As the Clay Minerals Society (CMS) turns its book to a new page to embrace the inquiries, achievements, and services in the next 50 years, the organizing committee of the 51st annual meeting of CMS cordially invites colleagues from diverse disciplines and industries around the world to attend this meeting at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, May 17-21, 2014. The theme of this year’s meeting is Everything Is Big, From Nanoparticles To Planets. Yes, clay science is big, not only in Texas but also in every other state and country. It is big to our industry, big to our environment, big to our energy, big to our research, and big to our student training.

The primary purpose of CMS is to stimulate research in all aspects of clay science and technology and to widely disseminate the research findings. Through its conferences and publications, the society offers individuals a means of following the multi-directional growth of the clay sciences and of meeting fellow scientists with widely different backgrounds and interests.

This year’s annual meeting will have sixteen technical sessions, a one-day workshop on “Surface modification of clays and nanocomposites”, a one-day field trip to clay and lignite mines to learn the mineralogy and geochemical processes in the mines, associated environmental problems, and mine reclamation operations. A half-day local soil tour will follow the meeting. The CMS awards to be presented by the Society include the Marilyn and Sturges W. Bailey Award, the George W. Brindley Lecture, the Marion L. and Chrystie M. Jackson Mid-Career Clay Scientist Award, and the Pioneer in Clay Science Award. The winners of the 7th (2014) Reynolds Cup competition will be announced at the meeting. Awards will also be presented for student research and travel grants, student papers and posters. The meeting banquet is scheduled for Tuesday evening.[ Top ]

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  • Theme: Surface modification of clays and nanocomposites
  • Description about the workshop:
  • In the use of clays in many applications including paint, grease, cosmetics, drilling mud, time release products, drug delivery systems, paper coatings, and polymer nanocomposite the large surface area of the clay is one of the key features that make clay useful. In most of these applications the natural surface of the clay is not compatible with the matrix it is being dispersed into. Over the past 60 years considerable research and technology development has gone into surface modification of clays to render them to be compatible in very diverse applications. In this workshop the focus will be on methods of surface modifying clays both the theory and practice. Particular attention will be given to technologies that are commercially employed. Three major types of modification that will be discussed in detail will include ion exchange, ion-dipole bonding, and condensation type coupling.  Rationales for designing surface modifications for specifics applications will be discussed in detail.

  • Date: Sunday, May 18, 2014
  • Room: MSC 2406A,
  • Organizing Committee: Gary Beall (Chair) and Clois E. Powell, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Texas State University.
  • Speakers, Topics, Abstracts, and Agenda

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Awards[ Top ]