Micelle-Like Microaggregate Morphology in Framework of Gelled Montmorillonite
- Corresponding Author:
- Å»bik MS
Institute of Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology
Faculty of Geology, University of Warsaw
Å»wirki i Wigury 93, Warsaw, 02-089, Poland
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: April 06, 2017; Accepted Date: April 19, 2017; Published Date: April 24, 2017
Citation: Zbik MS, William DJ, Trzcinski JT (2017) Micelle-Like Microaggregate Morphology in Framework of Gelled Montmorillonite. J Membr Sci Technol 7:168. doi:10.4172/2155-9589.1000168
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Particle space arrangement within three-dimensional (3D) structured networks in clay suspension may prevent clay particles and aggregates from settling under gravity force and encapsulate water within such a network which results in stabilize gel formation.
To better understand this phenomenon, a microstructural investigation was conducted on Wyoming montmorillonite clay suspension gelled by aluminium chlorohydrate in water. Gel morphology was studied with the aid of a synchrotron-powered transmission x-ray microscope (TXM) and cryogenic scanning electron microscope (Cryo-SEM).
A new type of globular micro-morphology and the particle space arrangement was observed. For the first time, globular micro-aggregate morphology was found where flexible smectite flakes were curled and build globular aggregates. These aggregates were observed to assembly multilayer, micella like globular superstructure. This new smectite gel micro-morphology may be similar to earlier described pseudoglobular microstructural model observed in eluvial and hydrothermal clay deposits.