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See detailSurface modification of copper with 2-dodecylpropane-1,3-dithiol: The key effect of the solvent
Denayer, Jessica ULg; Delhalle, J.; Mekhalif, Z.

in Applied Surface Science (2009), 256(5), 1426-1430

Self-assembly of alkanethiol on gold in various solvents (alkane, alcohol, etc) leads to monolayers with similar properties. However when the self-assembly is performed on copper substrates, the nature of ... [more ▼]

Self-assembly of alkanethiol on gold in various solvents (alkane, alcohol, etc) leads to monolayers with similar properties. However when the self-assembly is performed on copper substrates, the nature of the solvent has an effect on the properties of the monolayer. This phenomenon arises from the chemical interaction of copper with the solvent, which is not the case of gold. Ethanol is a solvent widely used for self-assembly, however some studies pointed out its negative effect due to its significant chemical reactivity towards copper and its ability to chemisorb on the surface. The aim of this work consists in a comparative investigation of 2-dodecylpropane-1,3-dithiol (or R(SH)2) in various solvents and its ability to form stable SAMs, densely packed and well ordered. Characterizations of the SAMs are carried out using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), polarization modulation infrared reflection-absorption spectroscopy (PM-IRRAS) and cyclic voltammetry (CV). © 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailFrançois Jacqmin, auteur comique
Robert, Laurent ULg

in Textyles : Revue des Lettres Belges de Langue Française (2009), 35

Cet article propose une analyse de la notion de comique dans l'oeuvre de François Jacqmin. Il montre que l'ironie est le degré de comique que le poète peut atteindre. C'est aussi grâce à l'ironie que le ... [more ▼]

Cet article propose une analyse de la notion de comique dans l'oeuvre de François Jacqmin. Il montre que l'ironie est le degré de comique que le poète peut atteindre. C'est aussi grâce à l'ironie que le poète exprime sa conception du langage et de la poésie. [less ▲]

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See detailPréface de : La dévalaison des poissons dans la Meuse moyenne belge
Philippart, Jean-Claude ULg; Poncin, Pascal ULg

in Sonny, Damien (Ed.) La dévalaison des poissons dans la Meuse moyenne belge (2009)

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See detailWhen morphology and molecules tell us different stories: a case-in-point with Leptodon corsicus, a new and unique endemic moss species from Corsica
Sotiaux A.; Enroth, J.; Quandt, D. et al

in Journal of Bryology (2009), 31

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See detailMATISSE Science Cases
Wolf, S.; Lopez, B.; Jaffe, W. et al

in Moorwood, A. (Ed.) Science with the VLT in the ELT Era (2009)

MATISSE is foreseen as a mid-infrared spectro-interferometric instrument combining the beams of up to four UTs/ATs of the Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI). MATISSE will measure closure phase ... [more ▼]

MATISSE is foreseen as a mid-infrared spectro-interferometric instrument combining the beams of up to four UTs/ATs of the Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI). MATISSE will measure closure phase relations and thus offer an efficient capability for image reconstruction. In addition to this, MATISSE will open 2 new observing windows at the VLTI: the L and M band in addition to the N band. Furthermore, the instrument will offer the possibility to perform simultaneous observations in separate bands. MATISSE will also provide several spectroscopic modes. In summary, MATISSE can be seen as a successor of MIDI by providing imaging capabilities in the mid-infrared domain (for a more detailed description of MATISSE see Lopez et al., these proceedings). [less ▲]

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See detailA Study of Chirality in Gold Nanostructures with Second Harmonic Generation
Valev, V. K.; Silhanek, Alejandro ULg; Gillijns, W. et al

in Acta Physica Polonica A (2009), 116(4), 498-500

We present the second harmonic generation - circular dichroism response from C-shaped gold nanostructures for P-polarized incoming light. By eliminating the contributions of anisotropy to the signal, an ... [more ▼]

We present the second harmonic generation - circular dichroism response from C-shaped gold nanostructures for P-polarized incoming light. By eliminating the contributions of anisotropy to the signal, an absolute measure of the second harmonic generation - circular dichroism is presented. The system of planar nanostructures is an excellent model for studying the correlation between optical properties and chiral morphology at the nanoscale. Samples with both enantiomorphs of the chiral pattern were prepared and, demonstrating the unambiguous presence of chirality, the second harmonic generation - circular dichroism response from two such samples was fitted simultaneously with a single set of fitting parameters. [less ▲]

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See detailExplaining thermal failure in saturated clays
Hueckel, Tomasz; François, Bertrand ULg; Lyesse, Laloui

in Geotechnique (2009), 59(3), 197-212

Failure conditions in soils at elevated temperatures appear to be strongly dependent on the history of the application of stress and temperature. Four cases of such history leading to various modes of ... [more ▼]

Failure conditions in soils at elevated temperatures appear to be strongly dependent on the history of the application of stress and temperature. Four cases of such history leading to various modes of failure are identified and interpreted in terms of thermal Cam-clay models. Particular attention is given to the influence of thermal variability on the coefficient of the critical state, M, or the angle of internal friction. A detailed analysis of the material history offers an explanation of an apparent confusion about whether the soil strength is decreased or increased by temperature. In a companion paper, numerical analysis of the development of axisymmetric thermal and stress fields around a cylindrical heat source suggests that thermal failure may arise in conditions that are far from any mechanically critical situation. [less ▲]

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See detailPotential mechanism of sound production in Oreochromis niloticus (Cichlidae)
Longrie, Nicolas ULg; Van Wassenbergh, Sam; Mauguit, Quentin ULg et al

in Journal of Experimental Biology (2009), 212

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See detailEvaluation of the long-term barrier effect of commercial resorbable guided tissue regenerative membranes : an in vitro study using human gingival fibroblasts
Grenade, Charlotte ULg; Borget, Pascal; Moniotte, Nicolas et al

Poster (2009)

Introduction The first part of the study devoted to guided tissue regenerative membranes was focused on a better understanding of the physicochemical and mechanical properties of commercial materials. The ... [more ▼]

Introduction The first part of the study devoted to guided tissue regenerative membranes was focused on a better understanding of the physicochemical and mechanical properties of commercial materials. The second objective of our study was to develop an in vitro device able to measure the long-term barrier effect of resorbable membranes. After the development of this new device, experiments were realized to characterize the long-term behaviour of commercially membranes with human gingival fibroblasts (HGF). Materials and methods The use of human gingival fibroblastic cells was chosen to get closer to biological conditions. Some gingival explants were removed in young and non-smoking healthy patients. From these explants, fibroblastic cells were isolated and cultivated. These cells will be able to be used between the third and the sixth passage. Resorbable membranes were chosen because they don’t require a second surgical operation. There are made of polyesters or collagen. A system based on inserts was developed in order to follow the degradation of membranes and the migration of cells across the material. The membrane was cut into 8 mm diameter punches and set in the bottom of the system. Once the whole was put together, it is laced into a 12 wells plate culture. First, the plates were put in an incubator at 37°C, during times ranging from 24 hours to several months. The barrier effect was then measured to reflect the gradual increase of permeability of each membrane. For this purpose, HGF were seeded on the different samples. The top of the bottle and the bottom of the well were then filled with culture medium. Non degradable synthetic Bioflex membranes were chosen as control samples which don't let pass cells (porosity : 0,4 µm). After 48 hours of incubation in the presence of cells, pictures of cells on membranes and in the bottom of wells were taken with an optic microscope. Viability tests (MTS) were then realized on membranes to evaluate cells proliferation and in the bottom of wells to measure barrier effect. Finally, the morphology of cells on selected membranes was characterized by Scanning Electron Microscopy. Conclusion Proliferation results correspond to data published by several authors. Furthermore, the barrier effect times found in the present study are similar to barrier effect times demonstrated in in vivo studies and announced by manufacturers. In conclusion, the finalized system is adapted to the analysis of long-term barrier effect of commercial GTR membranes. This system will be tested with synthetic bioresorbable membranes made of copolymers. [less ▲]

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See detailLes linguistes et leurs graphiques. Introduction
Badir, Sémir ULg

in Cahiers Parisiens = Parisian Notebooks (2009), 5

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See detailSubjective evaluation of the long-term efficacy of speech therapy on dysfunctional dysphonia.
Morsomme, Dominique ULg; Faurichon de la Bardonnie, Marie; Verduyckt, Ingrid et al

in Journal of Voice (2009)

The objective of the study was to measure the subjective long-term effects of vocal therapy (more than 6 months) in 29 patients suffering from dysfunctional dysphonia. Four subjective measurements were ... [more ▼]

The objective of the study was to measure the subjective long-term effects of vocal therapy (more than 6 months) in 29 patients suffering from dysfunctional dysphonia. Four subjective measurements were used: one visual analog scale ranging from 0 (not efficient at all) to 100 (very efficient); one question "Is the speech therapy still efficient?," answered by yes or no; the GRB parameters of the GRBAS scale (evaluated by the patient); and the VHI-10. The results show that 76% of the patients consider that the vocal therapy they received is still efficient. On the vocal quality (G), roughness (R), and breathiness (B) parameters, we observe a high degree of satisfaction on the G parameter (median=77). The scores on the R and B parameters are lower (median R=12, S=5). Roughness is significantly correlated to the Grade (Spearman coefficient r=0.516, P=0.004), whereas breathiness is not (P=0.251, NS). The comparison of the results on the VHI-10 pre and post treatment shows a significant decrease in the grade of perceived handicap (medians 15 vs 11, P=0.017). The correlations between the judgment of the treatment's efficacy and the vocal quality is significant (r=0.623, P<0.001) as well as the correlation between the VHI-10 and the length of the treatment (r=0.416, P=0.035). The conclusion can be made that speech therapy plays an important role in long-term treatment of dysfunctional dysphonias. [less ▲]

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See detailMonitoring an Odour in the Environment with an Electronic Nose: Requirements for the Signal Processing
Romain, Anne-Claude ULg; Nicolas, Jacques ULg

in Gutierrez, Agustin; Marco, S. (Eds.) Biologically Inspired Signal Processing for Chemical Sensing (2009)

Artificial olfaction system (the so-called electronic nose) is a very promising tool to monitor the malodour in the field. Usual odour measurement techniques use human olfaction or analytical techniques ... [more ▼]

Artificial olfaction system (the so-called electronic nose) is a very promising tool to monitor the malodour in the field. Usual odour measurement techniques use human olfaction or analytical techniques. The first category represents the real odour perception but is not applicable to measure in continuous bad odours in the field. The second class of techniques gives the composition of the mixture but not the global information representative of the odour perception. The e-nose has the potentialities to combine “the odour perception” and the “monitoring in the field”. However to be able to reach this goal, the signal processing has to be adapted to work in complex environment. We have more than teen years experiments in the measure of environmental malodours in the field and the paper presents the minimal requirements that we consider essential for artificial olfaction system to become successful for this application. [less ▲]

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See detailCarte hydrogéologique de Wallonie, 1/25000. 64/3-4 Libin-Bras, notice explicative.
Bouezmarni, Mohamed ULg; Denne, Pierre; Debbaut, Vincent ULg

Book published by SPW, DGARNE - peer reviewed (2009)

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See detailAssociation between asthma control and bronchial hyperresponsiveness and airways inflammation: a cross-sectional study in daily practice.
Quaedvlieg, Valérie ULg; Sele, Jocelyne ULg; Henket, Monique ULg et al

in Clinical & Experimental Allergy : Journal of the British Society for Allergy & Clinical Immunology (2009), 39

Summary Background The primary end-point in the management of asthma is to obtain optimal control. The aim of this study was to assess the relationships between the markers of airway inflammation (sputum ... [more ▼]

Summary Background The primary end-point in the management of asthma is to obtain optimal control. The aim of this study was to assess the relationships between the markers of airway inflammation (sputum eosinophilia and exhaled nitric oxide), bronchial hyperresponsiveness (BHR) and asthma control. Methods One hundred and thirty-four patients were recruited from our asthma clinic between January 2004 and September 2005 [mean age: 42 years, mean forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV(1)): 86% predicted]. Eighty-six of them were treated by inhaled corticosteroids, 99 were atopic and 23 were current smokers. They all underwent detailed investigations including fractional-exhaled nitric oxide (FE(NO)) measurement, sputum induction and methacholine challenge when FEV(1) was >70% predicted, and filled in a validated asthma control questionnaire (ACQ6 Juniper). Results When dividing patients into the three groups according to their level of asthma control determined by ACQ [well-controlled asthma (ACQ score </=0.75), borderline (0.75<ACQ score <1.5) and uncontrolled asthma (ACQ score >/=1.5)], it appeared that uncontrolled asthmatics had a greater BHR to methacholine and sputum eosinophilia than controlled asthma (P<0.05, P<0.001, respectively). By contrast, we failed to show significant differences in the FE(NO) levels between the groups. With receiver-operating characteristic curves for differentiating uncontrolled (ACQ>/=1.5) from controlled and borderline (ACQ<1.5) asthma, sputum eosinophilia and methacholine responsiveness were found to be more accurate than FE(NO) (area under the curve: 0.72, 0.72 and 0.59, respectively). Conclusion In a broad spectrum of asthmatics encountered in clinical practice, sputum eosinophilia and methacholine bronchial hyperresponsiveness, but not FE(NO), are associated with uncontrolled asthma. [less ▲]

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See detailA randomized trial of pegylated-interferon alpha 2a plus ribavirin with or without amantadine in treatment-naïve or relapsing chronic hepatitis C patients
Langlet, P.; D'Heygere, F.; Henrion, J. et al

in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics (2009), 30

Background The combination therapy of pegylated-interferon-a2a plus ribavirin is considered as the standard of care for patients with chronic hepatitis C. A sustained viral response is obtained in 40–50 ... [more ▼]

Background The combination therapy of pegylated-interferon-a2a plus ribavirin is considered as the standard of care for patients with chronic hepatitis C. A sustained viral response is obtained in 40–50% of naı¨ve patients with genotype 1 and in around 80% of naı¨ve patients with genotype 2 or 3. Aim To assess whether amantadine, added to the conventional combination therapy, could improve the treatment efficacy. Methods In all, 630 patients (intent-to-treat population) with chronic hepatitis C were randomized into two groups: 316 patients (treatment group) received pegylated-interferon-a2a (180 lg once weekly) plus ribavirin (1000–1200 mg⁄ daily) with amantadine (200 mg⁄ daily); 314 patients (control group) received pegylated-interferon-a2a (180 lg once weekly) plus ribavirin (1000–1200 mg⁄ daily) without amantadine. The duration of the treatment was 48 weeks for genotypes 1, 4, 5 and 6, and 24 weeks for genotypes 2 and 3. Results There was no statistically significant difference between treatments groups for any of the variables tested for. Subgroups of patients likely to take advantage of the addition of amantadine were not identified. Conclusions This large study definitely excludes the role of amantadine in addition of conventional combination therapy in the treatment of chronic hepatitis C patients. [less ▲]

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See detailPourquoi examiner le cheval à l’effort ?
Van Erck, Emmanuelle; Lekeux, Pierre ULg

in 35ème Journée de la Recherche équine (2009)

Examination of the horse during daily work is essential to follow-up his athletic préparation, however a good level of expérience is required to judge if he is ready to perform in compétition. Beyond thé ... [more ▼]

Examination of the horse during daily work is essential to follow-up his athletic préparation, however a good level of expérience is required to judge if he is ready to perform in compétition. Beyond thé subjective estimation of his behaviour and progress, objective parameters can be measured to evaluate his athletic capacity, level of fitness and health. Simple exercise tests can be integrated to thé horse's regular work schedule and parameters such as speed, heart rate and cardio-respiratory recovery may be readily monitored and compared during thé course of thé season. More sophisticated tests allow investigating exercise physiology of thé horse during exertion and thé way he tolerates and adapts to physical strain. It also allows early détection of subclinical diseases liable to impair performance. Like in human sports medicine, treadmill tests represent a safe investigation tool that is particularly well adapted to examining horses during exercise and helps diagnose one or several causes of poor performance, as many ancillary examinations may be implemented. [less ▲]

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