Session 8.3.1

Eduard Hála’s Legacy in Chemical Thermodynamics


Eduard Hála, chemical thermodynamics, data assessment



  • IL1: Emmerich WILHELM (University of Vienna, AT) “Solutions, in particular dilute solutions of non electrolytes: an interpretative review.”

  • IL2: Richard C. DARTON (Oxford University, UK): “Chemical engineering thermodnynamics: systems and surfaces”

  • L1: Zdenek WAGNER (Czech Acad. Sci., Inst.. Chemical Process Fundamentals, CZ) "Application of laws of thermodynamics to analysis of experimental data" 

  • L2: Luis M. SANTOS (University of Porto, PT) “Nanostructuration effect on the physical-chemistry properties of ionic liquids”

  • L3: Jean-Noël JAUBERT (Université de Lorraine, Nancy, FR): “A database for benchmarking and selecting thermodynamic models

  • L4: Andreas PFENNIG (Université de Liège, BE): Strong Influence of Molecular Interactions over Large Distances and Its Consequences

  • L5: Alex DE VISSCHER (Concordia University Montréal, CA): “How well can we predict solubility, Henry constant, and vapor-liquid equilibria?”

  • L6: Andreas KLAMT (COSMOlogic, Leverkusen,DE): “From Quantum Chemistry to Vapor-Liquid Equilibria”


Classical chemical thermodynamics is far from being obsolete. High-quality experimental data on thermodynamic properties of pure compounds and mixtures are a crucial part of any industrial design, as poor-quality data often hinder developing energy and cost efficient processes. Prof. Hála was well aware of this importance and consequently promoted the importance of carefully carried out experiments and critical assessment of the measured data, leaving a legacy we should still draw our inspiration from. The importance of thermodynamics in chemical engineering and on methods to predict thermodynamic properties of pure compounds and mixtures, particularly phase equilibria will also be focused upon.