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See detailProgress in cobalt-mediated radical polymerization
Debuigne, Antoine ULg; Hurtgen, Marie ULg; Piette, Yasmine ULg et al

Poster (2011, May 12)

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See detailMultifunctional hybrids for electromagnetic absorption
Huynen, Isabelle; Quievy, N.; Bailly, Christian et al

in Acta Materialia (2011), 59(8), 3255-3266

Electromagnetic (EM) interferences are ubiquitous in modern technologies and impact on the reliability of electronic devices and on living cells. Shielding by EM absorption, which is preferable over ... [more ▼]

Electromagnetic (EM) interferences are ubiquitous in modern technologies and impact on the reliability of electronic devices and on living cells. Shielding by EM absorption, which is preferable over reflection in certain instances, requires combining a low dielectric constant with high electrical conductivity, which are antagonist properties in the world of materials. A novel class of hybrid materials for EM absorption in the gigahertz range has been developed based on a hierarchical architecture involving a metallic honeycomb filled with a carbon nanotube-reinforced polymer foam. The waveguide characteristics of the honeycomb combined with the performance of the foam lead to unexpectedly large EM power absorption over a wide frequency range, superior to any known material. The peak absorption frequency can be tuned by varying the shape of the honeycomb unit cell. A closed form model of the EM reflection and absorption provides a tool for the optimization of the hybrid. This designed material sets the stage for a new class of sandwich panels combining high EM absorption with mass efficiency, stiffness and thermal management. [less ▲]

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See detailFunctionalization of carbon nanotubes by polymers using grafting to methods
Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg; Jérôme, Robert ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg et al

in Mittal, Vikas (Ed.) Surface modification of nanotube fillers (2011)

The huge research effort devoted to the chemical modification of CNTs by grafted macromolecules is driven by the need to enhance their affinity for a variety of environments, a necessary step for ... [more ▼]

The huge research effort devoted to the chemical modification of CNTs by grafted macromolecules is driven by the need to enhance their affinity for a variety of environments, a necessary step for designing advanced nanomaterials. This chapter aims at reviewing the until now investigated “grafting to” methods used for the surface modification of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) by polymers of various functionalities. Two major strategies are emphasized on the basis of the number of needed modification steps. The first technique consists in functionalizing the CNTs surface to promote in a second step the covalent anchoring of polymer chains bearing complementary reactive groups either at one chain-end or along the chain. The second approach is straightforward as result of the ability of the selected polymer to add directly onto the sp2 carbons of the CNTs surface. The major advantage of the “grafting onto” techniques is that the molecular characteristics (molecular weight, polydispersity, functionality,…) of the polymers can be tailored prior to the grafting reaction. Moreover, when using the proper controlled or living polymerization techniques and grafting conditions, polymers of well-defined architecture, functionality and properties can be easily anchored to the CNTs surface, which makes the “on-demand” tuning of the chemical properties of CNTs possible. [less ▲]

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See detailRecent Advances in Macromolecular Design via Cobalt-Mediated Radical Polymerization
Debuigne, Antoine ULg; Hurtgen, Marie ULg; Piette, Yasmine ULg et al

Conference (2011, April 13)

This communication will focuse on recent progress in the field of cobalt-mediated radical polymerization (CMRP). For example, the beneficial impact of cobalt complexes on the course of acrylate and vinyl ... [more ▼]

This communication will focuse on recent progress in the field of cobalt-mediated radical polymerization (CMRP). For example, the beneficial impact of cobalt complexes on the course of acrylate and vinyl chloride (VC) polymerizations will be discussed. The addition of conjugated unsaturated derivatives, like dienes, fullerenes and carbon nanotubes, onto (co)polymers preformed by CMRP has also been investigated. Similarities and differences between these radical addition processes will be presented as well as the potential applications of the resulting copolymers and carbon based materials for photodynamic therapy (PDT) and electromagnetic interferences (EMI) shielding. [less ▲]

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See detailAn efficient biphasic synthesis of polymer-grafted reduced graphite oxide based nanocomposites
Vuluga, Daniela ULg; Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg; Molenberg, Isabel et al

Poster (2011, March 03)

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See detailPMMA/carbon nanotube nanocomposites foams for EMI shielding application
Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg; Vuluga, Daniela; Alexandre, Michaël ULg et al

in PMSE Preprints (2011), 105

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See detailSupramolecular design of high-performance poly(L-lactide)/carbon nanotube nanocomposites: from melt-processing to rheological, morphological and electrical properties
Manfredi, Erica; Meyer, Franck; Verge, Pierre et al

in Journal of Materials Chemistry (2011), 21(40), 16190-16196

The ability of omega-imidazolium functionalized poly(L-lactide) (ImPLLA) chains to improve the CNT dispersion within the PLLA matrix was demonstrated in bulk and at elevated temperatures using melt ... [more ▼]

The ability of omega-imidazolium functionalized poly(L-lactide) (ImPLLA) chains to improve the CNT dispersion within the PLLA matrix was demonstrated in bulk and at elevated temperatures using melt-processing techniques. This approach brings new supramolecular tools to the formation of CNT-based biomaterials derived from renewable resources with outstanding properties for semi-industrial applications. In this work, the PLLA/CNT nanocomposites were prepared using extrusion technology, starting from masterbatches. The rheological, morphological, electrical properties as well as Raman analyses confirmed the establishment of supramolecular cation-pi interactions between ImPLLA and CNT in the melt, leading to a fine dispersion of CNT within PLLA matrix. [less ▲]

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See detailStraightforward synthesis of conductive graphene/polymer nanocomposites from graphite oxide
Vuluga, Daniela ULg; Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg; Molenberg, Isabel et al

in Chemical Communications (2011), 47

The reduction of graphite oxide (GO) in the presence of reactive poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), under mild biphasic conditions, directly affords graphene grafted with PMMA. The resulting nanocomposite ... [more ▼]

The reduction of graphite oxide (GO) in the presence of reactive poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), under mild biphasic conditions, directly affords graphene grafted with PMMA. The resulting nanocomposite shows excellent electrical conductivities resulting from the optimal dispersion and exfoliation of graphene in the polymer matrix. [less ▲]

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See detailRoutes for the preparation of advanced polymer/carbon nanoparticles based materials
Vuluga, Daniela ULg; Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg; Huynen, Isabelle et al

Poster (2010, November 29)

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See detailPMMA/carbon nanotube nanocomposites foams for EMI shielding application
Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg; Molenberg, Isabel; Huynen, Isabelle et al

Poster (2010, November 29)

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See detailDesign of mesoporous carbon fibers from a poly(acrylonitrile) based block copolymer by a simple templating compression moulding process
Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg; Debuigne, Antoine ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg et al

in Polymer (2010), 51(14), 2965-2971

Mesoporous carbon fibers were prepared by controlled pyrolysis of poly(vinyl acetate)-b-poly(acrylonitrile) (PVAc-b-PAN) copolymer located inside a cylindrical nanoporous template. A melt-compression ... [more ▼]

Mesoporous carbon fibers were prepared by controlled pyrolysis of poly(vinyl acetate)-b-poly(acrylonitrile) (PVAc-b-PAN) copolymer located inside a cylindrical nanoporous template. A melt-compression method was developed to help the penetration of the infusible copolymer inside the template without the use of any solvent that ensures the formation of completely filled fibers instead of nanotubes. The influence of the composition of the PVAc-b-PAN copolymer and the heating rate during pyrolysis on the porous morphology of the fibers was studied by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). [less ▲]

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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 detailPolymer composite material structures comprising carbon based conductive loads
Jérôme, Robert ULg; Pagnoulle, Christophe; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg et al

Patent (2010)

The present invention provides a polymer composite material structure comprising at least one layer of a foamed polymer composite material comprising a foamed polymer matrix and 0.1 wt % to 6 wt % carbon ... [more ▼]

The present invention provides a polymer composite material structure comprising at least one layer of a foamed polymer composite material comprising a foamed polymer matrix and 0.1 wt % to 6 wt % carbon based conductive loads, such as e.g. carbon nanotubes, dispersed in the foamed polymer matrix. The polymer composite material structure according to embodiments of the present invention shows good shielding and absorbing properties notwithstanding the low amount of carbon based conductive loads. The present invention furthermore provides a method for forming a polymer composite material structure comprising carbon based conductive loads. [less ▲]

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