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Formation and Properties of Clay-Polymer Complexes

This book provides a comprehensive account of the reactions between clay minerals and organic polymers. The book opens with a discussion of the structures of common clay minerals, clays colloid chemistry, and the behaviour of organic polymers at clay surfaces. This is followed by a systematic treatment of complex formation between clay minerals and various classes of synthetic and naturally occurring polymers, a description of the properties of the resulting complexes and, wherever appropriate, their practical applications. The book will have a new separate chapter on clay-polymer nanocomposites. Each chapter is written as a self-contained review paper, giving a list of reference to the original literature.

clay mineralogists, materials engineers, polymer chemists, university teacher and graduate students in chemical, colloid, materials and soil sciences.

Hardbound, 526 Pages

Published: April 2012

Imprint: Elsevier

ISBN: 978-0-444-53354-8


  • "Theng reviews and synthesizes the literature on clay minerals and polymer adsorption, and interactions of clay minerals with synthetic and naturally occurring polymers. His topics include polymer behavior at clay and solid surfaces, uncharged (nonionic) polymers, positively charged polymers (polycations), some practical application of the clay-polymer interaction, polymer-clay nanocomposites, proteins and enzymes, viruses and bacteriophages, and humic substances. He has updated the 1979 first edition to incorporate the substantial developments in clay science that partly result from the application of modern surface analytical, computational, and spectroscopic techniques. He has also added many new illustrations and tabulated data."--Reference and Research Book News, October 2012


  • Part I : Clay Minerals and Polymer Adsorption
    Chapter 1-The clay minerals
    Chapter 2-Polymer behaviour at clay and solid surfaces

    Part II : Interactions of Clay Minerals with Synthetic Polymers
    Chapter 3-Uncharged (non-Ionic) polymers
    Chapter 4-Negatively charged polymers (polyanions)
    Chapter 5-Positively charged polymers (polycations)
    Chapter 6-Some practical applications of the clay-polymer interaction
    Chapter 7-Polymer-clay nanocomposites

    Part III : Interactions of Clay Minerals with Naturally Occurring Polymers
    Chapter 8-Proteins and enzymes
    Chapter 9-Nucleic acids
    Chapter 10-Viruses and bacteriophages
    Chapter 11-Polysaccharides
    Chapter 12-Humic substances


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