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See detailFunctional emulsion-templated macroporous polymers via controlled radical polymerization
Mathieu, Kevin ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg; Debuigne, Antoine ULg

Conference (2017, May 05)

Macroporous polymer monoliths with interconnected structures have attracted considerable interest in the fields of supported catalysis, chromatography, water purification, etc. A popular and ... [more ▼]

Macroporous polymer monoliths with interconnected structures have attracted considerable interest in the fields of supported catalysis, chromatography, water purification, etc. A popular and straightforward synthesis approach for such open-cell polymers is based on the emulsion-templated polymerization. In this strategy, a major phase is dispersed in a minor continuous phase containing monomers, cross-linker, initiator and surfactant. The curing of the continuous phase followed by the removal of the dispersed phase leads to a monolith with voids interconnected by pores. Size and number of the latters are influenced by several parameters and especially by the nature of the surfactant. Consequently, we prepared by controlled radical polymerization a series of well-defined amphiphilic copolymers having different hydrophilic-lipophilic balance (HLB) and chain-ends, used it as stabilizers for the emulsion-templated polymerizations and demonstrated the crucial effect of the macromolecular features as well as the concentration on the foam morphology. Secondly, the physical and the chemical anchoring of the macromolecular surfactants at the surface of the pores were also considered for tuning the surface properties of the porous monoliths in one step. This strategy was also implemented with alkyne-terminated copolymers in order to decorate the surface of the cavities with “clickable” moieties which broadens the scope of functional macroporous polymers. [less ▲]

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See detailGérer ses références bibliographiques avec ZOTERO
Cordier, Quentin ULg; Desseilles, François ULg

Scientific conference (2017, May 05)

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See detailMONitOring des flux de POLluants dans les Eaux Souterraines
Jamin, Pierre ULg; Dassargues, Alain ULg; Brouyère, Serge ULg

Poster (2017, May 05)

Contaminated aquifers management is currently based on the evaluation of pollutant concentration in the groundwater. This approach is necessary but totally insufficient to evaluate the risk posed by the ... [more ▼]

Contaminated aquifers management is currently based on the evaluation of pollutant concentration in the groundwater. This approach is necessary but totally insufficient to evaluate the risk posed by the contamination to potential receptors. Since the risk is due to the pollutant that are actually moving, and might reach a receptor, this concentration measurement should be combined to a measurement of the groundwater flow velocity (i.e. the driving force of contaminant migration in aquifers), to quantify the contaminant mass flux at which the receptor is exposed. We propose a new point dilution technique able to measure accurately the groundwater flux and to monitor continuously its changes with time. [less ▲]

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See detailFrom the shortest to the tallest
Beckers, Albert ULg

in Annales d'Endocrinologie (2017), 78

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See detailThe use of stable isotopes in marine animal trophic ecology
Sturaro, Nicolas ULg; Lepoint, Gilles ULg; Frederich, Bruno ULg et al

Conference (2017, May 05)

Stable isotope analysis has been recognised as a useful tool for studying animal diet, identifying trophic relationships, and delineating food web structures as well as their alteration by human ... [more ▼]

Stable isotope analysis has been recognised as a useful tool for studying animal diet, identifying trophic relationships, and delineating food web structures as well as their alteration by human activities. Over the past decade, the number of studies using stable isotopes of carbon and nitrogen in marine trophic ecology has increased rapidly as technological advancements greatly facilitate their use. This tool is now among the most popular in ecology and several fields of investigations have developed, including the extension of analyses to more ‘difficult’ stable isotope ratio measurements such as sulfur, the use of isotope mixing models, and the creation of compound-specific stable isotope analysis. Here, we present three case studies taken from our own investigations and previously published literature. The first investigates seagrass detritus ecosystem in which the coexistence of a rich number of species of crustacean raises the question of whether trophic diversity exist among these species. The second examines the feeding habits of coral reef fish and explores whether habitat choice on the reef and their behaviour emerges as good predictors of diet. The third presents the potential use of stable isotope analysis in studying the nutrition of scleractinian corals, which are complex symbiotic organisms that usually present both autotrophic and heterotrophic pathways. This tool has enhanced our understanding of coral species biology, yet it remains underused. Overall, we aim to provide initial insights into stable isotope analysis for illustrating their utility and potential applications to better understand food web structures and species diet in the waters around Taiwan. [less ▲]

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See detailDie Geheimnisse der Natur
Haler, Jean ULg; Schülke, Sophia; De Pauw, Edwin ULg

Article for general public (2017)

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See detailTo be plastic is fantastic: delineate coral species niches for assessing their tolerance to changes
Denis, Vianney; Sturaro, Nicolas ULg; Yang, Shan-Hua et al

Conference (2017, May 05)

Climatic and anthropogenic disturbances alter coral reefs by reconfiguring existing coral assemblages. Surviving species are selected by the new environment based on particular traits that they may ... [more ▼]

Climatic and anthropogenic disturbances alter coral reefs by reconfiguring existing coral assemblages. Surviving species are selected by the new environment based on particular traits that they may exhibit, with the plasticity in traits defining ecological strategies associated with contrasting degrees of tolerance to changes. In this process, specialists are expected to tolerate few changes to the environmental conditions and are restricted to specific habitat, while generalists can cope with a wider range of environmental conditions by readjusting traits according to the habitat’s features. Ecological strategies in corals have been exclusively defined according to species’ trait averages, irrespective of individual variations. Challenges representing the acquisition and use of energy have also tended to be oversimplified, specifically by the choice of easy traits in the absence of strong scientific evidence. In this study, we propose a re-examination of strategies in scleractinian corals by focusing on the intraspecific variation of traits. We will investigate how the characteristics of a given species niche can help coral species to tolerate changes. Our multidisciplinary approach will focus on three major characteristics of the coral holobiont (its physiology, trophic ecology, and associated microbiome) which together can define the ecological plasticity of species. This work is of tremendous importance for enhancing the understanding of coral response to environmental changes and for ensuring functions as well as the services of this ecosystem to future generations. [less ▲]

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See detailUnusually high sea ice cover influences resource use by benthic invertebrates in coastal Antarctica
Michel, Loïc ULg; Dubois, Philippe; Eleaume, Marc et al

Conference (2017, May 04)

Antarctica currently undergoes strong and contrasted impacts linked with climate change. While the West Antarctic Peninsula is one of the most rapidly warming regions in the world, resulting in sea ice ... [more ▼]

Antarctica currently undergoes strong and contrasted impacts linked with climate change. While the West Antarctic Peninsula is one of the most rapidly warming regions in the world, resulting in sea ice cover decrease, the sea ice cover of East Antarctica unexpectedly tends to increase, possibly in relation with changes in atmospheric circulation. Changes in sea ice cover are likely to influence benthic food web structure through modifications of benthic-pelagic coupling, disruption of benthic production and/or modifications of benthic community structure (i.e. resource availability for benthic consumers). Here, we studied shallow (0-20 m) benthic food web structure on the coasts of Petrels Island (Adélie Land, East Antarctica) during an event of unusually high spatial and temporal (two successive austral summers without seasonal break-up) sea ice cover. Using stable isotope ratios of C and N and the SIAR mixing model, we examined importance of 4 organic matter sources (benthic macroalgae, benthic biofilm, sympagic algae, suspended particulate organic matter) for nutrition of dominant primary consumers and omnivores. 14 invertebrate taxa including sessile and mobile polychaetes, gastropods, bivalves, sea stars, sea urchins and sea cucumbers were studied. Our results indicate that most benthic invertebrates predominantly relied on sympagic algae. Despite its very high abundance, trophic role of benthic biofilm seemed limited. However, interpretation of data was complicated by the peculiar ecophysiological features of Antarctic invertebrates, whose very low metabolic rates could be associated to low isotopic turnover and long time to reach isotopic equilibrium with their food items. Resource use by consumers from Adélie Land markedly differed from literature data about invertebrate diet in coastal Antarctica, suggesting 1) important influence of increased sea ice cover on benthic food web structure and 2) high spatial and/or temporal variation in the feeding habits of studied organisms, likely linked with a high degree of trophic plasticity. Our results provide insights about how Antarctic benthic consumers, which have evolved in an extremely stable environment, might adapt their feeding habits in response to sudden man-driven changes in environmental conditions and trophic resource availability. [less ▲]

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See detailControlled synthesis of α-olefins-based copolymers by organocobalt(III) complexes
Demarteau, Jérémy ULg; Debuigne, Antoine ULg; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg

Conference (2017, May 04)

Polyolefins, and ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) copolymers in particular, are highly attractive materials that are industrially synthesized by a free radical process for large range of applications from ... [more ▼]

Polyolefins, and ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) copolymers in particular, are highly attractive materials that are industrially synthesized by a free radical process for large range of applications from food packaging to coatings. Their production requires drastic synthesis conditions (high pressure and high temperature) and the resulting polymers are generally ill-defined. Controlling the polymerization of these unconjugated monomers remains however extremely difficult because of the lack of stabilizing group on their double bond. Moreover, the preparation of chain-end functionalized polyolefins is actually impossible under these conditions. This communication aims at reporting an efficient platform for the precision design of alpha-olefin-based copolymers through a controlled radical polymerization technique called Cobalt-Mediated Radical Polymerization (CMRP). The latter is based on the reversible deactivation of the radical chains by a cobalt complex bearing acetylacetonate (acac) ligands, which is very efficient under mild experimental conditions. The presentation will focus on three main axes: (i) the synthesis of a novel organocobalt(III) complex useful for the functionalization of the polymer chains, (ii) the preparation of various EVA architectures, (iii) the controlled copolymerization of vinyl acetate with a perfluorinated alkene, i.e. perfluorohexylethylene. The hydrolysis of the pendent esters moieties of these fluorinated copolymers paved the way to their polyvinylalcohol counterparts with a marked amphiphilicity. [less ▲]

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See detailAspects économiques de la traduction et circulation d'oeuvres philosophiques
Neelsen, Sarah ULg

Speech/Talk (2017)

Dans un entretien croisé d'une heure et demie, le libraire liégeois Olivier Verschueren et la traductrice argentine Patricia Willson présenteront leur travail et leur contribution quotidienne à la ... [more ▼]

Dans un entretien croisé d'une heure et demie, le libraire liégeois Olivier Verschueren et la traductrice argentine Patricia Willson présenteront leur travail et leur contribution quotidienne à la circulation des œuvres philosophiques. Ils évoqueront le marché du livre, le profil des publics et le renouvellement du paysage éditorial, ainsi que la prise de risque qui préside à toute introduction d'une œuvre philosophique nouvelle, tout particulièrement quand elle provient d'un contexte culturel différent. L'accent sera également mis sur les conditions matérielles de la traduction. [less ▲]

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See detailQualifier Trump de malade mental : un manque de respect pour les malades mentaux
Englebert, Jérôme ULg

Article for general public (2017)

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See detailEnsuring consistency of tools dedicated to biodiversity and ecosystem services : case studies
Pécheur, Emilie ULg; Maebe, Laura ULg; Piqueray, Julien

Conference (2017, May 04)

Public awareness regarding key issues of biodiversity and ecosystem services gave rise to several policies aiming at their consideration in human activities. These policies led to a bunch of legal ... [more ▼]

Public awareness regarding key issues of biodiversity and ecosystem services gave rise to several policies aiming at their consideration in human activities. These policies led to a bunch of legal constraints and incentives that are as many tools to preserve and restore both biodiversity and ecosystem services. However, these tools are often activated in a punctual way, following private initiatives or opportunities and without much reflection about the stakes beyond the actors’ own interests. This results in scattered actions, a lack of cohesion in land planning and sometimes conflicts between stakeholders. Yet biodiversity and ecosystem services need a collaborative management, beyond the individualist approach, to ensure the success and continuity of launched projects. Two case studies illustrate the collaborative and structured application of diverse tools by and for a variety of stakeholders willing to respond to specific needs. The first case is biodiversity-oriented, as it concerns the conservation of Bromus grossus, a plant species listed in Annex II of the Natura 2000 “Habitat” directive, which only grows in agroecosystems. The second case study worked on land multi-functionality in three Walloon municipalities, using ecosystem services as a tool for a land consolidation plan. These two examples highlight: 1° the key actors for the launching and cohesion of the projects, 2° the strengthening steps for short and mid-term success and 3° some conflicting elements interfering with coherent development plans. [less ▲]

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See detailVrai, faux, non-fictif : l’essai comme saisie des mondes contemporains
Claisse, Frédéric ULg

Conference (2017, May 04)

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See detailL’avatar de jeu vidéo. De la composante ludique à l’opérateur de réflexivité
Delbouille, Julie ULg

Scientific conference (2017, May 04)

Le terme « avatar » a longtemps été employé, dans les études consacrées au jeu vidéo, pour désigner uniquement les personnages incarnés par le joueur dans les mondes numériques — et plus particulièrement ... [more ▼]

Le terme « avatar » a longtemps été employé, dans les études consacrées au jeu vidéo, pour désigner uniquement les personnages incarnés par le joueur dans les mondes numériques — et plus particulièrement dans les univers persistants des jeux massivement multijoueurs en ligne. Dans le courant des années 2000, son utilisation a subi un glissement majeur : initialement liée au jeu de rôle, l’expression « avatar » tend aujourd’hui à englober toute représentation du joueur à l’écran. Cet élargissement terminologique permet d’envisager l’avatar comme interface entre le jeu et le joueur, interrogeant le lieu où nous nous trouvons lorsque nous jouons, lorsque nous ne sommes « ni tout à fait en nous-mêmes, ni tout à fait à l’écran, mais dans une zone intermédiaire, un entre-deux » (Triclot, 2011). Cette séance de cours s’interrogera sur le rôle de ces avatars, composante récurrente des jeux vidéo. [less ▲]

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See detailStratégie Nationale de Protection Sociale de la RDC
Manzambi Kuwekita, Joseph ULg

Scientific conference (2017, May 04)

La stratégie de la Politique Nationale de Protection Sociale de la RDC comprend trois axes : (i) la promotion des mécanismes garantissant l’accès aux services sociaux de base et une sécurité élémentaire ... [more ▼]

La stratégie de la Politique Nationale de Protection Sociale de la RDC comprend trois axes : (i) la promotion des mécanismes garantissant l’accès aux services sociaux de base et une sécurité élémentaire de revenus pour les personnes vulnérables, (ii) renforcement et extension des systèmes d’assurance sociale fiable et économiquement viable, (iii) renforcement du cadre institutionnel, des capacités et le financement de la protection sociale. Le premier axe stratégique a été décliné en trois objectifs spécifiques : (i) promouvoir la couverture sanitaire universelle, (ii) assurer l’accès des enfants, garçons et filles, à l’alimentation saine et équilibrée, à l’éducation et aux soins de santé de qualité de proximité ainsi que (iii) garantir aux personnes en situation de précarité, y compris les personnes du troisième âge, l’accès à des services sociaux de base et un revenu minimum. Le deuxième axe stratégique comprend deux objectifs spécifiques : réformer et consolider le système d’assurance sociale ainsi que (ii) étendre la couverture de l’assurance sociale. Quant au troisième axe stratégique, il comprend trois objectifs spécifiques : (i) renforcement de la gouvernance du secteur de la protection sociale, (ii) renforcement du financement et des capacités du système de protection sociale ainsi que (iii) renforcement de l’éducation citoyenne et la recherche en matière de protection sociale. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis of cross-linked poly(HEMA) microparticles in supercritical carbon dioxide for sustained delivery
Caprasse, Jérémie ULg; Parilti, Rahmet ULg; Riva, Raphaël ULg et al

Poster (2017, May 04)

Microgels are micro-sized polymer networks able to swell or shrink depending on the environment. They find applications in many fields such as for environmental purpose or especially in the biomedical ... [more ▼]

Microgels are micro-sized polymer networks able to swell or shrink depending on the environment. They find applications in many fields such as for environmental purpose or especially in the biomedical field for tissue engineering or controlled drug-delivery applications. Indeed, the use of microgels allows a controlled and sustained release of an encapsulated active ingredient (AI), avoiding Burst release. This work aims at reporting on the solvent-free synthesis of well-defined hydrogel microparticles according to a free radical dispersion polymerization of hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) in supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) which confers environmentally benign features to the process2. For that purpose, a dedicated polymer surfactant has been designed by RAFT polymerization, i.e. poly(ethylene oxide-b-heptadecafluorodecyl acrylate) diblock copolymer with a photocleavable group at the junction of both blocks and used as stabilizer for the HEMA dispersion polymerization in scCO2. The synthesis conditions (stabilizer concentration, temperature and CO2 pressure,…) adapted for the in situ encapsulation of an active ingredient have been studied. Then, the photocleavage of the fluorinated block of the polymer stabilizer allows the further swelling of the polyHEMA particles in water and the sustained release of the encapsulated active ingredient through the microgels. This eco-friendly process allowing the formation of well-defined hydrogel particles, showing a sustain release of their content is quite promising for a high scale microparticles production. Microgels are micro-sized polymer networks able to swell or shrink depending on the environment. They find applications in many fields such as for environmental purpose or especially in the biomedical field for tissue engineering or controlled drug-delivery applications. Indeed, the use of microgels allows a controlled and sustained release of an encapsulated active ingredient (AI), avoiding Burst release. [less ▲]

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