Various cations (Li+, Na+, K+, NH4
+, Cs+, Mg2+, Ca2+, Ba2+) were introduced during the formation of a V2O5. nH2O gel. Cation intercalated Xy V2O5. nH2O (y = 0.3 for X = Li+, Na+, K+, NH4
+ or y = 0.15 for Mg2+, Ca2+, Ba2+) were first obtained at room temperature but some of them evolve upon ageing into a new phase: XV3O8. nH2O for X = Na+, K+, NH4
+ and Cs+ or XV6O16. nH2O for X = Mg2+, Ca2+, Ba2+. All the vanadium oxide phases were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and infrared spectroscopy (IR); the supernatant solutions were analysed by 51V NMR spectroscopy. These vanadium oxide phases exhibit a layered structure with cations and water molecules intercalated within the interlayer space. The formation of the different phases depends mainly on the pH of the supernatant solution and on the nature of the cation.