Frederick J W J Labuschagne

University of Pretoria, Πρετόρια/Πόλη του Ακρωτηρίου, Gauteng, South Africa

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Publications (12)11.33 Total impact

  • Colloids and Surfaces A Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects 02/2014; · 2.11 Impact Factor
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  • L. Moyo, W.W. Focke, D. Heidenreich, F.J.W.J. Labuschagne, H.-J. Radusch
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    ABSTRACT: Carbonate and stearate intercalated layered double hydroxides were used as fillers to prepare polymer micro- and nanocomposites, respectively. The stearate modified starting material was bilayer-intercalated clay. During melt compounding excess stearates were released and the clay reverted to a monolayer-intercalated form. The exuded stearate acted as a lubricant lowering the melt viscosity of poly(ethylene-co-vinyl acetate) and linear low density polyethylene matrices. Strong hydrogen bond interactions between the chains of poly(ethylene-co-vinyl alcohol) and the clay platelet surfaces overwhelmed the lubrication effect and caused an increase in the melt viscosity of this matrix. The notched Charpy impact strength of this composite is almost double that of the neat polymer. It appears that this can be attributed to the ability of the highly dispersed and randomly oriented nano-sized clay platelets to promote extensive internal micro-cavitation during impact loading. The creation of a large internal surface area provided the requisite energy dissipation mechanism.
    Materials Research Bulletin. 03/2013; 48(3):1218–1227.
  • Lumbidzani Moyo, Walter W. Focke, Frederick J. W. J. Labuschagne, Sabine Verryn
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    ABSTRACT: The study investigates the intercalation of magnesium-aluminum layered double hydroxide with sodium dodecyl sulfate. Monolayer intercalation of the LDH-carbonate was achieved using an acetic acid-assisted ion exchange reaction. The carboxylic acid is believed to assist intercalation of dodecyl sulfate by facilitating the elimination of the carbonate ions present in the anionic clay. Bilayer intercalation was achieved by a coprecipitation method and this resulted in a highly crystalline product. However, in this case the interlayer contains a mixture of dodecyl sulfate anion, sodium dodecyl sulfate and the hydrolysis product dodecanol. The organic phase in the latter product shows an order-disorder transition between 100°C and 120°C, with thermal degradation and volatilization commencing above 170°C.
    Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals 04/2012; 555(1):51-64. · 0.53 Impact Factor
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    L. Moyo, W.W. Focke, F.J.W. Labuschagne, S.C. Verryn
    Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals 01/2012; · 0.58 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The insecticide dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane (DDT) is widely used in indoor residual spraying (IRS) for malaria control owing to its longer residual efficacy in the field compared to other World Health Organization (WHO) alternatives. Suitable stabilization to render these alternative insecticides longer lasting could provide a less controversial and more acceptable and effective alternative insecticide formulations than DDT. This study sought to investigate the reasons behind the often reported longer lasting behaviour of DDT by exposing all the WHO approved insecticides to high temperature, high humidity and ultra-violet light. Interactions between the insecticides and some mineral powders in the presence of an aqueous medium were also tested. Simple insecticidal paints were made using slurries of these mineral powders whilst some insecticides were dispersed into a conventional acrylic paint binder. These formulations were then spray painted on neat and manure coated mud plaques, representative of the material typically used in rural mud houses, at twice the upper limit of the WHO recommended dosage range. DDT was applied directly onto mud plaques at four times the WHO recommended concentration and on manure plaques at twice WHO recommended concentration. All plaques were subjected to accelerated ageing conditions of 40°C and a relative humidity of 90%. The pyrethroids insecticides outperformed the carbamates and DDT in the accelerated ageing tests. Thus UV exposure, high temperature oxidation and high humidity per se were ruled out as the main causes of failure of the alternative insecticides. Gas chromatography (GC) spectrograms showed that phosphogypsum stabilised the insecticides the most against alkaline degradation (i.e., hydrolysis). Bioassay testing showed that the period of efficacy of some of these formulations was comparable to that of DDT when sprayed on mud surfaces or cattle manure coated surfaces. Bioassay experiments indicated that incorporating insecticides into a conventional paint binder or adsorbing them onto phosphogypsum can provide for extended effective life spans that compare favourably with DDT's performance under accelerated ageing conditions. Best results were obtained with propoxur in standard acrylic emulsion paint. Similarly, insecticides adsorbed on phosphogypsum and sprayed on cattle manure coated surfaces provided superior lifespans compared with DDT sprayed directly on a similar surface.
    Malaria Journal 01/2011; 10:307. · 3.49 Impact Factor
  • P. 2011 15th International Conference on Polymeric Materials; 01/2011
  • L.Moyo, D. Heidenrich, F.J.W. Labuschagne, R. Androsch, W. W. Focke
    P. 2010 14th International Conference on Polymeric Materials; 01/2010
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    Walter W. Focke, Dan Molefe, F. J. W. Labuschagne, Shatish Ramjee
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    ABSTRACT: Hydrated filler-type flame retardants were coated with approximately a monolayer of stearic acid using a solvent technique. Compared to the uncoated powders, the BET surface area was lower, the powder packing density was improved, and the thickening effect on white oil was significantly reduced. The latter two observations are rationalized in terms of a reduction in the attractive interactions between the powder particles. The viscosity of white oil slurries containing 25wt% solids showed shear-thinning non-Newtonian behavior. The coated powders showed significantly lower viscosities at low shear rates although the difference diminished at high shear rates. The lower viscosities shown by the coated powders indicate that the surface modification facilitated the break-up of agglomerates and the dispersion of individual particles in the fluid.
    Journal of Materials Science 11/2009; 44(22):6100-6109. · 2.31 Impact Factor
  • F. J. W. J. Labuschagné, S. M. C. Verryn, W. W. Focke
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    ABSTRACT: The compound ammonium D-gluconate (C6H11O7−NH4+) has been studied by X-ray powder diffraction. The powder diffraction pattern and data obtained at room temperature are presented (cell data and powder data summary).
    Powder Diffraction. 06/2003; 18(02).
  • F. J. W. J. Labuschagné, W. W. Focke
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    ABSTRACT: Calcium gluconate monohydrate is a member of a new class of base-catalysed intumescent compounds. It forms low-density closed-cell carbonaceous foam when exposed to heat. The volume expansion can be as high as two hundred times the original volume. At temperatures above 750C this foam is transformed into a porous, yet cohesive, structure based on calcium oxide. The latter has only a slightly higher density and shows significant flame-resistance.
    Journal of Materials Science 02/2003; 38(6):1249-1254. · 2.31 Impact Factor
  • W. W. Focke, F. J. W. Labuschagne, C. A. Strydom
    Journal of Materials Science Letters 01/2000; 19(7):617-618.