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IR spectroscopy of clay minerals and clay nanocomposites

Recent applications of infrared (IR) spectroscopy in research of clays and clay minerals are reviewed. After a brief description of the structures of clay minerals and basic principles of IR spectroscopy, the selected most interesting papers published in this area in 2007–2009 are discussed. The potential of both middle-IR and near-IR spectroscopy and different sampling techniques used in the investigation of clay minerals occurring on Earth and Mars is presented, including the utilisation of clay materials in the industry and in protection of the environment. Finally, the theoretical studies of the vibrational properties of the clay minerals are considered.

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