I Became Interested in Clays
I became interested in clays when thinking about what kind of independent research I wanted to do as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. It was kind of a cold calculation of what my background experiences prepared me for.
Happily it has turned out to be a wonderful field for several
First, the complexity of the clay system (formation, environment, chemistry, biology, uses) means that one can poke around in it forever and still be agreeable surprised and interested. By the same reasoning one finds that clays show up any and every where and have enormous practical applications.
Second, because folks with an interest in clays span so many areas (geology, biology, ceramics, chemistry, mineralogy, oil field chemistry, catalysis) the meetings of the clay mineral society are far less about one's pedigree and a lot more about sharing common interests. The meetings are intellectually stimulating and really, just plain fun.