Reconciling the magnitude of the microscopic and macroscopic hydrophobic effects.

@article{Sharp1991ReconcilingTM,
  title={Reconciling the magnitude of the microscopic and macroscopic hydrophobic effects.},
  author={Kim A. Sharp and Anthony Nicholls and R F Fine and Barry Honig},
  journal={Science},
  year={1991},
  volume={252 5002},
  pages={106-9}
}
The magnitude of the hydrophobic effect, as measured from the surface area dependence of the solubilities of hydrocarbons in water, is generally thought to be about 25 calories per mole per square angstrom (cal mol-1 A-2). However, the surface tension at a hydrocarbon-water interface, which is a "macroscopic" measure of the hydrophobic effect, is approximately 72 cal mol-1 A-2. In an attempt to reconcile these values, alkane solubility data have been reevaluated to account for solute-solvent… CONTINUE READING

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