Clay Mineral Research in Australia

A. J. Gaskin and G. F. Walker
Division of Industrial Chemistry, C. S. I. R. O., Melbourne, Australia

Abstract: An account of recent progress and current work is given in a summarized form dealing mainly with clay investigations in C. S. I. R. O., an Australian government research organization.

Although some emphasis is laid on the work designed to identify the nature and assess the properties of clays concerned with building-material manufacture, soils, and ceramics, there are several investigations which deal in a fundamental manner with the crystal structure and surface properties of clay minerals. These items of general interest include projects on the structure of vermiculite, the rehydration and surface properties of kaolinites, the nature and occurrence of Australian illites and attapulgites, and a regular exfoliation effect in montmorillonite suspensions.

Clays and Clay Minerals; 1955 v. 4; no. 1; p. 196-203; DOI: 10.1346/CCMN.1955.0040127
© 1955, The Clay Minerals Society
Clay Minerals Society (www.clays.org)