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Properties Data for Chemicals and Materials



Best General Sources

  • Knovel E-Books: Science and Engineering

    A great place to start your search for properties data. This database provides full-text access to an online collection of over 1,000 science and engineering reference books. Many of the books are enhanced with interactive tables, graphs, and equation plotters that allow you to manipulate and customize the data. The Knovel database includes a unique way of finding properties data using its Data Search feature.  To learn more how to use Data Search within Knovel, see the short online tutorial at: http://why.knovel.com/resources/knovel-tutorial-videos/483-data-search.html

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  • CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics

    This classic handbook contains hundreds of tables of critically evaluated data. The handbook is revised annually. Coverage includes analytical chemistry, astronomy, atomic and molecular physics, biochemistry, constants and units, electrochemistry, isotopes, fluid properties, geophysics, health and safety information, materials properties, nuclear and particle physics, polymer properties, and thermochemistry.

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  • NIST Chemistry WebBook

    This database contains high quality data compiled by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Up to 45 thermochemical, thermophysical, and ion energetics properties are available for over 40,000 compounds. Included is reaction thermochemistry data and a variety of spectra, when available. The database is predominantly organic with a few small inorganic compounds. To browse other high quality NIST databases, visit the NIST Data Gateway, which provides information for over 94 NIST databases (Note: some are not free.)

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  • ThermoLit

    ThermoLit is a free database from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) that allows you to zero in on literature references covering over four million thermophysical and thermochenmical property data points of compounds, systems, and reactions. Use the search system to select the "System Type" (pure compounds, binary mixtures, or tertiary mixture), then enter the compound names, molecular formulas, or CAS Registery Numbers, next select the desired "Property Group," e.g, critical properties, phase transition properties, or refractive index, and depending on the property group selected, specify a specific property (e.g., critical temperature) and phase (solid, liquid, gas, etc). A highly relevant set of literature references will be returned, which can be saved as an Adobe PDF file.

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  • MatWeb: The On-line Materials Information Resource

    MatWeb provides free materials property data for over 25,400 materials. Included are polymers, metals, alloys, superalloys, ceramics, glass, fibers, composites, semiconductors, and aerogels. Up to 75 properties are available for each material. Searching can be done by material type, trade name, specification number, manufacturer, up to three different property ranges, and alloy composition ranges. For a small subscription fee, additional features and search options are available.

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  • ChemSpider (Royal Society of Chemistry)

    ChemSpider extracts a wide range of information about chemicals and materials by crawling the Internet in much the same way Google Scholar extracts scholarly references. The Properties heading provides basic property and safety information, much of it taken from material safety datasheets, as well as predicted properties. The Data Sources heading provides a rich set of physical, biological, metabolic, toxicological, and environmental data in addition to spectral and more safety data. ChemSpider can be searched by names, substructures, CAS registry numbers, and InChI identifiers.

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  • Thermophysical Properties of High Temperature Solid Materials

    This major multi-volume set covers specific heat, thermal expansion, viscosity, thermal diffusivity, thermal radiative properties, thermal conductivity, and thermal expansion for a wide range of materials. Available in print only in the Silverman Reference Collection on the 2nd floor of Capen Hall under the call number REF QC173.397.P87.

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  • SciFinder

    Created by Chemical Abstracts Service, this database system provides detailed access to the properties of chemicals and many other types of substances via the largest substance database in the world and a very large database of references to journal and patent literature. Substance records now contain a long list of calculated and experimental properties.

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  • Yaws' Critical Property Data for Chemical Engineers and Chemists

    This database contains over 290,000 data records covering physical, thermophysical, thermodynamic, transport, safety, and environmental properties for over 5,000 inorganic substances and over 35,000 organic substances.

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  • Tables of Physical and Chemical Constants (Kaye & Laby - 16th ed. 1995) 

    Free full-text access to this classic reference work: units & fundamental constants, general physics, chemistry, atomic and nuclear physics, engineering data, statistical methods, lab safety and quality assurance. A table of contents display is supplemented with a search engine. Also available in print in the Silverman Library [Capen] Reference Collection under the call number REF QC61 .K3 1995.

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  • Landolt-Bornstein Numerical Data & Functional Relationships in Science & Technology is currently available only in print in the Silverman Library [Capen] Reference Collection under the call number REF QC61.L3.
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Property Resource Directories


The directories and guides listed in the web guides below were prepared by librarians at other libraries whose holdings will not exactly match the print and electronic resources available to UB patrons. To check if the UB Libraries owns a particular resource cited on one of the websites below, search for it by title in the UB Libraries Catalog.


Chemicals (see also Environmental & Toxicological Properties)

Beyond the resources listed in the "Best General Resources" section above.

  • Chemical Properties Handbook

    Contains properties data for both organic (C1 to C28) and inorganic (Ag to Zn) substances for a range of temperatures and conditions. Available in print in the Silverman Library [Capen] Reference Collection, call number REF TP200 .Y35 1999.

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  • Gmelin's Handbook of Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry (print only) is an extensive multi-volume collection of data for inorganic and organometallic compounds. The print volumes are available in the Silverman Library [Capen] Reference Collection under the call number REF QD 151.G63. The print edition ceased publication at the end of 1997; however, UB's subscription ended in 1993, though a few post-1993 volumes have been acquired. Though many of the volumes are in German, English table of contents and section headings in the page margins are provided for all but the very oldest volumes.
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  • ChemExper Chemical Directory

    This web site provides a metasearch of over 70,000 chemicals from more than 20 supplier catalogs. The directory can be searched by registry number, molecular formula, chemical names, physical and chemical characteristics, and substructure. Links are provided to the supplier's web site and to 16,000 MSDS, mostly from Acros. Only the basic properties are directly provided: density, melting point, boiling point, and flash point. However, links to the full-text of the MSDS will usually provide some additional properties.

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  • CODATA Fundamental Physical Constants

    The Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) has established internationally agreed upon values for key chemical substances. NIST maintains this web page of the 2010 CODATA recommended values. For additional information, see Background Information related to the constants.

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  • International Critical Tables of Numeric Data, Physics, Chemistry and Technology (National Research Council/Knovel) and Knovel Critical Tables

    The International Critical Tables, a classic source for physical properties, has now been extended by Knovel, whose version has over 40 interatcive tables.

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  • IUPAC-NIST Solubility Database

    This database contains mutual solubility and liquid-liquid equilibrium data tables for 4,400 systems of up to 4 components. The data is taken from selected volumes of the IUPAC Solubility Data Series originally published by Pergamon Press. The complete set of the print volumes are found under various call numbers in the Silverman Library [Capen] Reference Collection. Simply search the Catalog by the series titles, "Solubility Data Series."

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  • The Dictionary of Organic Compounds

    Published by Chapman & Hall, this work is available in print in the Silverman Library Reference Collection (call number REF QD251.D49 1982). Basic properties are given for a large number of chemicals.

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  • The Merck Index

    The most recent edition of the Merck Index is available in print and is shelved in the Silverman Library Reference Collection, call number REF RS356.M524.  We also have the earlier 12th edition available as a structure-searchable CD-ROM (also in the Silverman Reference area). In addition to basic properties, the Merck Index includes a concise history of the preparation and use of nearly 10,000 chemicals, drugs, and biologicals.

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  • The TRC Comprehensive Index (1998)

    On CD-ROM, provides a master index to a little known but superb set of data compilations originally produced by the Texas Engineering Experiment Station's Thermodynamics Research Center, now under the auspices of the U.S. National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST). The CD-ROM is mounted on a workstation located in the Silverman Library [Capen] Reference area on the 2nd floor of the library.  The index entries reference a number of printed loose-leaf sets in the Science & Engineering periodical collection on the 3rd floor of the Silverman Library. Search the library catalog for "TRC" to determine the exact call number/location for each set (thermodynamics - hydrocarbons, UV spectra data, etc.)

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  • WebElements

    An interactive periodic table containing property data for all known chemical elements.

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  • Yaws' Handbook of Thermodynamic and Physical Properties of Chemical Compounds

    Covers properties over a range of temperatures for 5,000 organic chemical compounds from C1 to C70 organics. All tables in this book are interactive (live) and most contain live equations for easy calculation and plotting of the properties. Available to UB with our subscription to the Knovel e-books database.

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Metals and Alloys

Beyond the resources listed in the Best General Resources Section.


Polymers and Plastics

  • Engineered Materials Handbook: Engineering Plastics, Vol. 2

    This print handbook, shelved in the Silverman Library Reference Collection under the call number REF TA403.E497 1987 v.2, includes physical, electrical, optical, thermal, mechanical, and chemical properties for all forms of engineering plastics. Each section is arranged by polymer class and covers all aspects of the technology.

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  • Polymer Data Handbook

    Available to UB online via our subscription to Knovel, the 2nd edition of this handbook contains properties data for 218 polymers.

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  • Plastics Additives Database

    SpecialChem operates a set of free information services to link users and suppliers of plastic additives. A 9,500 product database from about 260 suppliers can be searched by additive function, base polymer, trade name, supplier, and keywords. The search can be limited to additives approved for food contact. Technical articles, datasheets, links to supplier web sites, and Web forms for requesting quotations, technical data, or samples are available. Free registration is required to display much of the information.

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  • PLASPEC Global

    Plastics Technology Magazine provides information on over 13,190 grades of plastics. They are searchable by about 60 properties, supplier name, resin family, descriptive terms like color, and price ranges. As expected, properties related to processing and use of plastics such as cure time, melt viscosity, impact strength, and flammability are emphasized.  Users can choose either the basic (free) version or PlaspecComplete, which contains advanced search and data organization features.

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  • CRC Handbook of Thermodynamic Data of Aqueous Polymer Solutions
    CRC Handbook of Thermodynamic Data of Copolymer Solutions
    CRC Handbook of Thermodynamic Data of Polymer Solutions at Elevated Pressures

    Set of three handbooks available to the UB community through our subscription to CRC Press' e-books platform CRCnetBASE (formerly ENGnetBASE).

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  • Fatigue and Tribological Properties of Plastics and Elastomers, 2nd Edition (2010)

    This handbook, available through our subscription to Knovel, represents a collection of test results for over 100 plastics and elastomers for various fatigue and tribological properties. Results are presented in textual, graphical, and tabular formats.

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Other Materials

Beyond the resources listed in the Best General Resources Section.

  • Food Properties Handbook

    This print handbook contains a variety of properties data for food. It is shelved in the Silverman Library Reference Collection, call number REF TX541 .F67 1995.

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  • NIST Ceramics WebBook

    This resource consists of two searchable databases, High-Temperature Superconductors (WebHTS) and Structural Ceramics (WebSCD), and one browsable collection of property data summaries (WebPDS) for six categories of ceramics. The superconductor database provides evaluated thermal, mechanical, and superconducting properties for oxide superconductors. Materials are searchable by chemical family, informal name, structure type, and desired property. The structural database provides evaluated data for a wide range of structural, engineering, and fine ceramics.

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  • NIST Heat Transmission Properties of Insulating and Building Materials

    This database contains thermal conductivity data from over 2,000 measurements covering materials typically used in building construction including concrete, fiberboard, plastics, thermal insulation, and rubber. The data cover a temperature range corresponding to most building applications.

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  • Handbook of Glass Properties

    Compilation of thermal, mechanical, electrical, and other properties for a wide range of glasses. Available to UB with our subscription to the Knovel e-books database.

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  • Knovel Solvents - A Properties Database

    A comprehensive collection of over 145 properties for over 1600 different solvents. Available to UB with our subscription to the Knovel e-books database.

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Environmental and Toxicological Properties

  • TOXNET

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • Handbook of Hazardous Chemical Properties

    This book, available via Knovel, 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.

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  • Fate Pointer File

    The Syracuse Research Corporation's Fate Pointer 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.

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  • Sittig's Handbook of Toxic and Hazardous Chemicals and Carcinogens (6th ed., 2012)

    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.

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  • Illustrated Handbook of Physical-Chemical Properties and Environmental Fate for Organic Chemicals

    Compiled by Donald MacKay, this is an extensive collection of data contained in a multi-volume set. The volumes are shelved in the Silverman Library [Capen] Reference Collection, call number REF TD196.O73 M32 1992.

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Phase Diagrams

  • Phase Diagrams for Ceramists, NIST, 12 vols. plus index, Silverman Library Reference Colleciton, REF QD501 .L592.
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  • Phase Diagrams: A Literature Source Book, J. Wisniak, 2 vols., 1981+1986 Supplement, Silverman Library Reference Collection, REF QD503 .W575
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  • Binary Alloy Phase Diagrams, T. Massalski, 3 vols., 2nd ed., 1990, Silverman Library Reference Collection, REF TN690 .B528
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  • Ternary Alloys, G. Petzow and G. Effenburg, 6 vols., 1988-1993, Silverman Library Reference Collection, REF TN690 .T438
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  • Handbook of Ternary Alloy Phase Diagrams, ASM, 10 vols., 1997, Silverman Library Reference Collection, REF TN690 .V493
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Semiconductors

Through the UB Libraries' subscription to Knovel, UB has online access to the following titles in the INSPEC EMIS Datareview Series; these provide selected properties data for the following:

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