The first edition of the Handbook of Clay Science published in 2006 assembled 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, and genesis of clay minerals as well as the history and teaching of clay science. The 2e adds new information from the intervening 6 years and adds some important subjects to make this the most comprehensive and wide-ranging coverage of clay science in one source in the English language.

Key Features

  • Provides up-to-date, comprehensive information in a single source
  • Covers applications of clays, as well as the instrumental analytical techniques
  • Provides a truly multidisciplinary approach to clay science


Research scientists, university teachers, industrial chemists, environmental engineers and graduate students in clay science

Table of Contents

Part A Fundamentals

Ch. 1. General Introduction: Clays, Clay Minerals, and Clay Science
Ch. 2. Structures and Mineralogy of Clay Minerals
Ch. 3. Genesis of Clay Minerals
Ch. 4. Radiation Effects on Clay Minerals
Ch. 5. Surface and Interface Chemistry of Clay Minerals
Ch. 6. Thermodynamics of Clay Minerals
Ch. 7. Pure Clay Minerals
Ch. 8. Colloid Clay Science
Ch. 9. Mechanical Properties of Clays and Clay Minerals
Ch. 10 Modified Clays and Clay Minerals
Ch. 11. Properties and Behavior of Iron in Clay Minerals
Ch. 12. Clays, Microorganisms, and Biomineralization
Ch. 13. Clay Mineral–Polymer Nanocomposites
Ch. 14. Some Other Materials Related to Clay Minerals
Ch. 15. Clay Science: A Young Discipline & a Great Perspective

Part B. Techniques and Applications

Ch. 1. General Introduction: Clays, Clay Minerals, and Clay Science
Ch. 2. Critical Assessment of Some Analytical Techniques
Ch. 3. Molecular Simulation of Clay Minerals
Ch. 4. Clays and Clay Minerals in Industry
Ch. 5. Clays, Environment and Health
Ch. 6. LDH in Physical, Chemical, Biochemical and Life Sciences


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