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See detailUsing Geophysical Hard Data to Enhance the Reliability of Hydrological Models
De Schepper, Guillaume; Paulus, Claire; Molron, J. et al

in EarthDoc (2017, September 06)

Appropriate design of geophysical experiments combined with common hydrological measurements offer opportunities to use geophysical data as hard data in hydrological models, regarding their ... [more ▼]

Appropriate design of geophysical experiments combined with common hydrological measurements offer opportunities to use geophysical data as hard data in hydrological models, regarding their conceptualisation or their calibration. Two study sites located in Wallonia, Belgium, were investigated. In the first case (fractured limestone aquifer), streaming potentials were linked to piezometric measurements, allowing us to better conceptualise the local groundwater flow model and calibrate it. In the second example (alluvial sandy aquifer), the use of 4D electrical resistivity tomography and temperature measurements appeared to be a reliable methodology to predict heat storage and recovery cycles in hydrological models with a better constrained calibration process. [less ▲]

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See detailEnvironmental impact of food waste treatment in an EcoCleaner, a portable accelerated composter
Groslambert, Sylvie ULiege; Léonard, Angélique ULiege; Finet, Sébastien

Poster (2017, September 06)

Canteen and catering food wastes represent a challenge in waste management since they contain a large part of water and can be subject to biological processes during the waste management chain, especially ... [more ▼]

Canteen and catering food wastes represent a challenge in waste management since they contain a large part of water and can be subject to biological processes during the waste management chain, especially during storage. Different solutions exist to manage this organic waste, for instance local and centralized composting, anaerobic digestion, or co-incineration with municipal waste. Except for local composting, theses methods need to collect and transport food waste to be processed, which mean transporting a lot of water. The Life Cycle in Practice (LCiP) (LIFE12 ENV/FR/001113) project helps SMEs to reduce the environmental impacts of their products and services across the entire life cycle. Within the frame of this project, the environmental impact of the Eco-Cleaner system is evaluated with the standardized life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology. Eco-Cleaner (EC) is a stand alone accelerated system that can transform food waste in valuable compost in only 24 hours. It is designed by Biowaste Recycling (http://biowasterecycling.com/). It can be declined in different capacities, from family size (about 1-2 kg/days of food waste) to large communities of 1300 place settings (up to 700 kg/days). EC technology is based on a permanent control of the ratio of humidity and temperature to optimize fermentation rate of food waste by a special consortium of more than thirty thermophilic bacteria. Waste reduction is about 90% and compost is sanitized to ensure the destruction of active parasites, insect eggs and germs. EC compost is dry (80-90% siccity level), and it has a quite high nitrogen content (about 3-4% on dry matter) and is rich in organic matter. Thanks to an activated carbon filter (replaced every two years), it is odourless and has no noxious gas emission. Since it's dry, this compost can be stored without further degradation, and its transport has a reduced environmental cost. The functional unit is the composting of one ton of food waste. The inventory includes the machine itself, its use, its refitting every twelve years, and its end of life. Refurbishing includes mainly the replacement of the motor, the heating resistance, the plastic parts, the seals, and only 5% of metals. Avoided chemical fertilizers consecutive to compost application are considered as system expansion, and it induces negative impact values in all categories. Electricity for use is the main impacting element in all categories (BE mix) but this impact can be reduced by the use of on-site photovoltaic panels. Abiotic depletion is highly impacted due to the metals the EC is made of (92% of total weight, principally steel), but a large improvement is achieved by the quadruplicating of the life span because of refurbishing, and the recycling of metals at the end of life. Specific process data are processed in SimaPro 8.1 software, using Ecoinvent 3.1 database for additional generic data, and analysed with the CML IA 3.03 method. [less ▲]

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See detailEtude de la résilience des forêts aménagées par l'approche des services écosystémiques
Maebe, Laura ULiege

Scientific conference (2017, September 06)

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See detailAnalysis of definitions of General Practice/Family Medicine and Primary Health Care
Jamoulle, Marc ULiege; Resnick, Melissa; Ittoo, Ashwin ULiege et al

in British Journal of General Practice (2017), 0050

Abstract Background There are numerous definitions of General Practice and Family Medicine (GP/FM) and Primary Health Care (PHC), but the distinction between the two concepts is unclear. Aim To conduct a ... [more ▼]

Abstract Background There are numerous definitions of General Practice and Family Medicine (GP/FM) and Primary Health Care (PHC), but the distinction between the two concepts is unclear. Aim To conduct a terminological analysis of a set of definitions of GP/FM and of PHC, to clarify what binds and what distinguishes these two concepts. Design The terms of 20 definitions were collected in two bags of words (one for GP/FM and one for PHC terms). A terminological analysis of these two bags of words was performed to prioritize the terms and analyze their world of reference. Methods The two collected bags of words were extracted with Vocabgrabber®, configured in two term butts using Wordle®, and further explored for similarities using Tropes®. The prioritized terms were analyzed using the Aristotelian approach to categorization of things. Results Although continuity of care (with person-centered approach and shared decision making) is the central issue of the two sets, the two sets of definitions differ greatly in content. The prioritized terms specific to GP/FM (community, medicine, responsibility, individual, problem, needs, ...) are different from prioritized terms specific to PHC (home, team, promotion, collaborator, engagement, neighborhood, medical center…). Conclusion Terminological analysis of the definitions for GP/FM and PHC shows two entities which are overlapping but distinct, necessitating a different taxonomic approach and different bibliographic search strategies. [less ▲]

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See detailProtein-polysaccharide complexes, a tool for protein delivery in CaCO3 microparticles
Ramalapa, Bathabile ULiege; Crasson, Oscar ULiege; Vandevenne, Marylène ULiege et al

Poster (2017, September 06)

INTRODUCTION The controlled delivery of proteins within calcium carbonate (CaCO3) particles is currently widely investigated. The success of these carriers has been driven by the ionic interactions ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION The controlled delivery of proteins within calcium carbonate (CaCO3) particles is currently widely investigated. The success of these carriers has been driven by the ionic interactions between proteins and particles making the encapsulation of proteins highly dependent on the pH of reaction solutions and the isoelectric point of the protein.1 This poses a great limitation on the successful loading of proteins into microparticles. In this study, we explored the use of polysaccharide-protein interactions to strongly enhance the encapsulation of proteins in CaCO3 microparticles. EXPERIMENTAL METHODS Previously, Vandevenne and colleagues2 inserted a human chitin binding domain (ChBD) that has intrinsic affinity for hyaluronic acid (HA) into β-lactamase (BlaP). This generated chimeric protein, named BlaPChBD, was shown to be fully bifunctional. In this study this hybrid protein (BlapChBD) was associated to HA and successfully loaded into CaCO3 microparticles using super critical CO2 technology aided by the templating effect of HA on CaCO3. Furthermore, thrombin cleavage sites were engineered on both sides of the inserted ChBD in the chimeric BlaP so that release of the protein from the microparticles could be easily achieved by protease cleavage. The microparticles were characterised for size, surface charge, poly-morphism and protein loading and in-vitro release assays were performed. RESULTS AND DISCUSSION The presence of ChBD inserted into the β-lactamase increased the encapsulation of the protein by 6-fold when complexed with HA (Fig. 1). In addition, we also showed that the encapsulated BlaP remains stable during this process using kinetic reaction of β-lactam hydrolysis. Our data showed that vaterite CaCO3 microparticles of sizes ranging between 4 and 7 µm were produced. We were also able to demonstrate that thrombin cleavage increased the release of the protein from the microparticles within 36 hours from <25% to 87% (Fig. 2). In conclusion, the presence of ChBD successfully improved the encapsulation yield of the protein while retaining up to 81% of its activity. CONCLUSION Protein-polysaccharide complexation demonstrates an excellent approach for the delivery of sensitive biomacromolecules which can otherwise be complicated due to electrostatic hindrances. Future prospects include using the methods we have developed for encapsulation of therapeutic proteins and using calcium carbonate as a carrier and scaffold in bone regeneration for example. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of the electrochemical performance of Li4Ti5O12 spinel as negative electrodes for lithium-ion batteries prepared by sol gel and spray drying methods
Mahmoud, Abdelfattah ULiege; Piffet, Caroline ULiege; Berardo, Loris ULiege et al

Poster (2017, September 05)

Energy is considered as the lifeblood of modern society. Rechargeable batteries are the most promising to meet the human needs concerning the energy storage thanks their high energy density and high ... [more ▼]

Energy is considered as the lifeblood of modern society. Rechargeable batteries are the most promising to meet the human needs concerning the energy storage thanks their high energy density and high energy efficiency. Most difficult challenges of the development of promising rechargeable batteries concern the electrode materials. Li4Ti5O12 (LTO) is one the most promising anode materials for Li-ion batteries, as it demonstrates very stable cycling stability and excellent safety. Its high operating potential (~1.5 V) allows to avoid the formation of SEI during the first cycle. The three-dimensional structure offers LTO excellent reversibility due to the near zero volume strain during the Li+ ion intercalation and deintercalation cycling. The main objective of this study on LTO samples was to evidence the effect of synthesis method and thermal conditions on their structural, morphological and electrochemical properties [1, 2]. The results demonstrate the strong influence of the synthesis route (Sol-Gel and spray-drying methods) and the thermal treatment on the capacity, cyclability and rate capability of the LTO spinel in Li-half-cell and Li-ion full-cell (see Figure 1). References [1] A. Mahmoud, J. M. Amarilla, K. Lasri, I. Saadoune, Electrochim. Acta 93 (2013) 163-172. [2] A. Mahmoud, J. M. Amarilla, I. Saadoune, Electrochim. Acta 163 (2015) 213-222. [less ▲]

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See detailOrdovician to Early Devonian from South America: a state of the art - review
Rubinstein, C.V.; Garcia Muro, V.J.; Gerrienne, Philippe ULiege et al

Conference (2017, September 05)

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See detailétude fonctionnelle des facteurs d’épissage SR (Ser/Arg-rich) au cours du développement embryonnaire de Danio rerio.
Joris, Marine ULiege

Doctoral thesis (2017)

Ser/Arg-rich (SR) proteins constitute a phylogenetically conserved family of RNA binding proteins characterized by one or two RNA-recognition motifs (RRMs) at the N-terminus and a C-terminal domain ... [more ▼]

Ser/Arg-rich (SR) proteins constitute a phylogenetically conserved family of RNA binding proteins characterized by one or two RNA-recognition motifs (RRMs) at the N-terminus and a C-terminal domain enriched in Ser/Arg dipeptides. They are important regulators of constitutive and alternative splicing. Moreover, SR proteins are involved in many other aspects of RNA metabolism, including transcription, non-sense mediated decay, mRNA export, translational control as well as maintenance of genome stability. While the roles of SR splicing factors have been widely studied at a molecular level, their functions during animal cell differentiation and development are still largely undetermined. In this study, we decided to take advantage of the vertebrate model organism Danio rerio (zebrafish) to investigate SR protein functions by using molecular and genetic approaches. Fifteen zebrafish SR genes were identified belonging to the three subfamilies of SR proteins [SRSF1 (1RRM and 1 pseudo-RRM), SRSF2 (1RRM) and SRSF7 (1RRM +1ZnK)] initially described in humans. The current PhD thesis aimed to study of four of them, Srsfs5a, Srsf9, Srsfs7 and Srsf2b. We first determined the expression pattern of all SR genes by in situ hybridization at 24, 48 and 72 hours post-fertilization. This analysis revealed an ubiquitous expression pattern for SR genes, however pointing a higher expression in the brain and in the eyes. We next performed “knock-down” experiments using morpholinos (MOs) microinjection to determine SR gene functions. One splicing MO, designed to target srsf5a (sMOsrsf5a) showed an interesting phenotype that coincides with the expression pattern of the gene in the eyes. As none of the four other MOs used to target srsf5a could confirm the phenotype, we generated stable knockout mutant lines using TALEN and CRISPR/Cas9. Interestingly, the corresponding homozygous mutants did not display any phenotypic traits. These inconsistencies were attributed to a possible genetic compensation mechanism in mutants, but also to an underestimated large number of inadvertent morpholino RNA targets. Indeed, we uncovered that only 11 consecutive bases complementary to the 25 MO bases are sufficient for binding and subsequent blocking of splice sites, suggesting that the sMOsrsf5a induced phenotype was not due to the inactivation of this unique, specific gene. In addition, we observed that sMOsrsf5a secondary targets can be slightly reduced by increasing embryos growth temperature after microinjection. Our study contributes to the debate concerning MO specificity, efficacy and the number of unknown targeted sequences.   [less ▲]

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See detailThe Cyanobacterial Biota of Polar Regions: a Molecular Approach
Stelmach Pessi, Igor ULiege

Doctoral thesis (2017)

Cyanobacteria are major components of Polar ecosystems. They comprise a considerable amount of the total biomass, are the main primary producers, and play important roles in the initial development of ... [more ▼]

Cyanobacteria are major components of Polar ecosystems. They comprise a considerable amount of the total biomass, are the main primary producers, and play important roles in the initial development of terrestrial and aquatic habitats. Although the cyanobacterial diversity in the Polar Regions has been well studied, research has been mostly limited to traditional methods such as microscopy, culturing, and Sanger-based molecular ecology approaches. High-troughput sequencing (HTS) has revolutionized our knowledge of microbial diversity and distribution, but a thorough investigation of polar cyanobacterial communities using HTS has not yet been performed. As a result, knowledge of the distributional patterns of polar cyanobacterial communities and the mechanisms underlying their structure is fragmentary. In this thesis, we applied the HTS approach to investigate the diversity and distributional patterns of cyanobacteria in a range of polar habitats. The main goals were: 1. To evaluate the use of HTS as a tool for assessing the cyanobacterial diversity in polar environments, including an assessment of different bioinformatics pipelines and the improvement represented by HTS in comparison to traditional methods; 2. To assess the spatial patterns of cyanobacterial communities across polar environments and the environmental factors shaping cyanobacterial community composition; 3. Tho study the successional dynamics of cyanobacterial communities following the colonization of recently deglaciated habitats. Due to its higher analytical depth, HTS was proven a valuable tool for the study of the cyanobacterial biota of Polar Regions. Nevertheless, the analysis of artificial communities highlighted the importance of strict bioinformatics control of HTS reads, as PCR and sequencing errors might bias the observed structure of the communities. Given the strict bioinformatics workflow applied, our results suggest a previously undetected polar cyanobacterial rare biosphere. On one side, the HTS approach revealed that microbial mat and biological soil crust (BSCs) across different Antarctic and Svalbard (High Arctic) regions are somewhat homogeneous, being dominated by filamentous cyanobacteria from the orders Pseudanabaenales and Oscillatoriales. At the phylotype level (97.5% similarity threshold), on the other hand, cyanobacterial communities were highly variable along environmental gradients within and between habitats. A study of benthic mat communities in Antarctic lakes revealed cyanobacterial communities highly structured by lake conductivity, and comparable compositions in lakes from distant Antarctic regions. In a study of BSC communities in four nunataks and mountain ridges in the Sør Rondane Mountains (Dronning Maud Land), highly dissimilar communities were observed between locations. Finally, two studies of BSC communities in Petunia Bay (Svalbard) revealed a marked, linear cyanobacterial community turnover along gradients of soil development. Altogether, the results obtained in the present thesis show that HTS is a powerful yet underused tool for the study of cyanobacterial diversity, not only in Polar Regions, but also on a global scale. This can be attributed to the very high sequencing depth achieved by HTS, which provides more robust assessments of community turnover and with a stronger statistical support than Sanger- based molecular ecology approaches. [less ▲]

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See detailValence des verbes et interdépendances entre lexique et syntaxe en kirundi
Tuyubahe, Pascal ULiege

Doctoral thesis (2017)

Ce travail de recherche a pour objet de décrire des phénomènes lexicaux et syntaxiques du kirundi peu examinés précédemment. Il est subdivisé en deux principales parties : la première partie est consacrée ... [more ▼]

Ce travail de recherche a pour objet de décrire des phénomènes lexicaux et syntaxiques du kirundi peu examinés précédemment. Il est subdivisé en deux principales parties : la première partie est consacrée à l’élaboration d’un lexique valenciel des verbes avec un ou plusieurs compléments, en prenant comme points de départ la liste de lexèmes de de Samie (2008) ainsi que le dictionnaire rundi-français de Rodegem (1970). Il s’avère que beaucoup de verbes peuvent apparaître dans différents schémas de construction, ce qui implique plusieurs unités lexicales pour ces verbes dans le lexique valenciel. La deuxième partie, composée de sept chapitres, consiste en la recherche de généralisations pouvant être faites à partir de ce lexique ; ces généralisations reposant sur une large base empirique, elles sont assez fréquemment accompagnées d’exceptions. Le chapitre 1 concerne le comportement syntaxique des groupes nominaux et groupes prépositionnels dans la valence des verbes et leur caractérisation par des tests; il y est question des objets directs, des objets prépositionnels, des circonstants et des attributs. Un chapitre est consacré au passif impersonnel (chapitre 2) car cette construction fournit une justification purement empirique à la catégorie « objet prépositionnel » en kirundi, permettant de distinguer les objets prépositionnels (locatif ou non) des autres compléments (y compris les circonstants valenciels de lieu). Le chapitre 3 montre l’importance quantitative des objets directs par rapport aux autres objets du lexique valenciel des verbes en kirundi et montre comment cette importance est encore accrue par l’existence en kirundi d’objets directs non valenciels, en particulier les objets introduits par l’intermédiaire d’un suffixe verbal (suffixe applicatif -ir- ou suffixe causatif -i- ou -iish-) et les possesseurs inaliénables introduits sans intermédiaire. Après avoir fait une présentation générale des temps et aspects et de la concordance des temps en kirundi (chapitre 4), les chapitres 5, 6 et 7 montrent comment cela se manifeste dans les propositions subordonnées valencielles et les propositions avec auxiliaire, en distinguant celles qui ont un verbe conjugué et celles qui ont un infinitif. Les conclusions générales sont suivies des propositions prospectives permettant d’effectuer des recherches approfondies en vue de compléter le lexique valenciel, d’une part et, d’autre part, de déterminer les conditions d’emploi des suffixes causatifs -i- et -iish-. [less ▲]

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See detailFunctional diversity and mowing regime of flower strips as tools to support pollinators and to suppress weeds
Uyttenbroeck, Roel ULiege

Doctoral thesis (2017)

Intensification of agriculture during past decades is one of the causes of biodiversity declines. Ecological intensification has been proposed as a more sustainable alternative of intensive agriculture ... [more ▼]

Intensification of agriculture during past decades is one of the causes of biodiversity declines. Ecological intensification has been proposed as a more sustainable alternative of intensive agriculture that should be able to fulfill worldwide demands of food, by optimizing ecosystem functions and services and reducing environmental impacts. One way to restore ecosystem functions and services in arable fields is creating flower strips in field margins. These flower strips enable wild plant communities to thrive and provide food and shelter to associated fauna. It is often suggested that increasing plant functional diversity could be a tool to optimize ecosystem functioning and ecosystem service delivery, and it could thus be a goal for the creation and management of flower strips. An example of ecosystem functioning studied in this manuscript, is the mutualistic interaction between plants and pollinators. To convince European farmers to implement flower strips, they are included in the subsidized Agri-Environment Schemes. However, there exists no clear appraisal of the pros and cons of flower strips for farmers. By systematically reviewing the literature for pros and cons, we found that most studies concerned agronomical and ecological processes related to flower strips, but few or no studies were dedicated to the social and economic aspects. Furthermore, pollination appears to be an important pro, and weed infestation a possible con, depending on flower strip creation and management. We focused on these two examples in the further study. We investigated (1) whether the increase of plant functional diversity can be used as tool to optimize flower strips for pollinators, (2) whether forb competition and adapting timing and frequency of mowing can be used as tools to limit weeds in flower strips, and (3) whether flower strips perform equally in supporting pollinators as the natural habitat for which they are thought to be a surrogate. To use functional diversity as a tool to optimize flower strips for pollinators, we first tested whether it is possible to create a flower strip with a desired functional diversity level. We sew experimental flower strips with increasing functional diversity, based on visual, morphological and phenological flower traits and surveyed the vegetation composition the first year after sowing. The sown gradient of functional diversity was present, but with lower absolute values due to unequal cover of sown species and due to the presence of spontaneous species. To test the effect on pollinator support, we monitored the plant-pollinator networks in the experimental strips during two years. In contrast to our expectations, pollinator species richness and evenness were not influenced by functional diversity, and increasing functional diversity even resulted in lower flower visitation rates. To investigate the effect of forb competition and timing and frequency of mowing on weed infestation, we created experimental flower strips either with grass and forb species in the seed mixture, either with only grass species. Three different mowing regimes were applied: summer mowing, autumn mowing and mowing both in summer and autumn. The cover of important weed, Cirsium arvense, was limited by adding forbs to the seed mixture and by mowing in summer or in summer and autumn. At last, by surveying plant-pollinator networks in perennial flower strips and natural hay meadows in the same landscape context, we observed that both the plant and the pollinator communities differed between the flower strips and the meadows. Perennial flower strips can thus be considered as a complementary habitat in the landscape and not a hay meadow surrogate. This study suggests that it is possible to manipulate the vegetation as well as infestation by certain weeds in flower strips by adapting the seed mixture and the mowing regime. However, to promote pollinators in flower strips, increasing plant functional diversity appears not to be the key, and the abundance of certain attractive plant species can be more important. Moreover our results suggest that pollinators perceived a lower redundancy of functional plant trait values when functional diversity was higher, as they had more separate feeding niches (less visited flower species in common). Our results also suggest that there could be a trade-off between the increase of functional trait diversity and the floral resource abundance per niche or functional trait combination. With the results of the tested flower strip creation and management methods and their effect on pollinator support and weed infestation, farmers and administrations can try to create and manage flower strips with the desired balance between pros and cons, and researchers can try to refine these methods and test the effects on other pros and cons. [less ▲]

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See detailSpatial hybridization and its implications on housing in Brussels and Amsterdam
Uyttebrouck, Constance ULiege; Teller, Jacques ULiege

Conference (2017, September 04)

This paper aims to address the effects of labour market mutations on housing through an analysis of “spatial hybridization”, focusing on the qualitative comparison of Brussels and Amsterdam. The objective ... [more ▼]

This paper aims to address the effects of labour market mutations on housing through an analysis of “spatial hybridization”, focusing on the qualitative comparison of Brussels and Amsterdam. The objective is to provide first elements of context, methodology and results of a wider on-going research. In the first section, we highlight underlying trends, in particular the emergence of NWoW in a context of new economy, and current issues on the housing market (flexibilisation, commodification, gentrification). Then, we discuss the relevance of applying path dependence in our research, before presenting our two case-study cities from a historical perspective and pointing out innovative practices and the current public discourse. Finally, we discuss differences and similarities through four elements of comparison: functional mix at the block level, service-oriented housing, economic and housing paths. The discussion is based on our literature review, early policy analysis and interviews with key-stakeholders. [less ▲]

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See detailLCM of construction waste towards circular economy of buildings: VALDEM project
Roy, Aubin; Groslambert, Sylvie ULiege; Pasquet, Vanessa et al

Poster (2017, September 04)

From resource prospective, building and construction sector is responsible for more than third of global resource consumption, including 12% of the fresh water use and its generation of solid waste is ... [more ▼]

From resource prospective, building and construction sector is responsible for more than third of global resource consumption, including 12% of the fresh water use and its generation of solid waste is estimated to be 40% of the total waste volume. At European level, construction and demolition waste is the largest waste stream representing one third of all waste produced in EU. Therefore the resource efficiency and management is crucial in building construction. A very significant part of the Construction and Demolition Waste (CDW) is not recycled today. Also a very limited part is used as a recycled content in the construction and building products and materials. This lack is mainly due to heterogeneity and dispersion of waste flows decreasing efficiency and economic viability of recycling. To address this issue, VALDEM project (funded by Interreg FWVL European Fund) aims to overcome barriers to increase up-cycling applications. The project focuses its activities in North of France, Flanders and Walloon regions (Belgium), and stands out from usual approaches by its cross-border view of circular economy. VALDEM aims, on one hand, to optimize buildings end of life management by developing new deconstruction, sorting and recycling processes to produce uniform and accessible material flows. On the other hand, the project aims at increasing recycling and generating high quality secondary materials (concrete and other flows) to be used in future buildings within an up-cycling prospective. And finally it aims at validating the solutions from technical, scientific, economic and environmental point of view. The Environmental assessment, based on LCA, consists of identifying hotspots and key aspects to prioritize the efforts of different economic actors. As a first step, an LCA meta-analysis is conducted to provide an environmental picture for different potential activities within the scope of the project. As a next step, a comparative LCA is conducted to assess the environmental benefits and impacts of different solutions proposed in the framework of the project in a decision making context, and to limit the impact transfer and to generate the maximum value for all the stakeholders. Finally, results will be transferred to main actors (recycling operators, buildings contractors, product manufacturers …) in the three regions in order to consolidate future key aspects to eco-design a building in light of circular economy. [less ▲]

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See detailElectrochemical Mechanism of TiMnSn4 as Anode Material for Li-ion Batteries
Lippens, Pierre-Emmanuel; Jumas, Jean-claude; Olivier-Fourcade, Josette et al

Conference (2017, September 04)

Li-ion batteries are widely used in portable electronic devices, electric vehicles or energy storage systems for intermittent energy sources, due to their high energy density, light weight and long cycle ... [more ▼]

Li-ion batteries are widely used in portable electronic devices, electric vehicles or energy storage systems for intermittent energy sources, due to their high energy density, light weight and long cycle life. However, the performances must be continuously improved, which requires the development of new electrode materials. Carbon is commercially used for the anode but its specific capacity is limited to 372 mAh g-1 due to the electrochemical insertion mechanism involving only 1 Li per 6 C. In order to increase the specific capacity, Sn was considered as electrochemically active element although it is about ten times heavier than C. This is due to the alloying/dealloying mechanism with up to 4.4 Li per Sn, providing a theoretical capacity of 992 mAh g-1. However, the Sn ↔ Li4.4Sn reversible transformations are associated with large volume variations responsible for capacity fading.Tin intermetallic compounds of the form MSnx, where M is a transition metal, were proposed to overcome this problem. The first lithiation transforms the pristine material into Li7Sn2/M nanocomposites where the M nanoparticles are expected to buffer the volume variations [1]. However, the delithiation process is more complex involving a possible back reaction of M with Sn, which could play a crucial role in the cycling stability. Such reaction was observed for Ni3Sn4 [2] and MnSn2 [3] but not for FeSn2 [4]. In addition, TiSnx intermetallics show very poor electrochemical activity [5]. The present work concerns the tin based ternary phase TiMnSn4 as new anode material for Li-ion batteries. This compound is of particular interest because it contains two different transition metals that are expected to react differently with Sn during delithiation, if we consider the previous results obtained for MnSnx and TiSnx. TiMnSn4 was obtained by mechanosynthesis to optimize the microstructure and characterized by different experimental tools and DFT (density functional theory) calculations. We propose an analysis of the reaction mechanism based on operando X-ray diffraction and 119Sn Mössbauer spectroscopy combined with a DFT interpretation of the electrochemical potential curve. References 1) M. Chamas, M.T. Sougrati, C. Reibel, P.E. Lippens, Chem. Mater. 25, 2410 (2013). 2) K.K.D. Ehinon, S. Naille, R. Dedryvère, P.E. Lippens, J.C. Jumas, D. Gonbeau, Chem. Mater. 20, 5388 (2008). 3) A. Mahmoud, M. Chamas, J.C. Jumas, B. Philippe, R. Dedryvère, D. Gonbeau, I. Saadoune, P.E. Lippens, J. Power Sources 244, 246 (2013). 4) M. Chamas, P.E. Lippens, J.C. Jumas, K. Boukerma, R. Dedryvère, D. Gonbeau, J. Hassoun, S. Panero, B. Scrosati, J. Power Sources 196, 7011 (2011). 5) A. Ladam, L. Aldon, P.E. Lippens, J. Olivier-Fourcade, J.C. Jumas, C. Cenac-Morthe, Hyperfine Interact. 237, 51 (2016). [less ▲]

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See detailSurface solar radiation modelling over 1900-2014: comparison between the regional climate model MAR and reanalyses
Wyard, Coraline ULiege; Doutreloup, Sébastien ULiege; Belleflamme, Alexandre ULiege et al

Poster (2017, September 04)

Many studies show that the surface solar radiation has underwent large variations over the second half of the 20th century as a result of variations in cloud cover and aerosol loading in the atmosphere ... [more ▼]

Many studies show that the surface solar radiation has underwent large variations over the second half of the 20th century as a result of variations in cloud cover and aerosol loading in the atmosphere. However, it is difficult to build strong conclusions before the 1950s because of the observations scarcity. The evolution of the surface solar radiation has been reconstructed over 1900-2014 using the regional model MAR (« Modèle Atmosphérique Régional ») which has recently been chosen to be part of the EURO-CORDEX project, thanks to the CORDEX.be project. Simulations were performed at a horizontal resolution of 5 km over a domain of 600 x 550 km² covering Belgium. Boundary conditions were provided by four reanalysis products: ERA-interim (1979-2014) completed by the ERA40 (1958-1978), NCEP/NCAR-v1 (1948-2014), ERA-20C (1900-2010) and 20CRV2C (1900-2010). Surface solar radiation measurements from the Global Energy Balance Archive and cloud cover observations from Belgocontrol covering 1966-2007 were used for the evaluation of the MAR model and the forcing reanalyses. Results show that MAR produces much better results than the reanalyses. The driving reanalyses can generate divergent trends while they assimilate observations and are supposed to represent the same climate. [less ▲]

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