DETERMINATION OF THE SOLUBILITY OF NEON IN WATER AND EXTRACTED HUMAN FAT.
SCHOOL OF AEROSPACE MEDICINE BROOKS AFB TEX
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A gas chromatographic technic in conjunction with a modified Van Slyke apparatus is described for the determination of the Bunsen absorption coefficient alpha for neon in water, olive oil, and extracted human fat. Essentially, the method consists of a double extraction of sample material that has been equilibrated at a stated temperature with neon. The gas liberated from the sample is then quantified by gas chromatography. The observed Bunsen absorption coefficient alpha for neon in water agrees closely with the value reported in literature. The present method may be regarded as sufficiently accurate for the determination of neon solubility in biologic fluids, fats, and oils. Present results of the solubility of neon in extracted human fat confirm a prediction that the biologic properties of neon should lie between nitrogen and helium, coming somewhat closer to the latter. The observed Bunsen absorption coefficients supply new information on the solubility of neon in human fatty material, olive oil, and water. Author