The book provides insight into the working of clays and clay minerals in speeding up a variety of organic reactions. Clay minerals are known to have a large propensity for taking up organic molecules and can catalyse numerous organic reactions due to fine particle size, extensive surface area, layer structure, and peculiar charge characteristics. They can be used as heterogeneous catalysts and catalyst carriers of organic reactions because they are non-corrosive, easy to separate from the reaction mixture, and reusable. Clays and clay minerals have an advantage over other solid acids as they are abundant, inexpensive, and non-polluting.
Table of Contents
Clays and Clay Minerals: Structures, Compositions, and Properties. Surface Acidity and Catalytic Activity. Surface Activation and Modification. Organic Catalysis by Clay-Supported Reagents. Clay Mineral Catalysis of Name Reactions. Clay Mineral Catalysis of Isomerization, Dimerization, Oligomerization, and Polymerization Reactions. Clay Mineral Catalysis of Redox, Asymmetric, and Enantioselective Reactions. Clay Mineral Catalysis of Natural Processes and Prebiotic Organic Reactions.
Benny K.G. Theng is an honorary research associate with Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research in Palmerston North, New Zealand (NZ). Before joining the research staff of MW-LC in 1992, he was a scientist with the NZ Soil Bureau, DSIR. His research has focused on the behavior and reactivity of small and polymeric organic compounds at clay mineral surfaces. He is a Fellow of the NZ Institute of Chemistry, NZ Society of Soil Science, and the Royal Society of New Zealand.
"Will be of interest to a wide range of researchers in academia and industry. Anyone who wishes to utilize sustainable, easily controlled, high yielding and highly specific processes for the synthesis and production of fine organic compounds, petrochemicals, polymers, pharmaceuticals, etc. will see that clay mineral catalysts can often provide solutions for many such problems."
-Chemistry in New Zealand, April 2019
"An excellent book published by B.K.G. Theng, summarizes the new results of organic catalytic reactions of clay minerals based on a number of professional publications. The book is very important for researchers who are in the field of interface chemistry, catalysis, colloid and environmental chemistry."
-Applied Clay Science Journal, 171 (2019) 133