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See detailDetonator and Bomb of Streptomyces coelicolor development
Rigali, Sébastien ULg

Scientific conference (2014, November 28)

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See detailVers une "dématérialisation" des droits fondamentaux? Convergence des droits fondamentaux dans une protection fragmentée, à la lumière du raisonnement du juge constitutionnel belge
Rosoux, Géraldine ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

Le thèse examine l'articulation tant "procédurale" que "substantielle" des droits fondamentaux, garantis par des dispositions tant constitutionnelles que conventionnelles, et protégés par de multiples ... [more ▼]

Le thèse examine l'articulation tant "procédurale" que "substantielle" des droits fondamentaux, garantis par des dispositions tant constitutionnelles que conventionnelles, et protégés par de multiples juges, tant nationaux qu'européens. [less ▲]

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See detailMigration, race and citizenship: the postcolonial malus of the Belgo-Congolese in Belgium
Demart, Sarah ULg

Scientific conference (2014, November 27)

In this paper I look at the particular situation of Congolese and Belgian-Congolese citizens in Belgium, the former colonial metropole. From research conducted over ten years within Congolese circles I ... [more ▼]

In this paper I look at the particular situation of Congolese and Belgian-Congolese citizens in Belgium, the former colonial metropole. From research conducted over ten years within Congolese circles I argue that postcolonial immigrants/citizens have for the last three decades been experiencing a significant social malus. Not only does daily racial discrimination inform and supply it but so also does treatment by the state itself through its various institutions. Looking at some data collected from political, associative and artistic spheres I argue that the Congolese in Belgium have to deal with a postcolonial malus. My research is grounded on a comprehensive anthropology which privileges the actors’ own perspective. I thereby explore the elements, trends or configurations of the post-migratory situation which may be considered inherited from colonialism. Finally, I discuss the reason why despite three decades of “postcolonial activism”, the postcolonial critique is not a live social issue in French-speaking Belgium. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Eurogypsum list of biodiversity indicators: a tool to increase biodiversity capacity in the gypsum industry.
Pitz, Carline ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2014)

The resulting framework contains eleven indicators which are the most acceptable set of indicators for all the stakeholders. It answers to European legislation and strategies for biodiversity. It is ... [more ▼]

The resulting framework contains eleven indicators which are the most acceptable set of indicators for all the stakeholders. It answers to European legislation and strategies for biodiversity. It is intended to improve sustainability in the quarries and to help managing biodiversity, to allow setting up of appropriate reporting systems. The aim is to maintain the biodiversity status of the gypsum quarries. It is a flexible framework adaptable given the local context of each gypsum quarry in order to prove if a No Net Loss has been reached at a quarry’s scale. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh-throughput synthesis of functional oxide films
Dhanapal, Pravarthana ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

Epitaxy of metal oxides is of great interest since it provides a way to obtain desired novel properties for the applications such as electronics and energy. However, earlier epitaxy research's have been ... [more ▼]

Epitaxy of metal oxides is of great interest since it provides a way to obtain desired novel properties for the applications such as electronics and energy. However, earlier epitaxy research's have been restricted because of the limited range of compositions and low-index of commercially available single crystal substrates. Consequently, novel epitaxy synthesis methods need to be developed in order to go beyond the present demands of of single crystal substrates in terms of phase, composition, size, orientation and symmetry. In this research work, we have developed a high-throughput synthesis process, called combinatorial substrate epitaxy (CSE), where an oxide film is grown epitaxially on a polycrystalline substrate. As a proof-of-concept, we firstly fabricated Ca3Co4O9 films on Al2O3 ceramics. Films have a good local epitaxial registry, and the Seebeck coefficient is about 170 µV/K at 300 K. High quality BiFeO3/La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 thin film heterostructures were secondly deposited on dense LaAlO3 ceramics prepared by spark plasma sintering. Piezoforce microscopy was used to confirm the local ferroelectric properties. Thirdly, we investigate the growth of of metastable monoclinic Dy2Ti2O7 epitaxial films on polycrystalline La2Ti2O7 substrates. We conclude that CSE approach opens the way towards unexpected electronic properties in oxide films. [less ▲]

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See detailPENSANDO LA CIUDAD SOSTENIBLE MÁS ALLÁ DE LA DICOTOMÍA ECOLOGÍA URBANA Y MEDIOAMBIENTE URBANO: EL CASO DE LA GOBERNANZA DEL AGUA EN COCHABAMBA
Cabrera Quispe, Juan Edson ULg; Farah, Jihad ULg

Conference (2014, November 24)

In this article, we go back on two ways of taking into account the environmental dimension in urban planning and governance. We stress the difficult articulation between these two approaches – “urban ... [more ▼]

In this article, we go back on two ways of taking into account the environmental dimension in urban planning and governance. We stress the difficult articulation between these two approaches – “urban ecology” and “urban environment” – and the actual impasse the discipline of urban planning finds itself in in its quest of the sustainable city. These two approaches for acting on the city by considering the complexity of its milieu build on different representations of this milieu and different modes of action legitimation. Negating each other, they can difficultly coexist, even less articulate. Through the example of water management in Cochabamba, we stress the tensions between these approaches. We point also to the awkward and marginalized position of urban planning and challenges it must face to regain a capacity of action in contemporary fragmented cities that know complex governance landscapes and rare or endangered resources. [less ▲]

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See detailA lasso penalization approach to differential item functioning
Magis, David ULg

Conference (2014, November 24)

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See detailA capillary Archimedes’ screw
Darbois-Texier, Baptiste ULg; Dorbolo, Stéphane ULg

Conference (2014, November 23)

As used by Egyptians for irrigation and reported by Archimedes, a screw turning inside a hollow pipe can pull out a fluid againt gravity. At a centimetric scale, an analagous system can be found with a ... [more ▼]

As used by Egyptians for irrigation and reported by Archimedes, a screw turning inside a hollow pipe can pull out a fluid againt gravity. At a centimetric scale, an analagous system can be found with a drop pending on a rotating spiral which is tilted toward the horizontal. The ascent of the drop to the top of the spiral is considered and a theoretical model based on geometrical considerations is proposed. The climb of the drop is limited by the fluid deposition on the screw at high capillary number and by a centrifugation phenomenon. We find out the range of fluid proprities and spiral characteristics for which an ascending motion of the drop is possible. Finally we discuss the efficiency of such system to extract a fluid from a bath at a centrimetric scale. [less ▲]

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See detailFoucault et Deleuze et Sami-Ali : postmodernité et psychothérapie.
Englebert, Jérôme ULg

Conference (2014, November 22)

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See detailPhysical and bacterial controls on inorganic nutrients and dissolved organic carbon during a sea ice growth and decay experiment
Zhou, Jiayun ULg; Delille, Bruno ULg; Kaartokallio, Hermanni et al

in Marine Chemistry (2014), 166

We investigated how physical incorporation, brine dynamics and bacterial activity regulate the distribution of inorganic nutrients and dissolved organic carbon (DOC) in artificial sea ice during a 19-day ... [more ▼]

We investigated how physical incorporation, brine dynamics and bacterial activity regulate the distribution of inorganic nutrients and dissolved organic carbon (DOC) in artificial sea ice during a 19-day experiment that included periods of both ice growth and decay. The experiment was performed using two series of mesocosms: the first consisted of seawater and the second consisted of seawater enriched with humic-rich river water. We grew ice by freezing the water at an air temperature of -14 °C for 14 days after which ice decay was induced by increasing the air temperature to -1 °C. Using the ice temperatures and bulk ice salinities, we derived the brine volume fractions, brine salinities and Rayleigh numbers. The temporal evolution of these physical parameters indicate that there was a succession of 3 stages in the brine dynamics: forced-convection, followed by bottom convection during ice growth, and then brine stratification during ice decay. The major findings are: (1) the incorporation of dissolved compounds (nitrate, nitrite, ammonium, phosphate, silicate, and DOC) into the sea ice was not conservative (relative to salinity) during ice growth. Brine convection clearly influenced the incorporation of the dissolved compounds, since the non-conservative behavior of the dissolved compounds was particularly pronounced in the absence of brine convection. (2) Bacterial activity further regulated nutrient availability in the ice: ammonium and nitrite accumulated as a result of remineralization processes, although bacterial production was too low to induce major changes in DOC concentrations. (3) Different forms of DOC have different properties and hence incorporation efficiencies. In particular, the terrestrially-derived DOC from the river water was less efficiently incorporated into sea ice than the DOC in the seawater. Therefore the main factors regulating the distribution of the dissolved compounds within sea ice are clearly a complex interaction of brine dynamics, biological activity and in the case of dissolved organic matter, the physico-chemical properties of the dissolved constituents themselves. [less ▲]

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See detailPerceptual Experiences and their Parts
Dewalque, Arnaud ULg

Scientific conference (2014, November 22)

What is the phenomenal structure of our perceptual experiences? In this talk, I suggest that perceptual experiences – like consciousness in general – have a mereological structure, that is, a structure in ... [more ▼]

What is the phenomenal structure of our perceptual experiences? In this talk, I suggest that perceptual experiences – like consciousness in general – have a mereological structure, that is, a structure in which the most basic relation is that of parthood. I do not provide any definitive argument for this view. I just want to suggest (i) that the mereological approach is untouched by the usual objections coming from the proponents of the Unified Field Theory (James, Searle, Tye), (ii) that the Unified Field Theory faces some important difficulties of its own. [less ▲]

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See detailVers un transport aérien plus écologique et plus économique
Lurkin, Virginie ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2014)

de l’avion en vol. Mieux, on peut montrer que la position du centre de gravité (qui dépend du chargement de l’avion) affecte la consommation de carburant. Ce résultat revêt une importance majeure dans un ... [more ▼]

de l’avion en vol. Mieux, on peut montrer que la position du centre de gravité (qui dépend du chargement de l’avion) affecte la consommation de carburant. Ce résultat revêt une importance majeure dans un contexte d’augmentation des prix du pétrole et où il s’agit de réduire les émissions polluantes. Pour un transport aérien plus économique, il s’agit aussi, en cas de livraisons à différents endroits, de réduire au maximum les temps de chargements et de déchargements afin de limiter les coûts liés aux paiements des salariés et à l’utilisation de chaque aéroport intermédiaire. Au cours de mon exposé, je présente un modèle mathématique qui vise à trouver le chargement qui minimise la consommation de carburant et les temps de chargements et déchargements. Je partage avec nous les résultats de mes recherches dont les applications garantissent un impact écologique et économique positif. [less ▲]

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See detailLong-term evolution and seasonal modulation of methanol above Jungfraujoch (46.5°N, 8.0°E): Optimisation of the retrieval strategy, comparison with model and independant observations
Bader, Whitney ULg; Stavrakou, T; Muller, J-F et al

in Atmospheric Measurement Techniques (2014), 7

Methanol (CH3OH) is the second most abundant organic compound in the Earth's atmosphere after methane. In this work, we present the first long-term time series of methanol total, lower tropospheric and ... [more ▼]

Methanol (CH3OH) is the second most abundant organic compound in the Earth's atmosphere after methane. In this work, we present the first long-term time series of methanol total, lower tropospheric and upper tropospheric-lower stratospheric partial columns derived from the analysis of high resolution Fourier transform infrared solar spectra recorded at the Jungfraujoch station (46.5° N, 3580 m a.s.l.). The retrieval of methanol is very challenging due to strong absorptions of ozone in the region of the selected υ8 band of CH3OH. Two wide spectral intervals have been defined and adjusted in order to maximize the information content. Methanol does not exhibit a significant trend over the 1995–2012 time period, but a strong seasonal modulation characterized by maximum values and variability in June–July, minimum columns in winter and a peak-to-peak amplitude of 130%. In situ measurements performed at the Jungfraujoch and ACE-FTS occultations give similar results for the methanol seasonal variation. The total and lower tropospheric columns are also compared with IMAGESv2 model simulations. There is no systematic bias between the observations and IMAGESv2 but the model underestimates the peak-to-peak amplitude of the seasonal modulations. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the finiteness and uniqueness of the weighted likelihood estimator of ability in polytomous IRT models
Magis, David ULg; Verhelst, Norman

Conference (2014, November 21)

In item response theory (IRT), the weighted likelihood (WL) estimator has become a central method to estimate ability levels of respondents. Primarily introduced with dichotomous IRT models (Warm, 1989 ... [more ▼]

In item response theory (IRT), the weighted likelihood (WL) estimator has become a central method to estimate ability levels of respondents. Primarily introduced with dichotomous IRT models (Warm, 1989), it was later extended to polytomous IRT models (Samejima, 1998). However, very few information is available about the behavior of the WL estimator, and especially about the uniqueness of the ability estimates as well as their finiteness. The purpose of this talk is to establish that with polytomous item response models, the WL estimator of ability always returns finite values. This result is valid for the class of difference models and divide-by-total models, independently of the number of items and the response patterns. However, such estimates may not necessarily be unique, as the WL solving equation may provide several optimal values. Some examples are considered to illustrate both findings. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact environnemental des stations de méthanisation agricoles
Adam, Gilles ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2014)

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See detailDouble thermoresponsive di- and triblock copolymers based on N-vinylcaprolactam and N-vinylpyrrolidone: synthesis and comparative study of solution behaviour
Kermagoret, Anthony ULg; Mathieu, Kevin ULg; Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg et al

in Polymer Chemistry (2014), 5(22), 6534-6544

Poly(N-vinylcaprolactam) (PNVCL) and poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone) (PNVP) are water soluble polymers of interest especially in the biomedical field. Moreover, PNVCL is characterized by a lower critical ... [more ▼]

Poly(N-vinylcaprolactam) (PNVCL) and poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone) (PNVP) are water soluble polymers of interest especially in the biomedical field. Moreover, PNVCL is characterized by a lower critical solution temperature close to 36 °C in water, which makes it useful for the design of thermoresponsive systems. In this context, we used the cobalt-mediated radical polymerization (CMRP) and reaction coupling (CMRC) for synthesizing a series of well-defined NVCL and NVP-based copolymers, including statistical copolymers as well as double thermoresponsive diblocks and triblocks. Dynamic light scattering and turbidimetry analyses highlighted the crucial impact of the copolymer composition and architecture on the cloud point temperature (TCP) of each segment and also their influence on the multistep assembly behaviour of block copolymers. Addition of NaCl enabled us to adjust the inter-TCP range of the di- and triblock in which selective precipitation of one block and self-assembly of the copolymer were favoured. Overall, data presented here provide a basis for the synthesis of a broad range of NVCL/NVP based copolymer architectures with a tunable thermal response in water. [less ▲]

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