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See detailLes invasions biologiques animales
Verheggen, François ULg

Conference (2016, May 24)

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See detailInterface nanoparticules de métal - carbone: de la physico-chimie de base aux catalyseurs Pt/C
Busby, Yan; Felten, Alexandre; Gulas, Michal et al

Conference (2016, May 24)

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See detailWould you care for some integrated care in your fragmented health system? A participatory action research to improve integration between levels of care in a Belgian urban setting.
Belche, Jean ULg; Duchesnes, Christiane ULg; Darras, Christian et al

Poster (2016, May 24)

Integration between levels of care is not facilitated by the Belgian health system. Indeed, patients have uninhibited access to every level of care, there is no gatekeeping system, and no structural ... [more ▼]

Integration between levels of care is not facilitated by the Belgian health system. Indeed, patients have uninhibited access to every level of care, there is no gatekeeping system, and no structural coordination between levels of care. Meanwhile, on one hand, the occurrence of more complex care situations in the ambulatory setting is enhancing the need for coordination while on the other hand, hospitals face financial constraints to provide care in the community. The aim of the research was to organize coordination between levels of care at the local level, in an urban setting. We used the “Local Health System” model (LHS) that aims at integrating hospital and primary care activities for a defined population at the local level. We chose the participatory action research (PAR) methodology and its spiral plan-do-study-act cycles, to ensure the participation and implementation of results by the targeted actors (hospital and local general practitioners (GP) organizations). [less ▲]

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See detailRaised serum levels of IGFBP-1 and IGFBP-2 in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
GUIOT, Julien ULg; Bondue, B.; HENKET, Monique ULg et al

in BMC pulmonary medicine (2016), 16(1), 86

BACKGROUND: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic lung disorder of unknown origin, which ultimately leads to death. Several growth factors such as IGFs (insulin-like-growth factor) and IGFBPs ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic lung disorder of unknown origin, which ultimately leads to death. Several growth factors such as IGFs (insulin-like-growth factor) and IGFBPs (insulin like growth factor binding proteins) seem to take part to the pathogenesis. We evaluated IGFs and IGFBPs in serum from patients with IPF and healthy subjects including 24 untreated IPF and 26 IPF receiving anti-fibrotic therapy and to compare them with healthy subjects. METHODS: Serum of 50 idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and 55 healthy subjects (HS) were analysed by ELISA for IGFs and IGFBPs, TGF-beta and KL-6, the latter being tested as positive control in IPF. RESULTS: Serum levels of IGFBP-1 and IGFBP-2 and KL-6 were significantly higher in the IPF group than in the healthy subjects (p < 0.05, p < 0.001 and p < 0.0001 respectively) while the picture was inversed regarding IGFs. By contrast there was no significant difference between the groups with respect to TGF-beta. IGFBP-2 was significantly reduced in the patients with specific anti-fibrotic therapy pirfenidone and nintedanib compared to untreated patients (p < 0.05) but still significantly elevated in comparison to HS (p < 0.001). CONCLUSION: Serum IGFBP-1 and -2 are increased in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and IGFBP-2 may be reduced by anti-fibrosing therapy. IGFBPs may be promising biomarkers in IPF. [less ▲]

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See detailDescription of a Modelica-based thermal building model integrating multi-zone airflows calculation
Ransy, Frédéric ULg; Gendebien, Samuel ULg; Lemort, Vincent ULg

Conference (2016, May 23)

Nowadays, in newly built housings, energy losses due to the ventilation can represent up to 50 % of the total building energy consumption. As a result, heat recovery ventilation units are widely used in ... [more ▼]

Nowadays, in newly built housings, energy losses due to the ventilation can represent up to 50 % of the total building energy consumption. As a result, heat recovery ventilation units are widely used in order to save primary energy and different control strategies for ventilation systems are investigated. For instance, demand control ventilation sounds like a promising solution to decrease the energy impact of the ventilation system in the residential sector. An accurate building model integrating the influence of ventilation (so called thermo-aeraulic building model) is necessary in order to investigate the control and the impact of the ventilation system on a yearly basis. The aim of the present paper consists in a description of a combined multi-zone airflow network model and thermal building model implemented in the Modelica language. The thermal model is a simplified dynamic model using equivalent thermal resistance and capacity. The airflow network is based on the traditional electrical circuit analogy. The model can be used for ventilation systems design, infiltration rate calculation, inside air quality calculation, energy consumption calculation, etc. The first part of the paper details the multi-zone thermal building model. The results obtained from the model are compared to experimental in situ results collected in the typical single family house test facilities. Those experimental results have been obtained in the frame of the IEA-EBC Annex 58. The second part of the paper introduces the multi-zone airflow network building model. Obtained model results are compared with the results provided by a typical multizone airflow analysis software, for a simple three zones test case. The third part of the paper describes the coupling between both thermal and airflow models. The different numerical problems encountered are described and solutions are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailTable-ronde soirée "Solidarités"
Lejeune, Aude ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2016)

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See detailThe Anatomy of Touch: Nature, Knowledge, and Technologies of Touch in the Renaissance
Von Hoffmann, Viktoria ULg

Scientific conference (2016, May 23)

In the last few decades, promising new approaches to the study of the senses and to the body have shed new light on how people in the past experienced their lives, as much as on the ways in which ... [more ▼]

In the last few decades, promising new approaches to the study of the senses and to the body have shed new light on how people in the past experienced their lives, as much as on the ways in which knowledge about self and the world was being shaped, negotiated and transformed. Although all the senses could contribute to these discussions, scholars have predominantly focused on sight and visual cultures, leaving other potentially fruitful avenues unexplored. Touch, especially, has received little attention in historical research, where it has been reduced to a history of sexuality, leaving its other dimensions unexamined. Yet this sense, considered the defining sense of human nature, raises important questions regarding the part played by the lower senses in knowledge production, as well as in society and culture at large. Sources concerning Renaissance anatomy provide a significant lens through which to examine the part played by touch in the early modern study of Nature, as evidenced by the practice of dissections, which engaged the body, the skin and the hand of the anatomists, in their attempt to unveil the truths hidden inside the body. Using theoretical writings (anatomical textbooks) as well as sources more closely linked to daily practices (such as university notes of medical students), this paper seeks to explore the technologies of touch that were displayed in 16th-century anatomical practices and discourses, with the aim of highlighting the epistemological value of the sense of touch in early modern inquiries about Nature and the human body. [less ▲]

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See detailAccounting Conservatism, Analysts’ Performance and Stock Market Liquidity
Boussaid, Nabila ULg; Hamza, Taher; Sougné, Danielle ULg

Conference (2016, May 23)

This paper investigates whether conditional accounting conservatism has informational benefits to financial market participants. Using a large sample of French firms over the period 2001-2014, we report ... [more ▼]

This paper investigates whether conditional accounting conservatism has informational benefits to financial market participants. Using a large sample of French firms over the period 2001-2014, we report that accounting conservatism improves the firm information environment by providing verifiable information. We specifically document that increases in accounting conservatism are associated with more accurate analyst earnings forecasts, less dispersed forecasts and less volatility in forecast revisions. We also provide evidence that increases in firm accounting conservatism lead to subsequent increases in stock market liquidity, tested on the price impact dimension. Overall, our findings are in line with conservatism being useful to financial markets participants such as financial analysts and investors. [less ▲]

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See detailProbabilistic prediction of the quality factor of micro-resonator using a stochastic thermo-mechanical multi-scale approach
Wu, Ling ULg; Lucas, Vincent ULg; Nguyen, Van Dung ULg et al

Scientific conference (2016, May 23)

As the size of the device is only one or two orders of magnitude higher than the size of the grains, the structural properties, such as the thermo-elastic quality factor (Q), of micro-electro-mechanical ... [more ▼]

As the size of the device is only one or two orders of magnitude higher than the size of the grains, the structural properties, such as the thermo-elastic quality factor (Q), of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) made of poly- crystalline materials exhibit a scatter, due to the existing randomness in the grain size, grain orientation, surface roughness. In order to predict the probabilistic behavior of micro-resonators, the authors extend herein a previously developed stochastic 3-scale approach to the case of thermoelastic damping. In this method, stochastic volume elements (SVEs) are defined by considering random grain orientations in a tessellation. For each SVE realization, the mesoscopic apparent elasticity tensor, thermal conductivity tensor, and thermal dilatation tensor can be obtained using thermo-mechanical computational homogenization theory. The extracted mesoscopic apparent properties tensors can then be used to define a spatially correlated mesoscale random field, which is in turn used as input for stochastic finite element simulations. As a result, the probabilistic distribution of the quality factor of micro-resonator can be extracted by considering Monte-Carlo simulations of coarse-meshed micro-resonators, accounting implicitly for the random microstructure of the poly-silicon material. [less ▲]

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See detailPolyphosphoester containing amphiphilic block copolymers as drug nanocarriers
Yilmaz-Ergül, Zeynep ULg; Vanslambrouck, Stéphanie; Thiry, Justine ULg et al

Poster (2016, May 23)

The design of drug delivery systems (DDS) often requires biodegradable and biocompatible materials that allow safe retention and controlled release of the drug. In this respect, poly(ethylene oxide)-b ... [more ▼]

The design of drug delivery systems (DDS) often requires biodegradable and biocompatible materials that allow safe retention and controlled release of the drug. In this respect, poly(ethylene oxide)-b-polyphosphoester amphiphilic block copolymers are known to self-assemble into polymer micelles when placed in water are appropriate drug carriers. In this work, an unsaturated alkene side-chain was introduced on the cyclic phosphate monomer according to a one-step reaction followed by its organocatalyzed polymerization initiated by a poly(ethylene oxide) macroinitiator. After self-assembly into water, the micelles were cross-linked by UV irradiation. Then, these cross-linked micelles have been loaded by doxorubicin, which is a drug to use in cancer therapy. We observed that the doxorubicin loading increased with the number of double bonds on the polyphosphate block of non-cross-linked micelles. This diblock amphiphilic copolymer bearing pendant unsaturations appears thus particularly promising candidate to build micellar drug delivery systems for intravenous injection. [less ▲]

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See detailTuning morphology and surface properties of emulsion-templated porous polymers by controlled radical polymerization
Mathieu, Kevin ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg; Debuigne, Antoine ULg

Poster (2016, May 23)

Macroporous polymer monoliths with interconnected structures have attracted considerable interests in the last decades and sustain many applications in the fields of supported catalysis, chromatography ... [more ▼]

Macroporous polymer monoliths with interconnected structures have attracted considerable interests in the last decades and sustain many applications in the fields of supported catalysis, chromatography, microfluidic, water purification, membrane separation, tissue engineering, to name but a few. A very popular and straightforward synthetic approach for such open-cell polymers is the High Internal Phase Emulsion (HIPE) polymerization method. The latter consists in three steps: (i) stabilization of an emulsion in which an internal phase with a volume fraction higher than 74% is dispersed within a minor continuous phase containing a polymer network precursor, (ii) curing of the polymer phase by polymerization or crosslinking reactions, (iii) removal of the internal phase to release the porosity. The surface properties and morphology of the polyHIPEs are important features that must be controlled and adjusted for each applications. In this context, 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 structure of the macromolecular surfactant on the morphology of the polyHIPEs. Finally, the physical and chemical anchoring of the macromolecular surfactants at the surface pores were also considered for tuning the surface properties of the porous monoliths. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis of CO2-sourced hydrogels by using the non-isocyanate polyurethane (NIPU) chemistry
Gennen, Sandro ULg; Grignard, Bruno ULg; Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg et al

Poster (2016, May 23)

Polyurethane (PUs) is one of the most important polymers and finds applications as elastomers, coatings, adhesives and sealants for automotive or construction. PU is also a material of choice in the ... [more ▼]

Polyurethane (PUs) is one of the most important polymers and finds applications as elastomers, coatings, adhesives and sealants for automotive or construction. PU is also a material of choice in the biomedical domain due to its good biocompatibility, biodegradation and mechanical properties. Especially, PUs hydrogels have been developed in the last years for biomedical applications such as soft contact lenses, wound dressing, drug delivery systems and scaffolds for tissue engineering. Traditionally, PUs are synthesized by a step-growth polymerization between diols and diisocyanates. Because of toxicity issues and a possible interdiction of isocyanates, we focused on developing new PU hydrogels using a non-isocyanate route (Figure 1). The polyurethanes formed by this route are called NIPU (for Non-Isocyanate PolyUrethane). Firstly, chemically cross-linked NIPU gels were synthesized by solvent-free polycondensation between a hydrophilic CO2-sourced polyethyleneglycol bi-cyclic carbonate and a diamine in the presence of a crosslinker. Then, NIPU gels were swelled in water till water equilibrium before characterization of their mechanical properties by compression tests. The influence of the cross-linking ratios (diamine/crosslinker ratio) and diamine structure on the swelling and the compression properties were studied. To reinforce the compression properties of NIPU hydrogel (increase in stress at break, strain at break and compression modulus), a nanofiller was dispersed in the cyclic carbonate/diamine/crosslinker formulation prior to polymerization. For the first time, nanocomposite NIPU hydrogels with high water contents (up to 80%) and good compression properties have been prepared by using low clay content. [less ▲]

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See detailFe2O3 nanoparticle-functionalized N-doped carbon with interconnected, hierarchical porous structures as high-performance electrode for lithium ion batteries
Alkarmo, Walid ULg; Ouhib, Farid ULg; Aqil, Abdelhafid ULg et al

Poster (2016, May 23)

Thanks to their fascinating physical properties such as high surface area, multidimensional electron transport pathways and good mechanical strength, three dimensionally (3D) interconnected carbon porous ... [more ▼]

Thanks to their fascinating physical properties such as high surface area, multidimensional electron transport pathways and good mechanical strength, three dimensionally (3D) interconnected carbon porous frameworks have emerged as attractive materials for various electrochemical energy storage/conversion devices, including Li-ion batteries (LIBs), Li−O2 batteries, Li−S batteries, supercapacitors, and fuel cells. A hierarchically structured macro- and mesoporous N-doped carbon with dispersed Fe2O3 nanoparticles (NDC@Fe2O3) is prepared by thermal treatment of a novel composite composed by PMMA particles decorated by graphene oxide (GO), PPy and iron salts. The NDC@Fe2O3 composite exhibited high surface area with a hierarchical pores structure. Integrated as a lithium ion battery anode, NDC@Fe2O3 exhibited high reversible capacity of 930 mA h/g over 200 cycles. The combination of Fe2O3 nanoparticles with porous carbon to form hybrid anode has been an efficient way to maintain the electronic integrity of the whole electrode since the carbon acts as a buffer layer to accommodate the volume variation and to provide multidimensional electron transport pathways during the charge/discharge process. [less ▲]

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See detailPolymers bearing pendant catechols for organic electrode-active materials in lithium-ion batteries
Patil, Nagaraj ULg; Cordella, Daniela ULg; Aqil, Abdelhafid ULg et al

Conference (2016, May 23)

Herein, we describe the synthesis and organometallic-mediated radical polymerization of 1-vinyl-3-alkylimidazolium-type monomers bearing pendant catechols in its protected version, using a presynthesized ... [more ▼]

Herein, we describe the synthesis and organometallic-mediated radical polymerization of 1-vinyl-3-alkylimidazolium-type monomers bearing pendant catechols in its protected version, using a presynthesized alkyl‒cobalt(III) complex as monocomponent initiator/mediating agent in a controlled fashion. A neat post-polymerization deprotection, followed by facile anion exchange reactions afforded a novel multi-functional poly(ionic liquids)-bearing free catechol functionalities. Prototype Lithium-ion battery, consisting a binder- and current collector-free electroactive polymer-supported buckypaper as the composite cathode, delivered an impressive specific capacity in the range of 199–230 mA h g‒1, relatively at high discharge potential = 3.2–3.4 V (vs Li/Li+), as calculated from CV and galvanostatic charge-discharge experiments. The superior electrochemical performance of the composite cathode consisting of PIL-catechols active-material, in comparison with poly(dopaminde acrylamide) is ascribed to the intrinsic Li-ion conductivity and enhanced surface activity of the imidazolium backbone with TFSI counteranion, compared to the acrylamide backbone. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis of novel poly(vinylamine)-based copolymers with controlled compositions
Dréan; Guégan, Philippe; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg et al

Poster (2016, May 23)

Metal binding, pH sensitivity and polyelectrolytes complexation are key characteristics of amine-containing polymers. Among them, poly(vinylamine)s presenting high amine densities are particularly useful ... [more ▼]

Metal binding, pH sensitivity and polyelectrolytes complexation are key characteristics of amine-containing polymers. Among them, poly(vinylamine)s presenting high amine densities are particularly useful in many fields such as coatings , water purification and gas membrane separation. The properties of such polymers strongly depend on the nature of the amines and can thus be adjusted by incorporating different types of amines along the backbone. In this perspective, we developed a strategy for synthesizing poly(vinylamine)-based (co)polymers containing primary and secondary amines as well as imidazole moieties in predictable proportions. First, radical (co)polymerizations of N-vinylacetamide, N-methylvinylacetamide and vinylimidazole were performed followed by deprotection of the amine functions via acidic hydrolysis of the pendant amides. We determined the reactivity ratios of each comonomer pairs and developed the corresponding Skeist’s model, allowing the prediction of the copolymer compositions and distributions. Following this straightforward approach, novel amine-containing copolymers with predictable and precise compositions were made available and should contribute in the future to the development of the above-mentioned applications. [less ▲]

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See detailRôle des variables cognitives et affectives sur le processus identitaire de radicalisation : Le modèle de « Transformation cognitivo-affective de la définition de Soi et de construction du sens dans l’engagement radical violent»
Garcet, Serge ULg

Conference (2016, May 23)

En matière de radicalisation, la prise en compte de la variable individuelle reste paradoxalement fort limitée. De nombreux modèles explicatifs négligent l’individu ou se limitent aux caractéristiques ... [more ▼]

En matière de radicalisation, la prise en compte de la variable individuelle reste paradoxalement fort limitée. De nombreux modèles explicatifs négligent l’individu ou se limitent aux caractéristiques sociodémographiques personnelles (genre, niveau d’étude, structure familiale,…). Plus rarement, ils envisagent des dimensions psychologiques ou comportementales comme la présence de troubles cliniques ou de comportements délinquants antérieurs. Mais quel que soit le modèle aucune place n’est laissée dans l’interprétation au rôle central des processus cognitifs et émotionnels dans l’organisation du comportement humain dans le contexte d’interactions réciproques entre la personne, son comportement et son environnement. Les difficultés observées lors de à la mise en œuvre des politiques de prévention et de répression de la radicalisation, résulte de ce biais d’appréhension de la question. La communication présente un modèle original de compréhension du processus de radicalisation dit de « Transformation cognitivo-affective de la définition de Soi et de construction du sens dans l’engament radical violent». Ce modèle envisage différentes phases, de fascination, de radicalisation et de participation terroriste qui se développent en même temps que l’accroissement de la pression du groupe radical au sein de l’interaction. Tout en étant superposable à d’autres niveaux d’analyses, il permet de rendre compte des particularismes cognitifs et émotionnels en jeux dans la transformation individuelle et de comprendre comment le jeune radicalisé adapte ses comportements, ses émotions, ses buts et ses valeurs aux situations rencontrées. Dans cette perspective, il n’apparaît plus comme un simple organisme réagissant à un environnement qui le modèle et le guide, mais comme un individu capable de poser des choix qui lui sont propres car sources de renforcements dans son système idiosyncrasique d’interprétation. [less ▲]

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