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See detailElectrografting method for forming and regulating a strong adherent nanostructured polymer coating
Jérôme, Robert ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg; Serwas, Harry et al

Patent (2009)

Electrografting method for forming and regulating a strongly adherent nanostructured polymer coating onto an electro-conductive surface profile characterized in that the surface profile is regulated by ... [more ▼]

Electrografting method for forming and regulating a strongly adherent nanostructured polymer coating onto an electro-conductive surface profile characterized in that the surface profile is regulated by electrodeposition of nanometre- and/or micrometre-scale nuclei onto the surface profile prior to or simultaneously to the formation of the polymer coating. [less ▲]

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See detailUnusual quantitative (co)polymer chain coupling reaction based on isoprene and cobalt complexes
Debuigne, Antoine ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg

Conference (2009, July 15)

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 an innovative and very promising tool for macromolecular engineering. This technique, called Isoprene-Assisted Radical Coupling (I-ARC), allows to couple quantitatively polymer chains preformed by Cobalt-Mediated Radical Polymerization (CMRP), an efficient controlled radical polymerization system for vinyl acetate (VAc) and acrylonitrile (AN). Typically, addition of isoprene to well-defined polymers prepared by CMRP invariably leads to the quantitative coupling reaction of the chains, as assessed by the perfect doubling of the molar mass of the polymer. Importantly, the I-ARC reaction is not limited to macromolecules with low molar masses and homopolymers, contrary to the previously reported radical chains coupling methods. Indeed, when applied to diblock copolymers, I-ARC constitutes a straightforward approach for the synthesis of telechelic symmetrical ABA triblock copolymers, as illustrated by the preparation of poly(vinyl acetate)-b-poly(acrylonitrile)-bpoly(vinyl acetate) triblock copolymers and their derivatives. [less ▲]

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See detailEnzymatic modifications of sugar in supercritical carbon dioxide
Favrelle, Audrey ULg; Brognaux, Alison ULg; Debuigne, Antoine ULg et al

Poster (2009, July 07)

Carbohydrates esters are non-ionic surfactants that have a wide range of commercial applications in cosmetic, food and pharmaceutical industry. They are produced from renewable and inexpensive raw ... [more ▼]

Carbohydrates esters are non-ionic surfactants that have a wide range of commercial applications in cosmetic, food and pharmaceutical industry. They are produced from renewable and inexpensive raw materials, are bio-degradable and non-toxic. Chemical synthesis of sugar esters is generally performed at a high temperature in the presence of an alkaline catalyst lead-ing to a mixture of products. In this respect, the corresponding enzyme-catalyzed processes in non-conventional media are more selective. For this purpose, lipases are the most useful enzymes. Moreover, supercritical carbon dioxide (SC-CO2) constitutes an interesting alternative to the organic solvents used in the domain as it is considered to be environmentally frien-dlier and safer. For example, its use reduces the contamination of the final products with residual solvents. This property is particularly valued in food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industry. Our work consists to carry out lipase catalyzed sugar modifications in SC-CO2 and to compare the results with those obtained in organic solvents. The effect of these two different media on the enzyme stability and the yield will be described here. Moreover, the impact of various factors such as pressure, temperature, enzyme form (free or immobilized), use of co-solvent, on the course of the sugar esterification will be discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailOrganoclays prepared in supercritical CO2: implication of onium stability on the properties of PA6 nanocomposites
Naveau, Elodie ULg; Calberg, Cédric ULg; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg et al

Conference (2009, June 23)

The organomodification of layered silicates via our patented supercritical CO2 ion-exchange process, enables the use of a large variety of surfactants, among which phosphonium and ammonium ions of the ... [more ▼]

The organomodification of layered silicates via our patented supercritical CO2 ion-exchange process, enables the use of a large variety of surfactants, among which phosphonium and ammonium ions of the very same structure. The as-obtained organoclays were melt blended with PA6 and the morphology as well as the fire properties of the nanocomposites were studied. With the same degree of nanodispersion, longer ignition times were observed with phosphonium-modified clays compared to ammonium-modified clays. [less ▲]

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See detailProduction of polymer/clay nanocomposite foams with improved fire behaviour using supercritical fluid technology
Urbanczyk, Laetitia ULg; Calberg, Cédric ULg; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg et al

Poster (2009, June 19)

In this study, supercritical CO2 is successfully used as foaming agent to prepare poly(styrene-co-acrylonitrile) (SAN) foams containing a low amount of well-dispersed nanoclay (5wt%). This kind of ... [more ▼]

In this study, supercritical CO2 is successfully used as foaming agent to prepare poly(styrene-co-acrylonitrile) (SAN) foams containing a low amount of well-dispersed nanoclay (5wt%). This kind of nanofiller has an influence both on material cellular morphology and fire property. In fact, SAN foam filled with nanoclay has smaller cells and higher density compared to unfilled foam. Moreover, the nanocomposite foam burns more slowly and without producing any burning droplets, which is highly desirable when considering housing applications. [less ▲]

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See detailNew fluorinated surfactants for nanogels preparation
Alaimo, David ULg; Rieger, Jutta; Beigbeder, Alexandre et al

Conference (2009, June 18)

A series of novel fluorinated amphiphilic stabilizers of different architecture (diblock, grafted, or palm tree copolymers) were successfully prepared by reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer ... [more ▼]

A series of novel fluorinated amphiphilic stabilizers of different architecture (diblock, grafted, or palm tree copolymers) were successfully prepared by reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer and used as stabilizers for the dispersion polymerization of 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) in fluorinated solvent, namely alpha,alpha,alpha-trifluorotoluene (TFT). The effect of the amount and the architecture of the copolymer on the size and the stabilization of the particles was studied. Whatever the experimental conditions, scanning electron microscopy showed the formation of submicronic (typically about 300 nm) spherical particles, with a narrow size distribution. The principal difference emerges from the concentration of surfactant. Indeed, at higher copolymer concentration, smaller and less aggregated particles were produced. These results were confirmed by dynamic light scattering but these measurements also revealed the presence of larger aggregates (1,5 micrometer). Furthermore, the surfactant properties of the copolymers were investigated by measuring the interfacial tension at the H2O/TFT interface, and the results were correlated to their stabilizing efficiency in the dispersion polymerization of HEMA. [less ▲]

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See detailNovel Amphiphilic copolymers and design of smart nanoparticule for triggered drug delivery systems
Cajot, Sébastien ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg

Poster (2009, June 14)

Over the last decade, polymer micelles attracted an increasing interest in drug pharmaceutical research because they could be used as efficient drug delivery systems. Micelles of amphiphilic block ... [more ▼]

Over the last decade, polymer micelles attracted an increasing interest in drug pharmaceutical research because they could be used as efficient drug delivery systems. Micelles of amphiphilic block copolymers are supramolecular core-shell type assemblies of tens of nanometers in diameter. In principle, the micelles core is usually constructed with biodegradable hydrophobic polymers such as aliphatic polyesters, e.g. poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL), which serves as a reservoir for the incorporation of various lipophilic drugs. Water soluble poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) is most frequently used to build the micelle corona because it is very efficient in preventing protein adsorption at surfaces and in stabilizing the micelles in the blood compartment, giving rise to particles invisible to the body defence system (so-called stealthy or long circulating particles). Improvements of such simple systems however, rely on the development of novel chemistries and materials by advanced macromolecular engineering techniques. The tumour targeting of a cytotoxic agent refers to the passive accumulation of polymer nanocarriers to solid tumours (EPR effect) followed by active internalization in tumor cells. The internalization of the drug is required for cell death because most cytotoxic drugs act intracellularly. Accordingly, polymer micelles are usually modified by specific ligands. However, these ligands can decrease the micelles stealthiness and stability. No-specific ligands can be used if their exposition is modulated by the pH decrease typical of tumour tissues. Lipophilic drugs are generally incorporated in the hydrophobic core of the micelles. The release of the drug is ruled by diffusion and degradation of the biodegradable polymer used as reservoir. Even if micelles get a high stability in aqueous media thanks to their low critical micellar concentration, the dissociation of micelles is not always preserved when they are injected in the blood compartment. The cross-linking of the core of micelles by disulfide bridges will provide the stability of micelles after the administration and will release the drugs intracellularly by enzymatic breaking of disulfide bridges. This work consists in the development of new macromolecular architectures for the targeting of tumour cells. pH sensitive copolymers able to micellize so as non-specific ligand like biotin is exposed on their surface in response to pH decrease typical for tumour tissues will be synthesized by the incorporation of pH-sensitive linkers like hydrazone or imine benzoïc linkers. In addition, the core of these new micelles will be cross-linked by disulfide bridges to prevent dissociation around healthy cells and trigger the drug release inside tumour cells. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of multilayered chitosan-based nanofibers
Croisier, Florence ULg; Aqil, Abdelhafid ULg; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg et al

Poster (2009, June 14)

By combining electrospinning and layer-by-layer deposition techniques, new porous material scaffolds of multilayered, chitosan-based nanofibers were produced. Layer-by-layer (LBL) is a well-known method ... [more ▼]

By combining electrospinning and layer-by-layer deposition techniques, new porous material scaffolds of multilayered, chitosan-based nanofibers were produced. 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 polyelectrolytes including synthetic and natural materials, with designable layer structure, defined layer thickness and size. Electrospinning (ESP) 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 fiber 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 prepare surface charged nanofibers. 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 growth of a multilayered shell, obtaining hollow fibers. [less ▲]

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See detailDesign of thermoresponsive magnetic nanoparticles for hyperthermia
Sibret, Pierre ULg; Aqil, Abdelhafid; Jérôme, Christine ULg

Poster (2009, June 14)

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See detailDevelopment of multilayered chitosan-based nanofibers for tissue engineering
Croisier, Florence ULg; Aqil, Abdelhafid ULg; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg et al

Conference (2009, June 13)

By combining electrospinning and layer-by-layer deposition techniques, new porous material scaffolds of multilayered, chitosan-based nanofibers were produced. Layer-by-layer (LBL) is a well-known method ... [more ▼]

By combining electrospinning and layer-by-layer deposition techniques, new porous material scaffolds of multilayered, chitosan-based nanofibers were produced. 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 polyelectrolytes including synthetic and natural materials, with designable layer structure, defined layer thickness and size. Electrospinning (ESP) 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 fiber 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 prepare surface charged nanofibers. 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 growth of a multilayered shell, obtaining hollow fibers. [less ▲]

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See detailNew developments in the functionalization of aliphatic polyesters by "click" copper-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition
Lecomte, Philippe ULg; Riva, Raphaël ULg; Schmeits, Stephanie ULg et al

Conference (2009, June 03)

Nowadays, biodegradable and biocompatible aliphatic polyesters are widely used as environmentally friendly thermoplastics and biomaterials. Nevertheless, the absence of any pendant functional group is a ... [more ▼]

Nowadays, biodegradable and biocompatible aliphatic polyesters are widely used as environmentally friendly thermoplastics and biomaterials. Nevertheless, the absence of any pendant functional group is a severe limitation for the development of novel applications. Our strategy aiming at functionalizing aliphatic polyesters relies on the “click” copper-catalyzed cycloaddition (CuAAC) of alkynes duly substituted by functional groups or even chains onto PCL bearing pendant azides. The aliphatic polyesters bearing pendant azides have been very efficiently synthesized by a straightforward approach, which relies on the ring-opening copolymerization of αClεCL (or γBrεCL) and εCL (or lactide) followed by reaction with sodium azide to convert pendant chlorides or bromides into azides. The alternative reported by Emrick et al. is based on the CuAAC reaction of azides substituted by any functional group onto copolyesters of poly(ε-caprolactone) bearing pendant alkynes. Interestingly enough, Emrick et al. carried out the CuAAc reaction in water at 80°C. Unfortunately, it turned out, at least in our hands, that these conditions can not be extended to the derivatization of more sensitive aliphatic polyesters because degradation was then unavoidable. Nevertheless, we found out that degradation can be minimized whenever the CuAAC reaction is carried out in an organic solvent at lower temperature. Typically, the CuAAC reaction was carried out in DMF or THF at 35°C. Recently, it was shown that supercritical carbon dioxide can be used as a more environmentally friendly solvent than DMF or THF. The contamination by catalytic residues of aliphatic polyesters functionalized by the CuAAC reaction is a severe limitation in view of future applications, especially in the biomedical field. In the last part of this talk, a special attention will be paid on our current efforts to get rid of copper residues. [less ▲]

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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 detailUse of the supercritical fluid technology to prepare efficient nanocomposite foams for environmental protection purpose
Urbanczyk, Laetitia ULg; Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg; Huynen, Isabelle et al

Conference (2009, May 19)

This work reports on the preparation of novel nanocomposite foams that are efficient broadband microwave absorbers. Carbon nanotubes are first successfully dispersed into PCL and PMMA by melt blending ... [more ▼]

This work reports on the preparation of novel nanocomposite foams that are efficient broadband microwave absorbers. Carbon nanotubes are first successfully dispersed into PCL and PMMA by melt blending. Then, foaming is promoted by supercritical CO2 by depressurization. Regular cellular structures are obtained in both cases with cells size around 10-50µm. The electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding efficiency of these materials are then evaluated and compared to the non-foamed nanocomposites. [less ▲]

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