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See detailOne-pot synthesis of double poly(ionic liquid) block copolymers by cobalt-mediated radical polymerization-induced self assembly (CMR-PISA) in water
Cordella, Daniela ULg; Debuigne, Antoine ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg et al

in Macromolecular Rapid Communications (in press)

Amphiphilic double poly(ionic liquid) (PIL) block copolymers are directly prepared by cobalt- mediated radical polymerization induced self-assembly (CMR-PISA) in water of N-vinyl imida- zolium monomers ... [more ▼]

Amphiphilic double poly(ionic liquid) (PIL) block copolymers are directly prepared by cobalt- mediated radical polymerization induced self-assembly (CMR-PISA) in water of N-vinyl imida- zolium monomers carrying distinct alkyl chains. The cobalt-mediated radical polymerization of N-vinyl-3-ethyl imidazolium bromide (VEtImBr) is first carried out until high conversion in water at 30 °C, using an alkyl bis(acetylacetonate)cobalt(III) adduct as initiator and con- trolling agent. The as-obtained hydrophilic poly(N-vinyl-3- ethyl imidazolium bromide) (PVEtImBr) is then used as a macroinitiator for the CMR-PISA of N-vinyl-3-octyl imidazo- lium bromide (VOcImBr). Self-assembly of the amphiphilic PVEtImBr-b-PVOcImBr block copolymer, i.e., of PIL-b-PIL-type, rapidly takes place in water, forming polymer nanoparticles consisting of a hydrophilic PVEtImBr corona and a hydro- phobic PVOcImBr core. Preliminary investigation into the effect of the size of the hydrophobic block on the dimension of the nanoparticles is also described. [less ▲]

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See detailAnionic flow polymerizations toward functional polyphosphoesters in microreactors: Polymerization and UV-modification
Baeten, Evelien; Vanslambrouck, Stéphanie; Jérôme, Christine ULg et al

in European Polymer Journal (2016), 80

The polymerization of cyclic phosphates to poly(phosphoester)s, PPEs, is optimized for chip- based microreactors under continuous flow conditions. The anionic ring-opening polymerization of 2-isobutyoxy-2 ... [more ▼]

The polymerization of cyclic phosphates to poly(phosphoester)s, PPEs, is optimized for chip- based microreactors under continuous flow conditions. The anionic ring-opening polymerization of 2-isobutyoxy-2-oxo-1,3,2-dioxaphospholane (iBP) via the use of two organocatalytic systems allowed to polymerize to nearly quantitative monomer conversion within 10 or 3 minutes, respectively at a reaction temperature of 40 °C. Further, the optimized polymerization protocol was applied to 2-butenoxy-2-oxo-1,3,2-dioxaphospholane (BP) which yields a polymer that carries an alkene functionality per monomer repeating unit. This material can be postmodified in an UV-induced radical thiol-ene reaction, which was also shown to proceed with very high efficiency under UV-flow conditions. Eventually, both reactions were coupled in a two-stage reactor setup, showing that the thermally-activated polymerization can be coupled with high efficiency to the UV-activated post-polymerization modification reaction. The introduced reactor setup can in the future be used to produce and screen a broad variety of functional PPE materials with various functionalities and physical properties. [less ▲]

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See detailMerging carbon dioxide utilisation, bioresources and CO2-based process for sustainable low carbon footprints polyurethanes
Alves, Margot ULg; Grignard, Bruno ULg; Gennen, Sandro ULg et al

Poster (2016, June 29)

Making plastics more sustainable by valorizing waste CO2 as a cheap, inexhaustible and renewable feedstock is an early stage technology with strong innovation potential that imposes itself as a strategic ... [more ▼]

Making plastics more sustainable by valorizing waste CO2 as a cheap, inexhaustible and renewable feedstock is an early stage technology with strong innovation potential that imposes itself as a strategic driver for developing future low carbon footprints materials and technologies. With a global production estimated to 18 million tons for 2016, polyurethane (PU) is one of the most important polymers in our everyday life with applications in automotive, in building and construction, in coating, in the medical field, as flexible and rigid foams for thermal and/or acoustic insulation. Industrially, PU is produced by step-growth polymerization between di- or polyisocyanates and di- or polyols. However, isocyanates are extremely toxic compounds and made from even more toxic and explosive phosgene. Prolonged exposure to isocyanates vapour results in serious health damages such as skin irritation, asthma or DNA mutation whereas phosgene causes death. Because of the toxicity issues of these compounds associated to drastic changes in the REACH regulations limiting/banning the use of isocyanates, there is a need today to develop new greener and safer alternatives to produce PU. Valorising CO2 as C1 feedstock for producing precursors entering in the synthesis of polyurethanes by a non-isocyanate route (NIPU) is a promising route to solve this challenge the polyurethane sector is facing. Through its global objective focussing on the synthesis of isocyanate-free low carbon footprint foamed materials for thermal insulation this research highlights benefits of merging bio-resources with carbon dioxide transformation and “physical” utilization. The success of the project relies on 3 key steps involving: i) The synthesis of bio- and CO2-sourced cyclic carbonates using new highly efficient organocatalysts: Due to the low reactivity of CO2 versus epoxides, addition of catalysts in the reaction medium is necessary. If lot of catalysts have been developed, their use generally suffers from some drawbacks. Indeed, most of the metal-based catalysts are highly sensitive to hydrolysis and oxidation or/and poorly selective and additionally, some of them are toxic whereas less/non-toxic and eco-friendly organocatalysts such as ionic liquids and halide salts are generally only efficient at very high temperature and pressure, so favouring the decomposition of catalyst. To overcome these limitations, we developed a new highly-efficient bicomponent homogeneous organocatalyst that showed unexpected catalytic activity for the fast (within a few minutes) and selective addition of CO2 onto model epoxides and epoxidized vegetable oils under solvent-free and mild experimental conditions. The use of this powerful dual organocatalyst was further extended to the first organocatalytic coupling of CO2 with less reactive oxetanes to produce hydroxyl telechelic oligocarbonate entering the synthesis of CO2-sourced conventional PUs. ii) The synthesis of sustainable non-isocyanate polyurethanes: Sustainable NIPUs were produced by step-growth polymerization between the so-produced bio- and CO2-sourced cyclic carbonates and biosourced amino-telechelic comonomers derived from linseed fatty acids according to a process compatible with existing industrial infrastructures (extrusion). iii) The foaming of NIPUs: Sustainable foams with thermal insulation were produced by the supercritical CO2 assisted foaming technology. Due to its solubility in polymers, CO2 can replace conventional flammable VOCs and ozone depletion chemical or physical blowing agents such as diazo compounds, hydrocarbons (pentane, isopentane…) or inert gases (nitrogen…) to produce (ultra)lightweight microcellular foams. By finely choosing the CO2 impregnation and the foaming conditions, foams with a thermal conductivity as low as 0.052 Wm-1K-1 were produced. Our study shows that CO2 is not only sequestered in the material for long-term application, but is also valorized as a blowing agent in the production of sustainable thermally insulating NIPU foams. Such low carbon footprints materials will contribute to energy conservation and savings by reducing CO2 emissions [less ▲]

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See detailControlled synthesis of poly(vinylamine)-based copolymers by organometallic-mediated radical polymerization
Dréan, Mathilde ULg; Guégan, Philippe; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg et al

in Macromolecules (2016), 49(13), 4817-4827

iving/controlled polymerization methods have enabled the synthesis of numerous (co)polymers with defined compositions and architectures. However, the precision design of poly(vinylamine)-based copolymers ... [more ▼]

iving/controlled polymerization methods have enabled the synthesis of numerous (co)polymers with defined compositions and architectures. However, the precision design of poly(vinylamine)-based copolymers remains challenging despite their extensive use in various fields of applications and the clear benefits to finely tune their properties. Here, we report on a two-step strategy for the synthesis of tailor-made poly(vinylamine) derivatives through the organometallic- mediated radical (co)polymerization (OMRP) of N-vinyl- acetamide and/or N-methylvinylacetamide followed by acid hydrolysis of the acetamide groups. A series of well-defined homopolymers as well as statistical and block copolymers with pendant primary and/or secondary amines having controlled molar masses, compositions, and low dispersities were produced accordingly. The reactivity ratios of the comonomers as well as the composition drift along the chain were determined in order to have a precise idea of the polymer structures. These advances represent a significant step toward an efficient platform for synthesis of this important class of amino group-containing (co)polymers. [less ▲]

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See detailTransparent superhydrophobic coatings from amphiphilic-fluorinated block copolymers synthesized by aqueous polymerization-induced self-assembly
Ouhib, Farid ULg; Dirani, Ali; Aqil, Abdelhafid ULg et al

in Polymer Chemistry (2016), 7(24), 3998-4003

Preparation of transparent and superhydrophobic coatings by co-deposition of an aqueous solution of an amphiphilic fluorinated block copolymer (FBC) with silica particles was developped. Spin- coating of ... [more ▼]

Preparation of transparent and superhydrophobic coatings by co-deposition of an aqueous solution of an amphiphilic fluorinated block copolymer (FBC) with silica particles was developped. Spin- coating of this aqueous solution onto glass followed by an appropriate thermal treatment promotes the self-assembly of the hybrid material with the formation of superhydrophobic, robust and transparent coatings. [less ▲]

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See detailPolyphosphoesters as a new platform for the design of particulate drug delivery systems
Vanslambrouck, Stéphanie; Ergul Yilmaz, Zeynep; Debuigne, Antoine ULg et al

Conference (2016, June)

Thanks to their biocompatibility and degradability properties, polyphosphates are appealing polymers for biomedical applications. In contrast to aliphatic polyesters, such as poly(ε-caprolactone) and poly ... [more ▼]

Thanks to their biocompatibility and degradability properties, polyphosphates are appealing polymers for biomedical applications. In contrast to aliphatic polyesters, such as poly(ε-caprolactone) and poly(lactide), the pentavalency of the phosphorus atom allows the easy modification of the polyphosphate properties by simply adjusting the nature, the length and the functionality of the polyphosphate pendant groups. Therefore, macromolecular engineering of polyphosphoesters was applied to design well-defined architectures and functionalities adapted to drug nanocarriers. In a first approach, amphiphilic block copolymers are synthesized by organo-catalyzed ring-opening polymerization process for the synthesis of a range of PEO-b-polyphosphate bearing various pendant groups. Post-polymerization thiol-ene click reactions preformed on PEO-b-polyphosphate copolymers was also investigated to improve the hydrophobicity of the polyphosphate. The self-assembly of these PEO-b-polyphosphate copolymers into micelles was investigated, particularly, the effect of the nature of the polyphosphate pendant groups (i) on the micelles characteristics, (ii) on the encapsulation of a poorly soluble drug and (iii) on the drug release profile. The toxicity of the different amphiphilic block copolymers was also evaluated by live/dead cell viability assays. In a second approach, double hydrophilic copolymers based on polyphosphoesters have been used as templating agent for the synthesis of calcium carbonate particles. Indeed, the use of such microparticles is becoming more and more attractive in many fields especially for biomedical applications for which fine tuning of size, morphology and crystalline form of CaCO3 particles is crucial. Although some structuring compounds, like hyaluronic acid, give satisfying results, the control of the particle structure still has to be improved. To this end, we evaluated the CaCO3 structuring capacity of the well-defined double hydrophilic block copolymers composed of poly(ethylene oxide) and of a polyphosphoester segment with affinity for calcium like poly(phosphotriester)s bearing pendant carboxylic acids or poly(phosphodiester)s with a negatively charged oxygen atom on each repeating monomer unit. [less ▲]

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See detailCatalytic transformation of CO2: from monomers to polymers
Alves, Margot ULg; Grignard, Bruno ULg; Boyaval, Amélie ULg et al

Conference (2016, May 24)

Valorising CO2 as a renewable C1 feedstock for producing added value building blocks is the scope of many academic and industrial researches. Carbon dioxide is a thermodynamically and kinetically stable ... [more ▼]

Valorising CO2 as a renewable C1 feedstock for producing added value building blocks is the scope of many academic and industrial researches. Carbon dioxide is a thermodynamically and kinetically stable molecule that can be converted into five membered cyclic carbonates by coupling with epoxides using organometallic complexes or organocatalysts. To date, the identification and development of highly efficient (organo)catalysts under mild experimental conditions still remains challenging. In particular, the synthesis of six membered cyclic carbonates by the CO2/oxetane coupling using such organocatalysts has never been reported to our knowledge. In this context, we developed a new highly efficient bicomponent homogeneous organocatalyst composed of an ammonium salt as the catalyst and fluorinated single or double hydrogen bond donor activators (HBD). First, the efficiency of this new organocatalyst for the fast and selective CO2/epoxide coupling was investigated through detailed kinetic studies by IR spectroscopy under pressure and results were compared with the most efficient organocatalysts reported in the literature. This study was completed by molecular modeling in order to elucidate the reaction mechanism. DFT calculations showed that the hexafluoroisopropanol functionalities of HBDs strengthened the proton donor capability and allowed a better stabilization by hydrogen bonding of the intermediates and transition states. Finally, the use of this dual organocatalyst was extended to the coupling of CO2 with less reactive oxetanes to produce hydroxyl telechelic oligocarbonates. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis of novel poly(vinylamine)-based copolymers with controlled compositions
Dréan; Guégan, Philippe; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg et al

Poster (2016, May 23)

Metal binding, pH sensitivity and polyelectrolytes complexation are key characteristics of amine-containing polymers. Among them, poly(vinylamine)s presenting high amine densities are particularly useful ... [more ▼]

Metal binding, pH sensitivity and polyelectrolytes complexation are key characteristics of amine-containing polymers. Among them, poly(vinylamine)s presenting high amine densities are particularly useful in many fields such as coatings , water purification and gas membrane separation. The properties of such polymers strongly depend on the nature of the amines and can thus be adjusted by incorporating different types of amines along the backbone. In this perspective, we developed a strategy for synthesizing poly(vinylamine)-based (co)polymers containing primary and secondary amines as well as imidazole moieties in predictable proportions. First, radical (co)polymerizations of N-vinylacetamide, N-methylvinylacetamide and vinylimidazole were performed followed by deprotection of the amine functions via acidic hydrolysis of the pendant amides. We determined the reactivity ratios of each comonomer pairs and developed the corresponding Skeist’s model, allowing the prediction of the copolymer compositions and distributions. Following this straightforward approach, novel amine-containing copolymers with predictable and precise compositions were made available and should contribute in the future to the development of the above-mentioned applications. [less ▲]

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See detailPolymers bearing pendant catechols for organic electrode-active materials in lithium-ion batteries
Patil, Nagaraj ULg; Cordella, Daniela ULg; Aqil, Abdelhafid ULg et al

Conference (2016, May 23)

Herein, we describe the synthesis and organometallic-mediated radical polymerization of 1-vinyl-3-alkylimidazolium-type monomers bearing pendant catechols in its protected version, using a presynthesized ... [more ▼]

Herein, we describe the synthesis and organometallic-mediated radical polymerization of 1-vinyl-3-alkylimidazolium-type monomers bearing pendant catechols in its protected version, using a presynthesized alkyl‒cobalt(III) complex as monocomponent initiator/mediating agent in a controlled fashion. A neat post-polymerization deprotection, followed by facile anion exchange reactions afforded a novel multi-functional poly(ionic liquids)-bearing free catechol functionalities. Prototype Lithium-ion battery, consisting a binder- and current collector-free electroactive polymer-supported buckypaper as the composite cathode, delivered an impressive specific capacity in the range of 199–230 mA h g‒1, relatively at high discharge potential = 3.2–3.4 V (vs Li/Li+), as calculated from CV and galvanostatic charge-discharge experiments. The superior electrochemical performance of the composite cathode consisting of PIL-catechols active-material, in comparison with poly(dopaminde acrylamide) is ascribed to the intrinsic Li-ion conductivity and enhanced surface activity of the imidazolium backbone with TFSI counteranion, compared to the acrylamide backbone. [less ▲]

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See detailFe2O3 nanoparticle-functionalized N-doped carbon with interconnected, hierarchical porous structures as high-performance electrode for lithium ion batteries
Alkarmo, Walid ULg; Ouhib, Farid ULg; Aqil, Abdelhafid ULg et al

Poster (2016, May 23)

Thanks to their fascinating physical properties such as high surface area, multidimensional electron transport pathways and good mechanical strength, three dimensionally (3D) interconnected carbon porous ... [more ▼]

Thanks to their fascinating physical properties such as high surface area, multidimensional electron transport pathways and good mechanical strength, three dimensionally (3D) interconnected carbon porous frameworks have emerged as attractive materials for various electrochemical energy storage/conversion devices, including Li-ion batteries (LIBs), Li−O2 batteries, Li−S batteries, supercapacitors, and fuel cells. A hierarchically structured macro- and mesoporous N-doped carbon with dispersed Fe2O3 nanoparticles (NDC@Fe2O3) is prepared by thermal treatment of a novel composite composed by PMMA particles decorated by graphene oxide (GO), PPy and iron salts. The NDC@Fe2O3 composite exhibited high surface area with a hierarchical pores structure. Integrated as a lithium ion battery anode, NDC@Fe2O3 exhibited high reversible capacity of 930 mA h/g over 200 cycles. The combination of Fe2O3 nanoparticles with porous carbon to form hybrid anode has been an efficient way to maintain the electronic integrity of the whole electrode since the carbon acts as a buffer layer to accommodate the volume variation and to provide multidimensional electron transport pathways during the charge/discharge process. [less ▲]

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See detailTuning morphology and surface properties of emulsion-templated porous polymers by controlled radical polymerization
Mathieu, Kevin ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg; Debuigne, Antoine ULg

Poster (2016, May 23)

Macroporous polymer monoliths with interconnected structures have attracted considerable interests in the last decades and sustain many applications in the fields of supported catalysis, chromatography ... [more ▼]

Macroporous polymer monoliths with interconnected structures have attracted considerable interests in the last decades and sustain many applications in the fields of supported catalysis, chromatography, microfluidic, water purification, membrane separation, tissue engineering, to name but a few. A very popular and straightforward synthetic approach for such open-cell polymers is the High Internal Phase Emulsion (HIPE) polymerization method. The latter consists in three steps: (i) stabilization of an emulsion in which an internal phase with a volume fraction higher than 74% is dispersed within a minor continuous phase containing a polymer network precursor, (ii) curing of the polymer phase by polymerization or crosslinking reactions, (iii) removal of the internal phase to release the porosity. The surface properties and morphology of the polyHIPEs are important features that must be controlled and adjusted for each applications. In this context, we prepared by controlled radical polymerization a series of well-defined amphiphilic copolymers having different hydrophilic-lipophilic balance (HLB) and chain-ends, used it as stabilizers for the emulsion-templated polymerizations and demonstrated the crucial effect of the structure of the macromolecular surfactant on the morphology of the polyHIPEs. Finally, the physical and chemical anchoring of the macromolecular surfactants at the surface pores were also considered for tuning the surface properties of the porous monoliths. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis of CO2-sourced hydrogels by using the non-isocyanate polyurethane (NIPU) chemistry
Gennen, Sandro ULg; Grignard, Bruno ULg; Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg et al

Poster (2016, May 23)

Polyurethane (PUs) is one of the most important polymers and finds applications as elastomers, coatings, adhesives and sealants for automotive or construction. PU is also a material of choice in the ... [more ▼]

Polyurethane (PUs) is one of the most important polymers and finds applications as elastomers, coatings, adhesives and sealants for automotive or construction. PU is also a material of choice in the biomedical domain due to its good biocompatibility, biodegradation and mechanical properties. Especially, PUs hydrogels have been developed in the last years for biomedical applications such as soft contact lenses, wound dressing, drug delivery systems and scaffolds for tissue engineering. Traditionally, PUs are synthesized by a step-growth polymerization between diols and diisocyanates. Because of toxicity issues and a possible interdiction of isocyanates, we focused on developing new PU hydrogels using a non-isocyanate route (Figure 1). The polyurethanes formed by this route are called NIPU (for Non-Isocyanate PolyUrethane). Firstly, chemically cross-linked NIPU gels were synthesized by solvent-free polycondensation between a hydrophilic CO2-sourced polyethyleneglycol bi-cyclic carbonate and a diamine in the presence of a crosslinker. Then, NIPU gels were swelled in water till water equilibrium before characterization of their mechanical properties by compression tests. The influence of the cross-linking ratios (diamine/crosslinker ratio) and diamine structure on the swelling and the compression properties were studied. To reinforce the compression properties of NIPU hydrogel (increase in stress at break, strain at break and compression modulus), a nanofiller was dispersed in the cyclic carbonate/diamine/crosslinker formulation prior to polymerization. For the first time, nanocomposite NIPU hydrogels with high water contents (up to 80%) and good compression properties have been prepared by using low clay content. [less ▲]

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See detailPolyphosphoester containing amphiphilic block copolymers as drug nanocarriers
Yilmaz-Ergül, Zeynep ULg; Vanslambrouck, Stéphanie; Thiry, Justine ULg et al

Poster (2016, May 23)

The design of drug delivery systems (DDS) often requires biodegradable and biocompatible materials that allow safe retention and controlled release of the drug. In this respect, poly(ethylene oxide)-b ... [more ▼]

The design of drug delivery systems (DDS) often requires biodegradable and biocompatible materials that allow safe retention and controlled release of the drug. In this respect, poly(ethylene oxide)-b-polyphosphoester amphiphilic block copolymers are known to self-assemble into polymer micelles when placed in water are appropriate drug carriers. In this work, an unsaturated alkene side-chain was introduced on the cyclic phosphate monomer according to a one-step reaction followed by its organocatalyzed polymerization initiated by a poly(ethylene oxide) macroinitiator. After self-assembly into water, the micelles were cross-linked by UV irradiation. Then, these cross-linked micelles have been loaded by doxorubicin, which is a drug to use in cancer therapy. We observed that the doxorubicin loading increased with the number of double bonds on the polyphosphate block of non-cross-linked micelles. This diblock amphiphilic copolymer bearing pendant unsaturations appears thus particularly promising candidate to build micellar drug delivery systems for intravenous injection. [less ▲]

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