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See detailLes PPP comme nouveau mode de régulation du marché de l'accompagnement des demandeurs d'emploi. A chaque modèle de partenariat son type de stratégie
Remy, Céline ULg

in Cahiers Loyola (2015, February), 1

Cette communication vise à montrer en quoi les partenariats publics-privés (PPP) constituent désormais un nouveau mode de régulation du marché de l’accompagnement des demandeurs d’emploi. Les services ... [more ▼]

Cette communication vise à montrer en quoi les partenariats publics-privés (PPP) constituent désormais un nouveau mode de régulation du marché de l’accompagnement des demandeurs d’emploi. Les services publics de l’emploi (SPE) doivent établir des PPP avec des prestataires de service pour la mise en place de formation à destination des demandeurs d’emploi. La réalisation de trois études de cas au sein des SPE, dont deux en Belgique et une en Suisse, nous permet de mettre en évidence une forte influence du modèle de gestion du PPP sur la collaboration entre les parties-prenantes mais aussi sur les stratégies développées par les prestataires pour surmonter les problèmes liés à la collaboration avec l’Office de l’Emploi et à la mise en place de la prestation de service. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of low dose endosulfan exposure on brain neurotransmitter levels in the African clawed frog Xenopus laevis
Preud'Homme, Valérie; Milla, Sylvain; Gillardin, Virginie et al

in Chemosphere (2015), 120(2), 357-364

Understanding the impact of pesticides in amphibians is of growing concern to assess the causes of their decline. Among pesticides, endosulfan belongs to one of the potential sources of danger because of ... [more ▼]

Understanding the impact of pesticides in amphibians is of growing concern to assess the causes of their decline. Among pesticides, endosulfan belongs to one of the potential sources of danger because of its wide use and known effects, particularly neurotoxic, on a variety of organisms. However, the effect of endosulfan was not yet evaluated on amphibians at levels encompassing simultaneously brain neurotransmitters and behavioural endpoints. In this context, tadpoles of the African clawed frog Xenopus laevis were submitted to four treatments during 27 d: one control, one ethanol control, and two low environmental concentrations of endosulfan (0.1 and 1 μg L−1). Endosulfan induced a significant increase of brain serotonin level at both concentrations and a significant increase of brain dopamine and GABA levels at the lower exposure but acetylcholinesterase activity was not modified by the treatment. The gene coding for the GABA transporter 1 was up-regulated in endosulfan contaminated tadpoles while the expression of other genes coding for the neurotransmitter receptors or for the enzymes involved in their metabolic pathways was not significantly modified by endosulfan exposure. Endosulfan also affected foraging, and locomotion in links with the results of the physiological assays, but no effects were seen on growth. These results show that low environmental concentrations of endosulfan can induce adverse responses in X. laevis tadpoles. At a broader perspective, this suggests that more research using and linking multiple markers should be used to understand the complex mode of action of pollutants. [less ▲]

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See detailAntoine Galland et l'épigraphie
Famerie, Etienne ULg

in Bauden, Frédéric; Waller, Richard (Eds.) Colloque international A. Galland (2015, February)

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See detailLa démocratie sous expertise. Médias, think tanks et privatisation du débat européen (en préparation, parution début 2015)
Geuens, Geoffrey ULg

Book published by Éditions du Croquant, collection "Savoir / Agir" (2015)

L’ouvrage questionne la genèse des think tanks eurofédéralistes participant à la fabrication et à la légitimation des politiques d’intégration, avant de s’intéresser à ces autres agents sociaux de ... [more ▼]

L’ouvrage questionne la genèse des think tanks eurofédéralistes participant à la fabrication et à la légitimation des politiques d’intégration, avant de s’intéresser à ces autres agents sociaux de production et de diffusion de la pensée européenne que sont notamment les correspondants bruxellois et éditorialistes de quelques grands médias européens. L’ouvrage montre combien le discours journalistique sur l’Europe et le discours de certains « spécialistes » des questions européennes, qui trouve aussi à s’exprimer dans l’espace médiatique, sont la plupart du temps limités à quelques expressions stéréotypées et argumentaires clichés s’expliquant autant par la position occupée dans le champ du pouvoir par les agents qui s’en font les relais que par les dispositions de ces mêmes agents sociaux à l’égard du « projet européen ». [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental modal analysis of nonlinear structures using broadband data
Noël, Jean-Philippe ULg; Renson, Ludovic ULg; Grappasonni, Chiara ULg et al

in Proceedings of the International Modal Analysis Conference (IMAC) XXXIII (2015, February)

The objective of the present paper is to develop a rigorous identification methodology of nonlinear normal modes (NNMs) of engineering structures. This is achieved by processing experimental measurements ... [more ▼]

The objective of the present paper is to develop a rigorous identification methodology of nonlinear normal modes (NNMs) of engineering structures. This is achieved by processing experimental measurements collected under broadband forcing. The use of such a type of forcing signal allows to excite multiple NNMs simultaneously and, in turn, to save testing time. A two-step methodology integrating nonlinear system identification and numerical continuation of periodic solutions is proposed for the extraction of the individual NNMs from broadband input and output data. It is demonstrated using a numerical cantilever beam possessing a cubic nonlinearity at its free end. The proposed methodology can be viewed as a nonlinear generalization of the phase separation techniques routinely utilized for experimental modal analysis of linear structures. The paper ends with a comparison between this new nonlinear phase separation technique and a previously-developed nonlinear phase resonance method. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental nonlinear identification of an aircraft with bolted connections
De Filippis, Giovanni; Noël, Jean-Philippe ULg; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg et al

in Proceedings of the International Modal Analysis Conference (IMAC) XXXIII (2015, February)

Aircraft structures are known to be prone to nonlinear phenomena, especially as they constantly become lighter and hence more flexible. One specific challenge that is regularly encountered is the modeling ... [more ▼]

Aircraft structures are known to be prone to nonlinear phenomena, especially as they constantly become lighter and hence more flexible. One specific challenge that is regularly encountered is the modeling of the mounting interfaces between aircraft subcomponents. Indeed, for large amplitudes of vibration, such interfaces may loosen and, in turn, trigger complex mechanisms such as friction and clearances. In this context, the present work intends to investigate the nonlinear dynamics of the Morane–Saulnier Paris aircraft, accessible at ONERA. This aircraft possesses multiple bolted connections between two external fuel tanks and wing tips. The objective of the paper is specifically to carry out an adequate identification of the numerous nonlinearities affecting the dynamics of this full-scale structure. Nonlinearity detection and the subsequent subspace-based parameter estimation have been performed on experimental data, collected during an on-ground test campaign. Nonlinearity detection is first achieved by the comparison of frequency response functions estimated at low excitation level, with those obtained at high amplitude level, yielding insight towards accurately characterizing the behavior of the bolted connections. Then, a nonlinear subspace identification method is applied to measured data to estimate the linear and nonlinear parameters of the structure and novel strategies and tools that overcome specific arisen problems are developed. [less ▲]

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See detailNonlinear generalization of Den Hartog׳s equal-peak method
Habib, Giuseppe ULg; Detroux, Thibaut ULg; Viguié, Régis et al

in Mechanical Systems & Signal Processing (2015), 52-53

This study addresses the mitigation of a nonlinear resonance of a mechanical system. In view of the narrow bandwidth of the classical linear tuned vibration absorber, a nonlinear absorber, termed the ... [more ▼]

This study addresses the mitigation of a nonlinear resonance of a mechanical system. In view of the narrow bandwidth of the classical linear tuned vibration absorber, a nonlinear absorber, termed the nonlinear tuned vibration absorber (NLTVA), is introduced in this paper. An unconventional aspect of the NLTVA is that the mathematical form of its restoring force is tailored according to the nonlinear restoring force of the primary system. The NLTVA parameters are then determined using a nonlinear generalization of Den Hartog׳s equal-peak method. The mitigation of the resonant vibrations of a Duffing oscillator is considered to illustrate the proposed developments. [less ▲]

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See detailBridging the gap between Nonlinear Normal Modes and Modal Derivatives
Sombroek, Cees; Renson, Ludovic ULg; Tiso, Paolo et al

in Proceedings of the International Modal Analysis Conference (IMAC) XXXIII (2015, February)

Nonlinear Normal Modes (NNMs) have a clear conceptual relation to the classical linear normal modes (LNMs), yet they offer a solid theoretical framework for interpreting a wide class of non-linear ... [more ▼]

Nonlinear Normal Modes (NNMs) have a clear conceptual relation to the classical linear normal modes (LNMs), yet they offer a solid theoretical framework for interpreting a wide class of non-linear dynamical phenomena with no linear counterpart. The main difficulty associated with NNMs is that their calculation for large-scale models is expensive, particularly for distributed nonlinearities. Repeated direct time integrations need to be carried out together with extensive sensitivity analysis to reproduce the frequency-energy dependence of the modes of interest. In the present paper, NNMs are computed from a reduced model obtained using a quadratic transformation comprising LNMs and Modal Derivatives (MDs). Previous studies have shown that MDs can capture the essential dynamics of geometrically nonlinear structures and can greatly reduce the computational cost of time integration. A direct comparison with the NNMs computed from another standard reduction technique highlights the capability of the proposed reduction method to capture the essential nonlinear phenomena. The methodology is demonstrated using simple examples with 2 and 4 degrees of freedom. [less ▲]

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See detailOn modular decompositions of system signatures
Marichal, Jean-Luc; Mathonet, Pierre ULg

in Journal of Multivariate Analysis (2015), 134

Considering a semicoherent system made up of $n$ components having i.i.d. continuous lifetimes, Samaniego defined its structural signature as the $n$-tuple whose $k$-th coordinate is the probability that ... [more ▼]

Considering a semicoherent system made up of $n$ components having i.i.d. continuous lifetimes, Samaniego defined its structural signature as the $n$-tuple whose $k$-th coordinate is the probability that the $k$-th component failure causes the system to fail. This $n$-tuple, which depends only on the structure of the system and not on the distribution of the component lifetimes, is a very useful tool in the theoretical analysis of coherent systems. It was shown in two independent recent papers how the structural signature of a system partitioned into two disjoint modules can be computed from the signatures of these modules. In this work we consider the general case of a system partitioned into an arbitrary number of disjoint modules organized in an arbitrary way and we provide a general formula for the signature of the system in terms of the signatures of the modules. The concept of signature was recently extended to the general case of semicoherent systems whose components may have dependent lifetimes. The same definition for the $n$-tuple gives rise to the probability signature, which may depend on both the structure of the system and the probability distribution of the component lifetimes. In this general setting, we show how under a natural condition on the distribution of the lifetimes, the probability signature of the system can be expressed in terms of the probability signatures of the modules. We finally discuss a few situations where this condition holds in the non-i.i.d. and nonexchangeable cases and provide some applications of the main results. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental demonstration of a 3D-printed nonlinear tuned vibration absorber
Grappasonni, Chiara ULg; Habib, Giuseppe ULg; Detroux, Thibaut ULg et al

in Proceedings of the International Modal Analysis Conference (IMAC) XXXIII (2015, February)

Engineering structures are designed to be lighter and more flexible, hence reducing the extent of application of linear dynamic models. Concurrently, vibration mitigation is required for enhancing the ... [more ▼]

Engineering structures are designed to be lighter and more flexible, hence reducing the extent of application of linear dynamic models. Concurrently, vibration mitigation is required for enhancing the performance, comfort or safety in real-life applications. Passive linear vibration absorbers are purpose-built, often designed using Den Hartog's equal-peak strategy. However, nonlinear systems are known to exhibit frequency-energy-dependent oscillations which linear absorbers cannot effectively damp out. In this context, the paper introduces a new nonlinear tuned vibration absorber (NLTVA) whose nonlinear functional form is tailored according to the frequency-energy dependence of the nonlinear primary structure. The NLTVA design aims at ensuring equal peaks in the nonlinear receptance function for an as large as possible range of forcing amplitudes, hence generalizing Den Hartog's method to nonlinear systems. Our focus in this study is on experimental demonstration of the NLTVA performance using a primary structure consisting of a cantilever beam with a geometrically nonlinear component at its free end. The absorber is implemented using a doubly-clamped beam fabricated thanks to 3D printing. The NLTVA performance is also compared with that of the classical linear tuned vibration absorber. [less ▲]

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See detailLe dosage de la vitamine D: considérations pré-analytiques et analytiques
LE GOFF, Caroline ULg; Souberbielle, Jean-Claude; Delvin, Edgard et al

in Annales de Biologie Clinique (2015), 73(1), 79-92

The constantly increasing requests for the measurement of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D over the last years has led reagent manufacturers to market different automated and semi-automated methods, that being ... [more ▼]

The constantly increasing requests for the measurement of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D over the last years has led reagent manufacturers to market different automated and semi-automated methods, that being unfortunately not fully harmonized, yield different results. Liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry has more recently been introduced. This approach allows the distinction between the two forms of 25-hydroxyvitamin D and to measure other metabolites. This approach also requires harmonization to curtail the differences between the different analytical methods. To meet this requirement, the American national institutes of health (NIH), the CDC (Center for disease control and prevention) in Atlanta, the NIST (National institute of standards and technology) and the vitamin D Reference laboratory of Ghent University have pooled their expertise to develop a standardization program. This article reviews the main elements and the difficulties of the automated and semi-automated methods for 25-hydroxyvitamin D, from sample preparation to the analytical phase, as well as those related to mass spectrometry. It also addresses the issues related to the clinical decision thresholds and the possibility of measurements in different biological liquids. [less ▲]

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See detailGeräusch, Gerücht, Gerede. Formen und Funktionen der Fama in Erzähltexten Theodor Storms und Arthur Schnitzlers
Leyh, Valérie ULg

Doctoral thesis (2015)

Dans sa représentation allégorique de Fama, le poète latin Ovide évoque trois phénomènes précis : son aspect acoustique (le bruit), sa forme discursive (les racontars) et son lien au récit (la rumeur ... [more ▼]

Dans sa représentation allégorique de Fama, le poète latin Ovide évoque trois phénomènes précis : son aspect acoustique (le bruit), sa forme discursive (les racontars) et son lien au récit (la rumeur). Alors que ces phénomènes ont très souvent fait l'objet d’études sociologiques et anthropologiques, il s’agit ici de les étudier en tant qu’objets d’un processus d’esthétisation. La thèse vise ainsi à décrire une « poétique de Fama » par l’analyse d’un choix de textes narratifs des auteurs germanophones Theodor Storm (1817 – 1888) et Arthur Schnitzler (1862 – 1931). En effet, les recherches récentes sur l’anticipation de la psychologie et sur les questions de perception chez Storm soulignent l’importance de stratégies narratives au caractère indirect, voilé et mettant à mal la plausibilité ; elles révèlent la nécessité d’étudier la rumeur comme élément thématique mais aussi structurel et formel. Les nombreux aspects de Fama intimement liés aux processus narratifs (polyphonie, psychologisation, contournement de la censure) permettent ensuite de confronter les textes de Storm à ceux de Schnitzler et d'y préciser les interactions subtiles entre bruit, racontars et rumeur. Dans ce traitement littéraire de Fama, il s’avère en outre primordial de mettre en lumière ses multiples fonctions selon les différents niveaux textuels (personnages, narrateur, auteur) et d’accorder une place au lecteur qui, dans une approche interactionnelle du récit, prend souvent part à la communication rumorale. Ces distinctions permettent de mettre en exergue la dimension poétologique de Fama dans ses différentes formes : si celle-ci participe à la création d’effets paradoxaux et de structures équivoques au sein des textes, c’est parce que la rumeur, en tant que forme de narration à caractère ambivalent et protéiforme, est fortement autoréflexive. L’instabilité et la contingence, l’indétermination de seuils et de frontières sont autant de traits qui caractérisent non seulement la rumeur et les racontars mais aussi les textes d’une époque marquée par de grandes mutations et par la mise en doute de valeurs et données acquises jusque-là. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalysis versus synthesis for trending gas-path measurement time series
Borguet, Sébastien ULg; Léonard, Olivier ULg; Dewallef, Pierre ULg

in Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines & Power (2015), 137

Gas-path measurements used to assess the health condition of an engine are corrupted by noise. Generally, a data cleaning step occurs before proceeding with fault detection and isolation. Classical linear ... [more ▼]

Gas-path measurements used to assess the health condition of an engine are corrupted by noise. Generally, a data cleaning step occurs before proceeding with fault detection and isolation. Classical linear filters such as the EWMA filter are traditionally used for noise removal. Unfortunately, these low-pass filters distort trend shifts indicative of faults, which increases the detection delay. The present paper investigates two new approaches to nonlinear filtering of time series. On the one hand, the synthesis approach reconstructs the signal as a combination of elementary signals chosen from a predefined library. On the other hand, the analysis approach imposes a constraint on the shape of the signal (e.g., piecewise constant). Both approaches incorporate prior information about the signal in a different way, but they lead to trend filters that are very capable at noise removal while preserving at the same time sharp edges in the signal. This is highlighted through the comparison with a classical linear filter on a batch of synthetic data representative of typical engine fault profiles. [less ▲]

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See detailTotal Error-Based Validation Including the Experimental Design-Based Robustness Evaluation of a Stability-Indicating Method for the Simultaneous Quantification of Hydrochlorothiazide and Valsartan in Tablet Formulations
ELKARBANE, M; AMOOD AL-KAMARANY, M; BOUCHAFRA, H et al

in Acta Chromatographica (2015), 27(2), 1-20

A gradient reversed phase high-performance liquid chromatography (RPHPLC) method with ultraviolet (UV) detection to analyze hydrochlorothiazide (HCT) and valsartan (VS) simultaneously in a tablet ... [more ▼]

A gradient reversed phase high-performance liquid chromatography (RPHPLC) method with ultraviolet (UV) detection to analyze hydrochlorothiazide (HCT) and valsartan (VS) simultaneously in a tablet formulation during forced degradation studies was developed. This method was validated using a novel approach, namely, the accuracy profile or total errors approach. The robustness of the method was evaluated using a Plackett–Burman design for eight factors. The algorithm of Dong was applied to determine the significant factor effects. The validation results showed that the method is precise (RSD: 1.14% for HCT and 0.43% for VS) and accurate (mean recovery: 99.90% for HCT and 99.98% for VS). On the other hand, the results of the robustness study showed that the type of column was the important factor which affects a number of responses, namely, the asymmetry factor (AF), retention time (RT), and resolution (RS). However, the assay results were not affected; therefore, the method can be considered robust. Finally, the method was applied to study the stability of HCT and VS under forced conditions. Significant results were obtained with basic hydrolysis, oxidation, and thermal stress, while the accelerated and acidic conditions did not affect the stability of HCT or VS. [less ▲]

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See detailThe variability of primary production in the ocean: from the synoptic to the global scale: The 45th International Liege Colloquium on Ocean Dynamics, Liege, Belgium, May 13-17, 2013
Grégoire, Marilaure ULg; Levy, Marina; Marra, John et al

Book published by Journal of Marine System, Elsevier Science (2015)

The 45th International Liege Colloquium on Ocean Dynamics (http://modb.oce.ulg.ac.be/colloquium/) gathered two hundreds scientists from around the world to discuss new insights related to the evaluation ... [more ▼]

The 45th International Liege Colloquium on Ocean Dynamics (http://modb.oce.ulg.ac.be/colloquium/) gathered two hundreds scientists from around the world to discuss new insights related to the evaluation of primary production at various spatial and temporal scales and in different regions of the world ocean (e.g. the polar and sea-ice region, the coastal and the deep ocean). Over the past two decades, substantial efforts were deployed to evaluate oceanic primary production. These efforts include in situ measurements of uptake rates using isotopic techniques, remote sensing, autonomous instrumentation for bio-optics, carbon or oxygen measurements, and the development of semi-empirical to complex biogeochemical models. The colloquium presented the opportunity to review the current knowledge in the estimation of primary production, and to assess the impact of physical processes on ocean productivity. Particular attention focused on the importance of physical processes at different spatial and temporal scales for controlling the level and variability of primary production and on the development of adequate methodologies to tackle this variability in order to derive large-scale, climate-driven budgets. Refined biogeochemical models considering for instance phytoplankton physiology, the representation of variable elemental stoichiometric ratios, the role of mixotrophy as well as satellite algorithms that are now able to simulate the plankton functional types are good candidates for scaling up. Contributions dealing with the difficult issue of interoperability of in-situ, satellite and modelling estimates of primary production were presented. Details on the terms of reference as well as the thematic session that were organized can be found at http://modb.oce.ulg.ac.be/?page=colloquium&year=2013. [less ▲]

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See detailA one-step short-time synthesis of Ag@SiO2 core-shell nanoparticles
Lismont, Marjorie ULg; Pàez Martinez, Carlos ULg; Dreesen, Laurent ULg

in Journal of Colloid & Interface Science (2015)

A performance of shell-thickness precise control in silver-silica coating core-shell nanoparticles is presented. 60 nm sized citrate-stabilized silver nanoparticles are directly silica coated using a ... [more ▼]

A performance of shell-thickness precise control in silver-silica coating core-shell nanoparticles is presented. 60 nm sized citrate-stabilized silver nanoparticles are directly silica coated using a modified Stöber process. Tetraethyl orthosilicate is used as a silica precursor and ammonium hydroxide as catalyst in an alcoholic solvent to promote the seeded silica growth. By simply varying the synthesis reaction time from 4 to 60 minutes, the silica shell thickness is increased from 5.1 nm to 76.4 nm. This well-controlled synthesis is then transposed to 40, 80 and 100 nm sized silver cores in order to show the independence of the silica shell growth on the nanoparticle core size. Optical properties, i.e. localized surface plasmon resonance, of the produced silver-silica core-shell are also investigated. [less ▲]

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See detailCore-shell AgSiO2-Protoporphyrin IX nanoparticle: Effect of the Ag core on reactive oxygen species generation
Lismont, Marjorie ULg; Pàez Martinez, Carlos ULg; Dreesen, Laurent ULg

in SPIE proceeding - Colloidal Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications X (2015, February)

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) for cancer is based on the use of a light sensitive molecule to produce, under specific irradiation, toxic reactive oxygen species (ROS). A way to improve the therapy efficiency ... [more ▼]

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) for cancer is based on the use of a light sensitive molecule to produce, under specific irradiation, toxic reactive oxygen species (ROS). A way to improve the therapy efficiency is to increase the amount of produced ROS near cancer cells. This aim can be achieved by using a metal enhanced process arising when an optically active molecule is located near a metallic nanoparticle (NP). Here, the coupling effect between silver (Ag) NPs and protoporphyrin IX (PpIX) molecules, a clinically approved photosensitizer, is studied compared first, to PpIX fluorescence yield and second, to ROS production efficiency. By applying a modified Stöber process, PpIX was encapsulated into a silica (SiO2) shell, surrounding a 60 nm sized Ag core. We showed that, compared to SiO2-PpIX NPs, Ag coated SiO2-PpIX NPs dramatically decreased PpIX fluorescence together with singlet oxygen production efficiency. However, after incubation time in the dark, the amount of superoxide anions generated by the Ag doped sample was higher than the control sample one. [less ▲]

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See detailLa Querelle des femmes, un débat qui ne date pas d'hier
Henneau, Marie-Elisabeth ULg

Article for general public (2015)

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