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See detailIn situ investigation of scCO2 assisted impregnation of drug into polymer by high pressure FTIR micro-spectroscopy
Champeau, Mathilde ULg; Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg et al

in Analyst (in press)

An original experimental set-up combining a FTIR microscope with a high pressure cell has been built in order to analyze in-situ the impregnation of solute into microscopic polymer samples, such as fibers ... [more ▼]

An original experimental set-up combining a FTIR microscope with a high pressure cell has been built in order to analyze in-situ the impregnation of solute into microscopic polymer samples, such as fibers or films, subjected to supercritical CO2. Thanks to this experimental set-up, key factors governing the impregnation process can be simultaneously followed such as the swelling of the polymeric matrix, the CO2 sorption, the kinetic of impregnation and the drug loading into the matrix. Moreover, the solute/polymer interactions and the speciation of the solute can be analyzed. We have monitored in situ the impregnation of aspirin and ketoprofen into PEO (Polyethylene Oxide) platelets at T=40°C and P=5; 10 and 15 MPa. The kinetic of impregnation of aspirin was quicker than the one of ketoprofen and the final drug loading was also higher in case of aspirin. Whereas the CO2 sorption and the PEO swelling remain constant when PEO is just subjected to CO2 under isobaric conditions, we noticed that both parameters can increase while the drug impregnates PEO. Coupling these results with DSC measurements, we underlined the plasticizing effect of the drug that also leads to decrease the crystallinity of PEO in situ thus favoring the sorption of CO2 molecules into the matrix and the swelling of the matrix. The plasticizing effect increases with the drug loading. Finally, the speciation of drug was investigated considering the shift of the carboxyl bands of the drugs. Both drugs were found to be mainly homogeneously dispersed into PEO. [less ▲]

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See detailNanocomposites based on MWCNT and polystyrene, styrene-acrylonitrile copolymer, or polymethylmethacrylate, obtained by miniemulsion polymerization
Donescu, Dan; Corobea, Mihai Cosmin; Petcu, Cristian et al

in Journal of Applied Polymer Science (2014), 131(23), 411481-10

Free radical miniemulsion polymerization of styrene (St), St/acrylonitrile 3 : 1 mixture or methylmethacrylate in the presence of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) was proven as a convenient way to ... [more ▼]

Free radical miniemulsion polymerization of styrene (St), St/acrylonitrile 3 : 1 mixture or methylmethacrylate in the presence of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) was proven as a convenient way to obtain homogenous hybrids with perspectives in associated applications like foams specialties materials. Miniemulsion polymerization was viable up to 2% wt. MWCNT to monomer, without agglomerations. The grafting on MWCNT during the polymerization occurs without the need for supplementary functionalization and the polymer grafted nanotubes showed stable dispersions in the polymer solvent. Monomer polarity affected the grafting ability during the polymerization process. The nanocomposites obtained after purification and drying were used in foaming process. MWCNT presence in the related nanocomposites decreased the pore sizes in foam-like materials (for all three different matrices). At 1 wt % MWCNT content, low density (< 0.3 g/cm3), low pore size (< 10 μm) and high cell density (>109 cell/cm3) were achieved. [less ▲]

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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 detailA facile and fast electrochemical route to produce functional few-layer graphene sheets for lithium battery anode application
Ouhib, Farid ULg; Aqil, Abdelhafid ULg; Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg et al

in Journal of Materials Chemistry A (2014), 2(37), 15298-15302

A simple approach for the production of polymer functionalized graphene nanosheets is reported. The resulting polyacrylonitrile chemisorbed on graphene sheets is made of 1 to 2 layers, with a large ... [more ▼]

A simple approach for the production of polymer functionalized graphene nanosheets is reported. The resulting polyacrylonitrile chemisorbed on graphene sheets is made of 1 to 2 layers, with a large majority of graphene single-layers. This novel functionalized graphene exhibits good cycling stability as an anode in Li-ion batteries without a conductive additive or binder. [less ▲]

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See detailSupercritical CO2, impregnation to prepare drug-loaded implants: inpregantion of anti-inflammatory drugs into sutures
Champeau, Mathilde; Tassaing, Thierry; Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg et al

Conference (2014, July 10)

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See detailIn situ FTIR micro-spectroscopy to investigate polymeric fibers under supercritical carbon dioxide: CO2 sorption and swelling measurements
Champeau, Mathilde; Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg et al

in Journal of Supercritical Fluids (2014), 90

An original experimental set-up combining a FTIR (Fourier Transformed InfraRed) microscope with a high pressure cell has been built in order to analyze in situ and simultaneously the CO2 sorption and the ... [more ▼]

An original experimental set-up combining a FTIR (Fourier Transformed InfraRed) microscope with a high pressure cell has been built in order to analyze in situ and simultaneously the CO2 sorption and the polymer swelling of microscopic polymer samples, such as fibers, subjected to supercritical carbon dioxide. Thanks to this experimental set-up, we have determined as a function of the CO2 pressure (from 2 to 15 MPa) the CO2 sorption and the polymer swelling at T = 40 °C of four polymer samples, namely PEO (polyethylene oxide), PLLA (poly-l-lactide acid), PET (polyethylene terephtalate) and PP (polypropylene). The quantity of CO2 sorbed in all the studied polymers increases with pressure. PEO and PLLA display a significant level of CO2 sorption (20 and 25% respectively, at P = 15 MPa). However, we observe that a lower quantity of CO2 can be sorbed into PP and PET (7 and 8% respectively, at P = 15 MPa). Comparing their thermodynamic behaviors and their intrinsic properties, we emphasize that a high CO2 sorption can be reach if on one hand, the polymer is able to form specific interaction with CO2 in order to thermodynamically favor the presence of CO2 molecules inside the polymer and on the other, displays high chains mobility in the amorphous region. PLLA and PEO fulfilled these two requirements whereas only one property is fulfilled by PET (specific interaction with CO2) and PP (high chains mobility). Finally, we have found that for a given CO2 sorption, the resulting swelling of the polymer depends mainly on its crystallinity. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of supercritical carbon dioxide to prepare drug-laoded polymer implants: impregnation of anti-inflammatory drugs into sutures
Champeau, Mathilde; Tassaing, Thierry; Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg et al

Conference (2014, May 19)

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See detailSupercritical CO2 and polycarbonate based nanocomposites: A critical issue for foaming
Monnereau, Laure; Urbanczyk, Laetitia; Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg et al

in Polymer (2014), 55(10), 2422-2431

Supercritical carbon dioxide readily induced foaming of various polymers. In that context, supercritical CO2 was applied to carbon nanotubes based polycarbonate nanocomposites to ensure their foaming ... [more ▼]

Supercritical carbon dioxide readily induced foaming of various polymers. In that context, supercritical CO2 was applied to carbon nanotubes based polycarbonate nanocomposites to ensure their foaming. Surprisingly, efficient foaming only occurs when low pressure is applied while at high pressure, no expansion of the samples was observed. This is related to the ability of supercritical carbon dioxide to induce crystallization of amorphous polycarbonate. Moreover, this behaviour is amplified by the presence of carbon nanotubes that act as nucleating agents for crystals birth. The thermal behaviour of the composites was analysed by DSC and DMA and was related to the foaming observations. The uniformity of the cellular structure was analysed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). By saturating the polycarbonate nanocomposites reinforced with 1 wt% of MWNTs at 100 bar and 100 °C during 16 h, microcellular foams were generated, with a density of 0.62, a cell size ranging from 0.6 to 4 μm, and a cellular density of 4.1 × 1011 cells cm−3. The high ability of these polymeric foams to absorb electromagnetic radiation was demonstrated at low MWNT content as the result of the high affinity of the polycarbonate matrix for MWNTs, and therefore to the good MWNTs dispersion. [less ▲]

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See detailPoly(methyl methacrylate)/graphene oxide nanocomposites by a precipitation polymerization process and their dielectric and rheological characterization
Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg; Trifkovic, Milana; Alkarmo, Walid et al

in Macromolecules (2014), 47(6), 2149-2155

We report a method for achieving controlled dispersion of graphene oxide (GO) in poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) via the precipitation polymerization process in a water/ methanol mixture. GO acts as a ... [more ▼]

We report a method for achieving controlled dispersion of graphene oxide (GO) in poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) via the precipitation polymerization process in a water/ methanol mixture. GO acts as a surfactant and adsorbs on the interface between polymerized PMMA particles and solvent mixture. Scanning electron and transmission electron microscopy confirmed that the precipitate consists of polymer particles (<1 μm) surrounded by the GO sheets. Compression molding of the precipitate yields a polymer nanocomposite with the GO organized into a regularly spaced 3D network which percolates at 0.2 wt % GO. Simple thermal reduction of the GO sheets dispersed in PMMA at relatively low temperature (210 °C) achieved electrical conductivity higher than 10−2 S/m at 0.4 wt % of GO. Parallel dielectric and rheological characterization demonstrated that the thermal reduction is a quite fast process without significant degradation of the polymer. The study should open up new opportunities in the design of GO-based polymer nanocomposites. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of supercritical carbon dioxide to prepare drug-loaded polymeric sutures
Champeau, Mathilde; Tassaing, Thierry; Jérôme, Christine ULg et al

Conference (2014, March 19)

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See detailUse of supercritical carbon dioxide to prepare drug-loaded polymer implants
Champeau, Mathilde; Tassaing, Thierry; Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg et al

Conference (2013, November 20)

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See detailRheological characterization of double thermo-responsive block copolymer hydrogels
Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg; Mathieu, Kevin ULg; Kermagoret, Anthony ULg et al

Poster (2013, November 20)

The ability of double thermoresponsive block copolymers to form hydrogels has been thoroughly studied by rheology. These copolymers having two discrete LCSTs were synthesized following a one-pot strategy ... [more ▼]

The ability of double thermoresponsive block copolymers to form hydrogels has been thoroughly studied by rheology. These copolymers having two discrete LCSTs were synthesized following a one-pot strategy based on the sequential cobalt mediated radical polymeryzation of N-vinylcaprolactam (NVCL) followed by the copolymerization of N-vinylpyrrolidone (NVP) with the residual NVCL.Moreover, the very efficient cobalt mediated radical coupling of the growing chains was advantageously used to design triblock copolymers with similar morphological characteristics than the diblock copolymers (same external block length, copolymer ratio…) allowing direct comparison between their respective gels to be established. Different parameters have been compared such as the block length and the copolymer concentration. Temperature ramps were first performed to distinguish the different states, i.e., solubilized copolymers (below the two LCSTs), micelles (between the two LCSTs) and precipitated polymers (above the two LCSTs). [less ▲]

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See detailCarbon nanotubes/polypropylene nanocomposites foams for EMI shielding applications
Tran, Minh Phuong ULg; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg; Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg et al

Conference (2013, September 12)

In order to reduce the undesired effect of the electromagnetic interference, the developing of the materials with high capacity of electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding has attracted a great ... [more ▼]

In order to reduce the undesired effect of the electromagnetic interference, the developing of the materials with high capacity of electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding has attracted a great attention to scientific and industrial communities during last two decades.Indeed, polymer carbon nanotubes (CNTs) nanocomposites foams are addressed due to their high electrical conductivity and a great potential applications in electrostatic dissipation (ESD) and in electromagnetic interferences (EMI) shielding. However, the shortcoming of the addition of CNTs is that it usually leads to an increase of permittivity which results in enhancing undesirably the electromagnetic reflectivity due to the mismatch between the wave impedances for the signal propagating into air and into the absorbing material, respectively. To solve this problem, the introduction of air into these nanocomposites by the formation of foam will be favorable in order to reduce the permittivity of conductive composites. A good understanding of the influence of the foam structural parameters on the electrical properties of the foam will ultimately enable the optimum design of these materials for the targeted applications. A wide range of poly (propylene)/CNTs nanocomposites foams were synthesized using the supercritical CO2 technology. Different foaming parameters, such as the temperature, impregnation pressure will be controlled to modify the foam structure. Nanocomposite foams show higher electrical conductivity than non-foamed nanocomposites at the same volume content of CNTs. Effects of foam morphology such as cell density, pore size, volume expansion, and cell-wall thickness on electrical conductivity were comprehensively assessed. Similarly to our previous study on PMMA foam nanocomposites, the electrical conductivity of foams show higher value when the volume expansion is increased and when the average pore size is decreased. The preliminary EMI performances have highlighted that PP/CNTs foams containing 0.1 vol%CNTs are able to absorb about 90% of the incident radiation in the 25 to 40 GHz frequency range. [less ▲]

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See detailMorphology and electrical conductivity of poly(propylene)/multi-walled carbon nanotubes nanocomposites foams compatibilized by poly(propylene) -graft-maleic anhydride (PP-g-MA)
Tran, Minh Phuong ULg; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg; Alexandre, Michaël et al

Poster (2013, September 09)

The agglomerate of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in poly(propylene) (PP) matrix often results in low electrical conductivity and poor mechanical properties. In order to improve the dispersion of CNTs, different ... [more ▼]

The agglomerate of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in poly(propylene) (PP) matrix often results in low electrical conductivity and poor mechanical properties. In order to improve the dispersion of CNTs, different amounts of compatibilizer based on poly(propylene-graft-maleic anhydride) (PP-g-MA) were added in the PP matrix. Carbon nanotubes materbatches pre-dispersed at a high loading in the compatibilizer were used to create the samples used in this study. The nanocomposites of PP/PP-g-MA/CNTs were then foamed in supercritical carbon diozide (scCO2) followed by analysis of the foam morphology and the electrical conductivity. The presence of PPgMA did not significantly change the foam morphology, which exhibits good homogeneity and highly uniform closed-cells with penta-heptagonal cell-form. The expansion volume of the foams is not adversely affected by the addition of the compatibilizer; very high expansion volume (around 15 - 25 times) was achieved. The most interesting point is that the PP-PPgMA - 4wt%CNTs foams show a significantly higher electrical conductivity than the uncompatibilized PP-4wt%CNTs at the same volume percent content of CNTs [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization and optimization of GMO-based gels with long term release for intraarticular administration
Réeff, J.; Gaignaux, A.; Goole, J. et al

in International Journal of Pharmaceutics (2013), 451(1-2), 95-103

Osteoarthritis is characterized by slow degenerative processes in the articular cartilage within synovial joints. It could be interesting to develop a sustained-release formulation that could be effective ... [more ▼]

Osteoarthritis is characterized by slow degenerative processes in the articular cartilage within synovial joints. It could be interesting to develop a sustained-release formulation that could be effective on both pain/inflammation and restoration of mechanical integrity of the joint. Recently, an injectable system based on glycerol monooleate (GMO), containing clonidine as a model hydrophilic analgesic/anti-inflammatory drug and hyaluronic acid as a viscoelastic scaffold, showed promising potential as a biodegradable and biocompatible preparation to sustain the drug activity. However, drug release from the system is relatively fast (complete within 1 week) and the underlying drug release mechanisms not fully understood. The aims of this study were: (i) to significantly improve this type of local controlled drug delivery system by further sustaining clonidine release, and (ii) to elucidate the underlying mass transport mechanisms. The addition of FDA-approved inactive ingredients such as sodium oleate or purified soybean oil was found to be highly effective. The release rate could be substantially reduced (e.g., 50% release after 10 days), due to the increased hydrophobicity of the systems, resulting in slower and reduced water uptake and reduced drug mobility. Interestingly, Fick's second law of diffusion could be used to quantitatively describe drug release. [less ▲]

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See detailPolymer/carbon based composites as electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding materials
Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg; Pardoen, Thomas et al

in Materials Science & Engineering : R (2013), 74(7), 211-232

The extensive development of electronic systems and telecommunications has lead to major concerns regarding electromagnetic pollution. Motivated by environmental questions and by a wide variety of ... [more ▼]

The extensive development of electronic systems and telecommunications has lead to major concerns regarding electromagnetic pollution. Motivated by environmental questions and by a wide variety of applications, the quest for materials with high efficiency to mitigate electromagnetic interferences (EMI) pollution has become a mainstream field of research. This paper reviews the state-of-the-art research in the design and characterization of polymer/carbon based composites as EMI shielding materials. After a brief introduction, in Section 1, the electromagnetic theory will be briefly discussed in Section 2 setting the foundations of the strategies to be employed to design efficient EMI shielding materials. These materials will be classified in the next section by the type of carbon fillers, involving carbon black, carbon fiber, carbon nanotubes and graphene. The importance of the dispersion method into the polymer matrix (melt-blending, solution processing, etc.) on the final material properties will be discussed. The combination of carbon fillers with other constituents such as metallic nanoparticles or conductive polymers will be the topic of Section 4. The final section will address advanced complex architectures that are currently studied to improve the performances of EMI materials and, in some cases, to impart additional properties such as thermal management and mechanical resistance. In all these studies, we will discuss the efficiency of the composites/devices to absorb and/or reflect the EMI radiation. [less ▲]

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