Experimental vapour pressures of eight n-Alkanes (C17, C18, C20, C22, C24, C26, C28 and C31) at ambient temperatures

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  • Department of Environmental Sciences/Center of Excellence in Environmental Studies, King Abdulaziz University


We present direct room-temperature vapour pressure measurements for eight semi-volatile n-alkanes of atmospheric importance. Measured vapour pressures range from 8.4 ±1.6 x 10-3 Pa for C17, to 1.7 ±0.6 x 10-8 Pa for C31. The new measurements for C17-C18 are in reasonable agreement but at the lower end of values in the literature; the new measurements for C28 and C31 are one-to-two orders of magnitude higher than most literature values, but six orders of magnitude higher than the lowest values in the literature. Our measurements are suitable for atmospheric aerosol modelling and interpretation of environmental measurements, interpolated in carbon number where necessary, and extrapolated over temperatures relevant to the atmospheric boundary layer using the Clausius-Clapeyron equation with literature values of the enthalpy of vaporisation.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)739-745
Number of pages7
JournalAtmospheric Environment
Early online date13 Jun 2019
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sep 2019


  • Physico-chemical properties, vapour pressure, n-alkanes