Is xenon an "ennobled" alkane?

Eduardo J. M. Filipe, Lino M. B. Dias, Jorge C. G. Calado, Clare McCabe, George Jackson

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Recent studies on liquid mixtures involving xenon and the light n-alkanes have revealed that, in many ways, xenon behaves like a member of the n-alkane family. The observed behaviour can be interpreted at the molecular level in terms of size and intermolecular potential. In this work the extension of this analogy to other microscopic and macroscopic properties is discussed. Furthermore, this behaviour is confirmed by the anaesthetic power of xenon relatively to those of the n-alkanes. We believe that this result might contribute to a better understanding of the mechanism of anaesthesia at the molecular level.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1618-1621
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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