Heat of vaporization
The heat of vaporization, ( or ) is the amount of thermal energy required to convert a quantity of liquid into a vapor. It can be thought of as the energy required to break the intermolecular bonds within the liquid.
It is also often referred to as the latent heat of vaporization ( or ) and the enthalpy of vaporization ( or or ) and is usually measured and reported at the temperature corresponding to the normal boiling point of the liquid. Sometimes reported values have been corrected to a temperature of 298 K.
Measurement units
Heat of vaporization values are usually reported in measurement units such as J/mol or kJ/mol and referred to as the molar heat of vaporization, although J/g or kJ/kg are also often used. Older units such as kcal/mol, cal/g, Btu/lb and others are still used sometimes.
Temperature dependency
The heat of vaporization is not a constant. It is temperature dependent as shown in Figure 1 by the example graphs of temperature versus heat of vaporization for acetone, benzene, methanol and water.
As shown by the example graphs, the heat of vaporization of a liquid at a given temperature (other than the normal boiling point temperature) may vary significantly from the value reported at the normal boiling point of the liquid.
Estimating heat of vaporization values
Heats of vaporization can be measured calorimetrically and measured values are available from a number of sources.^{[1]}^{[2]}^{[3]}^{[4]} However, data is not always available for certain liquids or at certain temperatures. In such cases, estimation of heats of vaporization can be made by any of a large number of different methods. Four of the commonly used methods are discussed in the following sections.
Using the ClausiusClapeyron equation
This integrated form of the ClausiusClapeyron relation can be used to provide a good approximation of the heat of vaporization for many pure liquids:^{[5]}^{[6]}
 (1)
which can be rearranged to obtain:
 (2)
where: = Heat of vaporization, in J/mol = 8.3144 = Universal gas constant, in J/(K mol) = Logarithm on base = The liquid's vapor pressure at , in atm = The liquid's vapor pressure at , in atm = Temperature, in K = Temperature, in K

The primary ClausiusClapeyron equation is exact. However, the above integrated form of the equation is not exact because it is necessary to make these assumptions in order to perform the integration:^{[5]}^{[6]}
 The molar volume of the liquid phase is negligible compared to the molar volume of the vapor phase
 The vapor phase behaves like an ideal gas
 The heat of vaporization is constant over the temperature range as defined by T_{1} and T_{2}
As an example of using the ClausiusClapeyron equation, given that the vapor pressure of benzene is 1 atm at 353 K and 2 atm at 377 K, benzene's heat of vaporization is obtained as 32,390 J/mol within that temperature range.
Using Riedel's equation
Riedel proposed an empirical equation for estimating a liquid's heat of vaporization at its normal boiling point.^{[9]} The equation may be expressed as:^{[7]}^{[10]}
 (3)
where: = Heat of vaporization, in J/mol = 8.3144 = Universal gas constant, in J/(K mol) = The liquid's normal boiling point, in K = The liquid's critical temperature, in K = Logarithm on base = The liquid's critical pressure at , in bar ^{[11]}
For an empirical expression, equation (3) is surprisingly accurate and its error rarely exceeds 5 %. For example, using water data (see Table 1) of T_{n} = 373.2 K,
T_{c} = 647.3 K and P_{c} = 221.2 bar (218.3 atm), the heat of vaporization is obtained as 42,060 J/mol. That is within 3 percent of the 40,660 J/mol in Table 1.

Using Trouton's rule
Troutons's rule, dating back to 1883,^{[12]}^{[13]} is a relation between a liquid's heat of vaporization and it's normal boiling point .^{[5]}^{[6]}^{[14]} It provides a good approximation of the heat of vaporization at the normal boiling point of many pure substances, and it may be expressed as:
 (4)
Table 2 provides some examples of the application of Trouton's rule.
Trouton's rule fails for liquids with boiling points below 150 K. It also fails for water, alcohols, amines and liquid ammonia.^{[14]}
Using Watson's equation
Given the heat of vaporization of a liquid at any temperature, its heat of vaporization at another temperature may be estimated by using the Watson equation:^{[5]}^{[7]}^{[15]}
 (5)
which can be rearranged to obtain:
 (6)
where: = Heat of vaporization of the liquid at , in J/mol = Heat of vaporization of the liquid at , in J/mol = Temperature, in K = Temperature, in K = Critical temperature of the liquid, in K
Watson's equation has achieved wide acceptance and is simple and reliable.
References
 ↑ ^{1.0} ^{1.1} Dortmund Data Bank Online Search
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 ↑ Perry, R.H. and Green, D.W. (Editors) (2007). Perry's Chemical Engineers' Handbook, Eighth Edition. McGrawHill. ISBN 0071422943.
 ↑ ^{5.0} ^{5.1} ^{5.2} ^{5.3} Jean Vidal (2003). Thermodynamics: Applications in Chemical Engineering and the Petroleum Industry. Editions Technip. ISBN 2710808005. (Equation 2.10, page 38)
 ↑ ^{6.0} ^{6.1} ^{6.2} Amir Faghri and Yuwen Zhang (2006). Transport Phenomena in Multiphase Systems, 1st Edition. Academic Press. ISBN 0123706106. (Equation 2.168, Chapter 2)
 ↑ ^{7.0} ^{7.1} ^{7.2} J.M. Smith, H.C. Van Ness and M.M. Abbot (2004). Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, 7th Edition. McGrawHill. ISBN 0073104450.
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 ↑ L. Riedel, Chem. Ing. Tech., 26, pp. 679683, 1954
 ↑ M.M. Abbott and H.C. Van Ness (1989). Schaum's Outline of Thermodynamics With Chemical Applications, 2nd Edition. McGrawHill. ISBN 0070000425.
 ↑ 1 bar = 0.98692 atm
 ↑ F.T. Trouton, Nature, 27, p. 292, 1883
 ↑ F.T. Trouton, Phil. Mag., 18, pp.5457, 1884
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