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Environmental Engineering Research: Environmental & Toxicological Properties

Environmental and toxicological properties can be found using the following specialized sources:

    Created by the National Library of Medicine, TOXNET is a set of high quality databases that provides extensive summary information on the environmental and toxicological properties of substances. One of the best TOXNET databases to start with is the Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB), which is a carefully reviewed summary of 4,700 compounds with all information on each compound appearing in a single, well-structured record.

  • Patty's Toxicology
    Premier reference for toxicological information on a large number of industrial chemicals that pose potential health hazards. Patty's covers metal compounds; organic halogenated hydrocarbons and organic nitrogen compounds; organic halogenated hydricarbons and aliphatic carboxylic acid compounds; ketones, alcohols, and ester compounds; and epoxy, glycol ethers, and synthetic polymer compounds.

  • Dictionary of Substances and Their Effects
    This 2005 electronic version of the original seven-volume reference work published by the Royal Society of Chemistry is available to the UB community via Knovel. It contains information on approximately 5,300 chemicals and their impact on the environment. Includes detailed information about the toxicity of the chemicals, physical properties and regulatory requirements. The information can be accessed through a live summary table that links to the detailed summaries or by browsing the table of contents for a specific chemical.

  • Handbook of Hazardous Chemical Properties
    This book provides extensive information on nearly 700 chemicals of commercial and industrial importance, as well as extensive health (toxicological) and safety handling information. It provides chemical specific information pertinent to safe handling and transportation of chemicals, worker protection, emergency response information to address spills, explosions on fire situations, and chemical stability/reactivity data.

  • Eisler's Encyclopedia of Environmentally Hazardous Priority Chemicals
    For chemicals identified by a panel of environmental specialists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, information is presented on sources, uses, physical and chemical properties, tissue concentrations in field collections and their significance, and lethal and sublethal effects under controlled conditions. This includes effects on survival, growth, reproduction, metabolism, carcinogenicity, teratogenicity, and mutagenicity, as well as proposed regulatory criteria for the protection of sensitive natural resources, crops, livestock, and human health.

  • Handbook of Ecotoxicology
    Collection of information on ecotoxicological testing. Part A concentrates on techniques, especially tests used for prediction. Thorough descriptions of the main tests are provided, followed by critical analyses in terms of ease of handling, repeatability and ecological relevance. Part B focuses on the toxicants themselves: summarizing their ecological effects, describing ways of predicting effects from physico-chemical properties alone, and describing and discussing fate models.

  • Fate Pointers File
    The Syracuse Research Corporation's Fate Pointers File contains chemical structures (approx. 15,000), chemical names (approx. 20,000) and links to environmental propeties data.  Some of the values are estimated rather than experimental. Up to eight physical properties are provided: melting point, boiling point, water solubility, octanol-water partition coefficient, vapor pressure, pKa (acidity), Henry's law constant, and OH rate constant in the atmosphere. The database can be searched by CAS registry number, substance name (wildcard, which is an asterisk *, can be used), or SMILES notation, or by substructure searching.

  • Sittig's Handbook of Toxic and Hazardous Chemicals and Carcinogens
    The electronic version of the fourth edition of this classic title, available via Knovel, is the most complete reference available providing information on almost 1,400 of the most heavily used, transported, and regulated chemical substances of occupational and environmental concern.

  • Illustrated Handbook of Physical-Chemical Properties and Environmental Fate for Organic Chemicals
    This is an extensive collection of data contained in a multi-volume set. The volumes are shelved in the Lockwood Library Science & Engineering Reference Collection, call number REF TD196.O73 M32

  • Handbook of Environmental Fate and Exposure Data for Organic Chemicals
    This five-volume set is shelved in the Lockwood Library Science & Engineering Reference Collection, call number REF D176.4 .H69

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