From the preface:
"This volume covers the topics related to the 13th EMU School "Layered Mineral Structures and their Application in Advanced Technologies". All of the selected topics, the school, and this volume are thus aimed at providing an in-depth knowledge of the complex field of layered materials, with an attempt to address several fundamental aspects, which range from crystal chemistry and structure to layer packing disorder, from surface properties to the description of the most advanced experimental techniques useful in the characterization of layered materials.
Layered materials, because of their particular atomic arrangement, are commonly characterized by physical and chemical properties of great interest in numerous technological and environmental processes and applications, as better detailed in the body of this volume. Most of these properties play a significant role in Eanh sciences, environmental sciences, technology, biotechnology, material sciences and many other scientific areas. The surface properties of layered materials control important interaction processes, such as coagulation, aggregation, sedimentation, filtration, catalysis and ionic transport in porous media. Layered minerals also control many aspects of Earth's rheology, i.e. the movement of geological masses, at least as far down as the lower crust. Given this frameset, it should be no surprise that the extremely large field of investigation of these materials can, and in most of the cases must, be approached from several different viewpoints. However, providing full coverage of the immense literature devoted to all the topics above may be impractical, if not impossible. Nevertheless, providing our students, to whom this book is addressed, with fundamental knowledge of different disciplines and providing examples demonstrating the application of these foundations in their daily research, is feasible and certainly useful."
" The importance of this book is derived from the coverage of the fundamental, yet complex, layered structures that are possible from combining one or more layer types. Such combinations help make new-aged technological materials or enable ways to interpret old-aged geological materials [...] .the bottom line is that EMU 11 is a very nice review volume for state-of-the-art layered mineral characterization methods."
Chapter 1: Structure and mineralogy of layer silicates: recent perspectives and new trends
Maria Franca Brigatti, Daniele Malferrari, Angela Laurora and Chiara Elmi
Chapter 2: An Overview of Order/Disorder in Hydrous Phyllosilicates
Chapter 3: Layered titanosilicates
Zhi Lin, Filipe A. Almeida Paz and João Rocha
Chapter 4: Modelling of X-ray diffraction profiles: Investigation of defective lamellar structure crystal chemistry
Chapter 5: Applications of computational atomistic methods to phyllosilicates
C. Ignacio Sainz-Díaz
Chapter 6: The concept of layer charge of smectites and its implications for important smectite-water properties
George E. Christidis
Chapter 7: Intercalation processes of layered minerals
Faïza Bergaya and Gerhard Lagaly
Chapter 8: Advanced techniques to define intercalation processes
Annibale Mottana and Luca Aldega
Chapter 9: Interaction of organic molecules with layer silicates, oxides and hydroxides and related surface-nano-characterization techniques
Giovanni Valdré, Daniele Moro and Gianfranco Ulian
Chapter 10: The surface properties of clay minerals
Robert A. Schoonheydt and Cliff T. Johnston
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