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See detailImprovement in the methylene blue adsorption capacity and photocatalytic activity of H2-reduced rutile-TiO2 caused by Ni(II)porphyrin preadsorption
Páez Martínez, Carlos ULg; Lambert, Stéphanie ULg; Poelman, Dirk et al

in Applied Catalysis B : Environmental (2011), 106

H2-reduced rutile-TiO2 xerogel (Ti-700), obtained via the sol–gel process, was found to strongly adsorb the Ni(II)-5,10,15,20-tetrakis(4-carboxyphenyl)-porphyrin (NiTCPP) from a methanolic solution ... [more ▼]

H2-reduced rutile-TiO2 xerogel (Ti-700), obtained via the sol–gel process, was found to strongly adsorb the Ni(II)-5,10,15,20-tetrakis(4-carboxyphenyl)-porphyrin (NiTCPP) from a methanolic solution, despite its very low specific surface area (SBET ≈ 2 m2 g−1). UV/vis spectroscopy analysis showed that after calcination at 700 ◦C and reduction under H2 flow at 400 ◦C, the TiO2-xerogel increased its NiTCPP-adsorption capacity by surface area unit by up to 120 times. The effect of the porphyrin presence in the catalytic performances of TiO2-xerogels was studied through three kinetics models: (i) the pseudo-first-order kinetic model; (ii) the pseudo-second-order kinetic model, which are used to describe the adsorption rate based on the adsorption capacity of the catalysts; and (iii) the Langmuir–Hinshelwood kinetic model which is used to describe the photocatalytic degradation rate of methylene blue (MB). A significant improvement in the efficiency of Ti-700 was observed after the porphyrin-adsorption process (NiTCPP/Ti-700): MB-adsorption capacity at equilibrium and the apparent MB-photoconversion constant, kapp, of NiTCPP/Ti-700 were both up to 2 times higher than those observed for the Ti-700. [less ▲]

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See detailImprovement in the results in sixty-four ulnar nerve sections associated with arterial repair.
LECLERCQ, Daniel ULg; CARLIER, Alain ULg; KHUC, Toan ULg et al

in Journal of Hand Surgery (The) (1985), 10(6 Pt 2), 997-9

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See detailImprovement in Thixoforging of 7075 Aluminium Alloys at High Solid Fraction
Vaneetveld, Grégory ULg; Rassili, Ahmed ULg; Pierret, Jean-Christophe ULg et al

in Solid State Phenomena (2008), 141-143

Thixoforging is a type of semi-solid metal processing at high solid fraction (0.5<1). 7075 aluminium alloys have been used as a feedstock for thixoforging in order to investigate thixoformability of a ... [more ▼]

Thixoforging is a type of semi-solid metal processing at high solid fraction (0.5<1). 7075 aluminium alloys have been used as a feedstock for thixoforging in order to investigate thixoformability of a high performance aluminium alloy at high solid fraction. Higher solid fraction of 7075 alloy is less sensitive to temperature, avoids metal splash at high speed and allows laminar flow at high speed. Hot tool combined with lubricant tool coating are used to slow down the solidification rate of the high solid fraction metal by decreasing thermal exchanges with the tool. Improved thermal and forming parameters [1-2] will be applied to produce an automotive component by thixoforging and mechanical properties have been measured from tensile samples. High mechanical properties are obtained after T6 thermal treatment. [less ▲]

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See detailImprovement of a stability-indicating method by Quality-by-Design versus Quality-by-Testing: A case of a learning process
Hubert, Cédric ULg; Lebrun, Pierre ULg; Houari, Sabah ULg et al

in Journal of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Analysis (2014), 88

The understanding of the method is a major concern when developing a stability-indicating method and even more so when dealing with impurity assays from complex matrices. In the presented case study, a ... [more ▼]

The understanding of the method is a major concern when developing a stability-indicating method and even more so when dealing with impurity assays from complex matrices. In the presented case study, a Quality-by-Design approach was applied in order to optimize a routinely used method. An analytical issue occurring at the last stage of a long-term stability study involving unexpected impurities perturbing the monitoring of characterized impurities needed to be resolved. A compliant Quality-by-Design (QbD) methodology based on a Design of Experiments (DoE) approach was evaluated within the framework of a Liquid Chromatography (LC) method. This approach allows the investigation of Critical Process Parameters (CPPs), which have an impact on Critical Quality Attributes (CQAs) and, consequently, on LC selectivity. Using polynomial regression response modeling as well as Monte Carlo simulations for error propagation, Design Space (DS) was computed in order to determine robust working conditions for the developed stability-indicating method. This QbD compliant development was conducted in two phases allowing the use of the Design Space knowledge acquired during the first phase to define the experimental domain of the second phase, which constitutes a learning process. The selected working condition was then fully validated using accuracy profiles based on statistical tolerance intervals in order to evaluate the reliability of the results generated by this LC/ESI-MS stability-indicating method. A comparison was made between the traditional Quality-by-Testing (QbT) approach and the QbD strategy, highlighting the benefit of this QbD strategy in the case of an unexpected impurities issue. On this basis, the advantages of a systematic use of the QbD methodology were discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailImprovement of a syllabus on environmental protection designed for mineral and mining engineering students in Bulgaria
Gaydardzhiev, Stoyan ULg

in 6th International auDes Conference Bridging Minds & Markets, Venice, 5 – 7 April 2001 (2001)

The University of Mining and Geology in Sofia as a unique academic Institution engaged in training graduates to work in the field of mining and geological prospecting faces the need for modification and ... [more ▼]

The University of Mining and Geology in Sofia as a unique academic Institution engaged in training graduates to work in the field of mining and geological prospecting faces the need for modification and updating its curriculum, for being able to meet the challenges of European educational standards like Institution accreditation, ECTS, etc. In a smaller scale, this is particularly relevant to the Department of Mineral Processing which is one of the largest Departments (in the University) and is engaged in training students for the entire raw materials (non-petroleum) industry: ores, coal and industrial minerals. Despite the drastic reduction in great number undergraduate specialisations, the specialization “Mineral Processing” remains in the Governmental Register released by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technologies. Therefore in this new situation, there is a necessity to verify and to parallel the existing syllabus to the one practiced in a similar Departments in the EU countries and more precisely to develop undergraduate and graduate courses to include risk and hazard assessment, environmental protection and related matters. [less ▲]

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See detailImprovement of agricultural surplusses or residues by solid state fermentation and their feed value for rats.
Mathot, Pierre; Debevere, Ch.; Walhain, Philippe et al

Conference (1992, September)

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See detailImprovement of autobiographical memory in schizophrenia patients
Blairy, Sylvie ULg; Neumann, Aurore; Pierret, Leslie et al

Poster (2006, September)

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See detailImprovement of Autobiographical Memory in Schizophrenia Patients Following a Cognitive Intervention: A Preliminary Study.
Blairy, Sylvie ULg; Neumann, Aurore; Nutthals, Frédérique et al

in Psychopathology (2008), 41

Background: Schizophrenia is associated with a reduction in accessing specific autobiographical information. This is consistent with the abnormal development of the personal identity characterizing this ... [more ▼]

Background: Schizophrenia is associated with a reduction in accessing specific autobiographical information. This is consistent with the abnormal development of the personal identity characterizing this mental disorder. The present study evaluates the effect of a cognitive intervention on autobiographical memory and on the capacity to project oneself in the future in people suffering from schizophrenia. Sampling and Method: The intervention consisted of group sessions during which participants were trained to recollect specific events reported in their diary. Further, exercises to stimulate their thoughts on their personal identity were proposed. An AM test was administrated before and after the intervention, as well as at three months follow-up. Further, neuropsychological and affective assessments were conducted before and after treatments. Patients’ performances were compared to those from the control group Results: The capacities to generate specific events are improved by the cognitive intervention, and that the benefits are preserved 3 months later. However, no neuropsychological or affective benefit was found. Conclusion: Despite positive results on specific memory, the significant benefits have to be extended to other clinical variables such as symptom reduction, neuropsychological and social functioning. Nevertheless, the results revealed that CRT on AM could be a useful additional intervention for schizophrenia patients. [less ▲]

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See detailImprovement of Buildings' Structural Quality by New Technologies - Outcome of the Cooperative Activities within COST C12
Schaur, C.; Mazzollani, F.; Huber, G. et al

Book published by A.A. Balkema Publishers (2005)

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See detailImprovement of Buildings'Structural Quality by New Technologies - Proceedings of the Final COST C12 Conference
Schaur, Christian; Mazzolani, Federico; Huber, Gerald et al

Book published by A.A. Balkema Publishers (2005)

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See detailImprovement of data quality for Diffusion Kurtosis Imaging and application to clinical neurological research
André, Elodie ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

Understanding human brain function and dysfunction is one of the major challenges of our century. One of the most popular methods to achieve this goal is in vivo magnetic resonance imaging. In particular ... [more ▼]

Understanding human brain function and dysfunction is one of the major challenges of our century. One of the most popular methods to achieve this goal is in vivo magnetic resonance imaging. In particular, diffusion-weighted (DW) imaging has become a standard tool to non-invasively study white matter structure in vivo. The main contributions of this work can be divided in two parts. The first part deals with the development of pre-processing methods to improve image quality and the accuracy of diffusion tensor and diffusion kurtosis-derived parameters. First, we describe and evaluate a novel method to correct data misalignment due to subject motion. Using an iterative model-based ap- proach, individual diffusion images are realigned to their own theoretical pair, rather than to the unweighted image. A recently developed advanced measure of tensor distance was used as a stopping criterion. The accuracy of the method is tested via a simulated diffusion tensor imaging data set. We have shown here that our procedure is a reliable and efficient way to correct subject motion during DW acquisitions, and that with a proper acquisition setup, it performs better than standard coregistration procedures. Next, we studied the influence of noise in diffusion kurtosis imaging. Two noise correction approaches are proposed and applied to a pool of 25 sub- jects to evaluate inter-subject variability and the impact of noise correc- tion. Additionally, data were acquired on a single subject with different head positions within the coil and different acquisition scheme to evaluate the impact of noise correction on within-subject variability. Results show a strong impact of noise correction on the estimated mean kurtosis, while the estimation of fractional anisotropy and mean diffusivity were less affected. Both within- and between-subject signal-to-noise (SNR) related variability of the mean kurtosis estimate is considerably reduced after correction for the noise bias, leading to more accurate and reproducible measures. In this work, we have proposed a straightforward method that improves the accu- racy of diffusion kurtosis metrics. Diffusion kurtosis imaging acquisitions at higher spatial resolution are made possible, which increases the chances to make valuable inferences in group analysis.The second part of this thesis deals with a clinical application of these meth- ods. A large group of patients with early-stage Parkinson’s disease was in- vestigated with diffusion kurtosis imaging and compared with a group of age- and sex-matched healthy volunteers using voxel-based analysis. Kur- tosis metrics show more sensitivity to white matter changes than standard diffusion metrics. Significant differences were found in posterior cerebral areas as well as subcortical regions like the putamen, and are therefore promising results. [less ▲]

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See detailImprovement of defect detection in shearography by using Principal Component Analysis
Vandenrijt, Jean-François ULg; Lièvre, Nicolas; Georges, Marc ULg

in Proceedings of Conference on Interferometry XVII: Techniques and Analysis (2014, August)

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See detailImprovement Of Enzymatic-Synthesis Yields Of Flavor Acetates - The Example Of The Isoamyl Acetate
Razafindralambo, Hary ULg; Blecker, Christophe ULg; Lognay, Georges ULg et al

in Biotechnology Letters (1994), 16(3), 247-250

Isoamyl acetate synthesis was chosen as a model to improve flavour acetate yields by optimising the enzymatic reaction. Alcohol:acid molar ratio, temperature, water content and amount of enzyme effects ... [more ▼]

Isoamyl acetate synthesis was chosen as a model to improve flavour acetate yields by optimising the enzymatic reaction. Alcohol:acid molar ratio, temperature, water content and amount of enzyme effects were analyzed. The optimum values were respectively 4, 45 degrees C, 0,1% (w/v) and 0,5 g. In these conditions, the synthesis yield reached 80% after 24 h of reaction and was found 15 times greater than those already reported in the literature. [less ▲]

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See detailImprovement of fed batch mass culture for g linolenic biosynthesis by Tetrahymena rostrata (Protozoa).
Gosselin, Y.; Lognay, Georges ULg; Thonart, Philippe ULg

in Biotechnology Letters (1989), 11(6), 423-426

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See detailImprovement of fermentative biohydrogen production by Clostridium butyricum CWBI1009 in sequenced-batch, horizontal fixed bed and biodisc-like anaerobic reactors with biomass retention
Hiligsmann, Serge ULg; Beckers, Laurent; Masset, Julien et al

in International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (2014), 39

A horizontal tubular fixed bed bioreactor (HFBR) and an anaerobic biodisc-like reactor (AnBDR) were designed to both fix Clostridium biomass and enable rapid transfer of the hydrogen produced to gas phase ... [more ▼]

A horizontal tubular fixed bed bioreactor (HFBR) and an anaerobic biodisc-like reactor (AnBDR) were designed to both fix Clostridium biomass and enable rapid transfer of the hydrogen produced to gas phase in order to decrease the strong effect of H2 partial pressure and H2 supersaturation on the performances of Clostridium strains. The highest H2 production rate (703 mL H2/L.h) and yield (302 mL/g glucose consumed i.e. 2.4 mol/mol) with the pure culture were recorded in the AnBDR with 300 mL culture medium (total volume 2.3 L) at pH 5.2 and a glucose loading rate of 2.87 g/L.h. These results are about 2.3 and 1.3-fold higher than those achieved in the same bioreactor with 500 mL liquid medium and with the same glucose consumption rate. Therefore, our experimentations and a short review of the literature reported in this paper emphasize the relevance of performing bioreactors with high L/G transfer. [less ▲]

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See detailImprovement of foaming properties of whey protein products by enzymatic hydrolysis of the associated fat fraction
Blecker, Christophe ULg; Lamberti, I.; Sensidoni, A. et al

Conference (1996, March)

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See detailImprovement of Gc-Rich Template Amplification by Inverse Pcr
Moreau, Alain; Duez, Colette ULg; Dusart, Jean

in BioTechniques (1994), 17(2), 232-4

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