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See detailComparative studies of dispersant optimisation techniques for evaluating the stability of concentrated alumina slurries
Gaydardzhiev, Stoyan ULg; Ay, Peter; Janeczko, Marta

in Particle & Particle Systems Characterization (2006), 23

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See detailA comparative study between proximal radial morphology and the floating radial head prosthesis.
Popovic, Nebojsa; Djekic, Julien; Lemaire, Roger ULg et al

in Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery (2005), 14(4), 433-40

A morphometric study of the proximal radius was performed with computed tomography scanning in 51 healthy adults. These dimensions were then compared with those of a commercially available floating radial ... [more ▼]

A morphometric study of the proximal radius was performed with computed tomography scanning in 51 healthy adults. These dimensions were then compared with those of a commercially available floating radial head prosthesis. Results were expressed as mean values, SD, and minimum and maximum values. The minimum and maximum diameters of the radial head were 21.9 +/- 1.9 mm and 22.9 +/- 1.9 mm, respectively. The minimum and maximum intramedullary diameters of the radial neck were 8.3 +/- 1.3 mm and 9.3 +/- 1.5 mm, respectively. The combined length of the radial head and neck was 22.47 +/- 2.84 mm. The implications for prosthetic design are as follows: the small floating cup (19 mm in diameter) is too small for the large majority of adults, the large floating cup (22 mm in diameter) is closer to the radial anatomy, the mean values are significantly different between male and female patients, and a single component would suffice for right and left elbows. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative study of Ag and Au nanoparticles biosensors based on surface plasmon resonance phenomenon
Lismont, Marjorie ULg; Dreesen, Laurent ULg

in Materials Science & Engineering : C (2012)

The specific sensitivity of surface plasmon resonance to changes in the local environment of nanoparticles allows their use as platforms to probe chemical and biochemical binding events on their surfaces ... [more ▼]

The specific sensitivity of surface plasmon resonance to changes in the local environment of nanoparticles allows their use as platforms to probe chemical and biochemical binding events on their surfaces without any labeling [1- 4]. In this paper, we perform a comparative study of gold and silver nanoparticle based biosensors, prepared within the same conditions, in order to determine which metal seems the best for biological sensing. The prototypical biocytin-avidin interaction is used to study gradual changes over time and with avidin concentration in the absorption spectra bands of biocytinylated 10 nm silver and gold nanospheres. First, the Ag nanoparticles plasmon resonance absorbance signal is about 10 times larger than the Au one. Secondly, for an equivalent concentration of avidin, the optical properties modifications are more pronounced for silver nanoparticles than for gold ones of the same geometry. These observations attest the superiority of Ag on Au nanoparticles when optical considerations are only taken into account. Finally, with both biosensors, the specificity of the interaction, checked by replacing avidin with bovine serum albumin, is relatively poor and needs to be improved. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative study of alkaline extraction process of hemicelluloses from pear pomace
Rabetafika, Holy-Nadia ULg; Bchir, Brahim ULg; Blecker, Christophe ULg et al

in Biomass & Bioenergy (2014), 61

Hemicelluloses were produced from pear pomace using direct alkaline extraction (sodium hydroxide and hydrogen peroxide) and two-step extraction with delignification pre-treatment (acidified sodium ... [more ▼]

Hemicelluloses were produced from pear pomace using direct alkaline extraction (sodium hydroxide and hydrogen peroxide) and two-step extraction with delignification pre-treatment (acidified sodium chlorite/sodium hydroxide). The aim of the study was to compare the extraction yield, composition and physicochemical characteristics of isolated hemicelluloses by size exclusion chromatography, FTIR and thermogravimetric analyses. Solid residues were analysed in order to evaluate the effect of processes on co-products (lignins and cellulose). Delignification of material (up to 995.4 g kg−1 of original lignins) during the direct alkaline hydrogen peroxide and two-step acidified sodium chlorite/sodium hydroxide processes improved the hemicellulose extraction yield attaining up to 945.3 g kg−1. Hemicelluloses were mainly composed of xylans (xylose/glucose ratio of 4.6–16.2) and had low lignin content (53.5–61.0 g kg−1 dry matter). Those from direct sodium hydroxide extraction were composed of xylans and glucans (xylose/glucose ratio of 1.5) with high content of lignins (149.3 g kg−1 dry matter). All isolated fractions were a mixture of polymers and oligomers with a molecular mass ranging from 1710 g mol−1 to 8 870 000 g mol−1. The two-step process gave the most pure cellulose residue (799.2 g kg−1 dry matter). According to results, the direct alkaline extraction with hydrogen peroxide was a promising process for the production of pure xylose-rich hemicelluloses from pear pomace solubilizing 802.2 g kg−1 of the original hemicelluloses but induced fragmentation of hemicelluloses. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative study of analytical formulae for the fire resistance of steel beam-columns
Talamona, D.; Castagne, S.; Lopes, N. et al

in Kodur; Tan (Eds.) Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference Structures in Fire (2008)

This paper investigates the difference between the buckling formulae published in the Eurocode 3 part 1.2 and the recommendations made in the final report of the Buckling Curves in Case of Fire (BCCF ... [more ▼]

This paper investigates the difference between the buckling formulae published in the Eurocode 3 part 1.2 and the recommendations made in the final report of the Buckling Curves in Case of Fire (BCCF) research project. This study compares the critical temperatures obtained with both formulations to assess the impact on the fire endurance of steel columns subjected to axial compression and bending. An extensive comparison of the ultimate temperatures obtained with both formulations has been performed (382 profiles, buckling about the strong and weak axis, 12 column lengths, 6 M/N ratios and uniform and triangular bending moment distributions). Failure temperatures between 400°C and 860°C have been considered. The formulations are also compared with Finite Elements (F.E.) calculations performed for a S235 HEA 200 at 600ºC. This analysis shows that for buckling about the strong axis the BCCF method is better than the EC3 but for buckling about the weak axis the EC3 predicts failure temperatures closer to the F.E. model than the BCCF formulation. Finally, the ultimate temperatures predicted by the two formulations have also been compared with experimental results from the database SCOFIDAT. This comparison shows that there is no major difference between the two formulations for small and large bending moments. This study concludes that the EC3 and BCCF formulations are generally equivalent and that either formulation can be used. [less ▲]

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See detailA comparative study of B-type pulsators and non-pulsating chemically peculiar Bp stars
Briquet, Maryline ULg; Hubrig, S.; De Cat, P. et al

in Communications in Asteroseismology (2007), 150

We carry out a comparative study between a sample of confirmed and well-studied B-type pulsators and a sample of well-studied Bp stars with known periods and magnetic field strengths. Our study indicates ... [more ▼]

We carry out a comparative study between a sample of confirmed and well-studied B-type pulsators and a sample of well-studied Bp stars with known periods and magnetic field strengths. Our study indicates that the group of Bp stars is younger than the group of SPB stars and that stars with stronger magnetic fields have much lower pulsation amplitudes. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative study of beam-column interaction formulae
Jaspart, Jean-Pierre ULg; Briquet, C.; Maquoi, René ULg

in Proceedings of the Annual Technical Session and Meeting of the SSRC (1993)

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See detailA Comparative Study of Belgian Accounting Principles and International Accounting Standards
Schumesch, Patrice ULg; Dams, Eddy; Vermoesen, Raynald

Book published by Pricewaterhousecoopers (2004)

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See detailComparative study of bile salts hydrolase activity from Lactobacilli ssp.
El Mejdoub, Thami ULg; Roblain, D.; Destain, Jacqueline ULg et al

Poster (1999, July)

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See detailComparative study of biological hydrogen production by pure strains and consortia of facultative and strict anaerobic bacteria
Hiligsmann, Serge ULg; Masset, Julien ULg; Hamilton, Christopher ULg et al

in Bioresource Technology (2011), 102

In this paper, a simple and rapid method was developed in order to assess in comparative tests the production of binary biogas mixtures containing CO2 and another gaseous compound such as hydrogen or ... [more ▼]

In this paper, a simple and rapid method was developed in order to assess in comparative tests the production of binary biogas mixtures containing CO2 and another gaseous compound such as hydrogen or methane. This method was validated and experimented for the characterisation of the biochemical hydrogen potential of different pure strains and mixed cultures of hydrogen-producing bacteria (HPB) growing on glucose. The experimental results compared the hydrogen production yield of 19 different pure strains and sludges : facultative and strict anaerobic HPB strains along with anaerobic digester sludges thermally pre-treated or not. Significant yields variations were recorded even between different strains of the same species by i.e. about 20% for three Clostridium butyricum strains. The pure Clostridium butyricum and pasteurianum strains achieved the highest yields i.e. up to 1,36 mol H2/mol glucose compared to the yields achieved by the sludges and the tested Escherichia and Citrobacter strains. [less ▲]

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See detailA comparative study of class-D beta-lactamases.
Ledent, Philippe; Raquet, X; Joris, Bernard ULg et al

in Biochemical Journal (1993), 292 ( Pt 2)

Three class-D beta-lactamases (OXA2, OXA1 and PSE2) were produced and purified to protein homogeneity. 6 beta-Iodopenicillanate inactivated the OXA2 enzyme without detectable turnover. Labelling of the ... [more ▼]

Three class-D beta-lactamases (OXA2, OXA1 and PSE2) were produced and purified to protein homogeneity. 6 beta-Iodopenicillanate inactivated the OXA2 enzyme without detectable turnover. Labelling of the same beta-lactamase with 6 beta-iodo[3H]penicillanate allowed the identification of Ser-70 as the active-site serine residue. In agreement with previous reports, the apparent M(r) of the OXA2 enzyme as determined by molecular-sieve filtration, was significantly higher than that deduced from the gene sequence, but this was not due to an equilibrium between a monomer and a dimer. The heterogeneity of the OXA2 beta-lactamase on ion-exchange chromatography contrasted with the similarity of the catalytic properties of the various forms. A first overview of the enzymic properties of the three 'oxacillinases' is presented. With the OXA2 enzyme, 'burst' kinetics, implying branched pathways, seemed to prevail with many substrates. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative study of coach-athlete interactions in mixed traditional Japanese martial art, female amateur track and field, and male professional basketball
Lenzen, Benoît; Brouwers, Michael; Dejardin, Robert et al

in International Journal of Sport Psychology (2004), 35(1, JAN-MAR), 77-90

This study compared the interactions of coaches and athletes in three highly different contexts. Coaches and athletes' strategies were explored through observation and qualitative interviews, then ... [more ▼]

This study compared the interactions of coaches and athletes in three highly different contexts. Coaches and athletes' strategies were explored through observation and qualitative interviews, then processed regarding what was at stake in their interactions and the resources they respectively possessed. Qualitative data analysis showed that strategies respectively adopted by coaches and athletes in the three contexts were similar to the collective activity labelled "tacit cooperation" in organizational psychology. Financial, political and symbolic stakes were proposed as argument explaining these similarities. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative study of commercially available anti-alpha-synuclein antibodies.
Croisier, E.; MRes, D Elfant; Deprez, Manuel ULg et al

in Neuropathology & Applied Neurobiology (2006), 32(3), 351-6

Immunohistochemistry for alpha-synuclein has become the histological technique of choice for the diagnosis for Parkinson's disease, Dementia with Lewy bodies and Multiple System Atrophy (http://www.ICDNS ... [more ▼]

Immunohistochemistry for alpha-synuclein has become the histological technique of choice for the diagnosis for Parkinson's disease, Dementia with Lewy bodies and Multiple System Atrophy (http://www.ICDNS.org). Nevertheless, no standardised protocol has been proposed. We have reviewed 242 of the 270 studies published until June 2005 that mentioned immunohistochemistry for anti-alpha synuclein on human tissue and we found that only 75 (31%) used commercial antibodies. We also noted that protocols, particularly dilution and antigen unmasking, varied between studies, even when the same antibody was employed. In order to establish a standardised protocol for alpha-synuclein immunohistochemistry, which can be applied in diagnostic neuropathology we tested seven commercial monoclonal antibodies in brains of subjects with Parkinson's disease, dementia with Lewy bodies, multiple system atrophy, multiple sclerosis with incidental Lewy bodies and aged-matched normal brain and determined for each antibody the best suited protocol for antigen unmasking. We evaluated the intensity of immunolabelling in Lewy bodies, neuropil threads, dendrites, pre-synaptic terminals, granular cytoplasmic positivity, peri-axonal positivity, glial inclusions and non-specific immunolabelling. Although our results showed that all the antibodies detected alpha-synuclein inclusions, differences were noted between antibodies, particularly with regard to the detection of glial inclusions. From our study, the best antibodies of the seven tested appeared to be those directed against amino acids 116-131 and 15-123 and we suggest them to be used in routine diagnostic practice for alpha-synucleinopathies. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative study of copper surface treatment with self-assembled monolayers of aliphatic thiol, dithiol and dithiocarboxylic acid
Denayer, Jessica ULg; Delhalle, J.; Mekhalif, Z.

in Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry (2009), 637(1-2), 43-49

The stability of alkanethiol self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on metallic substrates, in particular copper, is an important aspect for their application. Some technologies, such as lithographic patterning ... [more ▼]

The stability of alkanethiol self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on metallic substrates, in particular copper, is an important aspect for their application. Some technologies, such as lithographic patterning, can potentially benefit from the use of a transient easily removal protective coatings. Other applications like corrosion resistance, and thin-film lubrication request rather robust and stable films. The aim of this work consists in a comparative investigation of three organothiols (n-tetradecanethiol or RSH, 2-dodecylpropane-1,3-dithiol or R(SH)2 and n-tetradecanedithiocarboxylic or RS2H) on their ability to form SAMs on electrochemically reduced polycrystalline copper substrates and their respective stability. Characterizations of the SAMs are carried out using contact angle goniometry, XPS, PM-IRRAS and electrochemical studies (CV, LSV and cathodic desorption). R(SH)2 leads to monolayers with lower molecular organization than in the case of RSH and RS2H molecules. R(SH)2 monolayers are found the more stable when subjected to both anodic and cathodic desorption tests. © 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative study of coronary flow reserve, coronary anatomy and results of radionuclide exercise tests in patients with coronary artery disease.
Legrand, Victor ULg; Mancini, G. B.; Bates, E. R. et al

in Journal of the American College of Cardiology (1986), 8(5), 1022-32

A comparative assessment of regional coronary flow reserve, quantitative percent diameter coronary stenosis and exercise-induced perfusion and wall motion abnormalities was performed in 39 patients with ... [more ▼]

A comparative assessment of regional coronary flow reserve, quantitative percent diameter coronary stenosis and exercise-induced perfusion and wall motion abnormalities was performed in 39 patients with coronary artery disease. Coronary flow reserve was determined by a digital angiographic technique utilizing contrast medium as the hyperemic agent. Percent diameter stenosis was calculated by an automated quantification program applied to orthogonal cineangiograms. Thallium-201 scintigraphy and radionuclide ventriculography were used to assess regional perfusion and wall motion abnormalities, respectively, at rest and during exercise. In Group A, 19 patients without transmural infarction or collateral vessels, coronary flow reserve was inversely related to percent diameter stenosis (r = -0.61, p less than 0.0001), and scintigraphic abnormalities occurred only in vascular distributions with a coronary flow reserve of less than 2.00. There was a strong relation among abnormal regional exercise results, stenoses greater than 50% and reactive hyperemia of less than 2.00. Patients with multivessel disease, however, often had normal exercise scintigrams in regions associated with greater than 50% stenosis and low coronary flow reserve when other regions had a lower coronary flow reserve or higher grade stenosis, or both. In Group B, 20 patients with angiographically visible collateral vessels, 12 of whom had prior myocardial infarction, coronary flow reserve correlated less well with percent diameter stenosis than in Group A (r = -0.47, p less than 0.004). As in Group A patients, there was a significant relation between abnormal exercise test results and stenoses greater than 50%. However, reactive hyperemia values were generally lower than in Group A, and positive exercise stress results were strongly correlated only with highly impaired flow reserves of 1.3 or less. In Group B patients, the coronary flow reserve of vessels with less than 50% stenosis was significantly lower than that of similar vessels in Group A patients (2.40 +/- 0.79 versus 1.56 +/- 0.43; p less than 0.0002). It is concluded that: there is a general relation between quantitative percent diameter stenosis and reactive hyperemia that is not of sufficient precision to allow accurate prediction of coronary flow reserve in individual cases; exercise scintigraphic abnormalities are usually associated with low coronary flow reserve, and the relation between these two functional tests is stronger than the relation between exercise test results and quantitative percent diameter stenosis.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 400 WORDS) [less ▲]

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See detailComparative study of decyl thiocyanate and decanethiol self-assembled monolayers on gold substrates
Dreesen, Laurent ULg; Volcke, C.; Sartenaer, Y. et al

in Surface Science (2006), 600

In a recent paper Ciszek et al. [J.W. Ciszek, M.P. Stewart, J.M. Tour, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 126 2004) 13172] showed that organic thiocyanates may be an interesting alternative to the use of thiols for ... [more ▼]

In a recent paper Ciszek et al. [J.W. Ciszek, M.P. Stewart, J.M. Tour, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 126 2004) 13172] showed that organic thiocyanates may be an interesting alternative to the use of thiols for thiolate assemblies. We use scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM), infrared reflection absorption and sum-frequency generation spectroscopies (IRRAS and SFG) in order to study the adsorption properties of decyl thiocyanates (DTCN) and compare them to the decanethiol (DT) ones. Firstly, IRRAS measurements show that DTCN molecules form self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on gold via a thiolate link with the metallic substrate. Secondly, the DTCN SAM on gold is less ordered than the DT one as highlighted by SFG spectroscopy. Indeed, the intensities of the methyl vibration modes vanish while the methylene ones increase when DTCN molecules are adsorbed on the substrate instead of DT. We explain the differences in SAMs quality on the basis of STM measurements which reveal differences in molecular order and packing. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative study of decyl thiocyanate and decanethiol self-assembled monolayers on gold substrates
Dreesen, Laurent ULg; Volcke, Cédric; Sartenaer, Yannick et al

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See detailComparative study of dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene in blood and semen of two young male populations: Lack of relationship to infertility, but evidence of high exposure of the mothers
Charlier, Corinne ULg; Foidart, Jean-Michel ULg

in Reproductive Toxicology (2005), 20(2, Jul-Aug), 215-220

The purpose of the study was to investigate the possible effect of an environmental organochlorine, dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene (p,p'-DDE), on male fertility assessed by main sperm variables ... [more ▼]

The purpose of the study was to investigate the possible effect of an environmental organochlorine, dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene (p,p'-DDE), on male fertility assessed by main sperm variables, conducted through a case-control study on young men attending the andrology laboratory in the context of infertility investigation in the couple. Blood and semen samples were obtained from 73 young men considered as fertile based on semen analysis (controls) and 82 classified as subfertile or unfertile (cases). Standard clinical analysis of semen was performed and identification and quantification of p,p'-DDE in serum and in seminal plasma were done by gas chromatography. No p,p'-DDE was detected in the seminal plasma of either group. Blood concentration of p,p'-DDE in both groups was very low and did not differ between cases and controls; however, blood samples were obtained from 23 mothers in the control group, and from 19 in the case group, and p,p'-DDE serum level was significantly higher in the mothers of subfertile men. These data suggest that male infertility could be associated with exposure of the mothers to p,p'-DDE with deleterious effects restricted to intra-uterine life and thus undetected in blood or seminal plasma of subfertile men. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative study of different lipases acting on milk fat globule membrane monolayers.
Danthine, Sabine ULg; Blecker, Christophe ULg; Deroanne, Claude

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