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See detailControlled release of drugs from multi-component biomaterials
Zalfen, Alina ULg; Nizet, D.; Jérôme, Christine ULg et al

in Acta Biomaterialia (2008), 4(6), 1788-1796

In order to control their release, drugs are encapsulated into systems which are expected to provide a certain site with a predetermined amount of drug over a well-defined period of time. Here we report ... [more ▼]

In order to control their release, drugs are encapsulated into systems which are expected to provide a certain site with a predetermined amount of drug over a well-defined period of time. Here we report on a multi-component drug delivery biomaterial that consists of a hydrogel matrix in which drug-loaded biodegradable microcarriers are dispersed, and whose potential applications could be found in the design of implantable devices with long-term activity, as required by contraceptive and hormone replacement treatments. The release profile of the drug can actually be tuned by the complex interplay of several release mechanisms, including the permeability and eventually the degradation rate of the microcarriers and the diffusion through the hydrogel. The hydrogel consisted of 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate cross-linked by ethylene glycol dimethacrylate. The microcarriers were biodegradable poly-ε-caprolactone (PCL) microspheres in which active molecules, such as levonorgestrel (LNG), were encapsulated. The hydrogels were characterized by water swelling, thermal properties, LNG diffusion through drug-free and drug-depleted hydrogel membranes and LNG release from devices with drug dispersed in the hydrogel. The PCL microspheres were observed by scanning electron microscopy; their size distribution, LNG loading and release were also investigated. The hydrogel-microsphere assemblies were characterized in terms of the distribution of the microspheres within the hydrogel, water swelling and the release of the encapsulated molecules. The developed device, due to its composite structure, has the ability to combine several release mechanisms, leading to drug release obeying zero-order kinetics for most of the time. [less ▲]

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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 ULg et al

Patent (2008)

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 detailStimuli-responsive surfaces by electrografting
Jérôme, Christine ULg

Conference (2008, October 28)

The design of stimuli-responsive coatings on a variety of solid surfaces is the topic of increasing researches. In this area, the adhesion of a stimuli-responsive polymer to the inorganic support whatever ... [more ▼]

The design of stimuli-responsive coatings on a variety of solid surfaces is the topic of increasing researches. In this area, the adhesion of a stimuli-responsive polymer to the inorganic support whatever the conditions of pH and temperature, remains a concern. In this field, we have been studying an electrochemical process able to initiate the polymerization of acrylic derivatives together with promoting their chemisorption to the substrate used as electrode. We have demonstrated the versatility of this method that can be applied to a variety of acrylics leading to the possible generation of responsive coatings to either pH or temperature. Reversible anchoring of molecules of interest has also been achieved recently by this method based on the grafting of dienes able to bind a dienophile and release it at higher temperature by retroDiels-Alder reaction. The electroinitiation has been found compatible with a variety of surfaces going from conventional metals (iron, steel, gold) to carbon (fibers and nanotubes) and semi-conductors (doped-silicon), which spreads the applications to various fields such as medical devices, biosensors, catalysis, electronics and photovoltaics. Particularly, the application of this process to AFM tips allows the straightforward functionalization of these devices allowing not only the handling of polymers at the molecular level but also the elaboration of various temperature, pH or analyte sensitive sensors at the nanometer scale. [less ▲]

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See detailPEO coated magnetic nanoparticles for biomedical application
Aqil, Abdelhafid ULg; Vasseur, S.; Duguet, E. et al

in European Polymer Journal (2008), 44(10), 3191-3199

This paper reports on the preparation, characterization and stealthiness of superparamagnetic nanoparticles (magnetite Fe3O4) with a 5 nm diameter and stabilized in water (pH 6.5) by a shell of water ... [more ▼]

This paper reports on the preparation, characterization and stealthiness of superparamagnetic nanoparticles (magnetite Fe3O4) with a 5 nm diameter and stabilized in water (pH 6.5) by a shell of water-soluble poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) chains. Two types of diblock copolymers, i.e., poly(acrylic acid)-b-poly(ethylene oxide), PAA–PEO, and poly(acrylic acid)-b-poly(acrylate methoxy poly(ethyleneoxide)), PAA–PAMPEO, were prepared as stabilizers with different compositions and molecular weights. At pH 6.5, the negatively ionized PAA block interacts strongly with the positively-charged nanoparticles, thus playing the role of an anchoring block. Aggregates of coated nanoparticles were actually observed by dynamic light scattering (DLS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The hydrodynamic diameter was in the 50–100 nm range and the aggregation number (number of nanoparticles per aggregate) was lying between several tens and hundred. Moreover, the stealthiness of these aggregates was assessed “in vitro” by the hemolytic CH50 test. No response of the complement system was observed, such that biomedical applications can be envisioned for these magnetic nanoparticles. Preliminary experiments of magnetic heating (10 kA/m; 108 kHz) were performed and specific absorption rate varied from 2 to 13 W/g(Fe). [less ▲]

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See detailNovel pH responsive-copolymers for smart drug carriers
Jérôme, Christine ULg

Conference (2008, September 22)

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See detailRecent advances in the synthesis of aliphatic polyesters by “click” chemistry
Riva, Raphaël ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg; Jérôme, Robert ULg et al

Conference (2008, September 11)

Since the discovery of Sharpless and Meldal, the copper(I)-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC) is more and more popular in the field of macromolecular engineering owing to its robustness, its ... [more ▼]

Since the discovery of Sharpless and Meldal, the copper(I)-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC) is more and more popular in the field of macromolecular engineering owing to its robustness, its high tolerance to a wide range of functional groups without any need of protecting groups and the absence of side-products. This reaction is known to be a very efficient “click” reaction as defined by Sharpless. The chemical modification of aliphatic polyesters remains, at the time being, a very difficult task to achieve because of the very limited number of efficient chemical reactions, which can be implemented in the absence of chain degradation. The main purpose of this contribution is to report on the most recent advances on the use of CuAAC to derivatize aliphatic polyesters (Scheme 1). Interestingly enough, it was recently shown that CuAAC carried out onto aliphatic polyesters attached with either azides or alkynes is very efficient under mild conditions, which limit undesirable degradation. Several functional groups were grafted onto aliphatic polyesters by CuAAC without using any protection/deprotection reactions. The CuAAC is also very efficient to prepare aliphatic polyesters with various architectures as highlighted by the synthesis of graft copolymers, star-shaped copolymers and networks. This “click” chemistry has been combined with other polymerization mechanism such as ATRP in order to extend further the range of available polymers. [less ▲]

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See detailMacromolecular engineering of aliphatic polyesters by ring-opening polymerization
Lecomte, Philippe ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg; Jérôme, Robert ULg

Conference (2008, September 09)

During the past few years, a steadily increasing attention was paid to the synthesis of biodegradable and biocompatible aliphatic polyesters because of potential applications as biomaterials or as ... [more ▼]

During the past few years, a steadily increasing attention was paid to the synthesis of biodegradable and biocompatible aliphatic polyesters because of potential applications as biomaterials or as environmentally friendly thermoplastics. The first purpose of this work is to show that the modification of these aliphatic polyesters by pendant functional groups is an efficient tool to tailor the main properties, including biodegradation rate, bioadhesion, hydrophilicity, degree of crystallinity. The strategies implemented for the synthesis of aliphatic polyesters bearing pendant functional groups rely on the synthesis of g-substituted e-caprolactones followed by their ring-opening polymerization and on the chemical modification of duly functionalized aliphatic polyesters.The second part of the lecture will be dedicated to some recent examples dealing with the use of functional caprolactones to prepare various architectures such as star-shaped copolymers, graft copolymers, macrocycles and networks. [less ▲]

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See detailFunctional nanoobjects by means of polymers
Van Butsele, Kathy; Aqil, Abdelhafid ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg

Conference (2008, September 08)

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See detailTemperature responsive complex coacervate core micelles with a PEO and PNIPAAm corona
Voets, Ilya K.; Moll, Puck M.; Aqil, Abdelhafid et al

in Journal of Physical Chemistry B (2008), 112(35), 10833-10840

In aqueous solutions at room temperature, poly(N-methyl-2-vinyl pyridinium iodide)-block-poly(ethylene oxide), P2MVP38-b-PEO211 and poly(acrylic acid)-block-poly(isopropyl acrylamide), PAA55-b-PNIPAAm88 ... [more ▼]

In aqueous solutions at room temperature, poly(N-methyl-2-vinyl pyridinium iodide)-block-poly(ethylene oxide), P2MVP38-b-PEO211 and poly(acrylic acid)-block-poly(isopropyl acrylamide), PAA55-b-PNIPAAm88 spontaneously coassemble into micelles, consisting of a mixed P2MVP/PAA polyelectrolyte core and a PEO/PNIPAAm corona. These so-called complex coacervate core micelles (C3Ms), also known as polyion complex (PIC) micelles, block ionomer complexes (BIC), and interpolyelectrolyte complexes (IPEC), respond to changes in solution pH and ionic strength as their micellization is electrostatically driven. Furthermore, the PNIPAAm segments ensure temperature responsiveness as they exhibit lower critical solution temperature (LCST) behavior. Light scattering, two-dimensional 1H NMR nuclear Overhauser effect spectrometry, and cryogenic transmission electron microscopy experiments were carried out to investigate micellar structure and solution behavior at 1 mM NaNO3, T = 25, and 60 °C, that is, below and above the LCST of 32 °C. At T = 25 °C, C3Ms were observed for 7 < pH < 12 and NaNO3 concentrations below 105 mM. The PEO and PNIPAAm chains appear to be (randomly) mixed within the micellar corona. At T = 60 °C, onion-like complexes are formed, consisting of a PNIPAAm inner core, a mixed P2MVP/PAA complex coacervate shell, and a PEO corona. [less ▲]

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See detailJoint theoretical experimental investigation of the electron spin resonance spectra of nitroxyl radicals: application to intermediates in in situ nitroxide mediated polymerization (in situ NMP) of vinyl monomers
Zarycz, Natalia; Botek, Edith; Champagne, Benoit et al

in Journal of Physical Chemistry B (2008), 112(34), 10432-10442

Density functional theory (DFT) calculations have been performed to address the structure of nitroxide intermediates in controlled radical polymerization. In a preliminary step, the reliability of ... [more ▼]

Density functional theory (DFT) calculations have been performed to address the structure of nitroxide intermediates in controlled radical polymerization. In a preliminary step, the reliability of different theoretical methods has been substantiated by comparing calculated hyperfine coupling constants (HFCCs) to experimental data for a set of linear and cyclic alkylnitroxyl radicals. Considering this tested approach, the nature of different nitroxides has been predicted or confirmed for (a) the reaction of C-phenyl-N-tert-butylnitrone and AIBN, (b) N-tert-butyl-α-isopropylnitrone and benzoyl peroxide, (c) tert-butyl methacrylate polymerization in the presence of sodium nitrite as mediator, and (d) for the reaction of a nitroso compound with AIBN. Values of HFCC experimentally determined have been confirmed by DFT calculations. [less ▲]

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See detailCobalt-mediated radical polymerization of acrylonitrile: Kinetics investigations and DFT calculations
Debuigne, Antoine ULg; Michaux, Catherine; Jérôme, Christine ULg et al

in Chemistry : A European Journal (2008), 14(25), 7623-7637

The successful controlled homopolymerization of acrylonitrile (AN) by cobalt-mediated radical polymerization (CMRP) is reported for the first time. As a rule, initiation of the polymerization was carried ... [more ▼]

The successful controlled homopolymerization of acrylonitrile (AN) by cobalt-mediated radical polymerization (CMRP) is reported for the first time. As a rule, initiation of the polymerization was carried out starting from a conventional azo-initiator (V-70) in the presence of bis(acetylacetonato)cobalt(II) ([Co(acac)2]) but also by using organocobalt(III) adducts. Molar concentration ratios of the reactants, the temperature, and the solvent were tuned, and the effect of these parameters on the course of the polymerization is discussed in detail. The best level of control was observed when the AN polymerization was initiated by an organocobalt(III) adduct at 0 °C in dimethyl sulfoxide. Under these conditions, poly(acrylonitrile) with a predictable molar mass and molar mass distribution as low as 1.1 was prepared. A combination of kinetic data, X-ray analyses, and DFT calculations were used to rationalize the results and to draw conclusions on the key role played by the solvent molecules in the process. These important mechanistic insights also permit an explanation of the unexpected solvent effect that allows the preparation of well-defined poly(vinyl acetate)-b-poly(acrylonitrile) by CMRP. [less ▲]

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