Abstract

Rehydration is shown to be straightforward for the reconstruction of polyoxometallate-pillared layered double hydroxides. Zn-Al hyfrotalcite-like minerals were prepared with Zn/Al ratios of 1 to 5 by coprecipitation at pH 7. Good crystallinity was obtained for samples with Zn/Al ratios above 2. Thermal decomposition was achieved by calcining the samples at 300 to 900 degrees C. The calcined samples were exposed to decarbonated water, with or without hydrothermal treatment to evaluate reconstruction of the hydrotalcite-like minerals by rehydration. Restoration of the hydrotalcite-like structure was found to be independent of the Zn/Al ratios for samples calcined between 300 and 400

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