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 → acenaphthene

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Hscp d ln Hs cp / d (1/T) Reference Type Notes
[mol/(m3Pa)] [K]
7.2×10−2 Ma et al. (2010) L 143)
7.0×10−2 Ma et al. (2010) L 144)
5.5×10−2 6500 Fogg and Sangster (2003) L
4.2×10−2 Mackay and Shiu (1981) L
2.6×10−1 Lee et al. (2012) M
5.4×10−2 6600 Bamford et al. (1999a) M
6.2×10−2 Shiu and Mackay (1997) M
1.1×10−1 Zhang and Pawliszyn (1993) M
1.6×10−1 Fendinger and Glotfelty (1990) M
6.4×10−3 Mackay and Shiu (1981) M
4.1×10−2 Warner et al. (1980) M
6.8×10−2 Mackay et al. (1979) M
8.2×10−2 Mackay et al. (2006a) V
8.2×10−2 Shiu and Ma (2000) V
8.2×10−2 Shiu and Mackay (1997) V
1.2×10−2 Hwang et al. (1992) V
9.5×10−2 Eastcott et al. (1988) V
8.2×10−2 Cabani et al. (1981) V
1.2×10−1 Hine and Mookerjee (1975) V
3.4×10−2 2900 Paasivirta et al. (1999) T
4.1×10−2 2800 Goldstein (1982) X 116)
5.2×10−2 McCarty (1980) X 145)
6.4×10−2 HSDB (2015) C
4.1×10−2 Smith et al. (1993) C
4.0×10−2 Ryan et al. (1988) C
4.1×10−2 Shen (1982) C
2.2×10−1 Hilal et al. (2008) Q
5500 Kühne et al. (2005) Q
1.1×10−1 Nirmalakhandan and Speece (1988a) Q
7.9×10−2 Arbuckle (1983) Q
6600 Kühne et al. (2005) ?


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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.


116) Value given here as quoted by Staudinger and Roberts (1996).
143) Literature-derived value.
144) Final adjusted value.
145) Value given here as quoted by Petrasek et al. (1983).

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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