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See detailMultilayered chitosan-based fibers for skin regenaration applications
Croisier, Florence ULg; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg

Poster (2014, May 26)

Chitosan is a natural polymer derived from the chitin of crustacean or mushroom shells, that intrinsically presents haemostatic, mucoadhesive, antimicrobial and immunostimulant properties. This ... [more ▼]

Chitosan is a natural polymer derived from the chitin of crustacean or mushroom shells, that intrinsically presents haemostatic, mucoadhesive, antimicrobial and immunostimulant properties. This polysaccharide has shown a great potential for biomedical and pharmaceutical applications, on account of its remarkable compatibility with physiological medium. Besides, it is degraded in a physiological environment into non-toxic products, which make chitosan an outstanding candidate for short- to medium-term applications. In this respect, nanometric fibers are highly interesting as their assembly mimics the skin extracellular matrix structure. Such nanofibrous materials can be prepared by electrospinning (ESP). This technique uses a high voltage to create an electrically charged jet of polymer solution or melt which leads to fibers formation. 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), polymer fibers ranging from nanometers to a few microns in diameter can be obtained and subsequently used as potential scaffolds, a.o. to form a temporary, artificial extracellular matrix. In the present study, electrospinning technique was combined with layer-by-layer deposition method (LBL) - a well-known method for surface coating, based on electrostatic interactions - in order to prepare multilayered chitosan-based nanofibers. The antibacterial properties of the obtained material were then assessed, and the presence of a multilayered deposit was confirmed by several techniques. The multilayered chitosan-based nanofibers produced present great prospects for the preparation of new biomedical scaffolds - such as wound dressings that could improve skin regeneration. [less ▲]

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See detailPrecision design of novel poly(ionic liquid) (co)polymers by cobalt-mediated radical polymerization (CMRP)
Cordella, Daniela ULg; Kermagoret, Anthony ULg; Debuigne, Antoine ULg et al

Poster (2014, May 20)

In recent years, poly(ionic liquid)s (PIL)s were found to take an enabling role in important fields of polymer chemistry and material science. PILs combine the unique properties of ionic liquids with the ... [more ▼]

In recent years, poly(ionic liquid)s (PIL)s were found to take an enabling role in important fields of polymer chemistry and material science. PILs combine the unique properties of ionic liquids with the flexibility and properties of macromolecular architectures giving rise to a new family of functional polymers that opens new area of applications such as polymer electrolytes in electrochemical devices, powerful dispersants and stabilizers, absorbing membranes, precursors for carbon materials, porous polymers, etc. In this communication, we will report on the implementation of organometallic-mediated radical polymerization (OMRP) technique for the precision synthesis of unprecedented PILS (co)polymers. We will discuss how an organocobalt complex can nicely control the growth of vinyl imidazolium chains and lead to PILS with predicted molar masses and low polydispersitiesunder mild experimental conditions. The huge potential of this system will be highlighted by describing the first one-pot synthesis of vinyl imidazolium-based block copolymers in heterogeneous conditions. This OMRP is unique for providing well-defined vinyl imidazolium based-copolymers that are not easily accessible by other controlled radical polymerization techniques, and opens therefore new rooms for advanced PILS applications. [less ▲]

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See detailSurface-immobilised anti-fouling block-copolymers: synthesis and characterization
Patil, Nagaraj ULg; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg

Poster (2014, May 20)

Poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG)-based polymers have been widely employed in anti-fouling coating applications due to their robust bio-relevant properties including water solubility and biocompatibility ... [more ▼]

Poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG)-based polymers have been widely employed in anti-fouling coating applications due to their robust bio-relevant properties including water solubility and biocompatibility. However, limited by its poor adhesion towards surfaces, demands an addition modification strategies. Mussel adhesive proteins (MAPs) are potential models for adhesive polymers, which exhibits underwater adhesion towards dissimilar materials under environmentally challenging conditions. Most often experimentally simple, but structurally complex poly(dopamine) has been used as an analogues of MAPs for metal chelation, cross-linking and surface binding purposes. Inspired by MAPs, we have developed catechol-bearing copolymers for surface adhesion of stainless steel. This study aims at developing novel catechol-bearing, PEG-based block-copolymers by reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization technique. PEGA used as macro-RAFT to prepare acetonide-protected catechol as second block. Deprotection of acetonide groups under acidic conditions produced functional block-copolymer with free catechols as pendant moieties. The self-assembling nature of amphiphilic block-copolymers was studied by 1H-NMR, DLS and TEM. Surface functionalization and anti-fouling experiments were performed in real time using quartz crystal microbalance coupled with dissipation (QCM-D). The copolymer upon oxidation yields reactive quinones, which can be exploited to cross-link with chitosan (also, polymers with free –NH2 and –SH groups), thereby producing nano(macro)gels. Benefited from inherent anti-microbial and anti-oxidative properties of chitosan and catechol-respectively, could result in potential materials for water purification systems, food packaging and medical devices. [less ▲]

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See detailChemical fixation of CO2 with epoxides: towards the synthesis of cyclic carbonates, precursors of CO2-based polyurethanes
Gennen, Sandro ULg; Grignard, Bruno ULg; Gilbert, Bernard ULg et al

Poster (2014, May 20)

Due to concerns about global warming combined with the decrease of fossil resources, the chemical transformation of carbon dioxide into added-value products has gained interest in both academic and ... [more ▼]

Due to concerns about global warming combined with the decrease of fossil resources, the chemical transformation of carbon dioxide into added-value products has gained interest in both academic and industrial fields. To date, the chemical fixation of CO2 onto epoxides is one of the most promising ways to valorize carbon dioxide at an industrial scale . Indeed, cyclic carbonates are useful intermediates for polycarbonates and polyurethanes synthesis or can be used as electrolytes in lithium ion batteries. Although fixation of carbon dioxide onto epoxides has been extensively studied, the design of highly effective catalysts still remains a challenge. Here, we present a new highly efficient biocomponent organocatalyst based on the use of an ammonium salt (TBAI) in combination with single or double hydrogen bond donors activators (typically fluorinated alcohols). [less ▲]

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See detailElectrografting of polythiophenes on zinc oxide nanorods for photovoltaic cells
Demarteau, Jérémy ULg; Ouhib, Farid ULg; Henrist, Catherine ULg et al

Poster (2014, May 20)

As the rarefaction of fossil energies, photovoltaic cells are certainly amongst the most important energy sources for the future. Our work concentrated on hybrid photovoltaic cells that are based on ... [more ▼]

As the rarefaction of fossil energies, photovoltaic cells are certainly amongst the most important energy sources for the future. Our work concentrated on hybrid photovoltaic cells that are based on organic (polythiophene) and inorganic components (ZnO nanorods). The technology that maximizes the contact area between the two semi-conductor n and p while maintaining two separate components is the interdigital configuration. As the inorganic part, perfectly well aligned zinc oxide (ZnO) 1D nanostructures have been synthesized by hydrothermal growth on ZnO-seeded FTO substrates. SEM, AFM and XRD characterizations evidence patterned well- aligned nanorods with high c-axis, their roughness of surface and the length of their nanostructure. Concerning the organic component, we synthetize polythiophenes based diblock copolymer with high degree of regioregularity and predetermined molecular weight using Grignard Methatis (GRIM) process. Diblock polythiophene based copolymers are of interest because of the possibility of generating multifunctional materials (by associating the specific properties of each block), including their ability for self-assembly into well-defined nanostructures (fibrils or micelles) with controllable dimensions. Poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) composes the first block and the second block is either a polythiophene bearing an acrylate group on each monomer unit (PAcET), or a polythiophene bearing both acrylate and poly(ethylene glycol) side chains (P(AcET-co-PEGET)). Typically, the acrylates are used to fixe in a covalent way the copolymer to ZnO nanorods, while the PEG grafts are necessary for the solubilisation of the copolymer in the electrografting medium. 1H NMR and DLS characterizations allow us to find the backbone and the micellar structure of the copolymer. Cathodic polarization (electrografting) of ZnO nanorods induces electropolymerization of acrylate groups, leading to an adherent organized film of poly(thiophene)-based micelles. During the illumination tests, we obtained a typical response of a photovoltaic despite the low yields. This promising synthetic route opens exciting perspectives for the production and the electrochemical functionalization of different lengths of ZnO nanowires, which seems to be promising candidate for hybrids photovoltaic cells. [less ▲]

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See detailLinear amphiphilic diblock copolymers of lactide and 2-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate using bifunctional-initiator and one-pot approaches
Kryuchkov, Maksym A.; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg; Bazuin, Géraldine

in Polymer (2014), 55(10), 2316-2324

Linear amphiphilic diblock copolymers of polylactide (PLA) and poly(2-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) (PDMAEMA) were synthesized by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) of DMAEMA followed by ring ... [more ▼]

Linear amphiphilic diblock copolymers of polylactide (PLA) and poly(2-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) (PDMAEMA) were synthesized by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) of DMAEMA followed by ring-opening polymerization (ROP) of LLA using the bifunctional initiator, 2′-hydroxyethyl 2-bromoisobutyrate. NMR showed that the resulting PLA block was racemic and a quaternization/precipitation technique showed that there were significant amounts of racemic PLA homopolymer. In addition, simultaneous ATRP of DMAEMA and ROP of l-lactide by tin octoate were conducted at varied temperatures, indicating 90 °C as a suitable compromise temperature; this one-pot process also led to racemization and P(L)LA homopolymer. The racemization was attributed to reversible deprotonation of LLA by the N(CH3)2 moiety of (P)DMAEMA and the PLA homopolymer impurity was related to in situ formation of lactoyl lactate (LA–LA) due to nucleophilic ring opening of lactide by the amino moieties of (P)DMAEMA. The methods presented can be useful for the preparation of PDMAEMA–b–PLA/PLA composites in a two-step process or in a single step, one-pot process. [less ▲]

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See detailSupercritical CO2 and polycarbonate based nanocomposites: A critical issue for foaming
Monnereau, Laure; Urbanczyk, Laetitia; Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg et al

in Polymer (2014), 55(10), 2422-2431

Supercritical carbon dioxide readily induced foaming of various polymers. In that context, supercritical CO2 was applied to carbon nanotubes based polycarbonate nanocomposites to ensure their foaming ... [more ▼]

Supercritical carbon dioxide readily induced foaming of various polymers. In that context, supercritical CO2 was applied to carbon nanotubes based polycarbonate nanocomposites to ensure their foaming. Surprisingly, efficient foaming only occurs when low pressure is applied while at high pressure, no expansion of the samples was observed. This is related to the ability of supercritical carbon dioxide to induce crystallization of amorphous polycarbonate. Moreover, this behaviour is amplified by the presence of carbon nanotubes that act as nucleating agents for crystals birth. The thermal behaviour of the composites was analysed by DSC and DMA and was related to the foaming observations. The uniformity of the cellular structure was analysed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). By saturating the polycarbonate nanocomposites reinforced with 1 wt% of MWNTs at 100 bar and 100 °C during 16 h, microcellular foams were generated, with a density of 0.62, a cell size ranging from 0.6 to 4 μm, and a cellular density of 4.1 × 1011 cells cm−3. The high ability of these polymeric foams to absorb electromagnetic radiation was demonstrated at low MWNT content as the result of the high affinity of the polycarbonate matrix for MWNTs, and therefore to the good MWNTs dispersion. [less ▲]

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See detailPoly(methyl methacrylate)/graphene oxide nanocomposites by a precipitation polymerization process and their dielectric and rheological characterization
Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg; Trifkovic, Milana; Alkarmo, Walid et al

in Macromolecules (2014), 47(6), 2149-2155

We report a method for achieving controlled dispersion of graphene oxide (GO) in poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) via the precipitation polymerization process in a water/ methanol mixture. GO acts as a ... [more ▼]

We report a method for achieving controlled dispersion of graphene oxide (GO) in poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) via the precipitation polymerization process in a water/ methanol mixture. GO acts as a surfactant and adsorbs on the interface between polymerized PMMA particles and solvent mixture. Scanning electron and transmission electron microscopy confirmed that the precipitate consists of polymer particles (<1 μm) surrounded by the GO sheets. Compression molding of the precipitate yields a polymer nanocomposite with the GO organized into a regularly spaced 3D network which percolates at 0.2 wt % GO. Simple thermal reduction of the GO sheets dispersed in PMMA at relatively low temperature (210 °C) achieved electrical conductivity higher than 10−2 S/m at 0.4 wt % of GO. Parallel dielectric and rheological characterization demonstrated that the thermal reduction is a quite fast process without significant degradation of the polymer. The study should open up new opportunities in the design of GO-based polymer nanocomposites. [less ▲]

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See detail(Co)Polymerization of vinyl levulinate by cobalt-mediated radical polymerization and functionalization by ketoxime click chemistry
Allaoua, Imène; Eleuterio, Beatriz; Obadia, Mona M. et al

in Polymer Chemistry (2014), 5(8), 2973-2979

Vinyl levulinate is synthesized from levulinic acid by palladium-catalyzed vinyl exchange and is characterized by NMR and ESI-HRMS techniques. Homopolymerization of vinyl levulinate and random ... [more ▼]

Vinyl levulinate is synthesized from levulinic acid by palladium-catalyzed vinyl exchange and is characterized by NMR and ESI-HRMS techniques. Homopolymerization of vinyl levulinate and random copolymerization with vinyl acetate by cobalt-mediated radical polymerization affords well-defined ketone functionalized poly(vinyl ester)s. The impact of temperature, solvent and theoretical degree of polymerization on monomer conversion and control of the polymerization is studied by 1H NMR and size exclusion chromatography techniques. The ketoxime conjugation of O-benzylhydroxylamine with the pendant ketone functionality of poly(vinyl levulinate-co-vinyl acetate) is demonstrated. [less ▲]

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See detailGreen and bio-inspired processes for the functionalization of surfaces
Detrembleur, Christophe ULg

Conference (2014, March 18)

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See detailPrecision design of ethylene- and polar-monomer-based copolymers by organometallic-mediated radical polymerization
Kermagoret, Anthony ULg; Debuigne, Antoine ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg et al

in Nature Chemistry (2014), 6(3), 179-187

The copolymerization of ethylene with polar monomers is a major challenge when it comes to the manufacture of materials with potential for a wide range of commercial applications. In the chemical industry ... [more ▼]

The copolymerization of ethylene with polar monomers is a major challenge when it comes to the manufacture of materials with potential for a wide range of commercial applications. In the chemical industry, free-radical polymerization is used to make a large proportion of such copolymers, but the forcing conditions result in a lack of fine control over the architecture of the products. Herein we introduce a synthetic tool, effective under mild experimental conditions, for the precision design of unprecedented ethylene- and polar-monomer-based copolymers. We demonstrate how an organocobalt species can control the growth of the copolymer chains, their composition and the monomer distribution throughout the chain. By fine tuning the ethylene pressure during polymerization and by exploiting a unique reactive mode of the end of the organometallic chain, novel block-like copolymer structures can be prepared. This highly versatile synthetic platform provides access to a diverse range of polymer materials. [less ▲]

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See detailGlucose-, pH- and thermo-responsive nanogels crosslinked by functional superparamagnetic maghemite nanoparticles as innovative drug delivery systems
Liu, Ji ULg; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg; Debuigne, Antoine ULg et al

in Journal of Materials Chemistry B (2014), 2(8), 1009-1023

Reversibly crosslinked (RCL) nanogels made of thermo-responsive poly(vinyl alcohol)-b-poly(Nvinylcaprolactam) copolymers were combined with maghemite nanoparticles and developed as new drug delivery ... [more ▼]

Reversibly crosslinked (RCL) nanogels made of thermo-responsive poly(vinyl alcohol)-b-poly(Nvinylcaprolactam) copolymers were combined with maghemite nanoparticles and developed as new drug delivery systems (DDS). The crosslinking was formed via boronate/diol bonding from the surfacefunctionalized superparamagnetic maghemite nanoparticles, endowing the DDS with thermo-, pH- and glucose-responsiveness. The capability to load a hydrophobic drug model Nile red (NR) within the RCL nanogels was evaluated, and stimuli-triggered drug release behaviours under different conditions were tested. Zero premature release behaviour was detected at physiological pH in the absence of glucose, whereas triggered release was observed upon exposure to acidic pH (5.0) and/or in the presence of glucose. In light of the superparamagnetic properties of the maghemite nanoparticles and RCL nanogels, magnetically-induced heating, MR imaging performance, as well as remotely magnetically-triggered drug release under alternating magnetic field (AMF), were investigated. Cytotoxicity against fibroblast-like L929 and human melanoma MEL-5 cell lines was assessed via the MTS assay. In vitro stimuli-triggered release of tamoxifen, a chemotherapeutic drug, was also studied within MEL-5 cell cultures under different conditions. These innovative RCL nanogels, integrating different stimuli-responsive components, hydrophobic chemotherapeutic moieties and also diagnostic agents together via reversible crosslinking, are promising new theranostic platforms. [less ▲]

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See detailGold nanorods coated with a thermo-responsive poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(N-vinylcaprolactam) corona as drug delivery systems for remotely near infrared-triggered release
Liu, Ji ULg; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg; De Pauw-Gillet, Marie-Claire ULg et al

in Polymer Chemistry (2014), 5(3), 799-813

Poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(N-vinylcaprolactam) (PEG-b-PNVCL) copolymers are prepared from a PEG macro-chain transfer agent in DMF at 65 °C via reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT ... [more ▼]

Poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(N-vinylcaprolactam) (PEG-b-PNVCL) copolymers are prepared from a PEG macro-chain transfer agent in DMF at 65 °C via reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization. The well-defined PEG114-b-PNVCL237 copolymer with a cloud point temperature of 39 °C is used for the formation of a thermo-responsive polymer corona on the surface of gold nanorods (GNRs) via a “grafting-to” approach. Thermo-responsiveness and thermo-dependent optical properties of the as-obtained GNR@PEG-b-PNVCL nanoparticles are studied with dynamic light scattering and UV/vis spectroscopy techniques. Near infrared (NIR)-induced heating of GNR@PEG-b-PNVCL is also explored in aqueous suspension under NIR laser irradiation (802 nm, up to 250 mW). The potential of these GNR@PEG-b-PNVCL nanoparticles to be used as smart drug delivery systems (DDS) is then studied. A hydrophilic drug model, Rhodamine ® B, is used to assess the guest loading capacity, and triggered release behaviours are then evaluated under conventional external heating or internal heating induced by remote NIR irradiation. Cytotoxicity evaluation of the GNR@PEG-b-PNVCL against the fibroblast-like L929 cell line is carried out via the MTS assay in order to confirm the improved biocompatibility of the GNRs after polymer coating. These thermo-responsive GNR@PEG-b-PNVCL nanoparticles are promising DDS that combine the chemotherapeutic and phototherapeutic functions. [less ▲]

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