New Visions in Clay Science

Thematic Sessions as of January 5, 2018

Clay Interactions with Contaminants and Radionuclides: From Molecular Mechanisms to Environmental Fate
Organizers: Jeff Catalano, Washington University in St. Louis and Nik Qafoku, Pacific Northwest Laboratory

Microbial Oxidation and Reduction of Insoluble Fe Oxides and Phyllosilicates in Soil and Sedimentary Environments
Organizers: Eric Roden, University of Wisconsin and Jinwook Kim, Yonsei University

The Isotopy of Clay Minerals - Mysteries in the Sheets
Organizer: Fred Longstaffe, University of Western Ontario

Abiotic Redox Processes Related to Clays and Clay Minerals
Organizers: Yuanzhi Tang, Georgia Tech and Xiancai Lu, Nanjing University

Molecular Studies of Clay Minerals and Related Structures
Organizer: Jeff Greathouse, Sandia National Laboratory

Phyllosilicates Throughout the Solar System
Organizer: Michael Velbel, Michigan State University

The Role of Clay Minerals in Controlling the Properties and Geochemical Processes Associated with Hydrocarbon Systems
Organizer: David Cole, Ohio State University

Structures and Reactivity of Clays and Nanoparticles in Soils and Water
Organizers: Youjun Deng, Texas A&M University; Mengqiang Zhu, University of Wyoming; and Yuji Arai, University of Illinois

Illite-smectite Group in Geological Systems, Soils, Laboratory, and Computer: The Complete Picture
Organizers: W. Crawford Elliott, Georgia State University and Jan Srodon, Institute of Geological Sciences, Polish Academy of Sciences

New Visions in Clay Science: Bio-nanoclays in Medicine
Organizers: Jin-Ho Choy, EWHA Womans University and Lynda Williams, Arizona State University

Intensively Managed Clays in the Critical Zone
Organizers: Paul Schroeder, University of Georgia; Kumar Praveen, University of Illinois; and Thanos Papanicolaou, University of Tennessee

Volcanic Ash as Source Material for Clay and Zeolite Mineral Formation
Organizers: Rona Donahoe and Kim Genareau, University of Alabama

Bentonite Barrier
Organizers: Georg Grathoff, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt Universitat, Greifswald and Stephan Kaufhold, Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe (BGR)

Teaching and History of Clay Sciences
Organizer: Stephen Altaner, University of Illinois

Applications of Infrared Spectroscopy to Clay Mineral Systems
Organizers: Sabine Petit, Institut de Chimie des Milieux et Matériaux de Poitiers and Jana Madejová, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Slovak Academy of Sciences

Palygorskite: From Fundamental Research to Functional Materials
Organizers: Aiqin Wang and Junping Zhang, Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Applications of NMR Spectroscopy to Clays and Clay Mineral Systems
Organizers: Wei Li, Nanjing University and Brian Phillips, SUNY Stony Brook

Role of Clay Minerals in the Events Leading to the Origin of Life
Organizer: Gözen Ertem, University of Maryland

General Session
Organizers: Martin Pentrak, Illinois State Geological Survey and Linda Pentrak, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign