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See detailNovel amphiphilic copolymers and design of smart nanoparticles for drug delivery systems
Cajot, Sébastien ULg; Danhier, F.; Lautram, N. et al

Poster (2011, April 29)

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See detailStimuli-responsive triblock copolymer for biomedical applications
Sibret, Pierre ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg

Conference (2011, April 29)

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See detailInsight into organometallic-mediated radical polymerization
Hurtgen, Marie ULg; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg et al

in Polymer Reviews (2011), 51(2), 188-213

This review focuses on an emerging class of controlled radical polymerization named Organometallic-Mediated Radical Polymerization (OMRP). The latter is based on the temporary deactivation of the growing ... [more ▼]

This review focuses on an emerging class of controlled radical polymerization named Organometallic-Mediated Radical Polymerization (OMRP). The latter is based on the temporary deactivation of the growing radical species by a transition metal complex and the reversible formation of a carbon-metal covalent bond. Initially developed with cobalt complexes, OMRP has extended to several metals today. As highlighted here, the choice of the metal, the structure of ligands, temperature, and additives deeply affect the course of the polymerization and its mechanism. Macromolecular engineering opportunities offered by OMRP are also described, as well as practical applications sustained by the resulting polymer materials. [less ▲]

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See detailFunctionalization of carbon nanotubes by polymers using grafting to methods
Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg; Jérôme, Robert ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg et al

in Mittal, Vikas (Ed.) Surface modification of nanotube fillers (2011)

The huge research effort devoted to the chemical modification of CNTs by grafted macromolecules is driven by the need to enhance their affinity for a variety of environments, a necessary step for ... [more ▼]

The huge research effort devoted to the chemical modification of CNTs by grafted macromolecules is driven by the need to enhance their affinity for a variety of environments, a necessary step for designing advanced nanomaterials. This chapter aims at reviewing the until now investigated “grafting to” methods used for the surface modification of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) by polymers of various functionalities. Two major strategies are emphasized on the basis of the number of needed modification steps. The first technique consists in functionalizing the CNTs surface to promote in a second step the covalent anchoring of polymer chains bearing complementary reactive groups either at one chain-end or along the chain. The second approach is straightforward as result of the ability of the selected polymer to add directly onto the sp2 carbons of the CNTs surface. The major advantage of the “grafting onto” techniques is that the molecular characteristics (molecular weight, polydispersity, functionality,…) of the polymers can be tailored prior to the grafting reaction. Moreover, when using the proper controlled or living polymerization techniques and grafting conditions, polymers of well-defined architecture, functionality and properties can be easily anchored to the CNTs surface, which makes the “on-demand” tuning of the chemical properties of CNTs possible. [less ▲]

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See detailRecent Advances in Macromolecular Design via Cobalt-Mediated Radical Polymerization
Debuigne, Antoine ULg; Hurtgen, Marie ULg; Piette, Yasmine ULg et al

Conference (2011, April 13)

This communication will focuse on recent progress in the field of cobalt-mediated radical polymerization (CMRP). For example, the beneficial impact of cobalt complexes on the course of acrylate and vinyl ... [more ▼]

This communication will focuse on recent progress in the field of cobalt-mediated radical polymerization (CMRP). For example, the beneficial impact of cobalt complexes on the course of acrylate and vinyl chloride (VC) polymerizations will be discussed. The addition of conjugated unsaturated derivatives, like dienes, fullerenes and carbon nanotubes, onto (co)polymers preformed by CMRP has also been investigated. Similarities and differences between these radical addition processes will be presented as well as the potential applications of the resulting copolymers and carbon based materials for photodynamic therapy (PDT) and electromagnetic interferences (EMI) shielding. [less ▲]

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See detail"Clip" and "click" chemistries combination: toward easy PEGylation of degradable aliphatic polyesters
Freichels, Hélène; Pourcelle, Vincent; Le Duff, Cécile S. et al

in Macromolecular Rapid Communications (2011), 32(7), 616-621

The combination of “clip” and “click” reactions provides a versatile and straightforward pathway for the synthesis of functional amphiphilic and degradable copolymers valuable for biomedical applications ... [more ▼]

The combination of “clip” and “click” reactions provides a versatile and straightforward pathway for the synthesis of functional amphiphilic and degradable copolymers valuable for biomedical applications such as targeted drug-delivery vehicles. [less ▲]

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See detailPreparation of pH-sensitive star-shaped aliphatic polyesters as precursors of polymersomes
Riva, Raphaël ULg; Lazzari, Wenda; Billiet, Leen et al

in Journal of Polymer Science. Part A, Polymer Chemistry (2011), 49(7), 1552-1563

The synthesis of a new pH-sensitive amphiphilic A2B mikto-arm star-shaped aliphatic copolyester (with A = PCL and B = tertiary amine-bearing PCL) with two hydrophobic arms and one hydrophilic arm when ... [more ▼]

The synthesis of a new pH-sensitive amphiphilic A2B mikto-arm star-shaped aliphatic copolyester (with A = PCL and B = tertiary amine-bearing PCL) with two hydrophobic arms and one hydrophilic arm when protonated at pH = 5.5. The copper mediated azide-alkyne cycloaddition was used for the synthesis of the star copolyester and to impart the pH sensitivity to the hydrophilic arm by grafting of tertiary amine groups onto azide bearing PCL chain. The formation of polymersomes in water at pH 5 was assessed by DLS and TEM analyses. [less ▲]

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See detailAn efficient biphasic synthesis of polymer-grafted reduced graphite oxide based nanocomposites
Vuluga, Daniela ULg; Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg; Molenberg, Isabel et al

Poster (2011, March 03)

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See detailOrganomodification of montmorillonite in supercritical carbon dioxide
Naveau, Elodie ULg; Calberg, Cédric ULg; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg et al

in Applied Clay Science (2011), 51(4), 467-772

The use of organo-montmorillonite as nanofiller for the preparation of polymer nanocomposites still attracts a lot of attention both on experimental and industrial scale. In order to enlarge the range of ... [more ▼]

The use of organo-montmorillonite as nanofiller for the preparation of polymer nanocomposites still attracts a lot of attention both on experimental and industrial scale. In order to enlarge the range of organo-montmorillonites available for this application, supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) was used as a medium for the organomodification process. This environmentally friendly solvent showed a great potential to obtain ready-to-use organo-montmorillonite powders. Intercalation with high degrees of exchange was obtained when the surfactants (alkyl ammonium, phosphonium, and imidazolium salts) were in the liquid state at the reaction temperature. The addition of a small quantity of co-solvent enabled the intercalation of solid surfactants, such as those bearing hydroxyl or carboxyl groups. Basal spacings of montmorillonite modified in scCO2 corresponded to those measured for organo-montmorillonite prepared in the wet process. A detailed investigation of the reaction conditions was finally performed in order to up-scale the process. [less ▲]

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See detailNovel graft copolymers by organometallic-mediated radical polymerization of a conjugated with a non-conjugated monomer
Hurtgen, Marie ULg; Debuigne, Antoine ULg; Fustin, Charles-André et al

Scientific conference (2011, February 24)

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See detailFluorescent labeling of degradable poly(lactide-co-glycolide) for cellular nanoparticles tracking in living cells
Freichels, Hélène; Danhier, Fabienne; Préat, Véronique et al

in International Journal of Artificial Organs (2011), 34(2), 152-160

Fluorescent-labeled aliphatic polyesters are essential materials for in vitro and in vivo studies of the behavior of these biodegradable polymers in interaction with cells or in a body. In particular, the ... [more ▼]

Fluorescent-labeled aliphatic polyesters are essential materials for in vitro and in vivo studies of the behavior of these biodegradable polymers in interaction with cells or in a body. In particular, the direct cellular localization of drug delivery systems based on these materials allows better understanding of the internalization mechanism and determination of the pharmacokinetics. Polylactide-co-glycolide (PLGA) is a rapidly degradable copolymer widely used in pharmaceutics and nanomedecine. It was prepared by ring-opening polymerization of lactide and glycolide in order to obtain a well-defined material to investigate conditions allowing the covalent linkage of a fluorescent dye (fluorescein) while preserving the macromolecular characteristics of the polymer. The success of the functionalization was ascertained by proton nuclear magnetic resonance (1H NMR), size-exclusion chromatography (SEC) and fluorescence spectroscopy. [less ▲]

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See detailElectrospinning of a functional perfluorinated block copolymer as a powerful route for imparting superhydrophobicity and corrosion resistance to aluminum substrates
Grignard, Bruno ULg; Vaillant, Alexandre; de Coninck, Joel et al

in Langmuir (2011), 27(1), 335-342

Superhydrophobic aluminum surfaces with excellent corrosion resistance were successfully prepared by electrospinning of a novel fluorinated diblock copolymer solution. Micro- and nanostructuration of the ... [more ▼]

Superhydrophobic aluminum surfaces with excellent corrosion resistance were successfully prepared by electrospinning of a novel fluorinated diblock copolymer solution. Micro- and nanostructuration of the diblock copolymer coating was obtained by electrospinning which proved to be an easy and cheap electrospinning technology to fabricate superhydrophobic coating. The diblock copolymer is made of poly(heptadecafluorodecylacrylate-co-acrylic acid) (PFDA-co-AA) random copolymer as the first block and polyacrylonitrile (PAN) as the second one. The fluorinated block promotes hydrophobicity to the surface by reducing the surface tension, while its carboxylic acid functions anchor the polymer film onto the aluminum surface after annealing at 130 °C. The PAN block of this copolymer insures the stability of the structuration of the surface during annealing, thanks to the infusible character of PAN. It is also demonstrated that the so-formed superhydrophobic coating shows good adhesion to aluminum surfaces, resulting in excellent corrosion resistance. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of clay modification on the structure and mechanical properties of polyamide-6 nanocomposites
Naveau, Elodie ULg; Dominkovics, Zita; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg et al

in European Polymer Journal (2011), 47(1), 5-15

Polyamide-6 nanocomposites were prepared from a new phosphonium organoclay obtained at pilot scale in supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) and a commercially available ammonium modified-silicate. The ... [more ▼]

Polyamide-6 nanocomposites were prepared from a new phosphonium organoclay obtained at pilot scale in supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) and a commercially available ammonium modified-silicate. The composites were homogenised by twin-screw extrusion, then specimens for testing were prepared by injection moulding. The clay content of the composites was varied from 0 to 7 vol% in 7 steps. The clays were characterised in detail; they differed in their surface coverage and gallery structure, while their particle size was similar and their surface energy differed only slightly. X-ray diffraction, electronic microscopy and rheology were used for the characterisation of composite structure. Different gallery structure of the clays led to dissimilar extent of exfoliation. The phosphonium organoclay exfoliated better in PA than the silicate treated with the ammonium salt in spite of its smaller surface coverage. The nanocomposites showed the usual complex structure: besides individual platelets and intercalated stacks, large particles were also present and the development of a silicate network could be shown at large clay contents. Quantitative determination of the extent of reinforcement revealed two determining factors: contact surface and strength of interaction. The first increases with exfoliation, but the latter decreases as an effect of organophilisation. The extent of exfoliation was also estimated quantitatively, and the calculation confirmed the results of qualitative evaluation showing larger extent of exfoliation for the scCO2-prepared phosphonium clay. [less ▲]

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See detailA fully aqueous sustainable process for strongly adhering antimicrobial coatings on stainless steel
Cécius, Michaël; Jérôme, Christine ULg

in Progress in Organic Coatings (2011), 70(1), 220-223

In order to provide conducting surfaces with antibacterial properties, the electrografting of acrylate has been combined with the layer-by-layer deposition of polyelectrolytes. The challenges addressed by ... [more ▼]

In order to provide conducting surfaces with antibacterial properties, the electrografting of acrylate has been combined with the layer-by-layer deposition of polyelectrolytes. The challenges addressed by this strategy are (i) to insure the adhesion of the biocidal coating to the conducting surface and (ii) to avoid the use of organic solvents in the coating process. The electrografting process has been implemented in water and allows imparting strong adhesion of an anchoring polycationic layer, used in a second step for growing a chitosan-based bactericidal coating by layer-by-layer deposition. This novel process based on readily available precursors allows the coating from aqueous media and makes the coating technology quite sustainable. [less ▲]

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See detailPMMA/carbon nanotube nanocomposites foams for EMI shielding application
Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg; Vuluga, Daniela; Alexandre, Michaël ULg et al

in PMSE Preprints (2011), 105

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