Adjustable QSPRs for prediction of properties of long-chain substances

Inga Paster, Mordechai Shacham, Neima Brauner

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The development of quantitative structure property relationships (QSPRs) with good extrapolation capabilities for high carbon number (nC) substances in homologous series is considered. Based on the available experimental data, molecular descriptors collinear with a particular property are identified. Among these, the ones whose behavior at the limit nC → ∞ is similar to the properties behavior, are eventually used for prediction. A linear QSPR in terms of the selected descriptor with an optional additional correction term which exponentially decays with nC can be developed. The confidence level in the property prediction can be adjusted to the quantity, precision, and reliability of the available data. The proposed method has been tested by developing QSPRs for predicting TC and PC for several homologous series and Tm for the n-alkane series. In all cases, the QSPRs developed represent the available experimental data satisfactorily and converge to theoretically accepted values for nC → ∞.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)423-433
Number of pages11
JournalAICHE Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2011


  • Homologous series
  • Molecular descriptors
  • Property prediction
  • QSPR

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Environmental Engineering
  • General Chemical Engineering


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