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Synthesis, characterisation and application of organic surfactants modified clays for water purification

Queensland University of Technology
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  • Organoclays
  • Environmental Application
  • Water Purification
  • Organic Contaminants
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Herbicides And Pesticides
  • Phenols
  • Modified Clays
  • Montmorillonite
  • Adsorption
  • Ecology
  • Geography


This thesis offered a step forward in the development of cheap and effective materials for water treatment. It described the modification of naturally abundant clay minerals with organic molecules, and used the modified clays as effective adsorbents for the removal of recalcitrant organic water pollutants. The outcome of the study greatly extended our understanding of the synthesis and characteristic properties of clay and modified clay minerals, provided optimistic evaluation of the modified clays for environmental remediation and offered potential utility for clay minerals in the industry and environment.

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