The first general texts on clay mineralogy and the practical applications of clay, written by R.E. Grim, were published some 40-50 years ago. Since then, a vast literature has accumulated but this information is scattered and not always accessible.

The Handbook of Clay Science aims at assembling the scattered literature on the varied and diverse aspects that make up the discipline of clay science. The topics covered range from the fundamental structures (including textures) and properties of clays and clay minerals, through their environmental, health and industrial applications, to their analysis and characterization by modern instrumental techniques. Also included are the clay-microbe interaction, layered double hydroxides, zeolites, cement hydrates, genesis of clay minerals as well as the history and teaching of clay science. No modern book in the English language is available that is as comprehensive and wide-ranging in coverage as the Handbook of Clay Science.

In providing a critical and up-to-date assessment of the accumulated information, this will serve as the first point of entry into the literature for both newcomers and graduate students, while for research scientists, university teachers, industrial chemists, and environmental engineers the book will become a standard reference text.

Key Features

* Presents contributions from 66 authors from 18 different countries who have come together to produce the most comprehensive modern handbook on clay science * Provides up-to-date concepts, properties, and reactivity of clays and clay minerals in a one-stop source of information * Covers classical and new environmental, industrial, and health applications of clays, as well as the instrumental techniques for clay mineral analysis * Combines geology, mineralogy, crystallography with physics, geotechnology, and soil mechanics together with inorganic, organic, physical, and colloid chemistry for a truly multidisciplinary approach


Newcomers and graduate students, research scientists, university teachers, industrial chemists and environmental engineers.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements. List of contributors. Foreword (R. Kühnel). 1. General Introduction Clays, Clay Minerals, and Clay Science (F. Bergaya, G. Lagaly). 2. Structures and Mineralogy of Clay Minerals (M.F. Brigatti, E. Galan, B.K.G. Theng). 3. Surface and Interface Chemistry of Clay Minerals (R.A. Schoonheydt, C. Johnston). 4. Synthetic Clay Minerals and Purification of Natural Clays (K.A. Carrado et al.). 5. Colloid Clay Science (G. Lagaly). 6. Mechanical Properties of Clays and Clay Minerals (R. Pusch). 7. Modified Clays and Clay Minerals (F. Bergaya, B.K.G. Theng, G. Lagaly). 7.1. Acid Activation of Clay Minerals (P. Komadel, J. Madejová). 7.2. Thermally Modified Clay Minerals (L. Heller-Kallai). 7.3. Clay Mineral-Organic Interactions (G. Lagaly, M. Ogawa, I. Dékány). 7.4. Clay Minerals and the Origin of Life (A. Brack). 7.5. Pillared Clays and Clay Minerals (F. Bergaya, A. Aouad, T. Mandalia). 8. Properties and Behavior of Iron in Clay Minerals (J. Stucki). 9. Clays, Microorganisms and Biomineralisation (K. Tazaki). 10. Clays in Industry (F. Bergaya, B.K.G. Theng, G. Lagaly). 10.1. Conventional Applications (C.A. Harvey, G. Lagaly). 10.2. Clay Minerals as Catalysts (J. Adams, R. McCabe). 10.3. Clay Mineral and Organoclay - Polymer Nanocomposites (E. Ruiz-Hitzky, A. Van Meerbeek). 11. Clays, Environment and Health (F. Bergaya, B.K.G. Theng, G. Lagaly). 11.1. Clays and Clay Minerals for Pollution Control (G.J. Churchman et al.). 11.2. Clays and Pesticides (S. Nir et al.). 11.3. Clay Liners and Waste Disposal (K. Czurda). 11.4. Clays and Nuclear Waste Management (R. Pusch). 11.5. Clays and


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About the editors

Faïza Bergaya

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Centre de Recherche sur la Matière Divisée, Orléans, France

Affiliations and Expertise

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Centre de Recherche sur la Matière Divisée, Orléans, France

B.K.G. Theng

Affiliations and Expertise

Landcare Research, Palmerston North, New Zealand

G. Lagaly

Affiliations and Expertise

Institut für Anorganische Chemie, Universität Kiel, Germany


"The different fields covered make this book a must for all scientists interested in clays from any point of view. The book is also clearly written, and not so addressed exclusively to specialists. Students starting their work in almost any field of Clay Sciences will find here an up-to-date and clearly written account." --Vincente Rives and Miguel Angel Vicente for CLAY MINERALS, 2007 "...a rich source of critically selected primary material and key reviews, with hundreds of pages of bibliography and thousands of references. There will be something here for everyone...It will undoubtedly be valuable to chemists who use clays in dustry and engineering, as a raw material or as a highly valued synthetic product. It will provide useful information for soil scientists who want to know more about the fundamental properties of fine-grained layer silicates, and how they are investigated, how their properties are measured." -D.A.C. Manning for EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SOIL SCIENCE