FP6 priority
1.1.3   Nanotechnologies and Nanosciences, Knowledge-based Multifunctional Materials and New Production Processes and Devices
Title of the proposal

Nanomaterials containing clay minerals

Slovak Academy of Sciences, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry
Dubravska cesta 9, 84236 Bratislava, Slovak Republic
Peter KOMADEL, RNDr., DrSc.
+421 2 59410464

Research subject for a potential FP6 project

Chemically modified clay minerals, such as montmorillonite, hectorite, etc., of thickness ~1-2 nm, different layer charge, chemical and sorption properties for applications as components in nanomaterials. The properties of these minerals can be adjusted for particular purposes. Typical examples are nanocomposites, polymers containing montmorillonite as additive, with substantially improved mechanical and/or barrier properties.

Recent international cooperation of the research team

University of Poitiers, France; Sheffield Hallam University, UK; Research Centre Karlsruhe, Germany; University Kiel, Germany; University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL, USA

Proposerīs relevant publications related to the research subject

Bujdak J., Hackett E., Giannelis E.P.: Effect of layer charge on the intercalation of poly(ethylene oxide) in layered silicates: Implication on nanocomposite polymer electrolytes. Chem. Mater. 12, 2168-2174 (2000).
Bujdak J., Janek M., Madejova J., Komadel P. Methyelene blue interactions with reduced-charge smectites. Clays Clay Miner. 49, 244-254 (2001).
Hrobarikova J., Madejova J., Komadel P.: Effect of heating temperature on Li fixation, layer charge and properties of fine fractions of bentonites. J. Mater. Chem. 11, 1452-1457 (2001).Janek M., Lagaly G.: Proton saturation and rheological properties of smectite dispersions. Appl. Clay Sci. 19, 121-130 (2001).
Madejova J., Komadel P.: Baseline studies of the Clay Minerals Society Source Clays: Infrared methods. Clays Clay Miner. 49, 410-432 (2001).