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Partition coefficient

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 The determination of the octanol/water partition coefficient of sorbic acid was performed according to EU method A.8 and OECD guideline 117, HPLC method. 

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Log Kow (Log Pow):
at the temperature of:
20 °C

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The log Pow of sorbic acid was found to be 1.32 (at pH = 2.5) and -1.72 (at pH = 6.5), respectively.

The assigned pKa value of 4.76 indicated to perform the determination of the partition coefficient in the acidic (pH 2.5) and neutral range (pH 6.5). Extrapolation of the partition coefficient from sorbic acid to potassium sorbate is considered not to be restricted in any way, since the relevant moiety is the sorbate anion, and re-dissociation to sorbic acid can be expected under environmentally relevant conditions.