Mixed Hydrogen Bond Chains

  • P. L. Huyskens


Hydrogen bond chains of the type…O-H…O-H…O-H… play a dominant role in the structure and properties of water and alcohols. Since 1937 the classical thermodynamic treatments consider successive equilibria between monomers, dimers, trimers a.s.o. Unfortunately, they are unable to predict the order of magnitude of the solubilities of alcanes or other substances in water. It is the merit of Professor Luck to have rejected the hypothesis of successive equilibria (Luck 1980).


Electron Pair Association Constant Primary Alcohol Water Mole Formal Concentration 
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  1. Huyskens P, Haulait-Pirson MC, Hanssens I, Mullens J (1980) J Phys Chem 84: 28–33CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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  3. Huyskens P, Siegel G (1987) Bull Soc Chim Belg (to be published)Google Scholar
  4. Luck WAP (1980) Angewandte Chemie 92: 29–42CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. L. Huyskens
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  1. 1.Department of ChemistryUniversity of LeuvenHeverleeBelgium

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