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See detailPalladium-silver sol-gel catalysts for selective hydrodechlorination of 1,2-dichloroethane into ethylene - IV. Deactivation mechanism and regeneration
Heinrichs, Benoît ULg; Noville, Francis ULg; Schoebrechts, Jean-Paul ULg et al

in Journal of Catalysis (2003), 220(1), 215-225

The activity and selectivity of a 1.9% Pd-3.7% Ag/SiO2 catalyst during selective hydrodechlorination of 1,2-dichloroethane into ethylene have been followed in the course of time. The deactivation curves ... [more ▼]

The activity and selectivity of a 1.9% Pd-3.7% Ag/SiO2 catalyst during selective hydrodechlorination of 1,2-dichloroethane into ethylene have been followed in the course of time. The deactivation curves show two distinct periods: an initial period at the very beginning of catalyst operation, that is, during the first 20 operating hours, characterized by a sharp decrease of the rates of both reactions involved in the process (1,2-dichloroethane hydrodechlorination and undesired ethylene hydrogenation) and a second period, after the first 20 operating hours and investigated for more than 600 h, characterized by a clearly slower deactivation. During the initial period, the hydrodechlorination rate decreases less quickly than the hydrogenation rate and this results in a fast increase of ethylene selectivity which reaches a maximum at the end of this period. After the initial period, the hydrodechlorination rate decreases faster than the hydrogenation rate and this results in a slow decrease of ethylene selectivity. A comparison between the physico-chemical properties of the fresh catalyst and of the deactivated one suggests a deactivation mechanism by poisoning or coking of silver sites at the surface of the active Pd-Ag alloy particles whereas palladium sites would remain intact. The selectivity evolution during the second period, that is, after the very first operating hours, is in agreement with such a mechanism. However, the sharp ethylene selectivity increase during the initial operating hours suggests, in addition to the deactivation by silver sites disappearance, the presence of a further nonidentified phenomenon. The characterization of the catalyst after a regeneration treatment including an oxidation step followed by a reduction step shows that this treatment allows restoration near to the physico-chemical properties of the fresh catalyst. (C) 2003 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailImage analysis of X-ray microtomograms of soft materials during convective drying
Léonard, Angélique ULg; Blacher, Silvia ULg; Marchot, Pierre ULg et al

in Journal of Microscopy (2003), 212(Pt 2), 197-204

X-ray microtomography is used to explore the textural evolution that soft materials undergo during a drying treatment. An original image processing algorithm is applied to vertical projections and ... [more ▼]

X-ray microtomography is used to explore the textural evolution that soft materials undergo during a drying treatment. An original image processing algorithm is applied to vertical projections and reconstructed cross-section images in order to quantify the texture at different stages of drying. Measurements are performed both on grey-level and on binary images. It is shown that X-ray microtomography is a very promising tool in the field of drying investigations. It can be used to determine internal moisture profiles, and to follow crack development and shrinkage in an accurate and non-destructive way. This information is crucial to validate drying models. Waste-water sludges are used as test materials to assess the validity of the proposed methodology. The management of these sludges, often including a drying stage, will become a challenge in the forthcoming years in accordance with environmental regulations. Samples collected in two waste-water treatment plants are investigated. Their analysis by X-ray microtomography brings to the fore two different drying behaviours, illustrating that sludge drying is a complex unit operation very sensitive to the way the material is produced. [less ▲]

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See detailCaractérisation par analyse d'images de nanotubes multiparois
Gommes, Cédric ULg; Masenelli-Varlot; Pirard, Jean-Paul ULg et al

Scientific conference (2003, October)

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See detailTime-resolved SAXS measurements of phase separation during silica gel formation
Gommes, Cédric ULg; Goderis, Bart; Pirard, Jean-Paul ULg et al

Poster (2003, October)

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See detailConvective drying of wastewater sludges: Influence of air temperature, superficial velocity and humidity on the kinetics
Léonard, Angélique ULg; Blacher, Silvia ULg; Marchot, Pierre ULg et al

in Pakowski, Zdzislaw (Ed.) X Drying Symposium, Lodz, 17-19 September 2003 (2003, September)

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See detailUse of X-ray microtomography to determine internal moisture profiles during convective drying of deformable materials
Léonard, Angélique ULg; Blacher, Silvia ULg; Marchot, Pierre ULg et al

in Saravacos, G.; Maroulis, Z. B.; Krokida, M. (Eds.) et al Proceedings of the European Drying Symposium - EuDrying03 (2003, September)

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See detailMoisture profiles determination during convective drying using X-ray microtomography
Léonard, Angélique ULg; Blacher, Silvia ULg; Marchot, Pierre ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 3rd World Congress on Industrial Process Tomography, Banff, Canada (2003, September)

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See detailPreparation of macroporous biodegradable poly(L-lactide-co-epsilon-caprolactone) foams and characterization by mercury intrusion porosimetry, image analysis, and impedancy spectroscopy
Maquet, Véronique; Blacher, Silvia ULg; Pirard, René ULg et al

in Journal of Biomedical Materials Research (2003), 66A(2), 199-213

Two poly(L-lactide-co-epsilon-caprolactone) random copolymers containing 5 and 40 mol% of epsilon-CL, namely P(LA-co-CL5) and P(LA-co-CL40), respectively, have been made macroporous by freeze-drying ... [more ▼]

Two poly(L-lactide-co-epsilon-caprolactone) random copolymers containing 5 and 40 mol% of epsilon-CL, namely P(LA-co-CL5) and P(LA-co-CL40), respectively, have been made macroporous by freeze-drying solutions in dimethylcarbonate. Most of the freeze-dried foams, prepared by varying polymer concentration and cooling rate, exhibited two main pore populations: (1) longitudinally oriented tube-like macropores with diameters greater than or equal to100 mum, and (2) interconnected micropores (10-100 mum). Pore characteristics, including macropore density, mean diameter, and interdistance, as well as micropore density, area, and shape, were determined by image analysis of scanning electron micrographs in order to study the influence of processing and formulation parameters on foam structure and properties. The pore orientation and the 3-D texture also were studied by image analysis and impedance spectroscopy. In the case of the P(LA-co-CL5), the macropore diameter increased with the cooling rate while the micropore diameter decreased. The micropores also became more circular when the cooling rate was increased. The pore size and morphology of the P(LA-co-CL40) were quite unchanged by varying the cooling rate. All the other conditions being the same, the P(LA-co-CL5) foams were better organized than the P(LA-co-CL40) foams, and pore orientation was improved at the higher cooling rate. Pore size and morphology also can be controlled by changing the polymer concentration (Cp), as we showed by studying P(LA-co-CL5) foams prepared by freeze-drying solutions in the 1-10 w/v% Cp range. Macropore density, average diameter, and interdistance of P(LA-co-CL5) foams increased with Cp, but the micropore characteristics remained almost unchanged no matter the Cp. The reliability of the characterization methods has been discussed, with special attention to mercury intrusion porosimetry, which is used primarily for measurement of pore volume and pore size distribution. However, this technique is reported here as a destructive and unreliable method for the characterization of fragile P(LA-co-CL40) foams. This study shows that image analysis and impedance spectroscopy can give reliable information relative to the pore morphology and anisotropy of freeze-dried foams. [less ▲]

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See detailPreparation of low-density xerogels from mixtures of TEOS with substituted alkoxysilanes. II. Viscosity study of the sol-gel transition
Alié, Christelle ULg; Pirard, René ULg; Pirard, Jean-Paul ULg

in Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids (2003), 320(1-3), 31-39

Mixtures of TEOS with substituted methoxysilanes generate low-density xerogels due to a nucleation mechanism involving the substituted alkoxysilane. The sol-gel transition of these mixtures was followed ... [more ▼]

Mixtures of TEOS with substituted methoxysilanes generate low-density xerogels due to a nucleation mechanism involving the substituted alkoxysilane. The sol-gel transition of these mixtures was followed by theological characterisation. The transition from sol to gel takes place in a few minutes at ambient temperature. For the series exhibiting nucleation by the additive. the gel time goes through a slight minimum when the ratio of additive/main reagent increases. The elastic modulus increases with increasing ratio of additive/main reagent as the particle size decreases because of the nucleation mechanism by the additive. Samples with smaller particles exhibit the highest modulus for equal silica concentrations. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailPreparation of low-density xerogels from mixtures of TEOS with substituted alkoxysilanes. I. O-17 NMR study of the hydrolysis-condensation process
Alié, Christelle ULg; Pirard, Jean-Paul ULg

in Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids (2003), 320(1-3), 21-30

Low-density xerogels were synthesised by incorporation of an additive to base catalysed tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) alcogels directly during the preparation of the sol. The nucleation mechanism by the ... [more ▼]

Low-density xerogels were synthesised by incorporation of an additive to base catalysed tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) alcogels directly during the preparation of the sol. The nucleation mechanism by the additive was established by experiments during sol-gel transition. O-17 NMR spectroscopy on TEOS-ethanol-water, 3-(2-aminoethylamino)propyltrimethoxysilane (EDAS)-ethanol-water and EDAS-TEOS-ethanol-water solutions shows that the hydrolysis-condensation of EDAS is much faster than that of TEOS. Consequently it can be assumed that EDAS forms nuclei, onto which TEOS condenses later to form the silica particles. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailImage analysis of the axonal ingrowth into poly(D,L-lactide) porous scaffolds in relation to the 3-D porous structure
Blacher, Silvia ULg; Maquet, Véronique; Luyckx, Françoise ULg et al

in Biomaterials (2003), 24(6), 1033-1040

Porous polymer scaffolds are promising materials for neural tissue engineering because they offer valuable three-dimensional (3D) supports for the in vitro and in vivo axonal growth and tissue expansion ... [more ▼]

Porous polymer scaffolds are promising materials for neural tissue engineering because they offer valuable three-dimensional (3D) supports for the in vitro and in vivo axonal growth and tissue expansion. At the time being, how the in vivo neuronal cell development depends on the scaffold 3-D architecture is unknown. Therefore, scanning electron micrographs of longitudinal sections of porous polylactide scaffolds and immunohistological sections of these scaffolds after implantation and neurofilament staining have been studied by image analysis. Pore orientation and axonal ingrowth have been investigated by spectral analysis on gray level SEM images. Binary image processing has been carried out and the binary images have been studied by spectral analysis in order to estimate the possible effect of the image noise on the real pattern. In addition to axonal orientation, density and length distribution of the regenerated axons into the polymer scaffold have been measured. Dependence of the axonal ingrowth on the 3D-polymer scaffold has been discussed on the basis of the collected data. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailPorous carbon material
Pirard, Jean-Paul ULg; Pirard, René ULg; Job, Nathalie ULg

Patent (2003)

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See detailNucleation phenomenon in silica xerogels and Pd/SiO2, Ag/SiO2, Cu/SiO2 cogelled catalysts
Alié, Christelle ULg; Lambert, Stéphanie ULg; Heinrichs, Benoît ULg et al

in Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology (2003), 26(1-3), 827-830

Pd/SiO2, Ag/SiO2 and Cu/SiO2 xerogel catalysts have been synthesized by cogelation of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) and chelates of Pd, Ag and Cu with 3-(2-aminoethylamino) propyltrimethoxysilane (EDAS). It ... [more ▼]

Pd/SiO2, Ag/SiO2 and Cu/SiO2 xerogel catalysts have been synthesized by cogelation of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) and chelates of Pd, Ag and Cu with 3-(2-aminoethylamino) propyltrimethoxysilane (EDAS). It appears that, in cogelled samples, the metal complex acts as a nucleation agent in the formation of silica particles. The resulting catalysts are then composed of completely accessible metallic crystallites with a diameter of about 3 nm located inside silica porous particles with a monodisperse microporous distribution. Xerogels without metal synthesized with EDAS and TEOS (C. Alie, R. Pirard, A. J. Lecloux, and J.-P. Pirard, J. Non-Cryst. Solids 289, 88 (2001)) verify this hypothesis of nucleation by EDAS. [less ▲]

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