Formation and Properties of Clay-Polymer Complexes

Formation and Properties of Clay-Polymer Complexes

2nd Edition - April 1, 2012

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  • Author: B.K.G. Theng
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080885278
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444533548

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Formation and Properties of Clay-Polymer Complexes 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.

Key Features

  • Describes the important development in clay-polymer nanocomposites
  • Contains new figures and diagrams
  • Extenisve revision of the previous edition


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

Table of Contents

  • Dedication

    Preface to the First Edition

    Preface to the Second Edition

    Chapter 1 The Clay Minerals

    Chapter 2 Polymer Behaviour at Clay and Solid Surfaces

    Chapter 3 Uncharged (Nonionic) 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

    Chapter 8 Proteins and Enzymes

    Chapter 9 Nucleic Acids

    Chapter 10 Viruses and Bacteriophages

    Chapter 11 Polysaccharides

    Chapter 12 Humic Substances



    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 526
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier Science 2012
  • Published: April 1, 2012
  • Imprint: Elsevier Science
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080885278
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444533548

About the Author

B.K.G. Theng

Affiliations and Expertise

Landcare Research, Palmerston North, New Zealand

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