Earth, Space, and Environmental Chemistry

Direct Measurements of Vapor Pressures of Chlorinated Paraffin Congeners from Technical Mixtures



Chlorinated Paraffins (CPs) are a complex group of manmade chemicals detected widely in the environment. To predict their environmental fate and effects, it is important to understand their physical-chemical properties including vapor pressure. In this study, the first direct measurements of the vapor pressure for CP congener groups (C10–16Cl4–11) are presented. Vapor pressure was measured above three industrial CP mixtures with different congener distributions between 20 and 50°C using a gas saturation method. The measured saturated vapor pressure (P*) decreased with increasing carbon chain length and Cl content. ΔHvap ranged between 73 and 122 kJ mol-1, consistent with data from the literature and model prediction. The experimental log P* at 25°C agreed well with predictions from an empirical regression model in the literature (R2 = 0.97; RSME = 0.25) and with those predicted from the COSMO-RS-trained fragment contribution model (R2 = 0.95; RSME = 0.35). A new empirical model was calibrated with the P* data for 35 congener groups measured in this study. Predicted log P* values correlate well with field-measured gas/particle partition coefficients and may therefore be used for estimating the environmental fate and pathways of a broad range of CPs in the environment.

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