Mohau Justice Phiri

Mohau Justice Phiri
Nelson Mandela University | NMMU · Department of Chemistry

PhD in Polymer Chemistry

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Introduction
I am part of Center for Rubber Science and Technology. The main objective of our research group is to focus on the recycling and re-use of the waste tyres. We further do analyses and characterization of the any rubber or plastic material using FTIR, DSC, TGA, RPA, DMA. My research focus is to develop and characterize modified organic coatings based on the crumb waste tyres.
Additional affiliations
January 2016 - present
Nelson Mandela University
Position
  • Lecturer
Description
  • I teach the following modules: (1) Physical Chemistry for BSc students (2) Polymer Chemistry for Honors and Advanced Diploma Students (3) Process Chemistry for Chemical Process Technology students
January 2013 - December 2015
Stellenbosch University
Position
  • PhD Student
Education
January 2013 - December 2015
Stellenbosch University
Field of study
  • Polymer Chemistry

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Publications (11)
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Ground tire rubber (GTR) has been used as a sustainable low-cost modifier in various composites. However, due to the hydrophobic nature of GTR, it is in compatible with most matrices and results in deterioration in both mechanical and physical properties of composites. This necessitates pre-modification of the powdered rubber to improve the interfa...
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The usage of polymer composites has increased dramatically with the years, especially composites with recycled waste materials since they aid in reducing the environmental pollution. The current study focuses on the use of both waste reclaimed rubber (RR) and wood flour (WF) to make sustainable polymer composites. The rheological, thermal, mechanic...
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Nanoparticles are generally defined as particles having one or more dimensions of sizes ranging from 1 to 100 nm. Nanoparticles can be classified into organic, inorganic and carbon-based materials. In comparison with conventional micro-size particles, nanoparticles show enhanced properties, such as high reactivity, strength, surface area, sensitivi...
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Foaming of rubber is a well-known technique and foamed rubber products have found application in various industries including cushioning, heat insulation and sound absorption. In the current study, the foaming of reclaimed tyre rubber (RTR), as an alternative to virgin rubber, is explored. The effect of varying the amounts of waste ethylene vinyl a...
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A propylene-ethylene random copolymer was fractionated by preparative temperature rising elution fractionation (TREF). The structural heterogeneity of the bulk sample and its TREF fractions was studied by high temperature liquid chromatography with a solvent gradient elution from 1-decanol to 1,2,4-trichlorobenzene. HPLC alone cannot resolve those...
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Vis-breaking or rheology control is an important technical process to improve the processability of impact poly(propylene) copolymers (IPCs). In the vis-breaking process the molar mass and its dispersity are reduced and the crystallinity changes and polar carbonyl functionalities are introduced due to the reaction of the polymer with peroxide. Alth...
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The chemical heterogeneity of ethylene–propylene copolymers by multiple fractionation techniques is addressed. Three metallocene copolymer samples with different ethylene contents, ranging from 30 to 50 mol% are analyzed using bulk methods to confirm their molecular heterogeneity. In a second step, the samples are fractionated by temperature rising...
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For a long time ethylene-propylene rubber (EPR) copolymers with high comonomer contents were believed to be amorphous materials with a random copolymer composition. This is not completely correct as has been shown by temperature rising elution fractionation (TREF) combined with differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), crystallization analysis fract...
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ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This work evaluates the use of inverse least squares (ILS) and classical least squares (CLS) models for calibration of a diffuse reflectance spectrophotometer for on-line monitoring of the aqueous phase in a flotation cells. Both models use a Beer's law for the quantification of the metals. The formulated statistical models are co...

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Project
The objective of this project is to develop cheap foamed composites based on waste rubber