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Pure Appl. Chem., 2008, Vol. 80, No. 2, pp. 233-276


Glossary of terms related to solubility (IUPAC Recommendations 2008)

Heinz Gamsjäger1, John W. Lorimer2, Pirketta Scharlin3 and David G. Shaw4

1 Lehrstuhl für Physikalische Chemie, Montanuniversität Leoben, Franz-Josef-Strasse 18, A-8700 Leoben, Austria
2 Department of Chemistry, The University of Western Ontario, London, ON N6A 5B7, Canada
3 Department of Chemistry, University of Turku, FIN-20014, Turku, Finland
4 Institute of Marine Science, University of Alaska at Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK 99775-7220, USA

Abstract: Phenomena related to the solubility of solids, liquids, and gases with one another are of interest to scientists and technologists in an array of disciplines. The diversity of backgrounds of individuals concerned with solubility creates a potential for confusion and miscommunication and heightens the need for an authoritative glossary of terms related to solubility. This glossary defines 166 terms used to describe solubility and related phenomena. The definitions are consistent with one another and with recommendations of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry for terminology and nomenclature.