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See detailPreparation of living polymer microspheres by dispersion atom transfer radical polymerization in scCO2 using fluorinated macroligands
Grignard, Bruno ULg; Calberg, Cédric ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg et al

Poster (2009, May 19)

Due to an increasing need for polymers with well-defined architecture (diblock-, graft-, star-shaped copolymers), molecular weight and/or functional end-groups, the use of controlled radical ... [more ▼]

Due to an increasing need for polymers with well-defined architecture (diblock-, graft-, star-shaped copolymers), molecular weight and/or functional end-groups, the use of controlled radical polymerization (CRP) in scCO2 has started to gain attention. Among all the controlled processes, Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization has emerged as a robust tool for the preparation of polymers with well-defined molecular weight, architecture and chain-end functionality. In a very recent paper, we reported the first efficient dispersion ATRP of methyl methacrylate (MMA) in scCO2 using a fluorinated polymeric ligand that had a dual role, i.e., the complexation of the copper salt and the stabilization of PMMA growing particles. In this contribution, we extended this new system to the dispersion ATRP of styrene, to the synthesis of diblock copolymers beads and the controlled synthesis of hyperbranched copolymers. Finally, because both ATRP and alkyne-azide Huisgen’s 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition relies on the use of a Cu(I) catalyst, synthesis of pyrene end-functionalized polymers by simultaneous dispersion ATRP and click reaction was also investigated in supercritical carbon dioxide. [less ▲]

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See detailBioadhesive-Inspired AFM Tips
Willet, N.; Giamblanco, N.; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg et al

Conference (2009, May 14)

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See detailFunctionalization of aliphatic polyesters by “click chemistry” in supercritical carbon dioxide
Grignard, Bruno ULg; Schmeits, Stephanie ULg; Riva, Raphaël ULg et al

Poster (2009, May 14)

The combination of ring-opening polymerization of lactones and “click” copper-catalyzed Huisgen’s [3+2] cycloaddition is known to be a very efficient strategy for the functionalization of poly(ε ... [more ▼]

The combination of ring-opening polymerization of lactones and “click” copper-catalyzed Huisgen’s [3+2] cycloaddition is known to be a very efficient strategy for the functionalization of poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) and poly(lactic acid) (PLA). Whenever the “click” reaction occurs in an organic solvent (THF or DMF), at relatively low temperature (35°C) and within short reaction time (2 hours), no significant degradation of polyester chains is detected. This strategy was implemented in previous works to graft alkynes substituted by different functional groups, such as hydroxyl, tertiary amines, acrylates or ammonium salts onto azide-functionalized PCL. Moreover, this approach was previously extended to the synthesis of grafted copolymers, either by the grafting of omega-alkyne-PEO onto azide-functionalized aliphatic PLA or PCL (“grafting onto” technique) either by grafting of an ATRP initiator followed by the polymerization of vinyl monomers, such as styrene (“grafting from” technique). These functionalized aliphatic polyesters are promising materials for the development of new biomedical devices. In this work, novel conditions were implemented for the “click” reaction in order to avoid the use of organic solvents and to limit the amount of catalyst remnants in functionalized aliphatic polyesters. Toward this end, if was found that the functionalization by “click” chemistry can be efficiently carried out in supercritical carbon dioxide rather than in THF or DMF. For that sake, it turned out necessary to synthesize a perfluorinated polyamine in order to solubilize the catalyst in supercritical carbon dioxide. Aliphatic polyesters are not soluble in supercritical carbon dioxide. Nevertheless, even under heterogeneous conditions, the functionalization of aliphatic polyesters by “click” chemistry is quantitative. Interestingly enough, no degradation was observed. Last but not least, the copper catalyst was easily removed by supercritical fluid extraction leading to a very low content of residual copper in the final copolyester. [less ▲]

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See detailNovel Stealthy Gd(III)-DOTA/polymer Conjugates for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Grogna, Mathurin ULg; Bémelmans, Stéphanie ULg; Vanasschen, Christian ULg et al

Conference (2009, May 14)

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a routine diagnostic tool in modern clinical medicine. MRI has many advantages as a diagnostic imaging modality. It is noninvasive, delivers no radiation, and has ... [more ▼]

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a routine diagnostic tool in modern clinical medicine. MRI has many advantages as a diagnostic imaging modality. It is noninvasive, delivers no radiation, and has excellent (submillimeter) spatial resolution. Some Gadolinium(III) complexes are commonly used to enhance the contrast between adjacent tissues when the resolution/sensitivity of MRI is too low. Because free Gd3+ is very toxic in doses required for MRI, Gd(III) is chelated by poly(amino-carboxylate) such as diethylenetriamine pentaacetic acid (DTPA) or 1,4,7,10-Tetraazacyclododecane-1,4,7,10-tetraacetic acid (DOTA). Although DTPA/Gd3+ and DOTA/Gd3+ are water soluble, they have a very short circulation lifetime in blood, a low molecular weight and a short rotational time that make the contrast poor. To enhance the contrast, the Gd3+/complex doses have to be increased. In order to increase the sensitivity of the technique, while not increasing the concentration of the contrast agent, we were investigating different strategies to improve (i) the circulation lifetime in blood, (ii) the relaxation rate of Gd(III) (and consequently, the contrasting efficiency) and (iii) the targeting of the contrast agent. This presentation aims at reporting how a multifunctional (co)polymer can be designed and exploited for improving the contrasting ability and bioavailability of gadolinium-based complexes. [less ▲]

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See detailDispersion nitroxide mediated polymerization of MMA in supercritical carbon dioxide
Grignard, Bruno ULg; Gigmes, Didier; Jérôme, Christine ULg et al

Poster (2009, May 14)

Controlled dispersion Nitroxide Mediated Polymerization (NMP) of methyl methacrylate (MMA) was successfully carried out for the first time in supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) in the presence of CO2 ... [more ▼]

Controlled dispersion Nitroxide Mediated Polymerization (NMP) of methyl methacrylate (MMA) was successfully carried out for the first time in supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) in the presence of CO2-philic perfluorinated surfactant that was generated “in situ”. The control of the MMA polymerization relies on the strategy developed by Charleux et al. that consists of using a SG1-based alkoxyamine, i.e. the block-builder, in the presence of small amount of styrene. In a first step, CO2 soluble polyheptadecafluorodecylacrylate was prepared in scCO2 using block-builder as an alkoxyamine. In a second step, nitroxide SG1 mediated dispersion polymerization of MMA was conducted at 70°C and 300 bar in the presence of 5 w% of SG1 terminated surfactant compared to the monomer. Different monomer to alkoxyamine molar ratios were investigated in order to target different molecular weights. In each case, the monomer conversion was high (>90 %), the experimental molecular weight was in good agreement with the theoretical value and the polydispersity was narrow (Mw/Mn ~1.2). Moreover, after depressurisation of the cell, PMMA was collected as a free flowing powder consisting of small sized microspheres. [less ▲]

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See detailNovel (co)polymers by cobalt-mediated radical polymerization
Debuigne, Antoine ULg; Piette, Yasmine ULg; Poli, Rinaldo et al

Poster (2009, April 24)

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See detailNanocoatings of inorganic surfaces by the layer by layer (LbL) technology
Faure, Emilie ULg; Zocchi, Germaine ULg; Lenoir, Sandrine et al

Poster (2009, April 02)

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See detailLayer-by-layer self-assembled chitosan coating on electrospun nanofibers
Croisier, Florence ULg; Aqil, Abdelhafid ULg; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg et al

Poster (2009, April)

By combining electrospinning technique and layer-by-layer deposition, we produced a new material made of multilayered, chitosan-based nanofibers. Layer-by-layer (LBL) is a well-known method for surface ... [more ▼]

By combining electrospinning technique and layer-by-layer deposition, we produced a new material made of multilayered, chitosan-based nanofibers. Layer-by-layer (LBL) is a well-known method for surface coating, based on electrostatic interactions. It enables the controllable deposition of a variety of polyions including synthetic and natural materials, with designable layer structure, defined wall thickness and size. Electrospinning (ESP) technique allows the fabrication of polymer fibers ranging from nanometers to a few microns in diameter, depending on the polymer characteristics (a.o. molecular weight, solution viscosity and conductivity) and processing conditions (electric potential, distance between syringe-capillary and collection plate, concentration, flow rate). Mats of nanofibers produced by ESP display a very large surface area-to-volume ratio and high porosity with very small pore size. The nanometric scale of electrospun fibers also proves a positive effect on cellular growth, as fibers mats mimic extracellular matrix structure. The association of these two techniques with the use of biocompatible and biodegradable polymers such as chitosan, gives outstanding prospects in the field of biomedical applications, especially for the preparation of wound dressings, artificial skin or tissue engineering scaffolds. In the present study, a charged copolymer, poly(methylmethacrylate-block-methacrylic acid), was added to a poly(ε-caprolactone) or poly(D,L-lactide) solution before electrospinning in order to obtain charges on fibers surface. Oppositely charged polyelectrolytes – chitosan and poly(styrene sulfonate) or hyaluronic acid – were then alternately deposited on these aliphatic polyester fiber “cores” using LBL method. The aliphatic polyester core was also removed selectively to confirm the existence of a multilayered shell, obtaining hollow fibers. [less ▲]

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See detailThe influence of cobalt-coordination on cobalt-mediated radical polymerization of vinyl monomers
Debuigne, Antoine ULg; Piette, Yasmine ULg; Poli, Rinaldo et al

Poster (2009, March 19)

Nowadays, polymers are a part of everyday life. Researchers encouraged by growing need in high performance polymers develop new synthesis tools to manage the molecular architecture and thus the polymer ... [more ▼]

Nowadays, polymers are a part of everyday life. Researchers encouraged by growing need in high performance polymers develop new synthesis tools to manage the molecular architecture and thus the polymer properties. In this context, CRP (Controlled Radical Polymerization) techniques have been developed to obtain well-defined architectures and to control polymer parameters. Among these systems is Cobalt-Mediated Radical Polymerization (CMRP), which is based on the reversible deactivation of the growing radical chains with a cobalt complex, the cobalt (II) bis-acetylacetonate. The interest of this system is not only due to its ability to control the polymerization of very reactive monomers such as vinyl acetate (VAc) and N-vinylpyrrolidone (NVP), but also its peculiar mechanism which exhibits two pathways depending on the polymerization conditions; a reversible termination process and a degenerative chain transfer mechanism. Furthermore, it has been showed that the Co-C strength and thus the polymerization are strongly influenced by the use of some additives, such as water, dimethylformamide, dimethylsulfoxide and pyridine, which coordinate the cobalt free site. In this presentation we report the use of a preformed alkyl-cobalt(III) adduct as initiator for the polymerization of acrylonitrile (AN) and the use of these ligands in the CMRP system to synthesize well-defined poly(vinyl acetate)-b-poly(acrylonitrile) block copolymers. As a conclusion, cobalt-coordination appears today as a unique opportunity to adjust the Co-C bond strength and to push back the bounds of possibilities in terms of macromolecular engineering assisted by CMRP. [less ▲]

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See detailHow can cobalt complexes help synthetic polymer chemists?
Debuigne, Antoine ULg; Jérôme, Robert ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg et al

Conference (2009, March 19)

Nowadays, progresses in medicine, biotechnology, microelectronic and many other fields are more and more sustained by the development of novel polymer materials with constantly improved properties and ... [more ▼]

Nowadays, progresses in medicine, biotechnology, microelectronic and many other fields are more and more sustained by the development of novel polymer materials with constantly improved properties and well-defined molecular parameters. In this context, we designed a controlled radical polymerization (CRP) technique based on cobalt complexes which is able to efficiently control the radical polymerization of challenging monomers such as vinyl acetate (VAc), N-vinyl pyrrolidone (NVP) and acrylonitrile (AN). This so-called Cobalt-Mediated Radical Polymerization (CMRP) also gave access to unique diblock copolymers by sequential polymerization of the above mentioned monomers. However, addition of isoprene to polymer chains preformed by CMRP did not lead to the expected poly(isoprene) containing copolymers. Instead, the quantitative coupling reaction of the polymer chains was observed, as assessed by the perfect doubling of the molar mass of the initial macromolecules. This result is very exciting because this so-called Isoprene-Assisted Radical Coupling (I-ARC) reaction is not limited to polymers with low molar masses and homopolymers, contrary to the existing radical chains coupling methods. Indeed, when applied to diblock copolymers, IARC constitutes a straightforward approach for the synthesis of telechelic symmetrical ABA triblock copolymers and is thus a very promising tool for macromolecular engineering. [less ▲]

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See detailSupercritical CO2 as an efficient medium for layered silicate organomodification: preparation of thermally stable organoclays and dispersion in polyamide 6
Naveau, Elodie ULg; Calberg, Cédric ULg; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg et al

in Polymer (2009), 50(6), 1438-1446

In this study, the preparation of organoclays via a new process using supercritical carbon dioxide is described. This method turns out to be very efficient with various surfactants, in particular nonwater ... [more ▼]

In this study, the preparation of organoclays via a new process using supercritical carbon dioxide is described. This method turns out to be very efficient with various surfactants, in particular nonwater-soluble alkylphosphonium salts. The influence of the surfactant as well as of the clay nature on the thermal stability of the organoclay is evaluated by thermogravimetric analysis. Phosphonium-based montmorillonites are up to 90 °C more stable than ammonium-based montmorillonites. Moreover, the use of hectorite adds another 40 °C of thermal stability to the phosphonium-modified clays. These organomodified clays have been melt-blended with polyamide 6 and morphology as well as fire properties of the nanocomposites are discussed, in terms of influence of the stability of organoclays. For the first time, comparison of nanocomposites based on clay organomodified by ammonium and phosphonium salts of the very same structure is reported. [less ▲]

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See detailPreparation of multilayered chitosan-based nanofibers by combination of electrospinning and layer-by-layer deposition techniques
Croisier, Florence ULg; Aqil, Abdelhafid ULg; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg et al

Poster (2009, March)

By combining electrospinning technique and layer-by-layer deposition, we produced a new material made of multilayered, chitosan-based nanofibers. Layer-by-layer (LBL) is a well known method for surface ... [more ▼]

By combining electrospinning technique and layer-by-layer deposition, we produced a new material made of multilayered, chitosan-based nanofibers. Layer-by-layer (LBL) is a well known method for surface coating, based on electrostatic interactions. It enables the controllable deposition of a variety of polyions including synthetic and natural materials, with designable layer structure, defined wall thickness and size. Electrospinning (ESP) technique allows the fabrication of polymer fibers ranging from nanometers to a few microns in diameter, depending on the polymer characteristics (a.o. molecular weight, solution viscosity and conductivity) and processing conditions (electric potential, distance between syringe-capillary and collection plate, concentration, flow rate) (3). Mats of nanofibers produced by ESP display a very large surface area-to-volume ratio and high porosity with very small pore size. The nanometric scale of electrospun fibers also proves a positive effect on cellular growth, as fibers mats mimic extracellular matrix structure. The association of these two techniques with the use of biocompatible and biodegradable polymers such as chitosan, gives outstanding prospects in the field of biomedical applications, especially for the preparation of wound dressings, artificial skin or tissue engineering scaffolds. In the present study, a charged copolymer, poly(methylmethacrylate-block-methacrylic acid), was added to a poly(ε-caprolactone) or poly(D,L-lactide) solution before electrospinning in order to obtain charges on fibers surface. Oppositely charged polyelectrolytes – chitosan and poly(styrene sulfonate) or hyaluronic acid – were then alternately deposited on these aliphatic polyester fiber “cores” using LBL method. The aliphatic polyester core was also removed selectively to confirm the existence of a multilayered shell, obtaining hollow fibers. [less ▲]

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See detailOverview of cobalt-mediated radical polymerization: roots, state of the art and future prospects
Debuigne, Antoine ULg; Poli, Rinaldo; Jérôme, Christine ULg et al

in Progress in Polymer Science (2009), 34(3), 211-239

Controlled radical polymerization (CRP) techniques offer the opportunity to properly design polymer chains and adjust their chemical and physical properties. Among these techniques, cobalt-mediated ... [more ▼]

Controlled radical polymerization (CRP) techniques offer the opportunity to properly design polymer chains and adjust their chemical and physical properties. Among these techniques, cobalt-mediated radical polymerization (CMRP) distinguished itself by the high level of control imparted to the polymerization of acrylic and vinyl ester monomers, even for high molar masses. This article summarizes for the first time the advances in understanding and synthetic scope of CMRP since its discovery. Notably, the cobalt–carbon bond formation by dual contribution of reversible termination and degenerative chain transfer is discussed, as well as the impact of additives able to coordinate the metal. The potential of computational chemistry in the field of CMRP as a rationalization and predicting tool is also presented. These mechanistic considerations and achievements in macromolecular engineering will be discussed along with challenges and future prospects in order to assess the CMRP system as a whole. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis of polylactide/clay nanocomposites by in situ intercalative polymerization in supercritical carbon dioxide
Urbanczyk, Laetitia ULg; Ngoundjo, Fred; Alexandre, Michaël ULg et al

in European Polymer Journal (2009), 45(3), 643-648

Polylactide (PLA)/clay nanocomposites have been prepared by in situ ring-opening polymerization in supercritical carbon dioxide. Depending on the type of organoclay used, polylactide chains can be grafted ... [more ▼]

Polylactide (PLA)/clay nanocomposites have been prepared by in situ ring-opening polymerization in supercritical carbon dioxide. Depending on the type of organoclay used, polylactide chains can be grafted onto the clay surface, leading to an exfoliated morphology. Nanocomposites with high clay contents (30–50 wt.%), called masterbatches, have also been successfully prepared and were recovered as fine powders thanks to the unique properties of the supercritical fluid. Dilution of these masterbatches into commercial l-polylactide by melt blending has led to essentially exfoliated nanocomposites containing 3 wt.% of clay. The mechanical properties of these materials have been assessed by flexion and impact tests. Significant improvements of stiffness and toughness have been observed for the PLA/clay nanocomposites compared to the pure matrix, together with improved impact resistance. [less ▲]

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See detailRelevance of a prereaction for the in situ NMP of styrene using the C-phenyl-N-tert-butylnitrone/2,2’-azobis(isobutyronitrile) pair
Sciannamea, Valérie; Catala, Jean-Marie; Jérôme, Robert ULg et al

in Journal of Polymer Science. Part A, Polymer Chemistry (2009), 47(4), 1085-1097

In this article, we compare two routes for carrying out in situ nitroxide-mediated polymerization of styrene using the C-phenyl-N-tert-butylnitrone (PBN)/2,2-azobis(isobutyronitrile) (AIBN) pair to ... [more ▼]

In this article, we compare two routes for carrying out in situ nitroxide-mediated polymerization of styrene using the C-phenyl-N-tert-butylnitrone (PBN)/2,2-azobis(isobutyronitrile) (AIBN) pair to identify the best one for an optimal control. One route consists in adding PBN to the radical polymerization of styrene, while the other approach deals with a prereaction between the nitrone and the free radical initiator prior to the addition of the monomer and the polymerization. The combination of ESR and kinetics studies allowed demonstrating that when the polymerization of styrene is initiated by AIBN in the presence of enough PBN at 110 °C, fast decomposition of AIBN is responsible for the accumulation of dead polymer chains at the early stages of the polymerization, in combination with controlled polystyrene chains. On the other hand, PBN acts as a terminating agent at 70 °C with the formation of a polystyrene end-capped by an alkoxyamine, which is not labile at this temperature but that can be reactivated and chain-extended by increasing the temperature. Finally, the radical polymerization of styrene is better controlled when the nitrone/initiator pair is prereacted at 85 °C for 4 h in toluene before styrene is added and polymerized at 110 °C. [less ▲]

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See detailIsoprene-assisted radical coupling of (co)polymers prepared by cobalt-mediated radical polymerization
Debuigne, Antoine ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg

in Angewandte Chemie (International ed. in English) (2009), 48(8), 1422-1424

The isoprene-assisted radical coupling (I-ARC) of polymers prepared by cobalt-mediated radical polymerization (see picture) is the first efficient radical coupling method that is not restricted to short ... [more ▼]

The isoprene-assisted radical coupling (I-ARC) of polymers prepared by cobalt-mediated radical polymerization (see picture) is the first efficient radical coupling method that is not restricted to short chains. When applied to AB diblock copolymers, I-ARC constitutes a straightforward approach to the preparation of novel symmetrical ABA triblock copolymers [less ▲]

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