Original Paper

Journal of Solution Chemistry

, Volume 35, Issue 9, pp 1315-1328

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Refractive Indices, Densities and Excess Molar Volumes of Monoalcohols + Water

  • Jose V. HerráezAffiliated withDepartment of Thermodynamics, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Valencia Email author 
  • , R. BeldaAffiliated withDepartment of Thermodynamics, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Valencia

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The refractive index, n D , and density, ρ, of binary mixtures of monoalcohols + water, have been measured at a temperature of 298.15,K and atmospheric pressure. The variation of the refractive indices of these solutions has also been determined with temperature in the range T = (278.15 to 338.15) K and atmospheric pressure. A comparative study has been made of the refractive indices obtained experimentally and those calculated by means of the Lorentz-Lorenz [Theory of Electrons, Dover Phoenix (1952)] and Gladstone-Dale relations [Trans. R. Soc. London 148:887–902 (1858)]; in all cases, the Gladstone–Dale equation was seen to afford values similar to those obtained experimentally. Calculations have been made of the excess molar volumes, V E, and the molar refraction deviations, ΔR, of these mixtures and the differences between the experimental values for refractive index and those obtained by means of the Gladstone–Dale equation. Values of V E were compared with others in the literature. In all cases the V E values were negative, and in all cases, except in the methanol + water, ΔR showed a maximum for x = 0.8.


Monoalcohols Refractive index Density Lorentz-Lorenz relation Gladstone-Dale relation Excess molar volume Molar refraction deviations