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See detailOn the use of carbon dioxide and vegetable oil for the synthesis of bio-based cyclic carbonates
Alves, Margot ULg; Tassaing, Thierry; Méreau, Raphaël et al

Conference (2014, August 27)

The uncertain cost of petroleum and its expected depletion in the near future prompted the scientific community to search for new sources of carbon just inexpensive, abundant and easily exploitable ... [more ▼]

The uncertain cost of petroleum and its expected depletion in the near future prompted the scientific community to search for new sources of carbon just inexpensive, abundant and easily exploitable. Combining the use of renewable resources such as vegetable oils and carbon dioxide as a carbon source for the development of a sustainable chemistry is very promising. Thus, this research project fits within the framework of the chemical fixation of CO2 and the utilization of vegetable oils as a substitute for basic petroleum derivatives for the production of new monomers and new bio-based organic polymers. As a first step, the catalytic synthesis of cyclic carbonate monomers from CO2 and epoxidized vegetable oils (and/or the corresponding fatty esters) will be considered. The synthesis of non-isocyanates polyurethanes (NIPUS) will then be performed by reacting in bulk these new monomers with diamines under mild heating. In this talk, we will present the results that we have obtained on the first step of the process. Namely, we have investigated various catalytic platforms enabling the cycloaddition of CO2 on epoxidized oils in the most efficient way under mild conditions. For such task, in situ kinetic follow-up of this reaction has been performed by FT-IR or Raman spectroscopy in order to identify the best catalytic systems and to evaluate the influence of various parameters (pressure, temperature catalyst concentration, nature of epoxidized oil) on the yields and the reaction kinetics. Then, the most efficient catalytic systems have been investigated by molecular modeling in order to identify the key structural parameters of the catalyst that govern its efficiency. [less ▲]

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See detailThiophene derivatives with donor–π–acceptor structures for enhanced light-absorption properties and efficient cationic polymerization upon green-light irradiation
Telitel, Sofia; Ouhib, Farid ULg; Fouassier, Jean-Pierre et al

in Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics (2014), 215(16), 1514-1524

Positively charged thermoresponsive nanogels (NGs) are easily synthesized by precipitation polymerization of N-isopropyl­acrylamide and 2-dimethyl(aminoethyl)­methacrylate crosslinked with dendritic ... [more ▼]

Positively charged thermoresponsive nanogels (NGs) are easily synthesized by precipitation polymerization of N-isopropyl­acrylamide and 2-dimethyl(aminoethyl)­methacrylate crosslinked with dendritic polyglycerol. The NGs are characterized in terms of size, thermoresponsive properties, and Z potential. Their potential applications as drug delivery carriers are evaluated by the encapsulation and release of different anticancer drugs. As model drugs, doxorubicin and methotrexate are studied. [less ▲]

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See detailRole of non-polyQ regions on the aggregation process by polyQ proteins into amyloid fibrils
Huynen, Céline ULg; Willet, Nicolas ULg; Buell, Alexander K et al

Poster (2014, July 28)

Nine neurodegenerative disorders, referred to as polyglutamine diseases and including Huntington’s disease, are associated with the abnormal expansion of a polyglutamine tract inside nine unrelated ... [more ▼]

Nine neurodegenerative disorders, referred to as polyglutamine diseases and including Huntington’s disease, are associated with the abnormal expansion of a polyglutamine tract inside nine unrelated proteins. This polyQ expansion is thought to be the major determinant in the development of neurotoxicity, triggering protein aggregation into amyloid fibrils. A large body of evidence however indicates that non-polyQ regions modulate the aggregation process triggered by polyQ expansions. The interplay between the polyQ tract and non-polyQ regions is complex and still not fully understood. In order to better understand it, we previously designed and characterized model polyQ proteins made of the beta-lactamase BlaP and a 23, 30, 55 or 79Q tract inserted in position 197 or 216. These chimeras recapitulate the aggregation properties of polyQ disease-associated proteins: there is a Q threshold for the formation of amyloid fibrils, and above the threshold, the longer the polyQ, the faster the aggregation. Moreover, the structure of BlaP (native or unfolded) and the position of insertion of the polyQ tract (197 versus 216) influence their aggregation properties. In this work, (i) we will discuss the role of the conformation of the host protein, BlaP, and of the location of the polyQ within BlaP on the different phases of amyloid fibril formation, the nucleation and elongation steps, using mainly quartz crystal microbalance (QCM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and dynamic light scattering (DLS); and (ii) we will investigate the precise aggregation threshold and the modulating role of the N- and C-terminal polyQ flanking sequences in position 197 of BlaP by creating and characterizing new chimeras containing intermediate length polyQ tracts in position 197, or polyQ tracts inserted between two cleavage sites in position 197, respectively. Our results highlight a linear dependence of the polyQ length on the elongation rate whatever the insertion site and the conformation of BlaP. These two parameters however drastically influence the ability of a polyQ tract to trigger the nucleation and the elongation steps of amyloid fibril formation. Finally, we observed that the propensity to form amyloid fibrils and its rate seems to be largely dependent on the polyQ length and on the polyQ flanking sequences. Altogether our results contribute to identify the important species and elements (polyQ or non-polyQ regions, monomers, oligomers or fibrils) during the aggregation process into amyloid fibrils to interfere with the latter associated with neurotoxicity. [less ▲]

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See detailMicellization of PEO-b-polyphosphate for drug delivery applications
Vanslambrouck, Stéphanie ULg; Clément, Benoit; Riva, Raphaël ULg et al

Conference (2014, July 11)

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See detailSupercritical CO2, impregnation to prepare drug-loaded implants: inpregantion of anti-inflammatory drugs into sutures
Champeau, Mathilde; Tassaing, Thierry; Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg et al

Conference (2014, July 10)

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See detailSynthesis of degradable polyphosphoester copolymers for templating calcium carbonate drug delivery carriers
Ergül, Zeynep ULg; Debuigne, Antoine ULg; Calvignac, Brice et al

Conference (2014, July 09)

Degradable acid bearing polyphosphoester (PPE) copolymers were prepared by combination of organocatalyzed ring opening polymerization and click chemistry. Their solution behavior and ability to complex ... [more ▼]

Degradable acid bearing polyphosphoester (PPE) copolymers were prepared by combination of organocatalyzed ring opening polymerization and click chemistry. Their solution behavior and ability to complex calcium ions were studied as well as their capacity to template CaCO3 particles dedicated to drug delivery. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the use of carbon dioxide and vegetable oil for the synthesis of bio-based cyclic carbonates
Alves, Margot ULg; Tassaing, Thierry; Mereau, R. et al

Poster (2014, July 03)

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See detailCollapsing and reswelling kinetics of thermoresponsive polymers on surfaces: a matter of confinement and constraints
Willet, Nicolas ULg; Gabriel, Sabine ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg et al

in Soft Matter (2014), 10

We report on the collapsing and reswelling ability of grafted poly(methyl vinyl ether) chains of different molecular architectures. In order to study the influence of constraints and confinement of the ... [more ▼]

We report on the collapsing and reswelling ability of grafted poly(methyl vinyl ether) chains of different molecular architectures. In order to study the influence of constraints and confinement of the chains, the polymer was grafted onto AFM tips, as a model of a curved nano-sized surface, and onto macroscopic silicon substrates for comparison purposes. AFM-based force spectroscopy experiments were performed to characterise at the nanoscale the temperature-dependent collapsing process and the reversibility to the swollen state on both substrates. The reversible character of the thermoresponsive transition and its kinetics were shown to greatly depend on the polymer architecture and the constraints encountered by the chains. [less ▲]

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See detailStructure-morphology relationship of polyphosphate containing polymer micelles
Vanslambrouck, Stéphanie ULg; Clément, Benoit; Riva, Raphaël ULg et al

Conference (2014, June 18)

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See detailIn situ FTIR micro-spectroscopy to investigate polymeric fibers under supercritical carbon dioxide: CO2 sorption and swelling measurements
Champeau, Mathilde; Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg et al

in Journal of Supercritical Fluids (2014), 90

An original experimental set-up combining a FTIR (Fourier Transformed InfraRed) microscope with a high pressure cell has been built in order to analyze in situ and simultaneously the CO2 sorption and the ... [more ▼]

An original experimental set-up combining a FTIR (Fourier Transformed InfraRed) microscope with a high pressure cell has been built in order to analyze in situ and simultaneously the CO2 sorption and the polymer swelling of microscopic polymer samples, such as fibers, subjected to supercritical carbon dioxide. Thanks to this experimental set-up, we have determined as a function of the CO2 pressure (from 2 to 15 MPa) the CO2 sorption and the polymer swelling at T = 40 °C of four polymer samples, namely PEO (polyethylene oxide), PLLA (poly-l-lactide acid), PET (polyethylene terephtalate) and PP (polypropylene). The quantity of CO2 sorbed in all the studied polymers increases with pressure. PEO and PLLA display a significant level of CO2 sorption (20 and 25% respectively, at P = 15 MPa). However, we observe that a lower quantity of CO2 can be sorbed into PP and PET (7 and 8% respectively, at P = 15 MPa). Comparing their thermodynamic behaviors and their intrinsic properties, we emphasize that a high CO2 sorption can be reach if on one hand, the polymer is able to form specific interaction with CO2 in order to thermodynamically favor the presence of CO2 molecules inside the polymer and on the other, displays high chains mobility in the amorphous region. PLLA and PEO fulfilled these two requirements whereas only one property is fulfilled by PET (specific interaction with CO2) and PP (high chains mobility). Finally, we have found that for a given CO2 sorption, the resulting swelling of the polymer depends mainly on its crystallinity. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis of hybrid nanoparticles for theranostics
Liu, Ji ULg; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg; Duguet, Etienne et al

Conference (2014, May 28)

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See detailTemplating calcium carbonate drug delivery carriers based on polyphosphoester copolymers
Ergül, Zeynep ULg; Debuigne, Antoine ULg; Caalvignac, Brice et al

Poster (2014, May 27)

The design of drug delivery systems (DDS) often requires biodegradable and biocompatible materials that allow safe retention and controlled release of the drug. In this respect, CaCO3 particles are ... [more ▼]

The design of drug delivery systems (DDS) often requires biodegradable and biocompatible materials that allow safe retention and controlled release of the drug. In this respect, CaCO3 particles are appropriate drug carriers that have excellent properties such as low density, high specific surface areas and porosity for drugs and proteins encapsulation. Here, hyaluronic acid usually used for templating CaCO3 particles was substituted by a degradable synthetic copolymer based on PPE. The latter is a promising candidate due to its biocompatibility, biodegradability and the low toxicity of its degradation products such as phosphates. We also introduced acid functions on the PPE segment in order to enhance its calcium affinity and ability to tune the morphology of the CaCO3 particles. The butynyl phospholane (BYP) polymerization was initiated from poly(ethylene oxide) PEO-OH by organocatalyzed ring opening polymerization (ROP) [2] followed by UV catalyzed thiol-yne addition of 3-mercaptopropionoic acid onto the alkyne functions. CaCO3 particles were then generated in the presence of the copolymer following a procedure inspired from . Well-defined PPE copolymers bearing pendant alkynyl groups, i.e. PEO-b-PBYP (Ð <1.1), were obtained by organocatalyzed ROP of BYP initiated at 0°C from PEO-OH (Scheme 1). The copolymer was then reacted under UV with 3-mercaptopropionoic acid in order to introduce carboxylic acid functions along the PPE backbone by thiol-yne reaction. NMR analyses confirmed that full functionalization was reached after 2h. The high density of acid moieties in PEO-b-PBYP(COO-)2 is supposed to facilitate the Ca2+ complexation. The solution behavior and self-assembly of PEO-b-PBYP(COO-)2 in water was investigated by DLS with and without Ca+2 at different pH. Finally, stoichiometric amounts of CaCl2 and Na2CO3 were mixed in water containing the PEO-b-PBYP(COO-)2 which strongly influences the size of the CaCO3 particles (~1.5 µm). The acid-bearing PPE-based copolymers were successfully prepared and used as templating agents for the synthesis of CaCO3 particles. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis of a glucosamine labeled amphiphilic polymer for drug delivery application
Riva, Raphaël ULg; Boyère, Cédric; Debuigne, Antoine ULg et al

Poster (2014, May 27)

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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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