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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 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 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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See detailThe influence of foam morphology of multi-walled carbon nanotubes/poly(methyl methacrylate) nanocomposites on electrical conductivity
Tran, Minh Phuong ULg; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg; Alexandre, Michaël ULg et al

in Polymer (2013), 54(13), 3261-3270

Polymer/multi-walled carbon nanotubes (PMMA/MWNTs) nanocomposites foams are widely investigated during the last decade thanks to their potential applications as electromagnetic interferences shielding ... [more ▼]

Polymer/multi-walled carbon nanotubes (PMMA/MWNTs) nanocomposites foams are widely investigated during the last decade thanks to their potential applications as electromagnetic interferences shielding (EMI) materials. Electrical conductivity of the nanocomposite is a key parameter for these applications. In the frame of this work, we aim at establishing relationships between the foams morphology and their electrical conductivity. We therefore first design nanocomposite foams of various morphologies using supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) as physical foaming agent. The nanocomposites based on poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and different carbon nanotubes loadings are prepared by melt-mixing and foamed by scCO2 in various conditions of pressure, temperature and soaking time. The influence of these foaming conditions on the morphology of the foams (volume expansion, pore size, cell density, cell-wall thickness) is discussed. After measuring the electrical conductivity of the foams, we establish structure/properties relationships that are essential for further optimizations of the materials for the targeted application. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of supercritical carbon dioxide to elaborate drug-loaded polymeric implants
Champeau, Mathilde; Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg et al

Poster (2013, April 25)

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See detailDielectric and rheological characterization of polymer/graphene oxide nano composites
Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg; Trifkovic, Milana; Jérôme, Christine ULg et al

Conference (2013, April 05)

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See detailUse of supercritical carbon dioxide to elaborate drug-loaded polymeric implants
Champeau, Mathilde; Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg et al

Poster (2013, March 17)

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See detailMultifunctional architectured materials for electromagnetic absorption
Bollen, P.; Quiévy, N.; Huynen, I. et al

in Scripta Materialia (2013), 68(1), 50-54

A sandwich structure involving a honeycomb core filled with a carbon nanotube-reinforced polymer foam and glass fiber-reinforced composite face sheets has been developed in order to combine high ... [more ▼]

A sandwich structure involving a honeycomb core filled with a carbon nanotube-reinforced polymer foam and glass fiber-reinforced composite face sheets has been developed in order to combine high electromagnetic absorption and high mechanical performance. The large electromagnetic absorption is attained by simultaneously minimizing the reflection and transmission, which, in terms of effective material properties, requires a low dielectric constant and a conductivity around 1 S m−1. The sandwich offers also high stiffness versus density performance. [less ▲]

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