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Properties Data for Chemicals & Materials: Environ & 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.


    TOXNET (TOXicology Data NETwork) is a group of databases covering chemicals and drugs, diseases and the environment, environmental health, occupational safety and health, poisoning, risk assessment and regulations, and toxicology. It includes a wide variety of toxicology data.

  • Dictionary of Substances and Their Effects  UB ONLY

    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  UB ONLY

    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.

  • Fate Pointers File   PUBLIC

    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  UB ONLY

    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 1992.

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