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See detailThe Paradoxes of Grace: New Impingements on Australian Literary Territory
Delrez, Marc ULg

Conference (2009, September 24)

The title of Robert Drewe’s latest novel, Grace (2005), shares with J. M. Coetzee’s antonymous Disgrace (1999) a polysemous quality which derives from both works’ attempt to capture the ethical stance of ... [more ▼]

The title of Robert Drewe’s latest novel, Grace (2005), shares with J. M. Coetzee’s antonymous Disgrace (1999) a polysemous quality which derives from both works’ attempt to capture the ethical stance of a society in a way which has personal and political ramifications at the same time. The Australian text shows some concern with the predicament of a boatload of asylum seekers from Indonesia, who later escape from their detention centre in the Kimberleys; but Drewe’s progressive denunciation of Australia’s treatment of refugees is potentially compromised by the Australian anxiety over territorial integrity which provides an unshakeable context for this kind of thematic development. More generally, my paper will explore the ambiguities attending a discursive move which seeks to absorb race into larger categories of political meaning, and the related difficulty of achieving the ‘grace’ of complete freedom from colonialist parameters in an Australian culture where some suspense over territory continues to brood. [less ▲]

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See detailThermal Detector
Fleury-Frenette, Karl ULg; Habraken, Serge ULg; Renotte, Yvon ULg et al

Patent (2009)

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See detailEnvironmental and genetic sources of variability of stearoyl Coenzyme-A desaturase 9 activity during and across lactations
Arnould, Valérie ULg; Gengler, Nicolas ULg; Soyeurt, Hélène ULg

Conference (2009, September 23)

Milk fatty acid (FA) profile is far from the optimal fat composition in regards to human health. Different natural sources of variation such as feeding or genetics could be used to modify the contents of ... [more ▼]

Milk fatty acid (FA) profile is far from the optimal fat composition in regards to human health. Different natural sources of variation such as feeding or genetics could be used to modify the contents of unsaturated fatty acids. The impact of feeding is well described; however, genetics effects on the milk FA composition are not well studied. Increasing the unsaturated fatty acids contents of bovine milk could have the potential to raise the nutritive and therapeutic values of dairy products. The stearoyl Coenzyme-A desaturase 9 (delta-9) gene was identified as a potential functional candidate gene affecting milk fat composition in dairy cattle. The objective of this research was to study the genetic variability on this enzyme activity across lactations. A total of 199,977 test-day records were obtained from 29,603 Holstein cows in first lactation, 154,267 records from 23,453 Holstein cows in second lactation, and 173,244 records from 75,887 Holstein cows in third and later lactations. The used model was a multiple-trait random regressions test-day model. Fixed effects were: herd x date of test, and class of age. Random effects were: herd x year of calving, permanent environmental, additive genetic, and residual effects. The studied traits were milk yield, protein content, percentage of fat, monounsaturated fatty acids estimated by mid-infrared spectrometry, and the ratios reflecting the delta-9 activity. Obtained heritability estimates of delta-9 as well as the genetic and phenotypic correlations varied across lactations. These results suggest potential improvements of milk fat composition based on delta-9 activity using animal selection and appropriate management practices. [less ▲]

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See detailPulse pressure and ambulatory arterial stiffness index (AASI) in patients wit type 1 diabetes
Philips, Jean-Christophe ULg; Marchand, Monique ULg; Saint-Remy, Annie ULg et al

Conference (2009, September 19)

Results of PP and AASI measurements performed during a 24H AMBP recording and a 3 min posture test are not superimposable, but gave complementary information, in a population with type 1 diabetes mellitus ... [more ▼]

Results of PP and AASI measurements performed during a 24H AMBP recording and a 3 min posture test are not superimposable, but gave complementary information, in a population with type 1 diabetes mellitus. Our proof-of-concept study does not support the use of AASI as a cardiovascular risk marker when calculated during a short posture test. [less ▲]

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See detailLong E-mails and Internet Connections
Merciadri, Luca ULg

E-print/Working paper (2009)

Fetching e-mails is a daily task. However, when an e-mail size overcomes a given threshold, e-mail communication becomes more difficult, because slow. This is principally due to the outgoing speed of ... [more ▼]

Fetching e-mails is a daily task. However, when an e-mail size overcomes a given threshold, e-mail communication becomes more difficult, because slow. This is principally due to the outgoing speed of cheap Internet connections. We propose here a mechanism which limits this problem. [less ▲]

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See detailP3 panel summary: exozodiacal dust disks
Absil, Olivier ULg

Scientific conference (2009, September 18)

When observing an extrasolar planetary system, the most luminous component after the star itself is generally the light scattered and/or thermally emitted by a population of micron-sized dust grains ... [more ▼]

When observing an extrasolar planetary system, the most luminous component after the star itself is generally the light scattered and/or thermally emitted by a population of micron-sized dust grains. These grains are expected to be continuously replenished by the collisions and evaporation of larger bodies just as in our solar zodiacal cloud. Exozodiacal clouds (\exozodis") must therefore be seriously taken into account when attempting to directly image faint Earth-like planets (exoEarths, for short). This paper summarizes the oral contributions and discussions that took place during the Satellite Meeting on exozodiacal dust disks, in an attempt to address the following two questions: Do we need to solve the exozodi question? If yes, how to best solve it? [less ▲]

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See detailMarital satisfaction and emotional communication in couples with an alcoholic member
Dethier, Marie ULg; Counerotte, Christelle; Blairy, Sylvie ULg

Poster (2009, September 18)

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See detailMarital satisfaction, emotion and mental health in parents of child with autism spectrum disorder
Blairy, Sylvie ULg; Counerotte, Christelle; Léonard, Cathy

Poster (2009, September 18)

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See detailL'université entre hasard et nécessité
Hanzen, Christian ULg

Speech/Talk (2009)

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See detailProceeding of IMPROVE EU Project (FP6 n°031382) Workshop
Rigo, Philippe ULg; Zanic, V.

Book published by University of Zagreb - V Zanic - Coord. Ph Rigo; Editor V. Zanic; Publ. Univ. of Zagreb (2009)

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See detailSynthesis of novel block copolymers by cobalt-mediated radical polymerization (CMRP) and isoprene-assisted radical coupling reaction (I-ARC)
Debuigne, Antoine ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg

Conference (2009, September 17)

Nowadays, progresses in medicine, biotechnology, microelectronic and many other fields are more and more sustained by the development of novel polymer materials with constantly improved properties and ... [more ▼]

Nowadays, progresses in medicine, biotechnology, microelectronic and many other fields are more and more sustained by the development of novel polymer materials with constantly improved properties and well-defined molecular parameters. In this context, we designed an innovative and very promising tool for macromolecular engineering. This technique, called Isoprene-Assisted Radical Coupling (I-ARC), allows to couple quantitatively polymer chains preformed by Cobalt-Mediated Radical Polymerization (CMRP), an efficient controlled radical polymerization system for vinyl acetate (VAc) and acrylonitrile (AN). Typically, addition of isoprene to well-defined polymers prepared by CMRP invariably leads to the quantitative coupling reaction of the chains, as assessed by the perfect doubling of the molar mass of the polymer. Importantly, the I-ARC reaction is not limited to macromolecules with low molar masses and homopolymers, contrary to the previously reported radical chains coupling methods. Indeed, when applied to diblock copolymers, I-ARC constitutes a straightforward approach for the synthesis of telechelic symmetrical ABA triblock copolymers, as illustrated by the preparation of poly(vinyl acetate)-b-poly(acrylonitrile)-b-poly(vinyl acetate) triblock copolymers and their derivatives. [less ▲]

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See detailIn situ formation of stabilizers for the implementation of dispersion nitroxide mediated polymerization of MMA in supercritical carbon dioxide
Grignard, Bruno ULg; Gigmes, Didier; Jérôme, Christine ULg et al

Poster (2009, September 17)

Controlled dispersion Nitroxide Mediated Polymerization (NMP) of methyl methacrylate (MMA) was successfully carried out for the first time in supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) in the presence of CO2 ... [more ▼]

Controlled dispersion Nitroxide Mediated Polymerization (NMP) of methyl methacrylate (MMA) was successfully carried out for the first time in supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) in the presence of CO2-philic perfluorinated surfactant that was generated “in situ”. The control of the MMA polymerization relies on the strategy developed by Charleux et al. that consists of using a SG1-based alkoxyamine, i.e. the block-builder, in the presence of small amount of styrene. In a first step, CO2 soluble polyheptadecafluorodecylacrylate was prepared in scCO2 using block-builder as an alkoxyamine. In a second step, nitroxide SG1 mediated dispersion polymerization of MMA was conducted at 70°C and 300 bar in the presence of 5 w% of SG1 terminated surfactant compared to the monomer. Different monomer to alkoxyamine molar ratios were investigated in order to target different molecular weights. In each case, the monomer conversion was high (>90 %), the experimental molecular weight was in good agreement with the theoretical value and the polydispersity was narrow (Mw/Mn ~1.2). Moreover, after depressurisation of the cell, PMMA was collected as a free flowing powder consisting of small sized microspheres. [less ▲]

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See detailNew perfulorinated macroligand for the implementation of dispersion atom transfer radical polymerization in sc CO2
Grignard, Bruno ULg; Calberg, Cédric ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg et al

Poster (2009, September 17)

Due to an increasing need for polymers with well-defined architecture (diblock-, graft-, star-shaped copolymers), molecular weight and/or functional end-groups, the use of controlled radical ... [more ▼]

Due to an increasing need for polymers with well-defined architecture (diblock-, graft-, star-shaped copolymers), molecular weight and/or functional end-groups, the use of controlled radical polymerization (CRP) in scCO2 has started to gain attention. Among all the controlled processes, Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization has emerged as a robust tool for the preparation of polymers with well-defined molecular weight, architecture and chain-end functionality. In a very recent paper, we reported the first efficient dispersion ATRP of methyl methacrylate (MMA) in scCO2 using a fluorinated polymeric ligand that had a dual role, i.e., the complexation of the copper salt and the stabilization of PMMA growing particles. In this contribution, we extended this new system to the dispersion ATRP of styrene2, to the synthesis of diblock copolymers beads2 or to the preparation of PMMA particles by AGET ATRP. Because both ATRP and alkyne-azide Huisgen’s 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition relies on the use of a Cu(I) catalyst, synthesis of pyrene end-functionalized polymers by simultaneous dispersion ATRP and click reaction was also investigated in supercritical carbon dioxide. Finally, the immobilization of these new macroligands onto an inorganic support leads to the formation of pseudo-homogeneous catalyst that were successfully used to prepare CO2-soluble perfluorinated methacrylate and depending on the molecular weight and TEDETA composition of the macroligand, results obtained by supported ATRP without addition of Cu(II) as deactivator are identical to those obtained by homogeneous ATRP. [less ▲]

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See detailCobalt-mediated radical polymerization of vinyl monomers: investigation of cobalt-coordination
Debuigne, Antoine ULg; Piette, Yasmine ULg; Poli, Rinaldo et al

Poster (2009, September 17)

Controlled Radical Polymerization techniques have been developed to obtain well-defined architectures and to control polymer parameters. Among these systems is Cobalt-Mediated Radical Polymerization (CMRP ... [more ▼]

Controlled Radical Polymerization techniques have been developed to obtain well-defined architectures and to control polymer parameters. Among these systems is Cobalt-Mediated Radical Polymerization (CMRP), which is based on the reversible deactivation of the growing radical chains with a cobalt complex, the cobalt (II) bis(acetylacetonate). The interest of this system is not only due to its ability to control the polymerization of very reactive monomers such as vinyl acetate (VAc) and N-vinylpyrrolidone (NVP), but also its peculiar mechanism which exhibits two pathways depending on the polymerization conditions; a reversible termination process and a degenerative chain transfer mechanism. Furthermore, it has been showed that the Co-C bond strength and thus the polymerization are strongly influenced by the use of some additives, such as water, dimethylformamide, dimethylsulfoxide and pyridine, which coordinate the cobalt free site. In this presentation we report the use of a preformed alkyl-cobalt(III) adduct as initiator for the polymerization of various vinyl monomers of different reactivity (VAc, acrylonitrile,…) and on the effect of several ligands on their polymerization control. The preparation of novel block copolymers by CMRP will finally be presented. As a conclusion, cobalt-coordination appears today as a unique opportunity to adjust the Co-C bond strength and to push back the bounds of possibilities in terms of macromolecular engineering assisted by CMRP. [less ▲]

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See detailCobalt mediated radical polymerization (CMRP) using bis(acetylacetonato)cobalt(II): a unique tool for controlling the radical polymerization of conjugated and unconjugated vinyl monomers
Hurtgen, Marie ULg; Debuigne, Antoine ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg et al

Poster (2009, September 17)

Cobalt-Mediated Radical Polymerization (CMRP) imparts a high level of control on the polymerization of acrylic and vinylic esters, acrylic acid and acrylonitrile. However, each class of monomers appears ... [more ▼]

Cobalt-Mediated Radical Polymerization (CMRP) imparts a high level of control on the polymerization of acrylic and vinylic esters, acrylic acid and acrylonitrile. However, each class of monomers appears to be controlled by one class of cobalt complexes. For example, the polymerization of acrylates and acrylic acid is mediated by cobalt porphyrin complexes while vinyl acetate (VAc) and acrylonitrile are efficiently controlled by bis(acetylacetonato)cobalt(II) (Co(acac)2). Therefore, a challenging issue in CMRP remains to broaden the range of monomers that can be controlled by the same cobalt complex. Recently, the controlled random copolymerization of butyl acrylate (BuA) with VAc was performed using the conventional V-70/Co(acac)2 CMRP system, but the homopolymerization of BuA remained uncontrolled. In this work, we used a new alkylcobalt(III) adduct to initiate and control the copolymerization of BuA with VAc. This achievement resulted in a significant improvement over the V-70/Co(acac)2 pair regarding the molecular weight control and the polydispersity indexes. Moreover, for the first time, the alkylcobalt(III) adduct was also efficient in controlling the homopolymerization of BuA and yielded low polydispersity PBuA even in the absence of VAc. These results indicate that Co(acac)2 is a versatile mediator for the CMRP of both unconjugated vinyl monomers (VAc, N-vinylpyrrolidone) and conjugated monomers such as acrylates. It gives access to copolymers that cannot be prepared by other controlled radical polymerization techniques. [less ▲]

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See detailα-chloro-ε-caprolactone, a versatile precursor for grafting of aliphatic polyesters
Riva, Raphaël ULg; Lenoir, Sandrine ULg; Lecomte, Philippe ULg et al

Poster (2009, September 17)

Macromolecular engineering is one of the most powerful tool to synthesise many polymers of various architectures and with tailored properties. This contribution aims at reporting on a novel strategy for ... [more ▼]

Macromolecular engineering is one of the most powerful tool to synthesise many polymers of various architectures and with tailored properties. This contribution aims at reporting on a novel strategy for the macromolecular engineering of poly-ε-caprolactone (PCL) which is based on the use of a dual monomer / initiator compound, α-chloro-ε-caprolactone (αClεCL). Indeed, αClεCL is not only polymerizable by ring opening initiated by metal alkoxides, but it is also an initiator for the atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) of vinyl monomers, so leading easily to the synthesis of macromonomers. Polystyrene macromonomer has been prepared by this method and successfully copolymerized with ε-caprolactone (εCL) with formation of the corresponding grafted PCL. αClεCL is also a precursor of copolyesters with εCL that bear pendant chlorides. These (co)polyesters have been used as macroinitiators for the ATRP of methyl methacrylate in order to synthesise the corresponding graft copolymer. On the other hand, the pendant chlorides of poly(αClεCL-co-εCL) copolyesters were easily converted into azide with formation of the corresponding azide bearing copolyester. This copolyester was then reacted with an alkyne bearing an ATRP initiator by “Click chemistry”. The conversion of chlorides into more efficient ATRP initiators led to the improvement of the initiation efficiency of the macroinitiator. [less ▲]

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See detailIMPROVE - Design of Innovative Ship Concepts using an Integrated Decision Support System for Ship Production and Operation
Rigo, Philippe ULg

in IMPROVE Workshop (EU Project FP6 n°031382), DUBROVNIK 17-18 Sept. 2009, Croatia, Editor V. Zanic – Univ. of Zagreb (2009, September 17)

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See detailHerstellung von neuen strahlenhärtenden bindemitteln
Detrembleur, Christophe ULg; Weikard, Jan; Greszta-Franz, Dorota et al

Patent (2009)

Die vorliegende Erfindung betrifft ein Verfahren zur Herstellung neuartiger Bindemittel, die unter Einwirkung aktinischer Strahlung mit ethylenisch ungesättigten Verbindungen unter Polymerisation ... [more ▼]

Die vorliegende Erfindung betrifft ein Verfahren zur Herstellung neuartiger Bindemittel, die unter Einwirkung aktinischer Strahlung mit ethylenisch ungesättigten Verbindungen unter Polymerisation reagierende Gruppen und gegebenenfalls auch gegenüber Isocyanaten reaktive Gruppen aufweisen, sowie deren Verwendung in Beschichtungsmitteln. [less ▲]

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