Chemistry International
Vol. 22, No.4, July 2000

2000, Vol. 22
No. 4 (July)
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Vol. 22, No. 4
July 2000

New Books and Publications

New Publication from the American Chemical Society and the American Institute of Physics

IUPAC-NIST Solubility Data Series 67. Halogenated Ethanes and Ethenes with Water.

By Ari L. Horvath, Forrest W. Getzen, and Z. Maczynska. USD 109.00. Published in the Journal of Physical and Chemical Reference Data, Vol. 28, No. 2, pp. 395-627, 1999, by the American Chemical Society (1155 Sixteenth Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036-9976) and the American Institute of Physics (Suite 1NO1, 2 Huntington Quadrangle, Melville, NY 11747-4502) for the National Institute of Standards and Technology [S0047-2689(99)00202-0].

This volume covers the solubilities of halogenated ethanes and ethenes with water, heavy water, seawater, and aqueous electrolyte solutions. All data were critically examined for their reliability, and best value esti-mates were selected on the basis of such evaluations. Referenced works are presented in the standard IUPAC-NIST Solubility Data Series format. Reported and best value data are presented in tabular form and, where justified, data correlation equations and graphical illustrations are provided. Throughout the volume, SI conventions have been employed as the customary units.

The importance of these data arises from the fact that halogenated ethanes and ethenes have commercial uses as industrial chemicals, propellants, solvents, and the like. In such applications, often from spillage, leakage, or mishandling, they contact water and are exposed to the atmosphere. The data are essential for concentration estimates for the halogenated ethanes and ethenes in drinking and ground water, foodstuffs, human tissue, marine organisms, and the atmosphere.

The halogenated aliphatics are of particular interest to health scientists, engineers, environmentalists, and atmospheric chemists in that they represent a class of chemical materials that has many significant industrial applications. However, at the same time, these substances have been shown, in some cases, to be carcinogenic and also to be especially damaging to the earth's atmospheric composition through their chemical reactivity, which results in atmospheric ozone depletion. The high ozone depletion potentials of this class of chemical substances emphasizes the importance of having available complete, accurate, and reliable data for mutual solubilities with water. The availability of such data is essential for estimates of halogenated hydrocarbon levels in both natural waters and aqueous industrial liquids that result from industrial fabrication, industrial waste removal processes, and the like. The data also provide significant solubility values for studies concerning the health of human and other biological systems.

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