The vapor pressure of environmentally significant organic chemicals: A review of methods and data at ambient temperature

Alessandro Delle Site

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The experimental techniques and the prediction procedures for the determination or evaluation of the vapor pressure of environmentally relevant organic compounds are described; with 259 references examined. For each of them the characteristics of precision and accuracy are given, when available from the literature. The experimental methods are classified as "direct" and "indirect." The first class includes all those which can measure directly the vapor pressure, while the second concerns those which need "known" vapor pressures of reference compounds for the calibration. Prediction methods are based on the application of the Clapeyron-Clausius equation or on the quantitative structure-property relationships. Also correlation methods require a suitable calibration. The vapor pressures at ambient temperature for several polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, polychlorinated biphenyls, polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and furans, selected pesticides, and some reference compounds are tabulated together with the vapor pressure equations and the enthalpy values in the temperature range of measurement. A critical comparison, based on a statistical analysis of the data obtained with different methods and derived from 152 references, is also carried out. © 1996 American Institute of Physics and American Chemical Society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157 - 193
Number of pages37
JournalJournal of Physical and Chemical Reference Data
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1997
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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