Metal oxides, oxyhydroxides and related materials comprise the bulk of this planet's crust. They provide precursors for the manufacture of ceramics, catalysts and metals. Understandably, the aqueous chemistry and geochemistry of these materials are of critical importance to industry and society as a whole. This book provides a highly interdisciplinary forum for scientists and engineers to present recent work related to the synthesis, processing and application of oxides and related materials in aqueous environments. It focuses on solution chemistry, modelling, and new and traditional characterization techniques. In addition, the book highlights applications where aqueous synthesis and processing routes provide a potential advantage over other methods and where the water/solid interface chemistry is exploited directly. The underlying science of these topics is generic to studies being carried out in a broad spectrum of disciplines. Topics include: phase stability, bonding and surface structure; solubility, speciation and colloid fundamentals; precipitation and hydrothermal synthesis; surface complexes and speciation; corrosion and dissolution; and template synthesis and organic interactions.
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