Surface Tension
Burdick & Jackson solvents are arranged in order of increasing surface tension, a measure of the inward force acting on the surface of a liquid due to the attraction of molecules in the liquid (at 20C unless otherwise indicated).

 
  Surface Tension (dyn/cm)
Trifluoroacetic Acid 13.63 (24C)
Pentane 15.48 (25C)
Ethyl Ether 17.06
Hexane 17.91 (25C)
Iso-Octane 18.77
   
Acetonitrile 19.10
Methyl t-Butyl Ether 19.4 (24C)
Heptane 20.30
Triethylamine 20.66
Isopropyl Alcohol 21.79 (15C)
   
Ethyl Alcohol 22.32
Cyclopentane 22.42
Methanol 22.55
Isobutyl Alcohol 22.98
Acetone 23.32
   
Methyl Isobutyl Ketone 23.64
n-Propyl Alcohol 23.70
n-Butyl Chloride 23.75
Ethyl Acetate 23.75
Methyl Ethyl Ketone 24.0 (25C)
   
n-Butyl Alcohol 24.57
Cyclohexane 24.98
n-Butyl Acetate 25.09
Methyl n-Propyl Ketone 25.09
Tetrahydrofuran 26.4 (25C)
   
o-Dichlorobenzene 26.84
Chloroform 27.16
Dichloromethane 28.12
Toluene 28.53
   
o-Xylene 30.03
2-Methoxyethanol 31.8 (15C)
Ethylene Dichloride 32.23
Dimethyl Acetamide 32.43 (30C)
Chlorobenzene 33.28
 
   
1,4-Dioxane 34.45 (15C)
 
N,N-Dimethylformamide 36.76
 
Pyridine 36.88
 
Propylene Carbonate 41.93
Water 72.8
Not included:
 

    Dimethyl Sulfoxide
    Glyme
    Isopropyl Myristate
    Methyl Isoamyl Ketone
    N-Methylpyrrolidone
    Petroleum Ether
    1,2,4-Trichlorobenzene
    1,1,2-Trichlorotrifluoroethane