The octanol/water partition coefficient of methylmercuric chloride and methylmercuric hydroxide in pure water and salt solutions

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  • Michael A. Major,

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    1. U.S. Army Biomedical Research and Development Laboratory, Ft. Detrick, Frederick, Maryland 21701-5010
    • U.S. Army Biomedical Research and Development Laboratory, Ft. Detrick, Frederick, Maryland 21701-5010
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  • David H. Rosenblatt,

    1. U.S. Army Biomedical Research and Development Laboratory, Ft. Detrick, Frederick, Maryland 21701-5010
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  • Karen A. Bostian

    1. U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Frederick, Maryland 21701-5011
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Abstract

The 1-octanol/water partition coefficient (Kow) of methylmercury was determined at pH 7 in water and in aqueous solutions ranging from 0.0003 to 0.6000 M in sodium chloride. It was also determined over a pH range of 2 to 10 with a fixed sodium chloride concentration of 0.0045 M. In these experiments, Kow was seen to increase with increasing chloride concentrations in the range 0.0 to 0.075 M and to decrease with increasing pH above 7. Results were similar whether low levels of methylmercuric chloride or methylmercuric hydroxide were used as the starting materials. Partitioning was not affected by changes in ionic strength.

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