The rotational barriers ΔG‡ (T) of the four atropisomeric polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) 2,2′,3,5′,6-pentachlorobiphenyl (PCB 95), 2,2′3,3′,4,6′-hexachlorobiphenyl (PCB 132), 2,2′,3,3′,6,6′-hexachlorobiphenyl (PCB 136), and 2,2′,3,4′,5′,6-hexachlorobiphenyl (PCB 149) were determined via on-line enantiomerization kinetics by a new stopped-flow multidimensional gas chromatographic technique (stopped-flow MDGC) employing Chirasil-Dex as chiral stationary phase for enantiomer separation. The calculated rotational barriers ΔG‡ (T) of the trichloro-ortho-substituted atropisomers are 184 ± 2 kJ/mol for PCB 95, 189 ± 4 kJ/mol for PCB 132, and 184 ± 1 kJ/mol for PCB 149 at 300°C. The rotational barrier ΔG‡ (T) of tetrachloro-ortho-substituted PCB 136 is at least (or higher than) 210 kJ/mol at 320°C. Chirality 10:316–320, 1998. © 1998 Wiley-Liss, Inc.