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See detailSynthesis by sol-gel process of visible light sensitive-TiO2 for the degradation of pollutants and microorganisms
Tasseroul, Ludivine ULg; Lambert, Stéphanie ULg; Páez Martínez, Carlos ULg et al

Poster (2011)

Since the discovery of photocatalytic decomposition of water on TiO2 electrodes by Fujishima and Honda [1], heterogenous photocatalysis has been widely studied for environmental applications ... [more ▼]

Since the discovery of photocatalytic decomposition of water on TiO2 electrodes by Fujishima and Honda [1], heterogenous photocatalysis has been widely studied for environmental applications. Photocatalytic processes are new technologies for waste water treatment because new compounds (alkanes, pesticides, dyes, etc.) in effluents are not readily degraded by the conventional treatments [2]. Oxidative processes can completely destroy organic pollutants [3] or microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, fungi, etc.) [4,5]. At this moment, the commercial Degussa P25 is the mostly used photocatalyst. Nevertheless, it requires UV light to be activated, that is why scientists try to activate TiO2 under visible light. The aim of this study is to synthesize photocatalysts activated by visible light and to evaluate their activity for the degradation of pollutants and microorganisms. The sol-gel process allows the direct introduction of visible light sensitive species like porphyrins inside the TiO2 matrix during the synthesis [6]. Two tetracarboxyphenyl porphyrins are synthesized for the sensitization of TiO2 to visible light : the metal free tetracarboxyphenyl porphyrin and the nickel tetracarboxyphenyl porphyrin. These porphyrins are characterized by 1H NMR, FT-IR and UV/Vis spectroscopies. They are introduced during the sol-gel synthesis of TiO2 matrix. Diffuse reflectance and FT-IR spectroscopies are used to ensure that porphyrins are incorporated inside the matrix of TiO2. Indeed, characteristic porphyrins peaks appear on spectra. The cristallinity and specific surfaces of catalysts are also determined by XRD and nitrogen adsorption-desorption measurements respectively. The depolluting efficiency of photocatalysts is evaluated for the degradation in water of p-nitrophenol, which is listed as one of the 114 organic pollutants by the Environmental Protection Agency in the US. After 6 h under visible light, 40 % of p-nitrophenol are degraded with some catalysts. The activity is influenced by i) the presence of porphyrins : the photoactivity increases with the amount of porphyrins ; ii) the nature of porphyrins : nickel porphyrins are more active than free metal porphyrins ; and iii) the crystallinity of catalysts : amorphous catalysts are less active than crystallized samples. The photocatalysts with the highest degradation rating of dyes will be selected for the degradation in water of Escherichia coli and Lactobacillus acidophilus. [1] A. Fujishima, K. Honda, Nature 238, 37-38 (1972) [2] P. Gogate, A. Pandit, Advances in Environmental Research 8, 501-551 (2004). [3] D. Chen, A. Ray, Water Research 32, 3223-3234 (1998) [4] R. Watts, S. Kong, M. Orr, G. Miller, B. Henry, Water Research 29, 95-100 (1995). [5] J. Hong, M. Otaki, Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering 101, 185-189 (2006). [6] C. Wang, J. Li, G. Mele, G.M. Yang, F.-X. Zhang, L. Palmisano, G. Vasapollo, Applied catalysis 78, 218-226 (2007). [less ▲]

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See detailTomographic measurement of liquid hold up and effective interfacial area distributions in a column packed with high performance structured packings
Aferka, Saïd ULg; Viva, Aurora; Brunazzi, Elisabetta et al

in Chemical Engineering Science (2011), 66

In this paper, we report on the use of a high energy and high resolution X-ray tomograph to visualize and quantify the distribution of liquid hold up and of gas-liquid interfacial area in a 0.1m diameter ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we report on the use of a high energy and high resolution X-ray tomograph to visualize and quantify the distribution of liquid hold up and of gas-liquid interfacial area in a 0.1m diameter column filled with MellapakPlus 752.Y packing elements. A standard air-water system at room temperature and atmospheric pressure was used. Tomographic measurements have been carried out in a large number of packing cross sections situated at different heights between the top and the bottom of the packed column, giving access to the evolution of axial profiles of liquid hold up and of gas-liquid interfacial area as a function of the operating conditions. Gas-liquid interfacial area values were also measured by a chemical method (CO2 absorption from air into a caustic solution). For the first time, a whole set of gas-liquid interfacial area values evaluated from tomographic images are interestingly compared with values measured by a chemical method. A comparison is also presented with literature models. [less ▲]

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See detailScreening for colorectal cancer in asymptomatic average risk patients: role of imaging.
Hock, D.; Ouhadi, R.; Materne, R. et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2011), 74(1), 70-6

Early detection of colorectal cancer or advanced adenomas is a public health priority in many industrialized countries. There are various methods of screening average risk individuals for colorectal ... [more ▼]

Early detection of colorectal cancer or advanced adenomas is a public health priority in many industrialized countries. There are various methods of screening average risk individuals for colorectal cancer, and their effectiveness may depend on subjective parameters like local expertise and patient's preferences. This paper reviews these tests with special emphasis regarding imaging techniques that aim to provide less-invasive alternatives to optical colonoscopy (OC) which is the standard of reference. Both Double-Contrast Barium Enema (DCBE) and Virtual Colonoscopy (VC) have >90% sensitivity compared to OC in the detection of clinically relevant colonic lesions. Nevertheless, VC may have an edge over DCBE for technical and reproductivity reasons, as well as greater learning opportunities. Imaging techniques criticisms regarding diminutive and flat lesions, cost, radiation exposure and effects on gastroenterological practice are addressed. [less ▲]

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See detailL'imperatrice. Le Molte Vite di Indira Gandhi
Maiorano, Diego ULg

in Storia della Storiografia (2011), 58

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See detailOptimal design of multi-subject blocked fMRI experiments.
Maus, Bärbel ULg; van Breukelen, Gerard J P; Goebel, Rainer et al

in NeuroImage (2011), 56(3), 1338-1352

The design of a multi-subject fMRI experiment needs specification of the number of subjects and scanning time per subject. For example, for a blocked design with conditions A or B, fixed block length and ... [more ▼]

The design of a multi-subject fMRI experiment needs specification of the number of subjects and scanning time per subject. For example, for a blocked design with conditions A or B, fixed block length and block order ABN, where N denotes a null block, the optimal number of cycles of ABN and the optimal number of subjects have to be determined. This paper presents a method to determine the optimal number of subjects and optimal number of cycles for a blocked design based on the A-optimality criterion and a linear cost function by which the number of cycles and the number of subjects are restricted. Estimation of individual stimulus effects and estimation of contrasts between stimulus effects are both considered. The mixed-effects model is applied and analytical results for the A-optimal number of subjects and A-optimal number of cycles are obtained under the assumption of uncorrelated errors. For correlated errors with a first-order autoregressive (AR1) error structure, numerical results are presented. Our results show how the optimal number of cycles and subjects depend on the within- to between-subject variance ratio. Our method is a new approach to determine the optimal scanning time and optimal number of subjects for a multi-subject fMRI experiment. In contrast to previous results based on power analyses, the optimal number of cycles and subjects can be described analytically and costs are considered. [less ▲]

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See detailNegations at Medinet Habu
Gillen, Todd Jonathan ULg

Conference (2011)

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See detailBrain natriuretic peptide in asymptomatic degenerative mitral regurgitation: determinants and impact on outcome.
Van de Heyning, C; Magne, Julien ULg; Mahjoub, H et al

Conference (2011)

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See detailImpact of Greenland and Antarctic ice sheet interactions on climate sensitivity
Goelzer, H.; Huybrechts, P.; Loutre, M.-F. et al

in Climate Dynamics (2011), 37(5-6), 1005-1018

We use the Earth system model of intermediate complexity LOVECLIM to show the effect of coupling interactive ice sheets on the climate sensitivity of the model on a millennial time scale. We compare the ... [more ▼]

We use the Earth system model of intermediate complexity LOVECLIM to show the effect of coupling interactive ice sheets on the climate sensitivity of the model on a millennial time scale. We compare the response to a 2xCO2 warming scenario between fully coupled model versions including interactive Greenland and Antarctic ice sheet models and model versions with fixed ice sheets. For this purpose an ensemble of different parameter sets have been defined for LOVECLIM, covering a wide range of the model's sensitivity to greenhouse warming, while still simulating the present-day climate and the climate evolution over the last millennium within observational uncertainties. Additional freshwater fluxes from the melting ice sheets have a mitigating effect on the model's temperature response, leading to generally lower climate sensitivities of the fully coupled model versions. The mitigation is effectuated by changes in heat exchange within the ocean and at the sea-air interface, driven by freshening of the surface ocean and amplified by sea-ice-related feedbacks. The strength of the effect depends on the response of the ice sheets to the warming and on the model's climate sensitivity itself. With the ensemble approach in this study we cover a wide range of possible model responses. [less ▲]

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See detailA discrete competitive facility location model with variable attractiveness
Kucukaydin, Hande ULg; Aras, Necati; Altinel, I. Kuban

in Journal of the Operational Research Society (2011), 62(9), 1726-1741

We consider the discrete version of the competitive facility location problem in which new facilities have to be located by a new market entrant firm to compete against already existing facilities that ... [more ▼]

We consider the discrete version of the competitive facility location problem in which new facilities have to be located by a new market entrant firm to compete against already existing facilities that may belong to one or more competitors. The demand is assumed to be aggregated at certain points in the plane and the new facilities can be located at predetermined candidate sites. We employ Huff’s gravity-based rule in modelling the behaviour of the customers where the probability that customers at a demand point patronize a certain facility is proportional to the facility attractiveness and inversely proportional to the distance between the facility site and demand point. The objective of the firm is to determine the locations of the new facilities and their attractiveness levels so as to maximize the profit, which is calculated as the revenue from the customers less the fixed cost of opening the facilities and variable cost of setting their attractiveness levels. We formulate a mixed-integer nonlinear programming model for this problem and propose three methods for its solution: a Lagrangean heuristic, a branch-and-bound method with Lagrangean relaxation, and another branch-and-bound method with nonlinear programming relaxation. Computational results obtained on a set of randomly generated instances show that the last method outperforms the others in terms of accuracy and efficiency and can provide an optimal solution in a reasonable amount of time. [less ▲]

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See detailSpecific and extensive endometrial deregulation is present before conception in IVF/ICSI repeated implantation failures (IF) or recurrent miscarriages.
Lédée, Nathalie; Munaut, Carine ULg; Aubert, Julie et al

in Journal of Pathology (The) (2011), 225(4), 554-64

The objective was to examine if IVF/ICSI repeated implantation failures (IF) or recurrent miscarriages (RM) could be related to preconceptional endometrial deregulations. IF was defined as the absence of ... [more ▼]

The objective was to examine if IVF/ICSI repeated implantation failures (IF) or recurrent miscarriages (RM) could be related to preconceptional endometrial deregulations. IF was defined as the absence of pregnancy despite the transfer of at least ten IVF/ICSI good quality embryos, and RM as having at least three unexplained miscarriages. Fertile controls (FC) were women who had given birth at least once. Endometrial biopsy was performed in the mild luteal phase of a non-conceptual cycle (five women were selected in each group). Affymetrix chips (GeneChip Human Genome U133 Plus2.0 Array) were used for hybridization. Data were normalized by the gcRMA method, and raw p values adjusted by the Bonferroni procedure (1%). Differential expression of selected genes was analysed using real-time PCR. Gene networks and biological functions were explored using the Ingenuity Pathways Analysis software. Endometrial gene expression profiles at the time of uterine receptivity differ dramatically in the endometrium among FC, RM, and IF patients. Compared to FC, 2126 and 2477 genes are differentially expressed in IF and RM groups, respectively, and 2363 between IF and RM. In both conditions, differential gene expression referred mainly to DNA transcription and expression. Other main cellular functions deregulated in IF conditions correspond to cell morphology, cellular development, cell cycle, and cellular assembly, while in RM conditions, deregulated cellular functions relate to cell signalling (degradation of cyclic AMP and calcium metabolism) and cellular maintenance. In both conditions, there is an over-representation of deregulations related to the haematological system. In the IF condition, cell-mediated immune response and nervous system development and function are highly deregulated, while in RM patients, main deregulations are in organ and tissue development, humoral immune response, and muscular system development and function. Extensive endometrial deregulations are present before conception in patients who experienced IF or RM with both distinct and common deregulation. [less ▲]

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See detailVies et mort de la francophonie. Une politique française de la langue et de la littérature
Provenzano, François ULg

Book published by Les Impressions nouvelles (2011)

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See detailLes spirales cachées du vivant
Cloes, Marie ULg; Thiry, Marc ULg

in Tangente (2011), 42

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See detailLa médiation : principes fondamentaux, outils et réflexions pour personnes de confiance
Danse, Cédric ULg

Learning material (2011)

This document presents the interpersonnal mediation. You'll find in this paper a theorical synthesis of mediation concepts and several tools in order to practice mediation.

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See detail'Tu manges aujourd’hui, tu ne manges pas le lendemain, ça c’est la pauvreté'. L’incertitude alimentaire à Bamako
de Suremain, Charles-Edouard; Razy, Elodie ULg

in Arditi, P.; Janin, P.; Marie, A. (Eds.) "La lutte contre l'insécurité alimentaire au Mali. Réalités et faux semblants" (2011)

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See detailK-type geomagnetic index nowcast with data quality control
Stankov, Stanimir; Stegen, Koen; Warnant, René ULg

in Annals of Geophysics = Annali di Geofisica (2011), 54(3), 285-295

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See detailConvergence of Logic of Cellular Regulation in Different Premalignant Cells by an Information Theoretic Approach
Kravchenko-Balasha, N.; Remacle, Françoise ULg; Gross, A. et al

in BMC Systems Biology (2011), 5

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See detailConstraining statistical-model parameters using fusion and spallation reactions
Mancusi, D.; Charity, R. J.; Cugnon, Joseph ULg

in European Physics Journal: Web of conferences (2011)

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See detailEtat de nécessité (et ses liens avec la légitime défense)
Forthomme, Marie ULg

in Postal Memorialis (2011), E 153

A l'instar de la légitime défense, de l'ordre ou l'autorisation de la loi et du commandement légal de l'autorité, l'état de nécessité constitue une des causes de justification objectives retenues en droit ... [more ▼]

A l'instar de la légitime défense, de l'ordre ou l'autorisation de la loi et du commandement légal de l'autorité, l'état de nécessité constitue une des causes de justification objectives retenues en droit belge. La présente contribution analyse l'état de nécessité, tant sous l'angle de ses conditions d'existence que sous ses aspects procéduraux (y compris internationaux), en effectuant des liens avec la légitime défense. [less ▲]

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