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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 detailLight induced functionalization of PCL-PEG block copolymers for the covalent immobilization of biomolecules
Pourcelle, Vincent; Freichels, Hélène ULg; Stoffelbach, François et al

in Biomacromolecules (2009), 10(4), 966-974

Functionalized poly-ε-caprolactone-block-polyethyleneglycol (PCL-PEG) amphiphilic copolymers were prepared to be constituents of nanocarriers used for the targeting of specific cells. Hence, we conceived ... [more ▼]

Functionalized poly-ε-caprolactone-block-polyethyleneglycol (PCL-PEG) amphiphilic copolymers were prepared to be constituents of nanocarriers used for the targeting of specific cells. Hence, we conceived a smooth and simple photografting methodology on these copolymers using a bifunctional molecular clip (O-succinimidyl-4-(p-azido-phenyl)butanoate). We prepared PCL-PEGs with pendent N-hydroxysuccinimide esters and studied the grafting with 3H-lysine, which radioactivity was counted by LSC. Several parameters were investigated, such as behavior of homopolymers, initial concentrations, irradiation, and incubation durations. Evidences of a “PEG directed photografting” are discussed and this selectivity could be improved by a selective solvent technique. The photografting on different PCL-PEGs revealed a dependency of the rates to the crystallinity of the copolymers. Several controls by SEC, DLS, and TEM of the treated copolymers were realized. Lastly, the coupling of α-d-mannopyranoside ligand was performed, reaching amounts of 5400 nmol/g of PCL-PEG. This derivatized PCL-PEG enters in the preparation of nanocarriers used for the targeting of antigen presenting cells. [less ▲]

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See detailAmphiphilic poly(ethylene oxide) macromolecular RAFT agent as a stabilizer and control agent in ab Initio batch emulsion polymerization
Rieger, Jutta ULg; Stoffelbach, François; Bui, Chuong et al

in Macromolecules (2008), 41(12), 4065-4068

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See detailMannosylated poly(ethylene oxide)-b-Poly(epsilon-caprolactone) diblock copolymers: Synthesis, characterization, and interaction with a bacterial lectin
Rieger, Jutta ULg; Stoffelbach, François; Cui, Di et al

in Biomacromolecules (2007), 8(9), 2717-2725

A novel bioeliminable amphiphilic poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PEO-b-PCL) diblock copolymer end-capped by a mannose residue was synthesized by sequential controlled polymerization of ... [more ▼]

A novel bioeliminable amphiphilic poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PEO-b-PCL) diblock copolymer end-capped by a mannose residue was synthesized by sequential controlled polymerization of ethylene oxide and epsilon-caprolactone, followed by the coupling of a reactive mannose derivative to the PEO chain end. The anionic polymerization of ethylene oxide was first initiated by potassium 2-dimethylaminoethanolate. The ring-opening polymerization of epsilon-caprolactone was then initiated by the omega-hydroxy end-group of PEO previously converted into an Al alkoxide. Finally, the saccharidic end-group was attached by quaternization of the tertiary amine (alpha-end-group of the PEO-b-PCL with a brominated mannose derivative. The copolymer was fully characterized in terms of chemical composition and purity by high-resolution NMR spectroscopy and size exclusion chromatography. Furthermore, measurements with a pendant drop tensiometer showed that both the mannosylated copolymer and the non-mannosylated counterpart significantly decreased the dichloromethane/water interfacial tension. Moreover, these amphiphilic copolymers formed monodisperse spherical micelles in water with an average diameter of similar to 11 nin as measured by dynamic light scattering and cryo-transmission electron microscopy. The availability of mannose as a specific recognition site at the surface of the micelles was proved by isothermal titration microcalorimetry (ITC), using the BclA lectin (from Burkholderia cenocepacia), which interacts selectively with a-D-mannopyranoside derivatives. The thermodynamic parameters of the lectin/mannose interaction were extracted from the ITC data. These colloidal systems have great potential for drug targeting and vaccine delivery systems. [less ▲]

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See detailPEGylated PLGA-based nanoparticles targeting M cells for oral vaccination
Garinot, Marie; Fievez, Virginie; Pourcelle, Vincent et al

in Journal of Controlled Release (2007), 120(3), 195-204

To improve the efficiency of orally delivered vaccines, PEGylated PLGA-based nanoparticles displaying RGD molecules at their surface were designed to target human M cells. RGD grafting was performed by an ... [more ▼]

To improve the efficiency of orally delivered vaccines, PEGylated PLGA-based nanoparticles displaying RGD molecules at their surface were designed to target human M cells. RGD grafting was performed by an original method called "photografting" which covalently linked RGD peptides mainly on the PEG moiety of the PCL-PEG, included in the formulation. First, three non-targeted formulations with size and zeta potential adapted to M cell uptake and stable in gastro-intestinal fluids, were developed. Their transport by an in vitro model of the human Follicle associated epithelium (co-cultures) was largely increased as compared to mono-cultures (Caco-2 cells). RGD-labelling of nanoparticles significantly increased their transport by co-cultures. due to interactions between the RGD ligand and the I intregrins detected at the apical surface of co-cultures. In vivo studies demonstrated that RGD-labelled nanoparticles particularly concentrated in M cells. Finally, ovalbumin-loaded nanoparticles were orally administrated to mice and induced an IgG response, attesting antigen ability to elicit an immune response after oral delivery. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis of novel amphiphilic and pH-sensitive ABC miktoarm star terpolymers
Van Butsele, Kathy ULg; Stoffelbach, François; Jérôme, Robert ULg et al

in Macromolecules (2006), 39(17), 5652-5656

Novel amphiphilic ABC miktoarm star terpolymers were synthesized that consist of hydrophilic poly( ethylene oxide) (PEO), hydrophobic poly(is an element of-caprolactone) (PCL), and pH-sensitive poly(2 ... [more ▼]

Novel amphiphilic ABC miktoarm star terpolymers were synthesized that consist of hydrophilic poly( ethylene oxide) (PEO), hydrophobic poly(is an element of-caprolactone) (PCL), and pH-sensitive poly(2-vinylpyridine) (P2VP), thus a water-soluble block upon protonation. In the first step, poly( ethylene oxide monomethyl ether) (MPEO) was capped by one omega-epoxy end group by reaction of the original hydroxy end group with epichlorohydrin. MPEO-b-P2VP diblock copolymers were prepared by nucleophilic addition of living P2VP-Li+ chains onto the epoxy group of MPEO's. Finally, the hydroxy group formed at the junction of the MPEO and P2VP blocks was used to initiate the ring-opening polymerization of is an element of-caprolactone in the presence of tin octoate. The ABC starshaped triblocks were characterized by H-1 NMR spectroscopy and size exclusion chromatography. [less ▲]

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See detailUltrathin transparent conductive films of polymer-modified multiwalled carbon nanotubes
Bocharova, Vera; Kiriy, Anton; Oertel, Ulrich et al

in Journal of Physical Chemistry B (2006), 110(30), 14640-14644

Deposition of multiwalled carbon nanotubes modified by poly(2-vinylpyridine) (CNT-g-P2VP) from aqueous dispersions at low pH is an effective method to prepare homogeneous ultrathin films with a tunable ... [more ▼]

Deposition of multiwalled carbon nanotubes modified by poly(2-vinylpyridine) (CNT-g-P2VP) from aqueous dispersions at low pH is an effective method to prepare homogeneous ultrathin films with a tunable CNTs density. A percolation threshold of 0.25 mu g/cm(2) and a critical exponent alpha = 1.24 have been found from dc conductivity measurements. The sheet resistance value agrees with the percolation theory for 2D films. According to AFM and electrical measurements, even when only 5% of the surface is covered by CNT-g-P2VPs, the sheet resistance is of the order of 1 M Omega/sq, which indicates that conductivity is imparted by a network of an ultralow density. When the film transmittance decreases down to similar to 70% at 550 nm, the occupied surface area is similar to 15% and sheet resistance falls down to similar to 90 k Omega/sq. These data show that undesired in-plane clustering does not occur upon the dispersion casting of the films and that high-quality networks of CNT-g-P2VPs are built up. The electrosteric stabilization of the CNT-g-P2VP dispersions in water at low pH is at the origin of this desired behavior. Although the multiwalled CNT films prepared in this work are less conductive and less transparent than the SWNTs films, they could find applications, e. g., in touch screens, reflective displays, EMI shielding, and static charge dissipation. [less ▲]

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See detailSimple method for the stretching and alignment of single adsorbed synthetic polycations
Bocharova, Vera; Kiriy, Anton; Stamm, Manfred et al

in Small : Nano Micro (2006), 2(7), 910-916

Spin-coating of isolated positively charged macromolecules onto mica in the presence of octylamine was found to be a simple and general method of stretching and aligning the macromolecular chains. The ... [more ▼]

Spin-coating of isolated positively charged macromolecules onto mica in the presence of octylamine was found to be a simple and general method of stretching and aligning the macromolecular chains. The contour length and molar mass for the stretched macromolecules can be directly measured by atomic force microscopy, which makes this method a very useful analytical tool. Moreover, the molecular height is increased by codeposition with octylamine, which drastically improves the molecular resolution and allows even ultrathin polycations to be visualized. The reason for the key role of the octylamine is found in the formation of an ultrathin liquidlike alkylamine film, which reduces the surface energy of mica and weakens the interactions between the surface and the charged macromolecules. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis of novel amphiphilic and pH-sensitive ABC miktoarm star copolymers
Van Butsele, Kathy; Stoffelbach, François; Jérôme, Robert ULg et al

Poster (2006, May 18)

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See detailMolecular weight determination by visualization of stretched polycation molecules
Bocharova, Vera; Kiriy, Anton; Stamm, Manfred et al

in PMSE Preprints (2006), 95

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See detailPolymer-modified multi-walled carbon nanotubes for ultrathin transparent conductive coatings
Bocharova, Vera; Kiriy, Anton; Ulrich, Oertel et al

in PMSE Preprints (2006), 95

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See detailSynthesis and deposition of water-dispersed prussian blue nanocrystals on polymers and CNTs
Boccharova, Vera; Gorodyska, Ganna; Kiriy, Anton et al

in Progress in Colloid & Polymer Science (2006), 132

Nanoparticles can be used for decoration and functionalization of single polymer molecules that have been adsorbed to a solid substrate. Initial attempts to prepare Prussian Blue nanoclusters by a layer ... [more ▼]

Nanoparticles can be used for decoration and functionalization of single polymer molecules that have been adsorbed to a solid substrate. Initial attempts to prepare Prussian Blue nanoclusters by a layer-by-layer deposition technique of hexacyanoferrate anions and ferric cations onto isolated polycation chains in water failed because of the desorption of the first layer upon deposition of the next one. A simple method for the preparation of charge-stabilized Prussian Blue nanoparticles of readily adjustable size is reported. Prussian Blue nanoparticles have been purified by addition of non-solvents and redispersed in water without aggregation. Thus formed Prussian Blue nanoparticles are crystalline and display a long-range ferromagnetic ordering at 5.1 K. Prussian Blue nanoparticles were selectively deposited along single polycation molecules to form a one-dimensional array or were attached to the surface of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) functionalized with poly2-vinylpyridine (P2VP). These nanoparticle-based nanostructures might be useful materials for manufacture of electrooptical devices, or mechanically robust ion-sieving membranes. [less ▲]

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See detailCombination of ring-opening polymerization and "click" chemistry towards functionalization of aliphatic polyesters
Riva, Raphaël ULg; Schmeits, Stephanie ULg; Stoffelbach, François et al

in Chemical Communications (2005), (42), 5334-5336

Azide pendent groups of aliphatic polyesters have been derivatized into tertiary amines, ammonium salts and poly(ethylene oxide) grafts. The experimental conditions have been optimized (organic solvent ... [more ▼]

Azide pendent groups of aliphatic polyesters have been derivatized into tertiary amines, ammonium salts and poly(ethylene oxide) grafts. The experimental conditions have been optimized (organic solvent, 35 degrees C), such that the aliphatic polyesters are not degraded, including even poly(lactide) which is very sensitive to attack by weak nucleophiles. [less ▲]

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See detailAn easy and economically viable route for the decoration of carbon nanotubes by magnetite nanoparticles, and their orientation in a magnetic field
Stoffelbach, François; Aqil, Abdelhafid ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg et al

in Chemical Communications (2005), (36), 4532-4533

A simple, cheap and tunable approach for the decoration of carbon nanotubes by magnetite nanoparticles and their orientation in a magnetic field is reported.

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See detailFunctionlization of biodegradable aliphatic polyesters by mannose-residue for the design of surface-modified polymeric nanoparticles
Rieger, Jutta ULg; Stoffelbach, François; Stoilova, Olya et al

Conference (2005, June 01)

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See detailA novel strategy for the dispersion, selective deposition and decoration of carbon nanotubes
Detrembleur, Christophe ULg; Lou, Xudong; Stoffelbach, François et al

Poster (2005, May 11)

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