hydrotalcite-like compounds are anionic clays, also known as layered double hydroxides (ldh), which have structure similar to brucite mineral. the ldhs of the system cu, zn, al-co3 were synthesized under conditions to promote the formation of small crystals with high surface area. the characterization was done by x-ray diffraction, thermogravimetric analysis, ftir spectroscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. the synthesis were based on the co-precipitation method, under different conditions (hydrothermal bath, titration time) using copper and zinc sulfate, aluminum and sodium hydroxide solutions. the x-ray diffraction patterns show that synthesized compounds have high crystallinity, the peak intensities show that they are well organized and stacked with the lamellae. the infrared spectrum shows bands associated with carbonate anion in the interlayer region.