Note on the Intercalation of Kaolinite, Dickite and Halloysite by Dimethyl-Sulfoxide

Octavian Anton and Paul G. Rouxhet
Groupe de Physico-Chimie Minérale et de Catalyse, Université Catholique de Louvain, Place Croix du Sud 1, 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

Abstract: Various kaolinites, a dickite and halloysites have been treated by DMSO in presence of D2O and subsequently washed by D2O. This procedure allowed to record OD stretching bands which are due specifically to the intercalated fraction and, for the washed samples, to the fraction of the solid which has been intercalated and has subsequently collapsed.

No structural difference is found between the intercalated materials prepared from the various minerals. Washing usually restores the starting mineral; however, for a non-tubular halloysite, DMSO intercalation and subsequent washing gave a product similar to kaolinite.

Clays and Clay Minerals; August 1977 v. 25; no. 4; p. 259-263; DOI: 10.1346/CCMN.1977.0250402
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