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No experimental result is available for the commercial product nonanol, branched and linear. The properties of the linear isomer are expected to give a preliminary indication of the approximate value. The surface tension of nonan-1-ol at ca. 90% saturated aqueous solution is 17.8 mN/m based on a reliable and well-reported published study.

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A preliminary assessment by calculated Hydrophilic Lipophilic Balance suggests that no surface tension lowering property is expected.

The main purpose of determining surface tension is to assess whether a substance is a surfactant and not able to have a log Kow done. The close structural analogue n-octanol is regularly used with water in the classic two-phase partitioning experiment (e.g. OECD Guideline 107). Octanol and all alcohols do phase separate which suggests that emulsification is not so strong as to create issues with measurement of partitioning or other fate or effects studies.

The reported measurement, for a highly pure sample, is at ca. 90% aqueous solution based on the limit of solubility of the highly pure alcohol as reported in the literature.