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See detailCombining mesoporosity and Ti-doping in hematite films for water splitting
Toussaint, Caroline ULg; Tran, Hoang Son ULg; Colson, Pierre ULg et al

in Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2015), 119(4), 1642-1650

(Graph Presented). In this study, we report the synthesis of Ti-doped mesoporous hematite films by soft-templating for application as photoanodes in the photoelectrolysis of water (water splitting ... [more ▼]

(Graph Presented). In this study, we report the synthesis of Ti-doped mesoporous hematite films by soft-templating for application as photoanodes in the photoelectrolysis of water (water splitting). Because the activation of the dopant requires a heat treatment at high temperature (≥800°C), it usually results in the collapse of the mesostructure. We have overcome this obstacle by using a temporary SiO2 scaffold to hinder crystallite growth and thereby maintain the mesoporosity. The beneficial effect of the activated dopant has been confirmed by comparing the photocurrent of doped and undoped films treated at different temperatures. The role of the mesostructure was investigated by comparing dense, collapsed, and mesoporous films heated at different temperatures and characterized under front and back illumination. It turns out that the preservation of the mesotructure enables a better penetration of the electrolyte into the film and therefore reduces the distance that the photogenerated holes have to travel to reach the electrolyte. As a result, we found that mesoporous films with dopant activation at 850°C perform better than comparable dense and collapsed films. [less ▲]

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See detailWhen microplastic is not microplastic: ingestion of artificial cellulose fibers by macrofauna living in seagrass macrophytodetritus
Collard, France ULg; Remy, François ULg; Gilbert, Bernard ULg et al

Poster (2014, December 12)

Vagile macroinvertebrates associated with Posidonia oceanica exported litter were sampled in August 2011, November 2011 and March 2012 in the Calvi Bay (Corsica), near the STARESO oceanographic station ... [more ▼]

Vagile macroinvertebrates associated with Posidonia oceanica exported litter were sampled in August 2011, November 2011 and March 2012 in the Calvi Bay (Corsica), near the STARESO oceanographic station. Contents of digestive tracts were analyzed and fibers of various sizes and colors were found. Fibers were found in 27.6% of the digestive tracts in the nine dominant species. No correlation was found between number of fibers and taxonomic or trophic level. There were no seasonal or spatial preferences and thus we hypothesize that the organisms ingest these fibers randomly throughout the year. Analyses performed with a Raman spectroscope showed that these fibers were composed of cellulose associated with a coloring agent following the fiber color. Red fibers were dyed with the Direct Red 28, blue fibers were dyed with Direct Blue 22. Analyses by a scanning electron microscope (SEM) showed that cellulose fibers had the particular morphology of artificial cellulose fibers called: viscose. Our SEM analyses were compared to literature. This comparison assessed that fibers found in digestive tracts were made of viscose. In a first approach, viscose fibers looked like microplastic fibers because of their color and shape. However, it appeared that these fibers were made of artificial cellulose which is very different than plastic in terms of impacts and fate in the organisms. This study highlights the importance of physico-chemical analyses such as Raman spectroscopy and SEM to certainly identify the composition of particles ingested by organisms. From an ecological point of view, the red coloring agent is known to be carcinogenic in mammals and fish. Consequently, this pollution could provoke an environmental problem for the P. oceanica litter vagile macrofauna. [less ▲]

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See detailBiodegradable polyester-based microcarriers with modified surface tailored for tissue engineering
Grandfils, Christian ULg; Privalova, A.; Sevrin, Chantal ULg et al

Conference (2014, October 23)

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See detailA facile and fast electrochemical route to produce functional few-layer graphene sheets for lithium battery anode application
Ouhib, Farid ULg; Aqil, Abdelhafid ULg; Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg et al

in Journal of Materials Chemistry A (2014), 2(37), 15298-15302

A simple approach for the production of polymer functionalized graphene nanosheets is reported. The resulting polyacrylonitrile chemisorbed on graphene sheets is made of 1 to 2 layers, with a large ... [more ▼]

A simple approach for the production of polymer functionalized graphene nanosheets is reported. The resulting polyacrylonitrile chemisorbed on graphene sheets is made of 1 to 2 layers, with a large majority of graphene single-layers. This novel functionalized graphene exhibits good cycling stability as an anode in Li-ion batteries without a conductive additive or binder. [less ▲]

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See detailElaboration of degradable PCL-based shape memory materials
Defize, Thomas ULg; Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg; Alexandre, Michaël et al

Poster (2014, September 02)

Shape memory polymers (SMPs) are smart materials presenting the remarkable property to switch from a temporary shape (stressed) to a permanent shape (relaxed) upon exposure to a stimulus, such as heat or ... [more ▼]

Shape memory polymers (SMPs) are smart materials presenting the remarkable property to switch from a temporary shape (stressed) to a permanent shape (relaxed) upon exposure to a stimulus, such as heat or light. SMPs raised a lot of interest, especially for biomedical applications, for the elaboration of suture wires and stents. In the last few years, biodegradable aliphatic polyesters, typically poly(ɛ-caprolactone) (PCL) and poly(lactide) (PLA) were widely studied for the synthesis of SMPs. This communication aims at reporting a new concept for the synthesis of PCL-based SMPs. In order to meet the increasingly stringent requirements of biomedical applications, a metal-free process is proposed occurring at relatively low temperature, which can be compatible with the presence of a drug during implementation. [less ▲]

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See detailOrganic and mineral imprints in fossil photosynthetic mats of an East Antarctic lake
Lepot, Kevin; Compère, Philippe ULg; Gerard, E et al

in Geobiology (2014), 12(5), 424-450

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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 detailBiodegradable polyester-based microcarriers with modified surface tailored for tissue engineering
Privalova, A.; Markvicheva, E.; Sevrin, Chantal ULg et al

in Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, Part A (2014), 103

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See detailMesoporous amorphous tungsten oxide electrochromic films: a Raman analysis of their good switching behavior
Chatzikyriakou, Dafni ULg; Krins, Natacha ULg; Gilbert, Bernard ULg et al

in Electrochimica Acta (2014), 137

The intercalation and de-intercalation of lithium cations in electrochromic tungsten oxide thin films are significantly influenced by their structural and surface characteristics. In this study, we ... [more ▼]

The intercalation and de-intercalation of lithium cations in electrochromic tungsten oxide thin films are significantly influenced by their structural and surface characteristics. In this study, we prepared two types of amorphous films via the sol-gel technique: one dense and one mesoporous in order to compare their response upon lithium intercalation and de-intercalation. According to chronoamperometric measurements, Li+ intercalates/de-intercalates faster in the mesoporous film (24s/6s) than in the dense film (48s/10s). The electrochemical measurements (cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry) also showed worse reversibility for the dense film compared to the mesoporous film, giving rise to important Li+ trapping and remaining coloration of the film. Raman analysis showed that the mesoporous film provides more accessible and various W-O surface bonds for Li+ intercalation. On the contrary, in the first electrochemical insertion and de-insertion in the dense film, Li+ selectively reacts with a few surface W-O bonds and preferentially intercalates into pre-existing crystallites to form stable irreversible LixWO3 bronze. [less ▲]

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See detailMatrix ‐ assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry and Raman spectroscopy: An interesting complementary approach for lipid detection in biological tissues
Jadoul, Laure ULg; Malherbe, Cédric ULg; calligaris, David et al

in European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology [=EJLST] (2014)

Recently, matrix‐assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry imaging (MALDI MSI) has emerged as a powerful technique to study the distribution of lipids. However, quantification still remains a ... [more ▼]

Recently, matrix‐assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry imaging (MALDI MSI) has emerged as a powerful technique to study the distribution of lipids. However, quantification still remains a challenge because the MALDI signal is strongly affected by ion suppression effects. On the contrary, Raman spectroscopy is recognized as a non‐destructive analysis method and spectral images can also be acquired. The combination of these two techniques was applied for lipids detection in tissue sections. In MALDI, two lipids families (glycerophosphocholine, PC; gycerophosphoethanolamine, PE), three MALDI matrices (1,5‐diaminonapthalene, 1,5‐DAN; 2,5‐dihydroxybenzoic acid, 2,5‐DHB; a‐4‐hydroxicinammic acid, CHCA), and various mixtures of lipids were investigated. The nature of the lipid, as well as the nature of the matrix and the composition of the sample influences the signal of a given lipid. In Raman, despite a strong overlap with the spectrum of the native tissue, an intensity profile constructed along the diameter of the section clearly shows that the signature of one given lipid (a glycerophosphocholine) can be detected on a doped biological sample. [less ▲]

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See detailDetermination of the Al2O3 content in NaF-AlF 3-CaF2-Al2O3 melts at 950 °c by raman spectroscopy
Malherbe, Cédric ULg; Eppe, Gauthier ULg; Gilbert, Bernard ULg

in Analytical Chemistry (2014)

Thein situ control of the chemical composition of industrial aluminum smelter is a challenge mainly for physicochemical reasons: high temperature, high surrounding electromagnetic field, and the highly ... [more ▼]

Thein situ control of the chemical composition of industrial aluminum smelter is a challenge mainly for physicochemical reasons: high temperature, high surrounding electromagnetic field, and the highly corrosive molten salt electrolyte to deal with. In previous works, we proposed that Raman spectroscopy is a method of choice that could be adapted to real smelters. The laboratory study presented here relies on reproducible Raman spectra recorded on molten mixtures whose compositions are identical to those used during the production of aluminum. A normalization procedure for the Raman spectra is proposed based on the equilibria taking place in the bath. In addition, we discuss two quantitative models to determine the alumina content from the Raman spectra of the molten NaF−AlF3−CaF2−Al2O3 electrolytes. Univariate and multivariate approaches are applied to determine both theCOx (alumina content) and the CR (NaF/AlF3 molar ratio) by Raman spectroscopy without referring to an additional internal reference of intensity. The procedure was successfully tested and validated on industrial samples. [less ▲]

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See detailShape-memory materials based on thermoreversibly cross-linked poly-ε-caprolactones
Defize, Thomas ULg; Riva, Raphaël ULg; Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg et al

Poster (2013, August 19)

Shape memory polymers (SMPs) are materials that are able to change their shape from a temporary shape to a permanent one by application of a stimulus such as heat or light. SMPs are usually chemically or ... [more ▼]

Shape memory polymers (SMPs) are materials that are able to change their shape from a temporary shape to a permanent one by application of a stimulus such as heat or light. SMPs are usually chemically or physically crosslinked materials that exhibit an elastomeric behaviour above a glass or melting transition temperature. Poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) is one of the most widely studied polymers for the development of SMPs. PCL presents several advantages such as a melting transition temperature close to human body temperature, a high biocompatibility, is (bio)degradable and potentially biosourced. So, this polymer is highly relevant for both degradable packaging and also for biomedical devices such as resorbable suture wires or stents. However, after crosslinking, the material can not be reprocessed, preventing any reuse/recycling. The main purpose of this work is to provide a solution to this major drawback, which would then enable, for example, to reshape packaging films after use or to reprocess trimmings remaining after production. Amongst current trends in the design of new polymer and composite materials, organic reactions that are able to create and reversibly disrupt chemical bonds upon an external stimulus (temperature, irradiation,…) are currently gaining more and more attention in macromolecular engineering and are used in various areas such as remendable materials, drug delivery systems, stimulus-degrading materials or recyclable materials. Amongst all the reversible links described in the literature, thermally (4+2) reversible cycloadditions present interesting properties such as the creation of robust bonds and well defined reversibility conditions. As an example, the application of furan/maleimide adducts as covalent link, which cycloreversion is largely favored in the range of temperature (90-120°C), is widely reported. This contribution aims at reporting a new concept for the preparation of well defined and recyclable PCL based reversibly cross-linked SMPs by the formation of reversible carbon-carbon bonds. For this purpose, commercially-available linear and multi-arm star shaped PCL precursors have been selected and selectively functionalized at their chain ends either by a diene (furan, anthracene) or a dienophile (maleimide). Typically, PCL-based shape memory materials have been prepared by mixing a stoichiometric amount of diene-bearing and maleimide-bearing PCLs in a twin-screw mini-extruder at a temperature which favors cycloreversion. The polymer blend is then cured at 65°C (just above PCL melting temperature), with the purpose to increase chains mobility and improve the formation of the adducts. Cross-linked PCLs were obtained, as evidenced by swelling experiments. The shape memory properties of the materials have been studied by cyclic tensile thermomechanical analysis. The influence of the architecture of the PCL precursors as well as the nature of the Diels-Alder moieties on the cross-linking rate and on the shape memory properties has been studied. Reversibility of the network formation in the case of furan, used as diene, has been assessed by rheology and by recycling experiment. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of a quantitative approach to measure phospholipids in dried drops by Raman spectroscopy
Malherbe, Cédric ULg; Jadoul, Laure ULg; Gilbert, Bernard ULg et al

Poster (2013, May 24)

Phospholipids, PL, such as the phosphatidylcholine PC(18:0/18:1), play a role in the structure of living cells and are suspected to be part of the development of some diseases, for example cancers. Mass ... [more ▼]

Phospholipids, PL, such as the phosphatidylcholine PC(18:0/18:1), play a role in the structure of living cells and are suspected to be part of the development of some diseases, for example cancers. Mass spectrometry enables the structural analysis of PL in complex biological media but imaging mass spectrometry by MALDI-MS is rather limited for quantification purposes. Complementarily, Raman spectroscopy as a non invasive and non destructive method is a potential candidate to quantify and visualise the spatial distribution of the PL by molecular imaging. Unfortunately, the lack of specific chemical function in PL, compared to others biomolecules, limits the use of Raman spectroscopy in the identification process of those PL in complex biological samples. The results presented here belong to a first study of the application of the Raman analyses on dried residues of PL and mice brain tissue performed in the lab. [less ▲]

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See detailThermoreversibly cross-linked poly-ε-caprolactones for the elaboration of shape memory materials
Defize, Thomas ULg; Riva, Raphaël ULg; Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg et al

Poster (2013, April 19)

This contribution aims at reporting a new concept for the preparation of well defined and recyclable PCL- based reversibly cross-linked shape memory polymer by the formation of reversible carbon-carbon ... [more ▼]

This contribution aims at reporting a new concept for the preparation of well defined and recyclable PCL- based reversibly cross-linked shape memory polymer by the formation of reversible carbon-carbon bonds. For this purpose, commercially-available star-shaped PCL precursors were selected and selectively modified at their chain ends either by a diene (furan) or a dienophile (maleimide). PCL-based shape memory materials were prepared by mixing a stoichiometric amount of diene-bearing and maleimide-bearing PCLs at a temperature which favors cycloreversion. The polymer blend is then cured at 65°C (slightly above PCL melting temperature), with the purpose to increase chains mobility and improve the formation of the adducts. The Diels-Alder kinetics has been followed by Raman spectroscopy and the PCL cross-linking was evidenced by both swelling experiments and rheological measurements. The obtained cross-linked PCL was characterized by shape memory properties with excellent fixity and recovery, as determined by cyclic tensile thermomechanical analysis. [less ▲]

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See detailDirect determination of the NaF/AlF3 molar ratio by raman spectroscopy in NaF-AlF3-CaF2 melts at 1000° C
Malherbe, Cédric ULg; Gilbert, Bernard ULg

in Analytical Chemistry (2013)

For the last 40 years, Raman spectroscopy has been very useful in investigating the structure of corrosive molten salts, such as the cryolite-based melts widely used as electrolyte in the Hall-Heroult ... [more ▼]

For the last 40 years, Raman spectroscopy has been very useful in investigating the structure of corrosive molten salts, such as the cryolite-based melts widely used as electrolyte in the Hall-Heroult process. Even if this process remains the most economically efficient for metallic aluminum electro-production, it suffers from a high energy loss, which is dependent on the melt composition. Therefore, controlling the chemical composition of the electrolyte is essential. The present paper proposes to apply Raman spectroscopy for the direct determination of the NaF-AlF3 molar ratio in NaF-AlF3-CaF2-based melts. Despite the experimental difficulties, a calibration curve based on equilibria taking place in the melt has been developed and the procedure has been successfully compared to industrial samples of known compositions. The possible exportation of the laboratory scale procedure to an industrial environment application for the control of the Hall-Heroult process is finally discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailRedox reactions in Prussian blue containing paint layers as a result of light exposure
Samain, Louise ULg; Gilbert, Bernard ULg; Grandjean, Fernande ULg et al

in Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry [=JAAS] (2013)

Prussian blue, a mixed valence pigment, typically KFeIII[FeII(CN)6].xH2O, was the most widely used blue artistic pigment from ca. 1720 to the 1970's but, unfortunately, its paint layers, especially when ... [more ▼]

Prussian blue, a mixed valence pigment, typically KFeIII[FeII(CN)6].xH2O, was the most widely used blue artistic pigment from ca. 1720 to the 1970's but, unfortunately, its paint layers, especially when used in conjunction with a white pigment, tend to fade or turn green upon extended exposure to light. In order to identify the mechanism underlying these changes, paint layers have been prepared with differing amounts of these white pigments and subjected to accelerated light exposure fading. The resulting unfaded and faded paint layers as well as both the Berlin white pigment, Fe2II[FeII(CN)6], and the partially oxidized Berlin green pigment, {KFeIII[FeII(CN)6]}x{FeIII[FeIII(CN)6]}1–x, have been characterized by Raman and iron-57 Mössbauer spectroscopy. The results indicate that, upon fading, the Prussian blue pigment painted with a linseed oil binder and (PbCO3)2Pb(OH)2 or ZnO, and to a lesser extent with TiO2, undergoes a reduction at the exposed paint surface and an oxidation in the bulk of the paint layer. This combined reduction and oxidation disrupts, at least in part, the FeIII–N–C–FeII intervalent electron transfer pathways in Prussian blue thus leading to pigment fading through a reduction in the intervalent electron transfer absorbance at about 700 nm. [less ▲]

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