This wide-ranging, well produced and inexpensive volume belongs on the work shelf of every research group involved in the study of clays or layered double hydroxides. The list of authors is a roll-call of the most prominent workers in the field, and, while not offering a comprehensive survey, the diverse contributions provide snapshots of the variety of techniques currently being employed in this area, and how these may be brought to bear on a wide range of problems of interest to all workers in the area, not just spectroscopists.

This reviewer has long held that the vibrational spectroscopy of layered...

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