10−2 5400 Bamford et al. 1999a M
2.2×10−2 De Maagd et al. 1998 M 9)
5.0×10−5 1200 Hansen et al. 1993 M 105)
3.1×10−2 Fendinger and Glotfelty 1990 M
2.0×10−2 Mackay et al. 2006a V
2.6×10−2 De Maagd et al. 1998 V 9)
2.0×10−2 Shiu and Mackay 1997 V
2.4×10−2 Meylan and Howard 1991 V
2.0×10−2 Eastcott et al. 1988 V
2.4×10−2 Mackay and Shiu 1981 V
2.0×10−2 Mackay et al. 1992b X 142)
2.6×10−2 Hilal et al. 2008 Q
5500 Kühne et al. 2005 Q
1.7×10−2 Meylan and Howard 1991 Q
5700 Kühne et al. 2005 ?
2.0×10−2 Yaws and Yang 1992 ? 92)
Shiu and Ma 2000 W 140)


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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.


9) Value at T = 293 K.
92) Yaws and Yang (1992) give several references for the Henry's law constants but don't assign them to specific species.
105) The same data were also published in Hansen et al. (1995).
140) Because of discrepancies between the values shown in Tables 4 and 5 of Shiu and Ma (2000), the data are not used here.
142) Value given here as quoted by Haynes (2014).

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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