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See detailThe Hybrid Finite-Element Mixing-Cell method: a new flexible method for large scale groundwater modelling
Orban, Philippe ULg; Brouyère, Serge ULg; Wildemeersch, Samuel ULg et al

Conference (2008)

Interest of end-users and policy makers for understanding and managing water systems at the regional scale has increased for years. At this scale, groundwater models of different complexity ranging from ... [more ▼]

Interest of end-users and policy makers for understanding and managing water systems at the regional scale has increased for years. At this scale, groundwater models of different complexity ranging from black-box models to physically based distributed models have been used in various hydrogeological conditions. Black-box models, such as transfer functions, have been applied for example to model groundwater in large scale hydrological models, to model karstic systems, in particular for the interpretation of isotopic data. Their concepts are simple and attractive because they require relatively few data. The main drawbacks are however that modelling results are not spatially distributed and their predictive capability is questionable due to the semi-empirical nature of process descriptions. On the contrary, due to a more advanced description of ongoing processes, physically-based distributed models are expected to have better predictive capabilities than black-box models. However, because such models require more data, they are generally applied for case studies that are better characterized from a hydrogeological point of view, for which the distribution of water levels or solute concentrations in the groundwater systems are needed. For large-scale modelling purposes, black-box models and physically-based distributed models have both proved their utilities and have their own justifications, advantages and disadvantages. However, few attempts have been made to combine the advantages of these two categories of approaches in a unified modelling application. A new flexible modelling approach, the Hybrid Finite-Element Mixing-Cell method (HFEMC), has been developed that allows combining in a single model, and in a fully integrated way, different mathematical approaches of various complexities for groundwater modelling in complex and large scale environments. This method has been implemented in the groundwater flow and solute transport numerical code SUFT3D. The approach has been first tested and illustrated using basic and advanced “synthetic” examples that allow validating and discussing its advantages over existing modelling concepts. The HFEMC approach is now applied for the development of a large scale groundwater flow and solute transport model in different groundwater basins in Belgium. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Hybrid Finite-Element Mixing-Cell method: a new flexible method for modelling mine water problems
Brouyère, Serge ULg; Orban, Philippe ULg; Wildemeersch, Samuel ULg et al

in Rapantova, N.; Hrkal, Z. (Eds.) Mine Water and the Environment Proceedings of IWMA 2008 (2008)

Mine closure is often accompanied by a stop in dewatering operations. This generally induces groundwater rebound in the mined rock system with short and long term consequences that may be disastrous: soil ... [more ▼]

Mine closure is often accompanied by a stop in dewatering operations. This generally induces groundwater rebound in the mined rock system with short and long term consequences that may be disastrous: soil instabilities such as landslides and subsidence reactivation, flooding, flooded basement and acid mine drainage. Modelling tools can be very advantageous and efficient in helping understanding and managing such problems, however, classical modelling approaches have proved to be relatively unsuited to such contexts. Because of the former mining operations, the underground geological system is strongly disturbed (excavated, fractured and collapsed zones, galleries, large shafts, etc.). Using complex spatially distributed modelling approaches such as 3D finite elements usually lead to strong difficulties related to the lack of data, the complexity of geological and hydrogeological conditions (complex geometry, non Darcian fluxes…). On the other hand, using a simplified approach such as black-box models often leads to oversimplification of the reality: particularly when interactions between the mined system and its surrounding geological and hydrogeological environment are very important. A new modelling approach is developed for simulation of the groundwater flow in such complex environments. It combines, in a single fully integrated simulator, a representation of the unmined area by a classical finite element modelling technique, together with conceptualisation of the worked areas and galleries by a group of mixing cells connected by pipes. The whole assembled groundwater flow model allows an accurate estimation and representation of (a) water infiltration (precipitations, river losses …) through the unsaturated zone reaching the exploited area (recharge of boxes) and (b) water exchanges with adjacent aquifers. The model can estimate the flow of groundwater in and around the minefield and the mean water level in the boxes. It is also capable of considering water exchanges between different mined zones, through connection pathways such as old roadways galleries and shafts. Modelling concepts and equations are described and illustrated using basic and advances validation examples. A real case application corresponding to an abandoned coalfield in the region of Liège (Belgium) is used to illustrate the suitability and efficiency of the approach. [less ▲]

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See detailHybrid functional study of prototypical multiferroic bismuth ferrite
Goffinet, Marco ULg; Hermet, Patrick ULg; Bilc, Daniel ULg et al

in Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (2009), 79(1),

We report a systematic comparison of various exchange-correlation functionals for the prediction of the structural, magnetic, electronic, and dynamical (phonons and Born effective charge tensors ... [more ▼]

We report a systematic comparison of various exchange-correlation functionals for the prediction of the structural, magnetic, electronic, and dynamical (phonons and Born effective charge tensors) properties of bismuth ferrite, a prototypical multiferroic compound. We have not only considered the usual approximations to density-functional theory such as the local-density approximation (LDA), generalized (GGA), and LDA+U, but also hybrid approaches such as B3LYP and B1. The recent B1-WC hybrid functional of Bilc [Phys. Rev. B 77, 165107 (2008)], with the GGA functional of Wu and Cohen and an exact exchange mixing parameter of 0.16, provides very good overall agreement with experiments and can be considered as a valuable alternative to LDA, GGA, and DFT+U for the study of bismuth ferrite. This does not only allow a reliable interpretation of the physical properties of this specific compound but also opens perspectives for further and more predictive first-principles investigations of multiferroic materials. [less ▲]

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See detailHybrid gamma Doradus-delta Scuti Pulsators: New Insights into the Physics of the Oscillations from Kepler Observations
Grigahcène, Ahmed; Antoci, V.; Balona, L. et al

in Astrophysical Journal (2010), 713

Observations of the pulsations of stars can be used to infer their interior structure and test theoretical models. The main-sequence γ Doradus (Dor) and δ Scuti (Sct) stars with masses 1.2-2.5 M [SUB ... [more ▼]

Observations of the pulsations of stars can be used to infer their interior structure and test theoretical models. The main-sequence γ Doradus (Dor) and δ Scuti (Sct) stars with masses 1.2-2.5 M [SUB]sun[/SUB] are particularly useful for these studies. The γ Dor stars pulsate in high-order g-modes with periods of order 1 day, driven by convective blocking at the base of their envelope convection zone. The δ Sct stars pulsate in low-order g- and p-modes with periods of order 2 hr, driven by the κ mechanism operating in the He II ionization zone. Theory predicts an overlap region in the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram between instability regions, where "hybrid" stars pulsating in both types of modes should exist. The two types of modes with properties governed by different portions of the stellar interior provide complementary model constraints. Among the known γ Dor and δ Sct stars, only four have been confirmed as hybrids. Now, analysis of combined Quarter 0 and Quarter 1 Kepler data for hundreds of variable stars shows that the frequency spectra are so rich that there are practically no pure δ Sct or γ Dor pulsators, i.e., essentially all of the stars show frequencies in both the δ Sct and the γ Dor frequency range. A new observational classification scheme is proposed that takes into account the amplitude as well as the frequency and is applied to categorize 234 stars as δ Sct, γ Dor, δ Sct/γ Dor or γ Dor/δ Sct hybrids. [less ▲]

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See detailA Hybrid Hardware Architecture for High-speed IP Lookups and Fast Route Updates
Luo, Layong; Xie, Gaogang; Xie, Yingke et al

in IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking (2013)

As network link rates are being pushed beyond 40 Gb/s, IP lookup in high-speed routers is moving to hardware. The ternary content addressable memory (TCAM)-based IP lookup engine and the static random ... [more ▼]

As network link rates are being pushed beyond 40 Gb/s, IP lookup in high-speed routers is moving to hardware. The ternary content addressable memory (TCAM)-based IP lookup engine and the static random access memory (SRAM)-based IP lookup pipeline are the two most common ways to achieve high throughput. However, route updates in both engines degrade lookup performance and may lead to packet drops. Moreover, there is a growing interest in virtual IP routers where more frequent updates happen. Finding solutions that achieve both fast lookup and low update overhead becomes critical. In this paper, we propose a hybrid IP lookup architecture to address this challenge. The architecture is based on an efficient trie partitioning scheme that divides the forwarding information base (FIB) into two prefix sets: a large disjoint leaf prefix set mapped into an external TCAM-based lookup engine and a small overlapping prefix set mapped into an on-chip SRAM-based lookup pipeline. Critical optimizations are developed on both IP lookup engines to reduce the update overhead. We show how to extend the proposed hybrid architecture to support virtual routers. Our implementation shows a throughput of 250 million lookups per second (equivalent to 128 Gb/s with 64-B packets). The update overhead is significantly lower than that of previous work, the memory consumption is reasonable, and the utilization ratio of most external TCAMs is up to 100%. [less ▲]

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See detailA hybrid human-computer approach for large-scale image-based measurements using web services and machine learning
Marée, Raphaël ULg; Rollus, Loïc ULg; Stevens, Benjamin ULg et al

in Proceedings IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (2014, May)

We present a novel methodology combining web-based software development practices, machine learning, and spatial databases for computer-aided quantification of regions of interest (ROIs) in large-scale ... [more ▼]

We present a novel methodology combining web-based software development practices, machine learning, and spatial databases for computer-aided quantification of regions of interest (ROIs) in large-scale imaging data. We describe our main methodological choices, and then illustrate the benefits of the approach (workload reduction, improved precision, scalability, and traceability) on hundreds of whole-slide images of biological tissue slices in cancer research. [less ▲]

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See detailHybrid inventory, gravimetry and altimetry (HIGA) mass balance product for Greenland and the Canadian Arctic
Colgan, W.; Abdalati, W.; Citterio, M. et al

in Cryosphere Discussions (The) (2013)

We present a novel inversion algorithm that generates a mass balance field that is simultaneously consistent with independent observations of glacier inventory derived from optical imagery, cryosphere ... [more ▼]

We present a novel inversion algorithm that generates a mass balance field that is simultaneously consistent with independent observations of glacier inventory derived from optical imagery, cryosphere-attributed mass changes derived from satellite gravimetry, and ice surface elevation changes derived from airborne and satellite altimetry. We use this algorithm to assess mass balance across Greenland and the Canadian Arctic over the December 2003 to December 2010 period at 26 km resolution. We assess a total mass loss of 316 ± 37 Gt a−1 over Greenland and the Canadian Arctic, with 217 ± 20 Gt a−1 being attributed to the Greenland Ice Sheet proper, and 38 ± 6 Gt a−1 and 50 ± 8 Gt a−1 being attributed to peripheral glaciers in Greenland and the Canadian Arctic, respectively. These absolute values are dependent on the gravimetry-derived spherical harmonic representation we invert. Our attempt to validate local values of algorithm-inferred mass balance reveals a paucity of in situ observations. At four sites, where direct comparison between algorithm-inferred and in situ mass balance is valid, we find an RMSD of 0.18 m WE a−1. Differencing algorithm-inferred mass balance with previously modelled surface mass balance, in order to solve the ice dynamic portion of mass balance as a residual, allows the transient glacier continuity equation to be spatially partitioned across Greenland. [less ▲]

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See detailA Hybrid IP Lookup Architecture with Fast Updates
Luo, Layong; Xie, Gaogang; Xie, Yingke et al

in Annual International Conference on Computer Communications (2012, March)

As network link rates are being pushed beyond 40 Gbps, IP lookup in high-speed routers is moving to hardware. The TCAM (Ternary Content Addressable Memory)-based IP lookup engine and the SRAM (Static ... [more ▼]

As network link rates are being pushed beyond 40 Gbps, IP lookup in high-speed routers is moving to hardware. The TCAM (Ternary Content Addressable Memory)-based IP lookup engine and the SRAM (Static Random Access Memory)- based IP lookup pipeline are the two most common ways to achieve high throughput. However, route updates in both engines degrade lookup performance and may lead to packet drops. Moreover, there is a growing interest in virtual IP routers where more frequent updates happen. Finding solutions that achieve both fast lookup and low update overhead becomes critical. In this paper, we propose a hybrid IP lookup architecture to address this challenge. The architecture is based on an efficient trie partitioning scheme that divides the Forwarding Information Base (FIB) into two prefix sets: a large disjoint leaf prefix set mapped into an external TCAM-based lookup engine and a small overlapping prefix set mapped into an on-chip SRAM-based lookup pipeline. Critical optimizations are developed on both IP lookup engines to reduce the update overhead. We show how to extend the proposed hybrid architecture to support virtual routers. Our implementation shows a throughput of 250 million lookups per second (MLPS). The update overhead is significantly lower than that of previous work and the utilization ratio of most external TCAMs is up to 100%. [less ▲]

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See detailHybrid lamellar silica: Combined template extraction and hydrophilic silanation
Toussaint, Gilles ULg; Brisbois, Magali ULg; Grandjean, Jean ULg et al

in Journal of Colloid & Interface Science (2009), 329(1), 120-126

The surface modification of lamellar silica prepared by liquid crystal templating has been investigated. Two hydrophilic surface modifier agents, 2-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane and 2-[methoxy ... [more ▼]

The surface modification of lamellar silica prepared by liquid crystal templating has been investigated. Two hydrophilic surface modifier agents, 2-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane and 2-[methoxy(polyethyleneoxy)propyl)] trimethoxysilane, have been tested. Characterizations of the modified silica include thermal analysis, C-13 and Si-29 solid state NMR, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The different characterizations confirmed the preservation of the lamellar morphology and the Successful surface modification with both silanes along with the template elimination. The results also indicate that the structure and length of the silanes influence the final lamellar organization as well as the grafting yields and mechanisms. (C) 2008 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailHybrid Lens for Solar Concentration: Optimization of the Multilayer Diffractive Lens
Languy, Fabian ULg; Habraken, Serge ULg

Poster (2012)

Manufacture process degrades the ideal shape of multilayer diffractive lens due to draft angle, half radius tool and slope error. We show some shape improvements using an extended scalar theory.

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See detailHybrid material for electromagnetic absorption
Detrembleur, Christophe ULg; Molenberg, Isabel; Huynen, Isabelle et al

Patent (2012)

The present invention relates to a hybrid material (10) for absorbing electromagnetic radiation (60) and a method for making such a material. The hybrid material (10) comprises at least one grid panel (20 ... [more ▼]

The present invention relates to a hybrid material (10) for absorbing electromagnetic radiation (60) and a method for making such a material. The hybrid material (10) comprises at least one grid panel (20) of thickness t 1 having holes (25) traversing said thickness t 1 , at least one polymer composite material (30) of thickness t 2 filling at least partially the holes (25) of the at least one grid panel (20), said at least one polymer composite material (30) including a polymer matrix (40) and conductive particles (50) dispersed into said polymer matrix (40), characterized in that the internal surface of the holes (25) of the at least one grid panel (20) is metallic. [less ▲]

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See detailHybrid material for electromagnetic absorption
Detrembleur, Christophe ULg; Huynen, Isabelle; Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg et al

Patent (2012)

The present invention relates to a hybrid material (10) for absorbing electromagnetic radiation (60) and a method for making such a material. The hybrid material (10) comprises at least one grid panel (20 ... [more ▼]

The present invention relates to a hybrid material (10) for absorbing electromagnetic radiation (60) and a method for making such a material. The hybrid material (10) comprises at least one grid panel (20) of thickness t 1 having holes (25) traversing said thickness t 1 , at least one polymer composite material (30) of thickness t 2 filling at least partially the holes (25) of the at least one grid panel (20), said at least one polymer composite material (30) including a polymer matrix (40) and conductive particles (50) dispersed into said polymer matrix (40), characterized in that the internal surface of the holes (25) of the at least one grid panel (20) is metallic. [less ▲]

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See detailHybrid MicroPET Imaging for Dosimetric Applications in Mice: Improvement of Activity Quantification in Dynamic MicroPET Imaging for Accelerated Dosimetry Applied to 6-[ 18 F] Fluoro- L -DOPA and 2-[ 18 F]Fluoro- L -Tyrosine
Bretin, Florian ULg; Mauxion, T; Warnock, G et al

in Molecular Imaging and Biology (2014), 16(3), 383-394

Purpose: Dynamic microPET imaging has advantages over traditional organ harvesting, but is pronetoquantificationerrorsinsmallvolumes.Hybridimaging,wheremicroPETactivitiesarecross- calibrated using post ... [more ▼]

Purpose: Dynamic microPET imaging has advantages over traditional organ harvesting, but is pronetoquantificationerrorsinsmallvolumes.Hybridimaging,wheremicroPETactivitiesarecross- calibrated using post scan harvested organs, can improve quantification. Organ harvesting, dynamic imaging and hybrid imaging were applied to determine the human and mouse radiation dosimetry of 6-[18 F]fluoro-L-DOPA and 2-[18 F]fluoro-L-tyrosine and compared. Procedures: Two-hour dynamic microPET imaging was performed with both tracers in four separate mice for 18 F-FDOPA and three mice for 18 F-FTYR. Organ harvesting was performed at 2, 5, 10, 30, 60 and 120 min post tracer injection with n=5 at each time point for 18 F-FDOPA and n=3 at each time point for 18 F-FTYR. Human radiation dosimetry projected from animal data was calculated for the three different approaches for each tracer using OLINDA/EXM. S- factors for the MOBY phantom were used to calculate the animal dosimetry. Results: Correlations between dose estimates based on organ harvesting and imaging was improved from r=0.997 to r=0.999 for 18 F-FDOPA and from r=0.985 to r=0.996 (p<0.0001 for all) for 18 F-FTYR by using hybrid imaging. Conclusion: Hybrid imaging yields comparable results to traditional organ harvesting while partially overcoming the limitations of pure imaging. It is an advantageous technique in terms of number of animals needed and labour involved. [less ▲]

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See detailHybrid Model for Kp prediction, combining solar wind and magnetometer data
Kutiev, Ivan; Andonov, B.; Muhtarov, P. et al

Conference (2007)

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See detailHybrid model for nowcasting and forecasting the K index
Kutiev, Ivan; Muhtarov, Plamen; Andonov, Borislav et al

in Journal of Atmospheric & Solar-Terrestrial Physics (2009), 71

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See detailA hybrid model for the simulation of angiogenesis during bone fracture healing
Geris, Liesbet ULg; Peiffer, Veronique; Gerisch, Alf et al

in Proceedings of the 17th conference of the European Society of Biomechanics (2010)

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See detailHybrid modelling of dike-break induced flows
Roger, Sebastian; Dewals, Benjamin ULg; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg et al

in Dittrich, Andreas; Koll, Katinka; Aberle, Jochen (Eds.) et al River Flow 2010 (2010)

In a hybrid approach experimental model data are combined with results from 3D and 2D numerical modelling. The latter was conducted by two different models solving the depth-averaged shallow water ... [more ▼]

In a hybrid approach experimental model data are combined with results from 3D and 2D numerical modelling. The latter was conducted by two different models solving the depth-averaged shallow water equations. 3D computations are based on the REYNOLDS-averaged NAVIER-STOKES equations (RANS) using a volume of fluid approach to capture the free water surface. Measurements were performed on a scale model which was especially designed to reproduce the specific conditions of dike breaks. In various simulations it turned out that 2D shallow water models are able to reproduce steadystate flow patterns of dike-break induced flows and that there is a low sensitivity of the solution concerning turbulence modelling, bed and wall roughness. Nevertheless, final flow splits and breach discharges are systematically underestimated. This discrepancy seems to result from inherent modelling assumptions such as zero-vertical velocity and hydrostatic pressure distribution. Therefore, the complementary use of 3D RANS and 2D depth-averaged modelling frameworks for detailed predictions of dike-break induced flows is discussed in the present paper, based on BOUSSINESQ and pressure coefficients, which represent effects of non-uniform velocity profiles and non-hydrostatic pressure distribution over water depth, respectively. Values of these coefficients are inferred from 3D numerical results for the final steady state. [less ▲]

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See detailA hybrid optimization technique coupling an evolutionary and a local search algorithm
Kelner, Vincent ULg; Capitanescu, Florin ULg; Léonard, Olivier ULg et al

in Journal of Computational & Applied Mathematics (2006), 215(2), 281-287

Evolutionary algorithms are robust and powerful global optimization techniques for solving large-scale problems that have many local optima. However, they require high CPU times, and they are very poor in ... [more ▼]

Evolutionary algorithms are robust and powerful global optimization techniques for solving large-scale problems that have many local optima. However, they require high CPU times, and they are very poor in terms of convergence performance. On the other hand, local search algorithms can converge in a few iterations but lack a global perspective. The combination of global and local search procedures should offer the advantages of both optimization methods while offsetting their disadvantages. This paper proposes a new hybrid optimization technique that merges a genetic algorithm with a local search strategy based on the interior point method. The efficiency of this hybrid approach is demonstrated by solving a constrained multi-objective mathematical test-case. [less ▲]

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See detailA hybrid optimization technique coupling evolutionary and local search algorithms
Kelner, Vincent ULg; Capitanescu, Florin ULg; Léonard, Olivier ULg et al

in Journal of Computational & Applied Mathematics (2008), 215(2), 448-456

Evolutionary Algorithms are robust and powerful global optimization techniques for solving large scale problems that have many local optima. However, they require high CPU times, and they are very poor in ... [more ▼]

Evolutionary Algorithms are robust and powerful global optimization techniques for solving large scale problems that have many local optima. However, they require high CPU times, and they are very poor in terms of convergence performance. On the other hand, local search algorithms can converge in a few iterations but lack a global perspective. The combination of global and local search procedures should offer the advantages of both optimization methods while offsetting their disadvantages. This paper proposes a new hybrid optimization technique that merges a Genetic Algorithm with a local search strategy based on the Interior Point method. The efficiency of this hybrid approach is demonstrated by solving a constrained multi-objective mathematical test-case. [less ▲]

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See detailHybrid photosynthetic materials derived from microalgae Cyanidium caldarium encapsulated within silica gel
Rooke, J. C.; Léonard, Alexandre ULg; Meunier, C. F. et al

in Journal of Colloid & Interface Science (2010), 344(2), 348-352

Cyanidium caldarium (Tilden) Geitler SAG 16.91 has been encapsulated within a porous silica host structure to target novel photosynthetic hybrid materials suitable for use in solar cells or CO2 fixation ... [more ▼]

Cyanidium caldarium (Tilden) Geitler SAG 16.91 has been encapsulated within a porous silica host structure to target novel photosynthetic hybrid materials suitable for use in solar cells or CO2 fixation. C. caldarium cells are both thermophilic and acidophilic; on account of these tolerances the hybrid materials could be employed in more extreme heat conditions. TEM highlights that the external cell membrane can remain intact after encapsulation. The images reveal an alignment of silica gel around the external membrane of the cell, providing evidence that the cell wall acts as both a nucleation and polymerisation site for silica species and that the silica scaffold formed by the aggregation of colloidal particles, generates a porosity that can facilitate the transport of nutrients towards the cell. Epifluorescence microscopy and UV-visible spectroscopy have revealed the preservation of photosynthetic apparatus post-immobilisation. Productivity studies showed how the presence of silica nanoparticles within the matrix can adversely interact with the exterior cellular structures preventing the production of oxygen through photosynthesis. © 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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