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Process for the preparation of organoclays

United States Patent

February 18, 2003
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A method for preparing organoclays from smectites for use as rheological control agents and in the preparation of nanocomposites. Typically, the clay is dispersed in water, and a substantially monomolecular layer of a water soluble polymer is applied to the surfaces of the clay. A surfactant is also applied to the clay to modify the surface hydrophilic/hydrophobic balance of the clay, and the organoclay is separated out for subsequent use.
Chaiko; David J. (Naperville, IL)
Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne, IL)
09/ 717,590
November 21, 2000
This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. W-31-109-ENG-38 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.