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A method is presented for estimating the compression wave velocities of organic fluids, based only on their density and molecular properties. The method is applied to a search for very low-speed ultrasonic couplants, suitable for 250 MHz acoustic microscopy studies of epoxy materials. Experimental measurements confirmed that acoustic velocity could be predicted within 3% for simple fluorine-containing organic compounds, and within 10% for those with a more complex molecular structure. The compound 2-dichloropentafluoropropane (C/sub 3/HCl/sub 2/F/sub 5/), with a compression wave velocity of C/sub L/=638 m/s and acceptably low attenuation coefficient, was identified as a good coupling agent for acoustic microscopy studies of low speed materials.