Databases and books are available that compile property data from many different sources. These databases and books usually cover many related properties for substances within a "group" such as metals, plastics, organic chemicals, etc. so they are convenient ways to cover a lot of ground with just a few searches.
- Databases and Internet Resources:
- Alloy Phase Diagram Database
Over 36,500 binary and ternary phase diagrams, associated phase data (crystal, reaction, and transformation) and bibliographic references for more than 6200 systems. Explore (browse) the database from an alphabetical list of elemental components or search by typing in the components. ASU Library subscription database.
- ARS Pesticides Properties Database
"Compendium of chemical,physical and environmental properties of 334 widely used pesticides. Free web database.
- ASM Handbooks Online
The online version of the 20+ volume "Metals Handbook" plus supplements, desk editions and archives. Covers all types of metals and all types of properties; search or browse features available. Volume 23 of the Handbook covers materials for medical devices. ASU Library subscription database.
- CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics
Contains basic physical properties (boiling point, melting point, density, refractive index and solubility) for approximately 11,000 elements and compounds. Additional types of property data is also available but coverage is limited in each category to small groups of selected compounds. ASU Library subscription database.
- EPA's Chemistry Dashboard
Covers over 741,000 Chemicals. Also available as "CompTox Mobile" app for iphone/ipad. Includes:
- Wikipedia entry
- Intrinsic Properties
- Structural Identifiers
- Record Information
- Chemical Properties
- Links to external sites with info
- Product Compositions
- Analytical Methods
"Internationally peer reviewed information on chemicals commonly used throughout the world, which may also occur as contaminants in the environment and food." Covers publications from 14 international agencies. Free web database.
Properties of polymers, metals, ceramics, semiconductors and fibers. Free web database.
- NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards
"Presents key data for chemicals or substance groupings (such as cyanides, fluorides, manganese compounds) that are found in workplaces. The guide offers key facts, but does not give all relevant data. The NPG helps users recognize and control workplace chemical hazards." Free web database.
- NIST Data Gateway: Free Online Databases
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) provides a variety of property databases, many of which are freely available on the web. Most of the databases cover physical and chemical properties and math functions although a few are related to biomedicine. Free web databases.
- NPIC Fact Sheets
The National Pesticide Information Center provides "active Ingredient Fact Sheets [that] summarize the current knowledge for each pesticide ingredient, and are not intended to be an exhaustive review of available scientific information. These fact sheets include information on the chemicals' physical characteristics, mode of action, regulation, health effects, and environmental fate. Our goal is to present relevant scientific information from credible sources." Written for the general public. Free web database.
For ASU authorized users only, REQUIRES REGISTRATION. To access properties of chemical substances, switch search to "Substance Identifier", input the substance name or CAS Registry number; on the results page, click on the CAS Registry number above the structure box for that substance. Covers experimental and predictive acoustical, biological, chemical, electrical, electronic, flow/diffusion, interface, magnetic, mechanical, optical and thermal properties. ASU Library subscription database.
Contains chemical, physical and environmental fate data for solvents. Health, safety, and regulatory information is also covered. Free web database.
- ToxNet (Toxicology Data Network)
The U.S. National Library of Medicine provides 16 databases covering toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases. Free Web Databases.
- Where to find Material Safety Data Sheets on the Internet
Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS, sometimes called Safety Data Sheets, SDS) cover information needed by employers and workers who use these materials. Although not intended for use outside of the workplace, these documents do provide some physical and chemical property data plus toxicity, fire-fighting measures, and safe storage and handling procedures. Free web database.
- Landolt-Börnstein series (L-B)
QC61 L36x Science Reference
This extensive collection contains property data gathered from literature from the 1960s to 2002. Coverage includes data related to nuclear and particle physics, molecules and radicals, crystals and solid state physics, macroscopic properties, physical chemistry, geophysics, astrophysics and biophysics. To identify what property data is available in this set and in which volume, use the Springer Materials database. Please note that the ASU Library do not have a subscription to Springer Materials, however searching within the database is free and the free portion of each record will tell you where the information is within L-B. For L-B items within Springer Materials that were added after 2002 and for the Springer Material information added from sources other than L-B, please use our Interlibrary Loan service.
- ASU Library One Search
the ASU Library has many books that contain property data, however, searching for them requires a special strategy. Most of these books focus on a group of related substances and/or properties and their titles can be generic. Searching for a specific property of a specific substance does not work because the catalog looks at only the book title and in some cases, a table of contents; the catalog does not look at the full text of the book. To find these books, the searcher must think more broadly.
If researcher needs to find the heat of formation for a specific substance, they would have more success if they searched for books about thermodynamics or thermophysical properties and the type of substance. (Example: a keyword search for THERMODYNAMICS FLUIDS) In the table below are suggestions for Substance Group Names, Property Groupings/Subjects, and the types of books that contain data; if you have a better way to describe a group (whether of substances or properties), search that as well. We recommend a 3-pronged search strategy:
- Substance Group AND Property/Subject Area
- Substance Group AND Book Type
- Property/Subject Area AND Book Type
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