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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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See detailSummary of aim and achievements in Work Package 7 "Functional Coatings"
Jérôme, Christine ULg

Conference (2009, December 14)

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See detailAdherent functional coatings from readily available acrylates
Cecius, Michaël ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg

Poster (2009, December 14)

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See detailSuperhydrophobic surfaces by electrospinning of polymer mixtures
Grignard, Bruno ULg; Vaillant, Alexandre; De Coninck, Joel et al

Poster (2009, December 14)

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See detailAFM-based mechanical testing of electrospun PCL fibers
Croisier, Florence ULg; Duwez, Anne-Sophie ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg et al

Poster (2009, December 14)

Poly(ε-caprolactone)(PCL forms a part of the aliphatic polyesters; the biodegradable and biocompatible character of these polymers makes them outstanding candidates for short-to medium-term biomedical ... [more ▼]

Poly(ε-caprolactone)(PCL forms a part of the aliphatic polyesters; the biodegradable and biocompatible character of these polymers makes them outstanding candidates for short-to medium-term biomedical applications, especially in the form of nanometric fibers,as their assembly mimics the extracellular matrix structure. However, a prerequisite to their application as nanofibrous biomaterial scaffolds is the investigation of their mechanical strength. In the present study, PCL fibers produced by electrospinning were individually tested using an AFM-based nano-scale three-point bending technique. [less ▲]

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See detailCobalt-mediated radical polymerization (CMRP) and coupling reaction (CMRC): mechanistic advances ans synthetic opportunities
Debuigne, Antoine ULg; Poli, Rinaldo; De Winter, Julien et al

Poster (2009, December 14)

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See detailSynthesis of novel amphiphilic mikto-arm star-shaped copolymers
Riva, Raphaël ULg; Lazarri, Wenda; Billiet, Leen et al

Poster (2009, December 14)

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See detailCross-linked pH sensitive polymer micelles for drug delivery systems
Cajot, Sébastien ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg

Poster (2009, December 08)

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(ɛ-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). 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. No-specific ligands can be used if their exposition is modulated by the pH decrease typical of tumour tissues. 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, e.g. 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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