25 No. 4
July - August 2003
Experimental Determination of Solubilities
T. Hefter and Reginald P. T. Tomkins (editors)
John Wiley & Sons, 2003 (ISBN 0-471-49708-8)
book covers the most useful experimental methods for all types
of solubility measurements. The importance of solubility phenomena
has been long recognized throughout science. For example,
in medicine, the solubility of gases in liquids forms the
basis of life itself; in the environment, solubility phenomena
influence the weathering of rocks, the creation of soils,
the composition of natural water bodies, and the behavior
and fate of many chemicals. However, until now, no systematic
critical presentation of the methods for obtaining solubilities
has been given.
book is divided into five sections: the first addresses the
fundamental thermodynamic and kinetic background necessary
for a full understanding of solubility phenomena. The next
three sections cover the major types of solubility determinations
according to the physical state of the solute: gases, liquids,
and solids. The final section deals with those technologically
important areas whose traditions are sufficiently different
to justify their separate presentation.
chapter aims to be comprehensive but not encyclopedic, with
coverage of the reliable methods in the particular area. Illustrations
have been included to enable the novice investigator to quickly
develop apparatus of their own. Where appropriate, contributors
have included sets of data to enable workers to properly assess
the quality of their apparatus, technique, and data.
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