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Vol. 25 No. 6
November-December 2003

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Solubility Equilibria—in Honor of Heinz Gamsjäger

Monatshefte für Chemie/Chemical Monthly
Vol 134, No. 5, pp. 619–790, 2003

To honor Professor Heinz Gamsjäger, chairman of the IUPAC Subcommittee on Solubility and Equilibrium Data (SSED), on the occasion of his seventieth birthday, Monatshefte für Chemie/Chemical Monthly published a special issue on “Solubility Equilibria,” edited by Erich Königsberger. The authors of the contributions to this special issue have served for many years on the IUPAC Commission on Solubility Data (now SSED) and edited and contributed to numerous volumes of the IUPAC-NIST Solubility Data Series (SDS).

In the preface to the special issue, Mark Salomon, editor in chief of SDS, gives an overview of Heinz Gamsjäger’s scientific career from 1956, when he was awarded an M.Sc. degree (Dipl.-Ing. Technical Chemistry) by the Technical University Graz, until the present as an emeritus professor of physical chemistry at the University of Leoben, Austria, and chairman of SSED.

Gamsjäger was never one to rest; he was a visiting professor at many foreign universities, and in 1981 he was also an advisor to the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship for Research in Japan. He has served on the editorial board of Monatshefte für Chemie/Chemical Monthly since 1998, and on the editorial board of the IUPAC-NIST Solubility Data Series since 1994. Gamsjäger has also been a major driving force in the IUPAC Solubility Data Project since 1990 serving as Secretary of IUPAC Commission V.8 on Solubility Data from 1994 to 2000, and as Chairman of SSED from 2001 to the present. In his capacity as a member of IUPAC Commission and SSED, Gamsjäger has provided guidance, kind criticism, and friendship to his colleagues on SSED and has been instrumental in coordinating the efforts of over 100 distinguished scientists worldwide who are active in the work of SSED.

The papers published in this special issue of Monatshefte represent contributions from Professor Gamsjäger’s close friends and colleagues on SSED. The scope and creativity of these contributions are a tribute to his influence and interaction with his colleagues. The scientific topics cover a variety of solubility phenomena, including general aspects of gas-liquid solubilities (P. G. T. Fogg), gas-liquid and liquid-liquid solubilities of chloromethanes in water (H. L. Clever), and mutual water-hydrocarbon solubilities (A. Maczynski et al.). Solid-liquid solubility studies include double salt formation in ternary transition metal-alkali metal halide systems (Chr. Balarew and S. Tepavitcharova), solubilities in ternary aqueous systems involving Cu(II) (L. V. Chernykh et al.) and magnesium salts (F. Bousmina et al.), the crystallisation and phase stability of calcium sulfate based salts (D. Freyer and W. Voigt), and a new evaluation of the solubility constants of the three calcium carbonate polymorphs (A. De Visscher and J. Vanderdeelen). Other reviews deal with solubilities in mixed solvents of silver halides (W. E. Waghorne) and alkali metal fluorides (G. Senanayake and G. Hefter) and with solubility phenomena in ternary water-salt systems under sub- and supercritical conditions (V. Valyashko and M. Urusova). Solid-liquid solubilities also extend to lanthanide chlorides in molten alkali metal chlorides (M. Gaune-Escard and L. Rycerz), environmental aspects of Pb(II) arsenate stabilities (M. C. F. Magalhães and M. C. M. Silva), and an application of solubility measurements to medicine (G. Sadovska et al.).


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