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See detailPolymer stretching in a turbulent flow through Brownian Dynamics
Terrapon, Vincent ULg

Conference (2003, November)

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See detailPolymer topology revealed by ion mobility coupled with mass spectrometry
Morsa, Denis ULg; Defize, Thomas ULg; Dehareng, Dominique ULg et al

in Analytical Chemistry (in press)

Hyperbranched and star shaped polymers have raised tremendous interests because of their unusual structural and photochemical properties which provide them potent applications in various domains, namely ... [more ▼]

Hyperbranched and star shaped polymers have raised tremendous interests because of their unusual structural and photochemical properties which provide them potent applications in various domains, namely in the biomedical field. In this context, the development of adequate tools aiming to probe particular three-dimensional features of such polymers is of crucial importance. In this present work, ion mobility coupled with mass spectrometry was used to experimentally derive structural information related to cationized linear and star-shaped poly-ε-caprolactones as a function of their charge state and chain length. Two major conformations were observed and identified using theoretical modeling: (1) near spherical conformations whose size is invariant with the polymer topology for long and lightly charged chains and (2) elongated conformations whose size varies with the polymer topology for short and highly charged chains. These conformations were further confirmed by collisional activation experiments based on the ejection thresholds of the coordinated cations that vary according to the elongation amplitude of the polymer chains. Finally, a comparison between solution and gas-phase conformations highlights a compaction of the structure with a loss of specific chain arrangements during the ionization and desolvation steps of the electrospray process, fueling the long-time debated question related to the preservation of the analyte structure during the transfer into the mass spectrometer. [less ▲]

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See detailPolymer-layered silicate nanocomposites: preparation, properties and uses of a new class of materials
Alexandre, Michaël ULg; Dubois, Philippe ULg

in Materials Science & Engineering. R: Reports (2000), R28(1-2), 1-63

A review with 115 refs. This review aims at reporting on very recent developments in syntheses, properties and (future) applications of polymer-layered silicate nanocomposites. This new type of materials ... [more ▼]

A review with 115 refs. This review aims at reporting on very recent developments in syntheses, properties and (future) applications of polymer-layered silicate nanocomposites. This new type of materials, based on smectite clays usually rendered hydrophobic through ionic exchange of the sodium interlayer cation with an onium cation, may be prepd. via various synthetic routes comprising exfoliation adsorption, in situ intercalative polymn. and melt intercalation. The whole range of polymer matrixes is covered, i.e., thermoplastics, thermosets and elastomers. Two types of structure may be obtained, namely intercalated nanocomposites where the polymer chains are sandwiched in between silicate layers and exfoliated nanocomposites where the sepd., individual silicate layers are more or less uniformly dispersed in the polymer matrix. This new family of materials exhibits enhanced properties at very low filler level, usually inferior to 5 wt.%, such as increased Young's modulus and storage modulus, increase in thermal stability and gas barrier properties and good flame retardancy. [on SciFinder (R)] [less ▲]

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See detailPolymer-modified multi-walled carbon nanotubes for ultrathin transparent conductive coatings
Bocharova, Vera; Kiriy, Anton; Ulrich, Oertel et al

in PMSE Preprints (2006), 95

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See detailPolymer/carbon based composites as electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding materials
Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg; Pardoen, Thomas et al

in Materials Science & Engineering : R (2013), 74(7), 211-232

The extensive development of electronic systems and telecommunications has lead to major concerns regarding electromagnetic pollution. Motivated by environmental questions and by a wide variety of ... [more ▼]

The extensive development of electronic systems and telecommunications has lead to major concerns regarding electromagnetic pollution. Motivated by environmental questions and by a wide variety of applications, the quest for materials with high efficiency to mitigate electromagnetic interferences (EMI) pollution has become a mainstream field of research. This paper reviews the state-of-the-art research in the design and characterization of polymer/carbon based composites as EMI shielding materials. After a brief introduction, in Section 1, the electromagnetic theory will be briefly discussed in Section 2 setting the foundations of the strategies to be employed to design efficient EMI shielding materials. These materials will be classified in the next section by the type of carbon fillers, involving carbon black, carbon fiber, carbon nanotubes and graphene. The importance of the dispersion method into the polymer matrix (melt-blending, solution processing, etc.) on the final material properties will be discussed. The combination of carbon fillers with other constituents such as metallic nanoparticles or conductive polymers will be the topic of Section 4. The final section will address advanced complex architectures that are currently studied to improve the performances of EMI materials and, in some cases, to impart additional properties such as thermal management and mechanical resistance. In all these studies, we will discuss the efficiency of the composites/devices to absorb and/or reflect the EMI radiation. [less ▲]

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See detailPolymer/carbon nanotube composites for electromagnetic interference réduction
Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg; Jérôme, Robert ULg; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg et al

in Tjong, S. C.; Mai, Y.-W. (Eds.) Physical properties and applications of polymer nanocomposites (2010)

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See detailPolymer/carbon nanotubes nanocomposites
Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg; Caldarella, Giuseppe ULg; Germain, Albert ULg et al

Poster (2007, August 31)

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See detailPolymer/layered silicate nanocomposites by combined intercalative polymerization and melt intercalation: a masterbatch process
Lepoittevin, Bénédicte; Pantoustier, Nadège; Devalckenaere, Myriam et al

in Polymer (2003), 44(7), 2033-2040

Poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) and poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) layered silicate nanocomposites were prepared by combination of intercalative polymerization and melt intercalation. In a first step, high clay ... [more ▼]

Poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) and poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) layered silicate nanocomposites were prepared by combination of intercalative polymerization and melt intercalation. In a first step, high clay content PCL nanocomposites were prepared by in situ polymerization of -caprolactone intercalated between selected organo-modified silicate layers. The polymerization was catalyzed with dibutyltin dimethoxide in the presence of montmorillonites, the surface of which were previously exchanged with (functionalized) long alkyl chains ammonium cations. Then, these highly filled PCL nanocomposites were added as masterbatches in commercial PCL and PVC by melt blending. The intercalation of PCL chains within the silicate layers by in situ polymerization proved to be very efficient, leading to the formation of intercalated and/or exfoliated structures depending on the organo-clay. These masterbatches were readily dispersed into the molten PCL and PVC matrices yielding intercalated/exfoliated layered silicate nanocomposites which could not be obtained by melt blending the matrix directly with the same organo-modified clays. The formation of nanocomposites was assessed both by X-ray diffraction and transmission electronic microscopy. Interestingly, this so-called 'masterbatch' two-step process allowed for preparing PCL nanocomposites even with non-modified natural clay, i.e. sodium montmorillonite, which showed a material stiffness much higher than the corresponding microcomposites recovered by direct melt intercalation. The thermal stability of PCL nanocomposites as a function of clay content was investigated by thermogravimetry (TGA). [less ▲]

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See detailLes polymeres issus du vegetal: materiaux a proprietes specifiques pour des applications ciblees en industrie plastique.
Rabetafika, Holy-Nadia ULg; Paquot, Michel ULg; Dubois, Philippe

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2006), 10(3),

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See detailPOLYMERIC NANOVECTORS: Actual developments and perspectives
Piel, Géraldine ULg

Scientific conference (2013)

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See detailPolymeric Micelles Induced by Interpolymer Complexation
Lefèvre, Nathalie ULg; Fustin, Charles-André; Gohy, Jean-François

in Macromolecular Rapid Communications (2009), 30(22), 1871-88

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See detailPolymeric microparticles with immobilized peptides. Preparation and application.
Stashevskaya, K; Markvicheva, E; Grandfils, Christian ULg et al

Poster (2005, February 07)

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See detailPolymeric nanomaterials – synthesis, functionalization and applications in diagnosis and therapy
Rieger, Jutta ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg; Jérôme, Robert ULg et al

in Kumar, Challa (Ed.) Nanomaterials for Medical Diagnosis and Therapy (2007)

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See detailPolymerisation of inverse microemulsion : application to enzyme immobilization
Lebon, F; Grandfils, Christian ULg; Jérôme, Robert ULg

Conference (2001, July 15)

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See detailPolymérisation radicalaire contrôlée par des complexes de cobalt (CMRP) : Mécanismes et ingénierie macromoléculaire.
Debuigne, Antoine ULg

Scientific conference (2010, May 12)

De nos jours, les avancées dans de nombreux domaines technologiques sont conditionnées par le développement de matériaux polymères possédant des structures et propriétés bien définies. Dans ce contexte ... [more ▼]

De nos jours, les avancées dans de nombreux domaines technologiques sont conditionnées par le développement de matériaux polymères possédant des structures et propriétés bien définies. Dans ce contexte, nous développons une méthode de polymérisation radicalaire contrôlée assistée par des complexes de cobalt(II) (CMRP) et basée sur la désactivation temporaire des chaînes radicalaires par le métal. Outre le mécanisme de la CMRP, nous aborderons son potentiel en ingénierie macromoléculaire, notamment pour la synthèse de copolymères séquencés et la fonctionnalisation des polymères en tirant profit de la réactivité spécifique des composés organométalliques qui coiffent les chaînes. Les résultats obtenus à l’aide de complexes de cobalt seront mis en perspective avec des études mettant en jeu d’autres métaux (Ti, V, Cr). [less ▲]

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See detailPolymerization in Inverse Microemulsion: An Effective Tool to Produce Biodegradable and non Biodegradable Nanoparticles
Lebon, F; Grandfils, Christian ULg; Jérôme, Robert ULg et al

in Proceedings of Material Research Society (MRS) (2002)

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