Special Issue "Authigenic Clay Minerals: Mineralogy, Geochemistry and Applications"
A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2018).
Interests: geology and geochemistry of clays; special clays applications; sepiolite–palygorskite; bentonite; Talc–kerolite; clays and health; mineral characterization
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Topical Collection in Minerals: Clays and Other Industrial Mineral Materials
Clay minerals are fine-grained materials with interesting physical-chemical properties that are highly dependent of their structure and composition. Both layer charge and small particle size of clay minerals result in suitable properties such as plasticity, sorption, rheology and ion exchange, among many others. Moreover, these properties can change in clays showing similar clay mineral assemblages but different origin. From a genetic point of view, clay minerals are authigenic or detrital (inherited). Authigenic clay minerals are “formed or generated in place” in the broader sense, whether related to soil processes, sedimentary deposition or diagenesis, but also formed under low grade metamorphic conditions and/or the influence of hydrothermal events. Authigenic clay minerals form in or react at the depositional environment so that they are indicators of specific aspects of the chemistry of that environment. In addition, some authigenic clay minerals are included in the so-named “special clays” forming bentonite, kerolite-Mg smectite, sepiolite and palygorskite deposits, which are economically relevant because of their wide industrial applications.
This Special Issue aims to publish papers providing recent advances on mineralogy and geochemistry of the authigenic clay minerals, their genetic pathways and applications.
Prof. Dr. Manuel Pozo Rodríguez
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- Authigenic clay minerals
- Kerolite/Mg-smectite mixed layers