Transmission X-ray Microscopy Reveals the Clay Aggregate Discrete Structure in Aqueous Environment
Frost, Ray L., Zbik, Marek S., Song, Yen-Fang, Chen, Yi-Ming, & Chen, Jian-Hua (2008) Transmission X-ray Microscopy Reveals the Clay Aggregate Discrete Structure in Aqueous Environment. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 319(2), pp. 457-461.
The utilisation of new transmission X-ray microscopy (TXM) using the synchrotron photon source enable for the first time the study in three dimensions micro-size clay particles in aggregates in their natural aqueous environment. This technique makes possible remarkable accurate images of nanosize mineral inter-particle structure which forms a new nano-composite. The Birdwood kaolinite/LDH aggregates observed in the TXM are much more compact than observed before in pure Birdwood kaolinite suspension and similar to aggregates formed after treatment by positively charged surfactant. Kaolinite/LDH aggregates in water reveal complex structure of larger kaolinite platelets connected together by gelled nano-particles which are most probably LDH colloidal plates. Comparisons of the transmission electron microscope (TEM) and TXM techniques show similarities in particle morphology. The ability to study particles and aggregates in their natural aqueous environment and in 3-dimensions make this technique superior to the TEM technique.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||clay aggregates, transmission X, ray microscopy, kaolinite, hydrotalcite, halloysite|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > CHEMICAL SCIENCE (030000) > PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY (INCL. STRUCTURAL) (030600)|
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > CHEMICAL SCIENCE (030000) > PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY (INCL. STRUCTURAL) (030600) > Colloid and Surface Chemistry (030603)
|Divisions:||Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology|
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2008 Elsevier|
|Copyright Statement:||Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.|
|Deposited On:||11 Feb 2008|
|Last Modified:||29 Feb 2012 23:46|
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