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See detailBack to the Future of Dioxin Analyses
Patterson Jr, D; Focant, Jean-François ULg

Conference (2016, August)

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See detailREVISITED SAMPLE PREPARATION APPROACH FOR DIOXIN MEASUREMENTS IN HUMAN SERUM SAMPLES
Calaprice, Chiara ULg; Focant, Jean-François ULg

in Organohalogen Compounds (2016, August), 78

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See detailA general methodology for optimal load management with distributed renewable energy generation and storage in residential housing
Georges, Emeline ULg; Braun, James; Lemort, Vincent ULg

in Journal of Building Performance Simulation [=JBPS] (2016)

In the US, buildings represent around 40% of the primary energy consumption and 74% of the electrical energy consumption [U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). 2012. 2011 Buildings Energy Data Book. Energy ... [more ▼]

In the US, buildings represent around 40% of the primary energy consumption and 74% of the electrical energy consumption [U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). 2012. 2011 Buildings Energy Data Book. Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy]. Incentives to promote the installation of on-site renewable energy sources have emerged in different states, including net metering programmes. The fast spread of such distributed power generation represents additional challenges for the management of the electricity grid and has led to increased interest in smart control of building loads and demand response programmes. This paper presents a general methodology for assessing opportunities associated with optimal load management in response to evolving utility incentives for residential buildings that employ renewable energy sources and energy storage. An optimal control problem is formulated for manipulating thermostatically controlled domestic loads and energy storage in response to the availability of renewable energy generation and utility net metering incentives. The methodology is demonstrated for a typical American house built in the 1990s and equipped with a single-speed air-to-air heat pump, an electric water heater and photovoltaic (PV) collectors. The additional potential associated with utilizing electrical batteries is also considered. Load matching performance for on-site renewable energy generation is characterized in terms of percentage of the electricity production consumed on-site and the proportion of the demand covered. For the purpose of assessing potential, simulations were performed assuming perfect predictions of the electrical load profiles. The method also allows determination of the optimal size of PV systems for a given net metering programme. Results of the case study showed significant benefits associated with control optimization including an increase of load matching between 3% and 28%, with the improvement dependent on the net metering tariff and available storage capacity. The estimated cost savings for the consumer ranged from 6.4% to 27.5% compared to no optimization with a unitary buy-back ratio, depending on the available storage capacity. Related reduction in CO2 emissions were between 11% and 46%. Optimal load management of the home thermal systems allowed an increase in the optimal size of the PV system in the range of 13–21%. [less ▲]

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See detailMonitoring of anatabine release by methyl jasmonate elicited BY-2 cells using surface-enhanced Raman scattering
De Bleye, Charlotte ULg; Dumont, Elodie ULg; Dispas, Amandine ULg et al

in Talanta (2016), 160

A new application of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) in the field of plant material analysis is proposed in this study. The aim was to monitor the release of anatabine by methyl jasmonate (MeJa ... [more ▼]

A new application of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) in the field of plant material analysis is proposed in this study. The aim was to monitor the release of anatabine by methyl jasmonate (MeJa) elicited Bright Yellow-2 (BY-2) cells. Gold nanoparticles (AuNps) were used as SERS substrate. The first step was to study the SERS activity of anatabine in a complex matrix comprising the culture medium and BY-2 cells. The second step was the calibration. This one was successfully performed directly in the culture medium in order to take into account the matrix effect, by spiking the medium with different concentrations of anatabine, leading to solutions ranging from 250 to 5000 µg L-1. A univariate analysis was performed, the intensity of a band situated at 1028 cm-1, related to anatabine, was plotted against the anatabine concentration. A linear relationship was observed with a R2 of 0.9951. During the monitoring study, after the MeJa elicitation, samples were collected from the culture medium containing BY-2 cells at 0, 24h, 48h, 72h and 96h and were analyzed using SERS. Finally, the amount of anatabine released in the culture medium was determined using the response function, reaching a plateau after 72h of 82 µg of anatabine released / g of fresh weight (FW) MeJa elicited BY-2 cells. [less ▲]

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See detailBiocompatibility of polymer-infiltrated-ceramic-network (PICN) materials with Human Gingival Fibroblasts (HGFs).
GRENADE, Charlotte ULg; De Pauw-Gillet, Marie-Claire ULg; Gailly, Patrick ULg et al

in Dental materials : official publication of the Academy of Dental Materials (2016)

OBJECTIVES: Polymer-infiltrated-ceramic-network (PICN) materials constitute an innovative class of CAD-CAM materials offering promising perspectives in prosthodontics, but no data are available in the ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: Polymer-infiltrated-ceramic-network (PICN) materials constitute an innovative class of CAD-CAM materials offering promising perspectives in prosthodontics, but no data are available in the literature regarding their biological properties. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the in vitro biocompatibility of PICNs with human gingival fibroblasts (HGFs) in comparison with materials typically used for implant prostheses and abutments. METHODS: HGF attachment, proliferation and spreading on discs made of PICN, grade V titanium (Ti), yttrium zirconia (Zi), lithium disilicate glass-ceramic (eM) and polytetrafluoroethylene (negative control), were evaluated using a specific insert-based culture system (IBS-R). Sample surface properties were characterized by XPS, contact angle measurement, profilometry and SEM. RESULTS: Ti and Zi gave the best results regarding HGF viability, morphology, number and coverage increase with time in comparison with the negative control, while PICN and eM gave intermediate results, cell spreading being comparable for PICN, Ti, Zi and eM. Despite the presence of polymers and their related hydrophobicity, PICN exhibited comparable results to glass-ceramic materials, which could be explained by the mode of polymerization of the monomers. SIGNIFICANCE: The results of the present study confirm that the currently employed materials, i.e. Ti and Zi, can be considered to be the gold standard of materials in terms of HGF behavior, while PICN gave intermediate results comparable to eM. The impact of the present in vitro results needs to be further investigated clinically, particularly in the view of the utilization of PICNs for prostheses on bone-level implants. [less ▲]

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See detailThey will need land! The current land tenure situation and future land allocation needs of smallholder farmers in Cambodia
Diepart, Jean-Christophe ULg

E-print/Working paper (2016)

The objective of this background paper is to provide a succinct description of the land tenure situation in Cambodia and, on that basis, discuss the needs smallholder farmers have for land, projected up ... [more ▼]

The objective of this background paper is to provide a succinct description of the land tenure situation in Cambodia and, on that basis, discuss the needs smallholder farmers have for land, projected up to the year 2030. The main problem it examines lies at the intersection between, on one hand, the demographic increase in the rural smallholder population and its associated need for land in the future (the demand side) and, on the other hand, the possibility offered by the different land tenure regimes to meet this demand (the supply side); the central question focuses on how supply can meet demand.By looking first at how much land is available under different categories (the supply side), the paper succinctly presents and maps the different land tenure regimes with updated statistics and discusses their main outcomes and shortcomings. On that basis, we present a preliminary assessment of land distribution by main land tenure systems in Cambodia. The land under cultivation by smallholders represents 19 percent of the total area of the national territory and is itself sub-divided into agricultural land with land titles (systematic land registration, 6 percent and land covered by the Order 01, 6 percent), under Social Land Concession arrangements (1 percent) and untitled (6 percent). The forest cover includes forest concessions (10 percent), Community Forestry (2 percent), Protected Areas and Protection Forests (20 percent) and an unclassified forest cover area (14 percent). Economic Land Concessions under operation represent 12 percent while cancelled concessions represent 2 percent of the total territory. The actual tenure of a large non-forested area (14 percent) remains undetermined and further updates are needed to shed light on this issue. The paper suggests that the central problem of the current Cambodian land reform is its ineffectiveness in coordinating the processes of land rights security and formalization in lowland and upland areas, although both regions are closely linked through land-driven migration movements that have intensified over the past 20 years. This has been particularly contentious given the fact that in a parallel process, and driven by a strong, state-based political economy, large land deals have been concentrated in the uplands of the entire country along processes that are exclusionary in nature. The overlap of competing land claims has created a widespread conflict situation in all uplands region of the country. By looking at how much land is needed for family farmers in the future (the demand side), the paper anticipates the land requirements of smallholder farmers by 2030 based on the projected demographic increase in the economically active population in rural Cambodia and on two sets of scenarios i) the transfer of unskilled labour from the agricultural to the secondary and tertiary sectors (industries and services) and ii) the provision of land for smallholder farmers. The analysis suggests that by the year 2030, the transfer of unskilled labour from agriculture to the secondary and tertiary sectors will lag behind the demographic increase in the active rural population. With 2015 as a baseline, the scenarios suggests that by 2030 smallholder farmers will need an additional land area ranging from 320,600 ha (+10 percent in relation to the actual area at the present time) to 1,962,400 (+64 percent), with an average desirable scenario of 1,622.000 ha based on an allocation of 1ha per active labourer (in accordance with the present social concession policy) and on the continuation of the present transfer rate of unskilled manpower from agriculture to the secondary and tertiary sectors (i.e. the transfer of 40.000 workers per year). So the question that needs to be formulated does not revolve around whether or not the rural population will need land in the future, but rather around how this can occur. Along these lines, the paper discusses different options, which are not mutually exclusive, to allocate this land without further impact on the forest cover: i) by redistribution of land from cancelled Economic Land Concessions, ii) through a firmer recognition of swidden agriculture inside Protected Areas, iii) through a far more ambitious Social Land Concession programme and iv) through further reform of the forest concession system. The paper concludes by stressing the need for relevant ministries to engage in open and constructive research-based discussion so that these options can materialize into concrete actions. [less ▲]

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See detailStructural design under damage constraints with XFEM and level sets
Noël, Lise ULg; Duysinx, Pierre ULg; Maute, Kurt

Conference (2016, August)

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See detailEVALUATING THE CHEMICAL SAFETY OF EDIBLE INSECTS
Poma, G; Cuykx, M; Amato, E et al

in Organohalogen Compounds (2016, August), 78

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See detailDioxins: Hunting the Great White
Focant, Jean-François ULg

Scientific conference (2016, August)

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See detailRobert Demoulin (1911-2008), historien et professeur à l'Université de Liège
Genin, Vincent ULg

in Nouvelle biographie nationale (vol. 13) (2016)

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See detailEVALUATION OF FISH EXPOSURE TO POP-LIKE (ORGANOTIN) COMPOUNDS IN SEPETIBA BAY (RIO DE JANEIRO STATE, BRAZIL) THROUGH HEPATIC TOTAL TIN CONCENTRATIONS
Paiva, TC; Schilithz, PF; Bisi, TL et al

in Organohalogen Compounds (2016, August)

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See detailL’Hadrianus de Montserrat (P.Monts.Roca III, inv.162 → - 165 ↓) : une source nouvelle sur la Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium ?
Berg, Tatiana ULg

Poster (2016, August)

Sixième partie du codex miscellaneus de Montserrat (P.Monts.Roca III, inv.162 → - 165 ↓ = MP3 2998.11 = LDAB 552, papyrus, 2e moitié IVe siècle), qui présente la particularité de contenir des textes à la ... [more ▼]

Sixième partie du codex miscellaneus de Montserrat (P.Monts.Roca III, inv.162 → - 165 ↓ = MP3 2998.11 = LDAB 552, papyrus, 2e moitié IVe siècle), qui présente la particularité de contenir des textes à la fois grecs et latins, profanes et chrétiens, tous écrits par la même main, le récit latin en prose Hadrianus relate notamment le passage de l’empereur Hadrien dans la ville de Cologne, dont il évoque des realia. Après les avoir répertoriées et avoir évalué leur authenticité, le poster met en évidence l’apport du texte à la connaissance de la Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium et de son autel des Ubiens. [less ▲]

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See detailStable biofilms of Rhodococcus erythropolis T902.1 in draining pavement structures for runoff water decontamination
Masy, Thibaut ULg; Bertrand, Christelle ULg; Paul-Marie, Xavier et al

in International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation (2016), 112

Permeable Pavement Systems (PPS) are sustainable devices designed to collect, store and treat urban stormwater before its release into the ground. However, this system must sufficiently retain pollutants ... [more ▼]

Permeable Pavement Systems (PPS) are sustainable devices designed to collect, store and treat urban stormwater before its release into the ground. However, this system must sufficiently retain pollutants brought by water runoff in order to comply with the current legislation. This study aims at evaluating the implementation in PPS of a hydrocarbonoclastic bacterium, Rhodococcus erythropolis T902.1, in terms of resilience and improvement of the degrading capacity. First results revealed that this strain could durably colonize the different gravels used in the construction of PPS. A 15-month experience in a real parking area showed that this biofilm remained viable without any replenishment of nutrients or bacteria. During accelerated pollution tests at a pilot scale, the structure bioaugmented with pre-coated biofilms was more efficient than a non-inoculated structure to limit hydrocarbon leaching below 50 μg L−1 and to degrade hydrocarbons adsorbed to the gravels. Over the long term, this innovative assembly should maintain the degrading capacity of PPS and ensure an effective treatment of stormwater before its infiltration into the soil. [less ▲]

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See detailDownstream community impact lesson for future: case study of multipurpose Nam Mang 3 hydropower Project in Lao PDR
Kouangpalath, Phimthong ULg; Lebailly, Philippe ULg; Ducourtieux, Olivier

in Sky Journal of Agricultural Research (2016), 5(6), 105-128

Considering future projects, this paper examines the effects of hydropower dam projects on downstream communities. This study was conducted in the multi-purpose hydropower and irrigated areas of the Nam ... [more ▼]

Considering future projects, this paper examines the effects of hydropower dam projects on downstream communities. This study was conducted in the multi-purpose hydropower and irrigated areas of the Nam Mang 3 Hydropower. Using a survey study with various stakeholders, household survey, several interviews were held with key informants in addition to field work observation. It was determined that this project has caused a number of negative impacts on farmers, especially those in downstream areas, directly reducing the water supply for agriculture and affecting the benefits from irrigation.. The main findings show that farmers are able to grow a second season of rice crops, but the electricity generated in the rainy season from the dam leads to the rice fields flooding along the downstream areas. [less ▲]

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See detailProofing & Reduction Strategies Used by Emergency Residents to Manage Fatigue-related Risk
Berastegui, Pierre ULg; Ghuysen, Alexandre ULg; Nyssen, Anne-Sophie ULg

Poster (2016, July 29)

Fatigue and sleep loss are typically associated with psychomotor and cognitive impairment resulting in poorer task performance. Most of these studies are conducted in controlled settings and involve the ... [more ▼]

Fatigue and sleep loss are typically associated with psychomotor and cognitive impairment resulting in poorer task performance. Most of these studies are conducted in controlled settings and involve the completion of experimental tasks. Only a few field studies involving exhausted residents have been conducted over the past decade, and they yielded to contradictory results (Ellman et al., 2004). One of the key factors that could be involved in the non-linear relationship between fatigue and performance in specific work context reside in the mobilization of Fatigue Proofing Strategies. FPS are adaptive and protective risk-reduction behaviors that improve the resilience of a system of work (Dawson et al., 2012). In this study, we aimed to identify and classify proofing strategies mobilized by EMS residents using an inductive content analysis approach. EMS residents reported a range of strategies for reducing subjective level of sleepiness (reduction strategies, n=15) or managing its consequences (proofing strategies, n=17). Content analysis yielded to three sub-categories of proofing strategies: Behavioral Compensation (n=8), Error’s Opportunity Reduction (n=5) and Error’s Consequences Mitigation (n=4). Our results show that EMS residents use both types of strategies although none of the proofing strategies were part of their training program. Despite the current informal use, there is significant potential for implementation of more formal processes. [less ▲]

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See detailL'Alliance stratégique entre les acteurs étatiques et non-étatiques au Moyen-Orient : Le cas de l'Alliance entre l'Iran, la Syrie et le Hezbollah.
Bayramzadeh, Kamal ULg

Conference (2016, July 28)

L’Alliance stratégique entre les acteurs non-étatiques et étatique au Moyen-Orient : le cas du Hezbollah libanais avec l’Iran et la Syrie et son rôle dans le conflit syrien ; Depuis 1979, il y a une ... [more ▼]

L’Alliance stratégique entre les acteurs non-étatiques et étatique au Moyen-Orient : le cas du Hezbollah libanais avec l’Iran et la Syrie et son rôle dans le conflit syrien ; Depuis 1979, il y a une alliance entre le régime iranien et le régime syrien. Le moteur principal de cette alliance a été au départ l’hostilité de ces deux régimes aux Etats-Unis, au régime irakien (Saddam Hussein), et à Israël. Mais après la chute du régime irakien en 2003, il y a eu un changement dans les relations entre ces deux pays et l’Irak, mais l’hostilité à l’égard des Etats-Unis et de l’Etat hébreu a continué. Le caractère durable des relations entre l’Iran et la Syrie est lié aux facteurs stratégique et géopolitique et notamment à l’existence de l’ennemi commun et aux menaces sécuritaires. Dans le conflit syrien, les acteurs de cette alliance en particulier l’Iran a joué un rôle important. Pour comprendre la position de l’Iran au sujet du conflit syrien, il est important d’observer que depuis la Révolution de 1979, la Syrie occupe une place très importante dans la stratégie diplomatique régionale de l’Iran, car la Syrie permet au régime iranien d’accéder au monde arabe et de jouer en particulier un rôle dans la vie politique libanaise par le biais du Hezbollah : la fondation de ce parti politique est l’une des conséquences de la politique d’exportation de la révolution iranienne. Selon le régime iranien, la Syrie, le Hezbollah et l’Iran font partie de « l’axe de la résistance » à Israël. Dans ce sens la Syrie joue un rôle important dans les relations entre l’Iran et le Hezbollah qui est le bras armé du régime iranien au Liban. C’est pourquoi la Syrie est la profondeur stratégique de l’Iran dans sa rivalité avec l’Etat hébreu. De ce fait, le renversement du régime syrien contribuerait à la diminution de l’influence de l’Iran. L’Iran affiche sans tarder un appui visible (par l’envoi de matériels et de personnels) au régime de Damas car il craint les répercutions d’un effondrement de son allié principal. L’éviction du clan alaouite risquerait de mettre en place un pouvoir à majorité sunnite pas favorable au Hezbollah, ni à la République islamique. Dans cette présentation, nous allons d’abord voir le rôle du Hezbollah au Liban ainsi que ses fondements idéologiques. Ensuite nous allons analyser sa place dans la stratégie régionale de l’Iran et son rôle dans l’Alliance avec l’Iran et la Syrie notamment dans le conflit syrien. [less ▲]

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