Clay-reinforced nanocomposites for the slow release of chemical fertilizers and water retention

  • Aliasghar Abuchenari Materials Engineering, Shahid Bahonar University, Kerman (
  • Khatereh Hardani Department of Marine Chemistry, Faculty of Marine Science, Khorramshahr University of Marine Science and Technology, Khorramshahr, Iran
  • Somayeh Abazari Department on Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, Amirkabir University on Technology (Tehran Ploythechnic), Tehran, Iran
  • Fahimeh Naghdi Department of Materials and Industrial Engineering, Babol Noshirvani University of Technology, Mazandaran, Iran
  • Mehdy Ahmady Keleshteri Advanced Materials Research Center, Materials Engineering Department, Najafabad Branch, Islamic Azad University, Najafabad, Isfahan, Iran
  • Ata Jamavari Department of Material Science and Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran
  • Amir Modarresi Chahardehi Integrative Medicine Cluster, Advanced Medical and Dental Institute, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Bertam, 13200, Kepala Batas, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Keywords: Clay nanocomposites, Slow release, Controlled release, Fertilizer


The present study includes an overview of the applications of clay-based nanocomposites over the past decade to date in various fields such as pharmaceuticals, water treatment, food packaging, electricity, automotive, and especially the production of chemical fertilizers with water retention and slow release. In the agricultural area, one of the promising materials that help green chemical engineering and green chemistry is slow-release fertilizer (SRF). Clay minerals and also clay nanocomposites provide cost-effective and efficient material for this purpose. In this paper, the research and development of polymer nanocomposites based on clay in recent years with the focus on their application as novel fertilizers have been reviewed. Clay minerals are promising reinforcements to manufacture high-performance, lightweight, and low-cost nanocomposites because of their abundance, layered structure, low cost, and rich intercalation chemistry.

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Abuchenari, A., Hardani, K., Abazari, S., Naghdi, F., Ahmady Keleshteri, M., Jamavari, A., & Modarresi Chahardehi, A. (2020). Clay-reinforced nanocomposites for the slow release of chemical fertilizers and water retention. Journal of Composites and Compounds, 2(3), 85-91.
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