Special Issue "Layered Minerals and Materials: Crystal Structures, Properties and Applications"
A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X). This special issue belongs to the section "Crystallography and Physical Chemistry of Minerals".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 November 2019
Layered minerals and inorganic materials include compounds structurally based on two-dimensional tetrahedral or heteropolyhedral complexes. Nowadays, layered minerals and related synthetic compounds are extensively investigated in very different fields, from mineralogy, geochemistry, and biogeochemistry to solid-state physics, inorganic chemistry, and materials science. The most well-known class of layered compounds with a wide range of applications is represented by clay minerals, which include a number of different groups: kaolinite–serpentine, talc and pyrophyllite, smectite, chlorite, etc. The relatively recent discovery of clay minerals in meteorites allowed to suggest that the formation of minerals with a layered structure was an important prerequisite for the appearance of self-replicating organic compounds on Earth. In addition to clay minerals, such layered materials as layered double hydroxides (LDH), hybrid organo-inorganic compounds, titanosilicates, etc. are obtained using a wide variety of synthesis methods in the chemical industry. Most of the layered materials used in our days in various industries are analogues of known minerals or related mineral-like phases.
This Special Issue welcomes contributions on layered minerals and materials, layered crystal structures, and on applications of clay minerals and layered double hydroxides, composite materials.
Dr. Oleg Siidra
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- layered materials
- layered minerals
- layered double hydroxides (LDH)
- clay minerals
- composite materials
- organically templated materials
- layered minerals and materials characterization methods