About the book
The synthesis and study of clays and clay minerals are one of the widest fields of research in materials science and technology. Characterization followed by application of many derived clay materials with different polymers, organic and biological molecules is one of the biggest deals in the clay science and technology field. With the emergence of nanotechnology, researchers become more interested in studying the unique properties of nanoscale materials. The catalytic behavior of some clay surfaces can change the properties of adsorbed or intercalated molecules. Theoretical approaches using ab initio, quantum chemical calculations, Monte Carlo calculations combined with new spectroscopic techniques are pushing forward the comprehension of clay properties. The possibility to prepare new 2D materials based on clays and clay minerals as host or supporting matrix will warrant further application of these materials from flame retardant to the pharmacy industry. In fact, notable applications include tissue engineering, environmental remediation, biosensors, filtration, wound dressings, drug delivery, enzyme immobilization, 3D printing and so on.
This book aims to review the amazing area of clay science including the state-of-art results of synthesis, characterization, simulation and applications. The main goal of this project is to contribute in the rationalization of some important results obtained in the clay science and technology area.