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See detailCost-effective media for the rapid and high resolution of small DNA fragments using polyacrylamide-based electrophoresis
Negro, S. S.; Cloots, Rudi ULg; Gemmell, N. J.

in Molecular Ecology Notes (2006), 6(3), 609-612

Current Tris-based solutions for DNA electrophoresis produce a positive feedback loop between current and temperature at high voltage, resulting in long running times for the separation of even small DNA ... [more ▼]

Current Tris-based solutions for DNA electrophoresis produce a positive feedback loop between current and temperature at high voltage, resulting in long running times for the separation of even small DNA fragments. We optimized the separation of small DNA fragments (90-300 bp) in polyacrylamide-based electrophoresis at high voltages (200volts/cm) by substituting Tris with low concentration alkali salts (e.g. 1 mm LiCl and CsCl). These media reduced the heat produced during electrophoresis, enhanced the DNA fragment resolution, and allowed gels to be run at higher voltages, reducing gel running times by 25%. In addition, the elimination of Tris and EDTA from the buffer reduced material costs approximately 10-fold. © 2006 The Authors. [less ▲]

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See detailEtude de l'appareil producteur de sons d'Ophidion barbatum
Fontenelle, Nicolas; Henrist, Catherine ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg et al

Poster (2006)

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See detail(Micro)-structural comparison between geopolymers, alkali-activated slag cement and Portland cement
Lecomte, I.; Henrist, Catherine ULg; Duyckaerts, Monique ULg et al

in Journal of the European Ceramic Society (2006), 26(16), 3789-3797

Concurrently to research conducted on ordinary Portland cement (PC), new types of binders were developed during the last decades. These are formed by alkali-activation of metakaolin or ground-granulated ... [more ▼]

Concurrently to research conducted on ordinary Portland cement (PC), new types of binders were developed during the last decades. These are formed by alkali-activation of metakaolin or ground-granulated blast furnace slag (GGBFS) and are named, respectively, geopolymers (GP) or alkali-activated slag (AAS). Four different cementitious materials were synthesised: PC, AAS, GP, and a mix GP-AAS and fully compared about their compositions and (micro)-structures. X-ray diffraction has revealed the presence of semi-crystalline C-S-H gel binding phase in PC while AAS, GP and GP-AAS are nearly amorphous. Progressive structural changes have been observed between the different samples by means of infrared spectroscopy, Si-29 and At-27 magic-angle-spinning nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy: there is a polymerisation extent of the (alumino)-silicate framework from PC [SiQ(1) and SiQ(2) units] to AAS [SiQ(2) and SiQ(2)(1Al) units] and finally to GP [SiQ(4)(2Al) and SiQ(4)(3Al) units]. Scanning electron microscopy has shown that GP is a homogeneous matrix while the other materials are composites containing GGBFS grains surrounded by a binding matrix. Energy dispersive X-ray EDX analyses (line scans) have shown the absence of formation of any specific phase at the matrix-grains interfaces. (c) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of a High-Temperature Superconducting Coil for Magnetic Energy Storage
Fagnard, Jean-François ULg; Crate, David; Jamoye, Jean-François et al

in Institute of Physics Conference Series (2006), 43

A high temperature superconducting magnetic energy storage device (SMES) has been realised using a 350 m-long BSCCO tape wound as a ''pancake'' coil. The coil is mounted on a cryocooler allowing ... [more ▼]

A high temperature superconducting magnetic energy storage device (SMES) has been realised using a 350 m-long BSCCO tape wound as a ''pancake'' coil. The coil is mounted on a cryocooler allowing temperatures down to 17.2 K to be achieved. The temperature dependence of coil electrical resistance R(T) shows a superconducting transition at T = 102.5 K. Measurements of the V(I) characteristics were performed at several temperatures between 17.2 K and 101.5 K to obtain the temperature dependence of the critical current (using a 1 uV/cm criterion). Critical currents were found to exceed 100 A for T < 30 K. An electronic DC-DC converter was built in order to control the energy flow in and out of the superconducting coil. The converter consists of a MOS transistor bridge switching at a 80 kHz frequency and controlled with standard Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) techniques. The system was tested using a 30 V squared wave power supply as bridge input voltage. The coil current, the bridge input and output voltages were recorded simultaneously. Using a 10 A setpoint current in the superconducting coil, the whole system (coil + DC-DC converter) can provide a stable output voltage showing uninterruptible power supply (UPS) capabilities over 1 s. [less ▲]

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See detailTexturation of YBa2Cu3O7-delta thick films by electrophoretic deposition under magnetic field
Dusoulier, Laurent; Denis, Samuel ULg; Nutal, Nicolas ULg et al

in Key Engineering Materials [=KEM] (2006), 314

YBa2Cu3O7-delta coatings were deposited by electrophoretic deposition (EPD) onto Ni substrates. Particles of different sizes and shapes were used in order to study the influence of the powder ... [more ▼]

YBa2Cu3O7-delta coatings were deposited by electrophoretic deposition (EPD) onto Ni substrates. Particles of different sizes and shapes were used in order to study the influence of the powder microstructure on the film density. Texturation of the thick films was induced by application of a magnetic field during the electrophoretic deposition. X-ray diffraction analysis has clearly shown preferred c-axis alignment of the YBa2Cu3O7-delta films along the direction normal to the substrate surface. Scanning electron microscopy and optical polarised light microscopy were used to characterise the microstructure of the coatings, revealing a nonrandom platelets organisation. [less ▲]

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See detailPreparation of YBa2Cu3O7-x superconducting thick films by the electrophoretic deposition method
Dusoulier, Laurent; Denis, Samuel ULg; Vanderbemden, Philippe ULg et al

in Journal of Materials Science (2006), 41(24), 8109-8114

YBa2Cu3O7-x thick films have been realised by the Electrophoretic Deposition method (EPD). The influence of several parameters (powder and iodine concentrations in the suspension, applied voltage and ... [more ▼]

YBa2Cu3O7-x thick films have been realised by the Electrophoretic Deposition method (EPD). The influence of several parameters (powder and iodine concentrations in the suspension, applied voltage and deposition time) on the EPD process has been studied by measuring the conductivity of the suspension and the amount of YBa2Cu3O7-x particles deposited on the electrode. Superconducting coatings onto silver substrates have been produced by a multilayer process during different deposition times. The highest critical current density value of these coatings measured by the four-point probe method is about 10^3 A/cm^2 (77 K), in a suitable range for magnetic shielding applications. [less ▲]

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See detailSlip casting of barium zirconate aqueous concentrated suspensions
Boschini, Frédéric ULg; Guillaume, Bernard ULg; Rulmont, André ULg et al

in Journal of the European Ceramic Society (2006), 26(9), 1591-1598

The rheological behaviour of aqueous suspensions of barium zirconate was studied focusing on the effect of the Volume fraction of particles, leading to the determination of the maximum packing fraction ... [more ▼]

The rheological behaviour of aqueous suspensions of barium zirconate was studied focusing on the effect of the Volume fraction of particles, leading to the determination of the maximum packing fraction. Optimised suspensions dispersed with both polymethacrylic acid and tetramethylammonium hydroxide were slip cast on plaster Moulds to produce discs and crucibles, leading to relative green densities greater than 62% of theoretical ones. Densification was studied at temperatures ranging from 1450 to 1700 degrees C by static and dynamic sintering experiments. Scanning electron microscopy studies demonstrate that slip cast parts are dense and very homogeneous, without any significant processing-related defects or abnormal grain growth. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of the shaping effect on hardness homogeneity by Vickers indentation analysis
Guillaume, Bernard ULg; Boschini, Frédéric ULg; Rulmont, André ULg et al

in Journal of the European Ceramic Society (2006), 26(15), 3191-3196

In this study, indentation technique (Vickers indentation) has been unconventionally used to evaluate the homogeneity of barium zirconate ceramic samples which have been shaped through different routes ... [more ▼]

In this study, indentation technique (Vickers indentation) has been unconventionally used to evaluate the homogeneity of barium zirconate ceramic samples which have been shaped through different routes. Statistical tools have been used to estimate the con-elation which can be established between heterogeneities within the samples and their shaping ways. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimization of BaZrO3 sintering by control of the initial powder size distribution; a factorial design statistical analysis
Guillaume, Bernard ULg; Boschini, Frédéric ULg; Garcia-Cano, I. et al

in Journal of the European Ceramic Society (2005), 25(16), 3593-3604

A factorial design statistical analysis has been conducted in order to obtain the optimum conditions in the solid state sintering process of barium zirconate bulk materials, optimum with respect to ... [more ▼]

A factorial design statistical analysis has been conducted in order to obtain the optimum conditions in the solid state sintering process of barium zirconate bulk materials, optimum with respect to density, closed and open porosities. The optimized heat treatment permits to sinter a 99% dense barium zirconate sample at 1650 degrees C during only 2 h. When the temperature is higher than 1650 degrees C or when the heating time is longer than 2 h, a decrease in density is observed. (c) 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailColloidal stability of aqueous suspensions of barium zirconate
Boschini, Frédéric ULg; Rulmont, André ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg et al

in Journal of the European Ceramic Society (2005), 25(13), 3195-3201

In this article, the colloidal behaviour of aqueous suspensions of barium zirconate is investigated. The variation of zeta-potential as a consequence of changing the pH and the concentration of an anionic ... [more ▼]

In this article, the colloidal behaviour of aqueous suspensions of barium zirconate is investigated. The variation of zeta-potential as a consequence of changing the pH and the concentration of an anionic polyelectrolyte is studied, the isoelectric point occurring at pH 5.3. The IEP shifts down on calcining the powder and also when anionic polyelectrolytes are added. Rheological studies have been made on suspensions prepared to a solids loading of 27 vol.% (72 wt.%). Optimum dispersing conditions are reached for suspensions prepared at basic pH with 1.5 wt.% tetramethylammonium hydroxide (TMAH) and a concentration of ammonium polymethacrylate (PMAA) of 1.6 wt.%. Comparison with similar suspensions prepared with NaOH instead PMAA demonstrated that TMAH gives an extra contribution to stability, probably related to the adsorption of N+(Me)(4) groups. The suspensions were slip cast, and green densities higher than 60% of theoretical were obtained. (c) 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailVivianite formation and distribution in Lake Baikal sediments
Fagel, Nathalie ULg; Alleman, L. Y.; Granina, L. et al

in Global and Planetary Change (2005), 46(1-4), 315-336

In an effort to better understand vivianite formation processes, four Lake Baikal sediment cores spanning two to four interglacial stages in the northern, central and southern basins and under various ... [more ▼]

In an effort to better understand vivianite formation processes, four Lake Baikal sediment cores spanning two to four interglacial stages in the northern, central and southern basins and under various biogeochemical environments are scrutinized. The vivianite-rich layers were detected by anomalous P-enrichments in bulk geochemistry and visually by observations on X-radiographs. The millimetric concretions of vivianite were isolated by sieving and analysed by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope (SEM), microprobe, infrared spectroscopy, inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry and mass spectrometry (ICP-AES, ICP-MS). All the vivianites display similar morphological, mineralogical and geochemical signature, suggesting a common diagenetic origin. Their geochemical signature is sensitive to secondary alteration where vivianite concretions are gradually transformed from the rim to the center into an amorphous santabarbaraite phase with a decreasing Mn content. We analysed the spatial and temporal distribution of the concretions in order to determine the primary parameters controlling the vivianite formation, e.g., lithology, sedimentation rates, and porewater chemistry. We conclude that vivianite formation in Lake Baikal is mainly controlled by porewater chemistry and sedimentation rates, and it is not a proxy for lacustrine paleoproductivity. Vivianite accumulation is not restricted to areas of slow sedimentation rates (e.g., Academician and Continent ridges). At the site of relatively fast sedimentation rate, i.e., the Posolsky Bank near the Selenga Delta, vivianite production may be more or less related to the Selenga River inputs. It could be also indirectly related to the past intensive methane escapes from the sediments. While reflecting an early diagenetic signal, the source of P and Fe porewater for vivianites genesis is still unclear. (C) 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailLow-field magnetoresistance in La0.7Ca0.3MnO3 manganite compounds prepared by the spray drying technique
Vertruyen, Bénédicte ULg; Rulmont, André ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg et al

in Journal of Materials Science (2005), 40(1), 117-122

Calcium-substituted lanthanum manganite compounds were synthesized by the spray drying technique. This method - whose main advantages are versatility, high reproducibility and scalability - yields small ... [more ▼]

Calcium-substituted lanthanum manganite compounds were synthesized by the spray drying technique. This method - whose main advantages are versatility, high reproducibility and scalability - yields small grain materials of high homogeneity and displaying low-field magnetoresistance effects. We report about the physical and chemical characterizations of these samples in order to investigate the potential interest of spray drying for the production of materials for low-field magnetoresistance applications. We have studied the dependence of the low-field magnetoresistance on the temperature and duration of the thermal treatment applied to the pelletized powders. The issue of the shape anisotropy (demagnetisation effects) influence on the magnetoresistance properties has also been dealt with. (C) 2005 Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. [less ▲]

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See detailFrom RE-211 to RE-123. How to control the final microstructure of superconducting single-domains
Cloots, Rudi ULg; Koutzarova, T.; Mathieu, J.-P. et al

in Superconductor Science and Technology (2005), 18(3), 9-23

This paper reviews the usual techniques for producing YBCO-type single-domains and the microstructure of the as-obtained samples. The problems of seed dissolution and parasite nucleations are discussed in ... [more ▼]

This paper reviews the usual techniques for producing YBCO-type single-domains and the microstructure of the as-obtained samples. The problems of seed dissolution and parasite nucleations are discussed in detail. The formation of microstructural defects, such as pores and cracks, is examined. An important part of this review is devoted to the study of the influence of RE-211 particles (RE2BaCuO5 where RE denotes Y, Yb, Nd, Sm, Dy, Gd, Eu or a mixture of them. Generally Nd4Ba2Cu 2O10 is preferred to Nd2BaCuO5) for the microstructure and properties of RE-Ba-Cu-O single-domains. Pushing/trapping theory is described in order to explain the spatial distribution of RE-211 particles in the RE-123 ((RE)Ba2Cu3O7-δ) monoliths. The formation of RE-211-free regions is discussed. Different ways to limit the RE-211 coarsening are reviewed. Microstructural defects in the RE-123 matrix caused by the RE-211 particles are presented. It is also shown that RE-211 particles play a significant role in the mechanical properties of single-domain samples. We finish this review by discussing the infiltration and growth process as a good technique to control the microstructure. © 2005 IOP Publishing Ltd. [less ▲]

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See detailSound-producing apparatus of the snake-blenny Ophidion barbatum
Fontenelle, Nicolas; Henrist, Catherine ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg et al

Poster (2005)

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See detailSurface modification of as-synthesized lamellar mesostructured silica obtained by liquid crystal templating
Henrist, Catherine ULg; Vogels, C.; Rulmont, André ULg et al

in New Journal of Chemistry (2005), 29(8), 1017-1021

We report a study of lamellar silica phase silylation, starting from as-synthesized silica, without the usual heat treatment step. Characterizations of the modified silica include X-ray diffraction ... [more ▼]

We report a study of lamellar silica phase silylation, starting from as-synthesized silica, without the usual heat treatment step. Characterizations of the modified silica include X-ray diffraction, thermal analysis, electron microscopy and solid state NMR. Special attention is given to the possibility of keeping the lamellar organisation along with the elimination of the organic template. [less ▲]

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See detailSilver paint as a soldering agent for DyBaCuO single-domain welding
Mathieu, Jean-Philippe; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg; Laurent, Philippe ULg et al

in Superconductor Science and Technology (2005), 18(4), 508-512

Silver paint has been tested as a soldering agent for DyBaCuO 4 single-domain welding. Junctions have been manufactured on Dy-Ba-Cu-O single domains cut either along planes parallel to the c-axis IT or ... [more ▼]

Silver paint has been tested as a soldering agent for DyBaCuO 4 single-domain welding. Junctions have been manufactured on Dy-Ba-Cu-O single domains cut either along planes parallel to the c-axis IT or along the ab-planes. Microstructural and superconducting characterizations of the samples have been performed. For both types of junctions, the microstructure in the joined area is very clean: no secondary phase or Ag particle segregation has been observed. Electrical and magnetic measurements for all configurations of interest are reported (rho(T) curves, and Hall probe mapping). The narrow resistive superconducting transition reported for all configurations shows that the artificial junction does not affect significantly the measured superconducting properties of the material. [less ▲]

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See detailMagneto-transport characterization of Dy123 monodomain superconductors
Pekala, Marek; Mucha, Jan ULg; Vanderbemden, Philippe ULg et al

in Applied Physics A : Materials Science & Processing (2005), 81(5), 1001-1007

We consider textured materials of the DyBa2Cu3O7 type seeded with a Nd123 seed as initiator. They are grown with an excess 20% Dy211 phase on a Dy2O3 substrate. We report chemical characterization ... [more ▼]

We consider textured materials of the DyBa2Cu3O7 type seeded with a Nd123 seed as initiator. They are grown with an excess 20% Dy211 phase on a Dy2O3 substrate. We report chemical characterization, electrical resistivity, thermoelectric power and thermal conductivity over a broad temperature range as a function of an applied magnetic field up to 6 T. We show that specific features appear in the magneto-thermal transport properties, different in these materials from those found in single crystals and polycrystalline samples. We propose that two vortex regimes can be distinguished in the mixed phase, due to the intrinsic microstructure. We calculate the viscosity, entropy and figure of merit of the samples. [less ▲]

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See detailInvestigation of DyBa2CU3O7-d superconducting domains grown by the infiltration technique starting with small size Dy-211 particles
Mathieu, Jean-Philippe; Koutzarova, T.; Rulmont, André ULg et al

in Superconductor Science and Technology (2005), 18(2 Sp. Iss. SI), 136-141

An infiltration and growth process is here used as an alternative to the classical top-seeded melt-textured growth process for the production of Dy-123 single-domains with finely dispersed small size Dy ... [more ▼]

An infiltration and growth process is here used as an alternative to the classical top-seeded melt-textured growth process for the production of Dy-123 single-domains with finely dispersed small size Dy-211 particles. The starting materials are the 211-particles and a barium and copper rich liquid phase precursor. The infiltration and growth process allows for controlling both the spatial and size distribution of the 211-particles in the final superconducting 123-single-domain. The main parameters (set-ups, maximum processing temperature with respect to the peritectic temperature, nature of reactant, porosity of the 211-preform) of the infiltration and growth process are discussed. Moreover, different processes of chimie douce are shown in order to produce Dy-211 particles with controlled shape and size, particles that can be used as precursors for the infiltration and growth process. [less ▲]

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See detailStudy by Hall probe mapping of the trapped flux modification produced by local heating in YBCOHTS bulks for different surface/volume ratios
Laurent, Philippe ULg; Mathieu, Jean-Philippe; Mattivi, Brice et al

in Superconductor Science and Technology (2005), 18(8), 1047-1053

The aim of this report is to compare the trapped field distribution under a local heating created at the sample edge for different sample morphologies. Hall probe mappings of the magnetic induction ... [more ▼]

The aim of this report is to compare the trapped field distribution under a local heating created at the sample edge for different sample morphologies. Hall probe mappings of the magnetic induction trapped in YBCO bulk samples maintained out of thermal equilibrium were performed on YBCO bulk single domains, YBCO single domains with regularly spaced hole arrays, and YBCO superconducting foams. The capability of heat draining was quantified by two criteria: the average induction (B) decay and the size of the thermally affected zone caused by a local heating of the sample. Among the three investigated sample shapes, the drilled single domain displays a trapped induction which is weakly affected by the local heating while displaying a high trapped field. Finally, a simple numerical modelling of the heat flux spreading into a drilled sample is used to suggest some design rules about the hole configuration and their size. [less ▲]

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