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See detailDouble thermoresponsive di- and triblock copolymers based on N-vinylcaprolactam and N-vinylpyrrolidone: synthesis and comparative study of solution behaviour
Kermagoret, Anthony ULg; Mathieu, Kevin ULg; Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg et al

in Polymer Chemistry (2014), 5(22), 6534-6544

Poly(N-vinylcaprolactam) (PNVCL) and poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone) (PNVP) are water soluble polymers of interest especially in the biomedical field. Moreover, PNVCL is characterized by a lower critical ... [more ▼]

Poly(N-vinylcaprolactam) (PNVCL) and poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone) (PNVP) are water soluble polymers of interest especially in the biomedical field. Moreover, PNVCL is characterized by a lower critical solution temperature close to 36 °C in water, which makes it useful for the design of thermoresponsive systems. In this context, we used the cobalt-mediated radical polymerization (CMRP) and reaction coupling (CMRC) for synthesizing a series of well-defined NVCL and NVP-based copolymers, including statistical copolymers as well as double thermoresponsive diblocks and triblocks. Dynamic light scattering and turbidimetry analyses highlighted the crucial impact of the copolymer composition and architecture on the cloud point temperature (TCP) of each segment and also their influence on the multistep assembly behaviour of block copolymers. Addition of NaCl enabled us to adjust the inter-TCP range of the di- and triblock in which selective precipitation of one block and self-assembly of the copolymer were favoured. Overall, data presented here provide a basis for the synthesis of a broad range of NVCL/NVP based copolymer architectures with a tunable thermal response in water. [less ▲]

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See detailMetallo-supramolecular micellar gels: a structural study
Mugemana, Clément; Joset, Arnaud ULg; Guillet, Pierre et al

Poster (2013, July 10)

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See detailDesign of well-defined N-vinylamides based copolymers via organometalllic-mediated radical polymerization
Debuigne, Antoine ULg; Kermagoret, Anthony ULg; Fustin, Charles-André et al

Conference (2013, June 19)

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See detailMetallo-supramolecular micellar gels: a structural study
Mugemana, Clément; Joset, Arnaud ULg; Guillet, Pierre et al

Conference (2013, May 17)

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See detailOne-pot controlled synthesis of double thermoresponsive N-vinylcaprolactam-based copolymers with tunable LCSTs
Kermagoret, Anthony ULg; Fustin, Charles-André; Bourguignon, Maxime et al

in Polymer Chemistry (2013), 4(8), 2575-2583

N-Vinylcaprolactam (NVCL) was copolymerized statistically for the first time in a controlled manner with hydrophilic N-vinylamide or hydrophobic vinylester monomers in order to precisely tune up and down ... [more ▼]

N-Vinylcaprolactam (NVCL) was copolymerized statistically for the first time in a controlled manner with hydrophilic N-vinylamide or hydrophobic vinylester monomers in order to precisely tune up and down the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) of the resulting copolymers. The incorporation of these segments in complex architectures was also considered. Several narrowly distributed NVCL-based copolymers were prepared by cobalt-mediated radical polymerization (CMRP) using the bis-(acetylacetonato)cobalt(II) complex as a controlling agent and N-methyl-N-vinylacetamide (NMVA), N-vinylacetamide (NVA), vinyl acetate (VAc) or vinyl pivalate (VPi) as comonomers. PNVCL-containing block copolymers having two discrete LCSTs were also synthesized following a one-pot strategy based on the sequential CMRP of NVCL followed by the copolymerization of NMVA with the residual NVCL. Upon gradual heating of aqueous solutions of such double thermoresponsive copolymers, we noticed a transition from free chains to micelles before full dehydration and collapse of the block copolymers. These advances represent a significant step towards the development of a platform based on thermoresponsive PNVCL copolymers with a single phase separation or multistep assembly behaviors. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis in scCO2 of nano-hydrogels for proteins delivery
Alaimo, David ULg; Grignard, Bruno ULg; Fustin, Charles-André et al

Conference (2012, November 14)

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See detailNanoporous thin films from ionically connected diblock copolymers
Yu, Haizhou; Stoffelbach, François; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg et al

in European Polymer Journal (2012), 48(5), 940-944

An ionically connected polystyrene-block-poly(ethylene oxide) diblock copolymer (PS−+PEO) has been prepared by blending a PEO block functionalized by a dimethylamino group at one extremity with a sulfonic ... [more ▼]

An ionically connected polystyrene-block-poly(ethylene oxide) diblock copolymer (PS−+PEO) has been prepared by blending a PEO block functionalized by a dimethylamino group at one extremity with a sulfonic acid terminated PS block. Proton transfer occurs from the sulfonic acid to the dimethylamino group, resulting in the formation of an ion pair acting as a junction between the two polymer blocks. This copolymer was further used to prepare thin films with a cylindrical morphology consisting of PEO cylinders embedded in a PS matrix and oriented perpendicularly to the film surface. Nanoporous thin films with sulfonate groups on the pore walls have been finally obtained after solvent extraction of the PEO microphases. The presence of those sulfonate groups was evidenced by grafting a positively charged fluorescent dye on the pore walls. [less ▲]

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See detailOrganometallic-mediated radical polymerization: unusual route toward (quasi-) diblock graft copolymers starting from a mixture of monomers of opposed reactivity
Hurtgen, Marie ULg; Debuigne, Antoine ULg; Fustin, Charles-André et al

in Macromolecules (2011), 44(12), 4623-4631

Graft copolymers have been prepared by one-step organometallic-mediated radical polymerization (OMRP) for the first time. Poly(ethylene glycol) acrylate (PEGA) was copolymerized with vinyl acetate (VAc ... [more ▼]

Graft copolymers have been prepared by one-step organometallic-mediated radical polymerization (OMRP) for the first time. Poly(ethylene glycol) acrylate (PEGA) was copolymerized with vinyl acetate (VAc) to yield well-defined P(PEGA-grad-VAc) gradient graft copolymers using bis(acetylacetonato)cobalt(II) as the control agent. The influence of experimental parameters such as the PEGA/VAc molar ratio, the nature of the initiator, and the temperature on the control of the copolymerization was discussed. The use of an excess of cobalt complex appeared as a key parameter to maintain a good level of control when higher contents of acrylate were used in the comonomer feed. The reactivity ratios were estimated and revealed that PEGA was added around 30 times faster than VAc, which gave access to a gradient P(PEGA-grad-VAc) copolymer or to a P(PEGA-grad-VAc)-b-PVAc diblock copolymer when the VAc polymerization was pursued after the full consumption of PEGA. The amphiphilic character of the copolymers makes them prone to self-assemble into micelles in water, as evidenced by dynamic light scattering. [less ▲]

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See detailNovel graft copolymers by organometallic-mediated radical polymerization of a conjugated with a non-conjugated monomer
Hurtgen, Marie ULg; Debuigne, Antoine ULg; Fustin, Charles-André et al

Scientific conference (2011, February 24)

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See detailCobalt-mediated radical copolymerization of conjugated and non-conjugated monomers
Hurtgen, Marie ULg; Debuigne, Antoine ULg; Fustin, Charles-André et al

in Polymer Preprints (2011), 52(2), 626-627

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See detailA single synthetic small molecule that generates force against a load
Lussis, Perrine ULg; Svaldo Lanero, Tiziana ULg; Bertocco, Andrea et al

in Nature Nanotechnology (2011), 6

Some biomolecules are able to generate directional forces by rectifying random thermal motions. This allows these molecular machines to perform mechanical tasks such as intracellular cargo transport or ... [more ▼]

Some biomolecules are able to generate directional forces by rectifying random thermal motions. This allows these molecular machines to perform mechanical tasks such as intracellular cargo transport or muscle contraction in plants and animals. Although some artificial molecular machines have been synthesized and used collectively to perform mechanical tasks, so far there have been no direct measurements of mechanical processes at the single-molecule level. Here we report measurements of the mechanical work performed by a synthetic molecule less than 5 nm long. We show that biased Brownian motion of the sub-molecular components in a hydro- gen-bonded [2]rotaxane—a molecular ring threaded onto a molecular axle—can be harnessed to generate significant directional forces. We used the cantilever of an atomic force microscope to apply a mechanical load to the ring during single-molecule pulling–relaxing cycles. The ring was pulled along the axle, away from the thermodynamically favoured binding site, and was then found to travel back to this site against an external load of 30 pN. Using fluctuation theorems, we were able to relate measurements of the work done at the level of individual rotaxane molecules to the free-energy change as previously determined from ensemble measurements. The results show that individual rotaxanes can generate directional forces of similar magnitude to those generated by natural molecular machines. [less ▲]

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See detailBiomimetic coatings with robust antibacterial properties
Jérôme, Christine ULg; Cécius, Michaël; Faure, Emilie ULg et al

Conference (2010, July 01)

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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 detailSelf-Assembly in Thin Films of Mixtures of Block Copolymers and Homopolymers Interacting by Hydrogen Bonds
Lefèvre, Nathalie ULg; Daoulas, Kostas Ch; Muller, Marcus et al

in Macromolecules (2010), 43(18), 7734-7743

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See detailOrdered nanoporous membranes based on diblock copolymers with high chemical stability and tunable separation properties
Li, Xian-Feng; Fustin, Charles-André; Lefèvre, Nathalie ULg et al

in Journal of Materials Chemistry (2010), 20(21), 4333-4339

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See detailAll-in-one strategy for the fabrication of antimicrobial biomimetic films on stainless steel
Charlot, Aurélia; Sciannamea, Valérie; Lenoir, Sandrine et al

in Journal of Materials Chemistry (2009), 19

Here we report on an all-in-one approach to prepare robust antimicrobial films on stainless steel. The strategy is based on the layer-by-layer deposition of polyelectrolytes. A polycationic copolymer ... [more ▼]

Here we report on an all-in-one approach to prepare robust antimicrobial films on stainless steel. The strategy is based on the layer-by-layer deposition of polyelectrolytes. A polycationic copolymer bearing 3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine units (DOPA, a major component of natural adhesives) was synthesized and co-deposited with precursors of silver nanoparticles as the first layer. The presence of DOPA units ensures a strong anchoring on the stainless steel substrate, and the silver nanoparticles are sources of biocidal Ag+, providing stainless steel with antimicrobial activity. We show that multilayered films, obtained by alternating this nanoparticle-loaded polycationic copolymer with polystyrene sulfonate, a commercial polyanion, results in stainless steel with high antibacterial activity against Gram-negative E. coli bacteria. The polycationic layers are a reservoir of Ag+ that can be reactivated after depletion. The whole process of film formation, including the synthesis of the copolymer, is conducted in aqueous media under very mild conditions, which makes it very attractive for industrial scale-up and sustainable applications. [less ▲]

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