The formation of carnallite type double salts by grinding mixtures of hydrated magnesium halide and alkali halides with the
same anions was investigated by X-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy and thermal analysis. Carnallite (KMgCl3·6H2O), cesium-carnallite (CsMgCl3·6H2O), bromo-carnallite (KMgBr3·6H2O) and cesium-bromo-carnallite (CsMgBr3·6H2O) were formed by grinding mixtures of MgCl2·6H2O with KCl or CsCl and MgBr2·6H2O with KBr or CsBr, respectively. Hydrated solid solutions of magnesium in potassium or cesium halides were obtained from
that portion of potassium and cesium halides which did not take part in the formation of the double salt.
DMSO-kaolinite complexes of low- and high-defect Georgia kaolinite (KGa-1 and KGa-2, respectively) were investigated by thermo-XRD-analysis.
X-ray patterns showed that DMSO was intercalated in both kaolinites with a d(001)-value of 1.11 nm (type I complex). The samples were gradually heated up to 170°C and diffracted by X-ray at room-temperature.
With the rise in temperature, due to the thermal evolution of the guest molecules, the relative intensity of the 1.11 nm peak
decreased and that of the 0.72 nm peak (neat kaolinite) increased indicating that the fraction of the non-intercalated tactoids
increased. The 1.11 peak disappeared at 130–140°C. During the thermal treatment of both complexes two additional peaks appeared
at 110 and 120°C, respectively, with d-values of 0.79–0.94 and 0.61–0.67 nm in DMSO-KGa-1 and 0.81–0.86 and 0.62–0.66 nm in DMSO-KGa-2, indicating the formation
of a new phase (type II complex). The new complex was obtained by the dehydration of type I complex and was composed of intercalated
DMSO molecules which did not escape. The new peaks disappeared at 150–160°C indicating the complete escape of DMSO.
Dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) kaolinite complexes of low-and high-defect kaolinites were studied by thermo-IR-spectroscopy analysis.
Samples were gradually heated up to 170°C, three hours at each temperature. After cooling to room temperature, they were pressed
into KBr disks and their spectra were recorded. From the spectra two types of complexes were identified. In the spectrum of
type I complex two bands were attributed to asymmetric and symmetric H-O-H stretching vibrations of intercalated water, bridging
between DMSO and the clay-O-planes. As a result of H-bonds between intercalated water molecules and the O-planes, Si-O vibrations
of the clay framework were perturbed, in the low-defect kaolinite more than in the high-defect. Type II complex was obtained
by the thermal escape of the intercalated water. Consequently, the H-O-H bands were absent from the spectrum of type II complex
and the Si-O bands were not perturbed. Type I complex was present up to 120°C whereas type II between 130 and 150°C. The presence
of intercalated DMSO was proved from the appearance of methyl bands. These bands decreased with temperature due to the thermal
evolution of DMSO but disappeared only in spectra of samples heated at 160°C. Intercalated DMSO was H-bonded to the inner-surface
hydroxyls and vibrations associated with this group were perturbed. Due to the thermal evolution of DMSO the intensities of
the perturbed bands decreased with the temperature. They disappeared at 160°C together with the methyl bands.
Summary Thermo-XRD-analysis is applied to identify whether or not the adsorbed organic species penetrates into the interlayer space of the smectites mineral. In this technique an oriented smectite sample is gradually heated to temperatures above the irreversible dehydration of the clay, and after each thermal treatment is diffracted by X-ray at ambient conditions. In the thermal treatment of organo-clays, under air atmosphere at temperatures above 250°C, the organic matter is in part oxidized and charcoal is formed from the organic carbon. In inert atmosphere e.g. under vacuum above 250°C the organic matter is pyrolyzed and besides small molecules, charcoal is formed. If the adsorbed organic compound is located in the interlayer space, the charcoal is formed in that space, preventing the collapse of the clay. A basal spacing of above 1.12 nm suggests that during the adsorption the organic compound penetrated into the interlayer space. Thermo-XRD-analyses of montmorillonite complexes with anilines, fatty acids, alizarinate, protonated Congo red and of complexes of other smectites with acridine orange are described. To obtain information about spacings of the different tactoids that comprise the clay mixture, curve-fitting calculations on the X-ray diffractograms were adapted.
The swelling properties of Al-pillared clays, obtained from five different smectites, were studied using X-ray diffraction.
These clays, the dioctahedral beidellite and montmorillonite and the trioctahedral saponite, hectorite and laponite differ
in source of isomorphic substitution and represent a series of decreasing basicity along the siloxane plane. An Al oxyhydroxy
cation was inserted between the layers to form the respective pillared clays and these clays were heated incrementally to
600°C. The XRD peaks at each stage of heating were recorded as well as the same samples subsequently wetted. Basal spacings
of each clay at each stage of dehydration ↭d rehydration indicated that the swelling of tetrahedrally substituted saponite
and beidellite was indeed restricted, compared with the other three clays. This was attributed to greater basicity of the
oxygen plane of beidellite and saponite due to tetrahedral substitution of Si by Al, resulting in an increase in the strength
of hydrogen bonds between either water or the interlayer polyhydroxy cation and the clay.
The data from the XRD analyses helped in addition, to clarify the thermal transformations of the Keggin ion itself. According
to the changes in thed-spacings of the pillared clays it was concluded that the Keggin ion lost its structural water at ∼200°C and dehydroxylated
in a range beginning at 350°C. Between 500 to 600°C this polymer cation, which is thought to form the Al2O3 oxide, did not rehydrate.
Adsorption of the herbicide terbuthylazine by a soil from the Jezreel Valley was investigated by thermo-IR-spectroscopy. The
adsorption took place mainly by the clay mineral montmorillonite. The adsorbed molecule was hydrogen bonded via the aniline
groups to water molecules which were coordinated to the exchangeable metallic cations. When the sample was thermally treated
at 115°C interlayer water was evolved, part of the herbicide decomposed and the other part became directly coordinated to
the exchangeable metallic cations. The decomposition product contained a CO group.
Li-, Na-, K-, Rb- and Cs-montmorillonites were saturated with benzidine, these organo-clay complexes heated under vacuum to
200°C and IR spectra recorded at various temperatures. Benzidine is mostly bound to interlayer cations through water molecules,
except in Cs-clay where bonding to hydrophobic water and to water molecules which are hydrogen bonded to the oxygen plane
predominates. During the thermal treatment water is lost and alkali, cations coordinate directly with benzidine. In Cs-, and
to some extent also in Rb- and K-montmorillonite, benzidine is oxidized to semiquinone and quinoidal cation during the thermal
Transition metal montmorillonites were saturated with benzidine (BEN) and heated gradually to 200°C, in a vacuum cell supported
by KBr windows. IR spectra were recorded before and after the thermal treatment and at various temperatures during this treatment.
X-ray diffractions were recorded before and after the thermal treatment. Hg clay shows properties similar to those of Mg and
Ca clays. In the interlayer BEN is bound to Hg through a water molecule bridge, either by proton accepting (typeA) or by proton donation (typeB). Some BEN is also protonated (typeD). Initially typeA predominates, but after the thermal treatment, when the film is rehydrated, the amounts of typesB andD increase. With Mn-, Co-, Ni-, Zn- and Cd-montmorillonite a direct coordination of the benzidine by the dehydrated metallic
cation is obtained (typeC), in addition to small amounts of typesA,B andD. During the thermal treatment water is evolved and associationsA andB are completely transformed toC. At elevated temperatures the following associations were identified in trace amounts, ammonium-amine, BEN bound to non-structured
water, hydrophobic adsorbed BEN and BEN bound to the oxygen plane (typesE, F, H andJ, respectively). During the thermal treatment of Co and Cd clays some of the benzidine was oxidized, probably to semiquinone
and quinoidal cation.