Oxygen in the n-Alkanes

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The solubility of oxygen in the n-alkanes has been studied by some seven workers (1-7) with surprisingly poor agreement. This is most striking when examining the figure below. The work of Makranczy, et al. (1) shows a decreasing solubility with increasing carbon number while that of Blance and Batiste (2) shows an increasing solubility. The work of these two groups appears to be of comparable precision. However, a judgment on accuracy must depend on a definitive study of these systems.