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See detailLocating carbon nanotubes (CNTs) at the surface of polymer microspheres using poly(vinyl alcohol) grafted CNTs as dispersion co-stabilizers
Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg; Molenberg, Isabel; Huynen, Isabelle et al

in Chemical Communications (2010), 46(3330), 3332

In this communication, we prepared carbon nanotubes (CNTs) modified by poly(vinyl alcohol) that are used as co-stabilizers for the dispersion polymerization of methyl methacrylate. Poly(methyl ... [more ▼]

In this communication, we prepared carbon nanotubes (CNTs) modified by poly(vinyl alcohol) that are used as co-stabilizers for the dispersion polymerization of methyl methacrylate. Poly(methyl methacrylate) microspheres with CNTs selectively located at their surface are formed. This specific localization is a way to enhance the electrical conductivity of the nanocomposite. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis of poly(vinyl alcohol)/C60 and poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone)/C60 nanohybrids as potential photodynamic cancer therapy agents
Hurtgen, Marie ULg; Debuigne, Antoine ULg; Mouithys-Mickalad, Ange ULg et al

in Chemistry : An Asian Journal (2010), 5(4), 859-868

Well-defined poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc) and poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone)-co-poly(vinyl acetate) (PNVPco-PVAc) chains end-capped by Co-(acac)2 (acac=acetylacetonate) and prepared by cobalt-mediated radical ... [more ▼]

Well-defined poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc) and poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone)-co-poly(vinyl acetate) (PNVPco-PVAc) chains end-capped by Co-(acac)2 (acac=acetylacetonate) and prepared by cobalt-mediated radical polymerization (CMRP) are grafted onto a fullerene. Homolytic Co-C bond cleavage of the polymer chain ends at 30°C releases the polymeric radicals that add onto C60, thereby leading to the corresponding PVAc/C60 and PNVP-co-PVAc/C60 nanohybrids. The [polymer–Co(acac)2]/[C60] molar ratio was varied to adjust the structure of the nanohybrids, and more particularly the number of grafted arms. Finally, the potential of the hydrosoluble PVOH/C60 nanohybrids, which result from the methanolysis of the ester groups of PVAc/C60, and of the PNVP-co-PVAc/C60 nanohybrids as photosensitizers for photodynamic therapy (PDT), was approached. First, photobleaching tests demonstrated the ability of these nanohybrids to produce singlet oxygen upon irradiation, which can play a role in cell damage. Second, cell viability assays demonstrated that both types of nanohybrids are deprived of intrinsic cytotoxicity in the dark, whereas they promoted significant cell mortality when subjected to light treatment. The selective response of these materials to irradiation makes them promising compounds for PDT. [less ▲]

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See detailA robust antibacterial coating for stainless steel
Faure, Emilie ULg; Charlot, Aurélia; Sciannaméa, Valérie et al

Conference (2010, March 23)

Because of corrosion, chemical resistance, relevant mechanical and esthetical properties, stainless steel is widely used in the daily life, not only in the building industry but also in the food industry ... [more ▼]

Because of corrosion, chemical resistance, relevant mechanical and esthetical properties, stainless steel is widely used in the daily life, not only in the building industry but also in the food industry, the appliances or in the medical field, including implants in orthopedic surgery. However, stainless steel is unable to prevent bacteria from adhering, proliferating and forming a resistant biofilm. Therefore, surface modification is needed for providing the metal surface with antibacterial properties. The scientific literature is very rich in describing various methods for imparting antibacterial properties to different inorganic supports. However, the activity of the coating is generally time limited by the diffusion of the biocide in the environment. Novel robust and stable antibacterial coatings on stainless steel are thus highly desirable for the durability of the functionality. In this communication, we report on an all-in-one approach to prepare robust antimicrobial films on stainless steel using the layer-by-layer deposition of polyelectrolytes. Novel biocidal multilayered polyelectrolyte films in which the polycationic layer is silver loaded and bears 3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (DOPA), known as a promoter of adhesion to inorganic surfaces, were deposited onto stainless steel. DOPA was incorporated in the polycationic chains by radical copolymerisation of N-methacrylated DOPA with the commercially available quaternary ammonium salt of 2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA+). Polystyrene sulfonate (PSS) was the polyanionic constituent of the films. In order to boost the antibacterial activity of the polycationic layer, AgNO3 was added to the aqueous solution of P(DOPA)-co-P(DMAEMA+), which resulted in the in-situ formation of silver based nanoparticles (Ag° and AgCl) that are sources of biocial Ag+. The layer-by-layer deposition of aqueous P(DOPA)-co-P(DMAEMA+)/AgCl/Ag0 suspension and aqueous solution of PSS provides stainless steel with high antibacterial activity against Gram-negative E. Coli bacteria. Moreover, after silver depletion, films retain some antimicrobial activity, thanks to the ammonium groups of the copolymer. We will also show how the antibacterial activity of the films can then be easily re-boosted. The multi-functionality of the P(DOPA)-co-P(DMAEMA+) is a key issue in this process (i) the DOPA co-units are anchored to stainless steel, (ii) these co-units reduce partly AgNO3 into Ag0 nanoparticles and stabilize them by chelation, (iii) the chloride counter-anions react with AgNO3 by ionic exchange, leading to the in situ formation of AgCl particles, and (iv) the ammonium groups are responsible for permanent antibacterial activity. Besides the advantage of the all-in-one process, another major advantage of the approach proposed here is the implementation of the whole process of film formation, including the synthesis of P(DOPA)-co-P(DMAEMA+), in aqueous media under very mild conditions. It makes the strategy very attractive for industrial scaling-up and sustainability applications. [less ▲]

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See detailEffective cobalt-mediated radical coupling (CMRC) of poly(vinylacetate) and poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone) (co)polymer precursors
Debuigne, Antoine ULg; Poli, Rinaldo; De Winter, Julien et al

in Macromolecules (2010), 43(6), 2801-2813

Cobalt-mediated radical coupling (CMRC) is successfully applied to poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc) and poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone) (PNVP) precursors for the first time. The coupling process is based on addition ... [more ▼]

Cobalt-mediated radical coupling (CMRC) is successfully applied to poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc) and poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone) (PNVP) precursors for the first time. The coupling process is based on addition of isoprene onto polymer chains preformed by controlled radical polymerization with cobalt complexes (CMRP). The extents of coupling were high (>90%) to moderate (75-80%) for PVAc and PNVP precursors, respectively. Effects of the length of the polymer precursors and conditions used in the polymerization step on the coupling efficiency are discussed. Mass spectrometry (MS) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) analyses conducted on the coupling products demonstrate the preferential insertion of two isoprene units in the final polymers. The CMRC mechanistic proposal, supported by DFT calculations, is based on this microstructure feature. Finally, illustration of the macromolecular engineering potential of this technique is given by the preparation of symmetrical PVAc-b-PNVP-b-PVAc triblock copolymers starting from the corresponding PVAc-b-PNVP-[Co] diblock copolymer. [less ▲]

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See detailNanocoatings of inorganic surfaces by molecular biomimetic
Vreuls, Christelle ULg; Genin, Alexis ULg; Zocchi, Germaine ULg et al

Poster (2010, March 22)

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See detailMagnetic hybrid based on iron oxide nanoparticles and thermoresponsive block copolymer for biomedical applications
Sibret, Pierre ULg; Aqil, Abdelhafid; Zhao, J. et al

Poster (2010, March 18)

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See detailTargeting nanoparticles to M cells with non-peptidic ligands for oral vaccination
Freichels, Hélène ULg; Fievez, Virginie; Plapied, Laurence et al

Poster (2010, March 18)

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See detailPlasma surface fluorination of hydrogel materials-coating stability and in vitro biocompatibility testing
Bozukova, Dimitriya; Pagnoulle, Christophe; De Pauw-Gillet, Marie-Claire ULg et al

in Soft Materials (2010), 8(2), 164-182

Plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition has been tested for the formation of hydrophobic perfluorinated coating on the surface of hydrophilic poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate-co-methyl methacrylate ... [more ▼]

Plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition has been tested for the formation of hydrophobic perfluorinated coating on the surface of hydrophilic poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate-co-methyl methacrylate) [poly(HEMA-co-MMA)] substrates, used for the fabrication of intraocular lenses (IOLs). The properties of the dry and hydrated surface modified by two plasma techniques, Radio-frequency (RF) and Microwave (MW), were investigated in parallel by contact angle measurements in the dry and hydrated state, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and atomic force microscopy. The coating stability and hydrophobicity were challenged by swelling and sterilizing the samples in water. Investigation of the optical performances of the modified samples was performed by ultraviolet spectroscopy and diopter measurements. Since materials with biomedical application are considered, the performances of their surface in contact with lens epithelial cells were tested at in vitro conditions, and repulsion was not found to be enhanced upon modification. Generally, the results showed poor stability of the coating and bring in question its covalent grafting to the surface. [less ▲]

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See detailSuperhydrophobic aluminum surfaces by deposition of micelles of fluorinated block copolymers
Desbief, Simon; Grignard, Bruno ULg; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg et al

in Langmuir (2010), 26(3), 2057-2067

Superhydrophobic surfaces are generated by chemisorption on aluminum substrates of fluorinated block copolymers synthesized by reversible addition−fragmentation chain transfer in supercritical carbon ... [more ▼]

Superhydrophobic surfaces are generated by chemisorption on aluminum substrates of fluorinated block copolymers synthesized by reversible addition−fragmentation chain transfer in supercritical carbon dioxide. In an appropriate solvent, those block copolymers can form micelles with a fluorinated corona, which are grafted on the aluminum substrate thanks to the presence of carboxylic acid groups in the corona. Water contact angle and drop impact analysis were used to characterize the wettability of the films at the macroscale, and atomic force microscopy measurements provided morphological information at the micro- and nanoscale. The simple solvent casting of the polymer solution on a hydroxylated aluminum surface results in a coating with multiscale roughness, which is fully superhydrophobic over areas up to 4 cm2. [less ▲]

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See detailCobalt mediated radical coupling (CMRC) : an unusual route to midchain-functionalized symmetrical macromolecules
Debuigne, Antoine ULg; Poli, Rinaldo; De Winter, Julien et al

in Chemistry : A European Journal (2010), 16(5), 1799-1811

Cobalt-mediated radical coupling (CMRC) is a straightforward approach to the synthesis of symmetrical macromolecules that relies on the addition of 1,3-diene compounds onto polymer precursors preformed by ... [more ▼]

Cobalt-mediated radical coupling (CMRC) is a straightforward approach to the synthesis of symmetrical macromolecules that relies on the addition of 1,3-diene compounds onto polymer precursors preformed by cobalt-mediated radical polymerization (CMRP). Mechanistic features that make this process so efficient for radical polymer coupling are reported here. The mechanism was established on the basis of NMR spectroscopy and MALDI-MS analyses of the coupling product and corroborated by DFT calculations. A key feature of CMRC is the preferential insertion of two diene units in the middle of the chain of the coupling product mainly according to a trans-1,4-addition pathway. The large tolerance of CMRC towards the diene structure is demonstrated and the impact of this new coupling method on macromolecular engineering is discussed, especially for midchain functionalization of polymers. It is worth noting that the interest in CMRC goes beyond the field of polymer chemistry, since it constitutes a novel carbon-carbon bond formation method that could be applied to small organic molecules. [less ▲]

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See detailSolving the problem of bis(acetylacetonato)cobalt(II)-mediated radical polymerization (CMRP) of acrylic esters
Hurtgen, Marie ULg; Debuigne, Antoine ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg et al

in Macromolecules (2010), 43(2), 886-894

Recent developments in cobalt-mediated radical polymerization (CMRP) and progress in the mechanistic understanding enabled to optimize the copolymerization of n-butyl acrylate (nBA) with vinyl acetate ... [more ▼]

Recent developments in cobalt-mediated radical polymerization (CMRP) and progress in the mechanistic understanding enabled to optimize the copolymerization of n-butyl acrylate (nBA) with vinyl acetate (VAc), as well as to control the homopolymerization of nBA by means of bis(acetylacetonato)cobalt-(II) (Co(acac)2). Critical experimental parameters such as the initiating system, the temperature, and the presence of additives were varied and discussed. Under optimized conditions, an alkylcobalt(III) adduct R0-(CH2-CHOAc)<4-Co(acac)2 (R0=primary radical from the V-70 decomposition) allowed a better control of the nBA/VAc copolymerization than the previously studied V-70/Co(acac)2 pair regarding the molecular weight control and the polydispersities. Importantly, the homopolymerization of nBA was controlled by Co(acac)2 for the first time using the alkylcobalt(III) adduct or the lauroyl peroxide (LPO)/ Co(acac)2 redox pair as initiating system. Typically, poly(n-butyl acrylate) with polydispersity around 1.2 and molar mass as high as 200 000 g/mol was achieved with this cobalt complex. [less ▲]

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See detailPreparation of fire-resistant poly(styrene-co-acrylonitrile) foams using supercritical CO2 technology
Urbanczyk, Laetitia ULg; Bourbigot, Serge; Calberg, Cédric ULg et al

in Journal of Materials Chemistry (2010), 20

This work deals with the preparation and characterization of fire-resistant poly(styrene coacrylonitrile) (SAN) foams containing (organo)clays and/or melamine polyphosphate (MPP) as fire retardants using ... [more ▼]

This work deals with the preparation and characterization of fire-resistant poly(styrene coacrylonitrile) (SAN) foams containing (organo)clays and/or melamine polyphosphate (MPP) as fire retardants using supercritical CO2 as the foaming agent. The additives dispersion was first characterized with X-ray and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analyses. Their presence clearly affected the cellular morphology, as observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Then, the peak of heat release rate (PHRR) and total heat evolved (THE) were determined with a cone calorimetry test, performed on each foamed sample as a function of the foam density. Incorporation of clay (3 and 5 wt%) in the exfoliated state into the SAN foam clearly led to a significant decrease of PHRR, while intercalated and aggregated clay had a lower effect. Similar results were obtained with 10 and 20 wt% of MPP. The best results were obtained when exfoliated clay and MPP were combined, with a PHRR drop as large as 75%, thanks to the synergistic action of both additives. The magnitude of PHRR drop, related to the fire resistance, was found to be in direct relationship with the cohesiveness of the protective carbonaceous layer formed at the sample surface during combustion. Clay and MPP, when added together, are thus believed to favour the formation of a highly cohesive protective layer able to act as an efficient shield against the flame, despite the fact that the sample is originally composed of ~90% of voids. [less ▲]

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See detailMorphology and properties of SAN-clay nanocomposites prepared principally by water-assisted extrusion
Mainil, Michaël; Urbanczyk, Laetitia ULg; Calberg, Cédric ULg et al

in Polymer Engineering & Science (2010), 50(1), 10-21

An efficient extrusion process involving the injection of water while processing was used to prepare poly(styrene-co-acrylonitrile) (SAN) / clay nanocomposites with a high degree of nanoclay delamination ... [more ▼]

An efficient extrusion process involving the injection of water while processing was used to prepare poly(styrene-co-acrylonitrile) (SAN) / clay nanocomposites with a high degree of nanoclay delamination. The usefulness of water-assisted extrusion is highlighted here, in comparison with classical extrusion and roll mill processes. Cloisite® 30B (C30B), a montmorillonite clay organomodified with alkylammonium cations bearing 2-hydroxyethyl chains, and pristine montmorillonite were melt blended with SAN (25wt% AN) in a semi-industrial scale extruder specially designed to allow water injection. XRD analysis, visual and TEM observations were used to evaluate the quality of clay dispersion. The relationship between the nanocomposite morphology and its mechanical and thermal properties was then investigated. The superiority of the SAN/C30B nanocomposite extruded with water has been evidenced by cone calorimetry tests and thermogravimetric measurements (TGA). These analyses showed a substantial improvement of the fire behavior and the thermal properties, while a 20% increase of the Young modulus was recorded. [less ▲]

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See detailCathodic electrografting of acrylics: From fundamentals to functional coatings
Gabriel, Sabine ULg; Jérôme, Robert ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg

in Progress in Polymer Science (2010), 35

Promoting permanent adhesion between so dissimilar materials as polymers and metals is a very challenging target and a severe brake to the implementation of many potential applications. However, synthetic ... [more ▼]

Promoting permanent adhesion between so dissimilar materials as polymers and metals is a very challenging target and a severe brake to the implementation of many potential applications. However, synthetic polymers can now be chemisorbed onto a variety of conducting surfaces by cathodic electrografting of acrylic monomers. The first part of this review will focus on the fundamental aspects of this emerging technology, thus from the historical discovery to experimental and theoretical developments, with the purpose to better comprehend the electrografting phenomenon. Once firmly established, this concept has been exploited in order to make polymeric coatings with specific functionality chemisorbed onto more diversified substrates in more convenient liquid media. This remarkable progress that largely relies on advanced controlled polymerization processes will be the topic of the second part of the review, with a special emphasis on the more recent development of smart coatings, particularly stimuli responsive coatings very well-suited to nanotechnologies. [less ▲]

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