Professor José J. Fripiat, the prominent scientist and teacher who contributed so much to the surface and solid state science of minerals and that of clay minerals in particular, died on February 17, 2014, in Mexico City at the age of 90.

Our community has lost one of the founders of modern clay science and one of the most versatile materials scientists ever.

Born in summer 1923, Prof. José J. Fripiat graduated in 1946 from the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL), Belgium, in chemistry. His MS thesis was on the relationship between polarizability and molecular spring constants, illustrating at an...

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