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See detailThermo-responsive gold/poly(vinyl alcohol)-b-poly(N-vinylcaprolactam) core–corona nanoparticles as a drug delivery system
Liu, Ji ULg; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg; Hurtgen, Marie et al

in Polymer Chemistry (2014), 5(18), 5289-5299

Core–corona gold/poly(vinyl alcohol)-b-poly(N-vinylcaprolactam) nanoparticles (gold@PVOH-b-PNVCL NPs) were fabricated via an in situ method, where a gold salt was reduced within the macromolecular aqueous ... [more ▼]

Core–corona gold/poly(vinyl alcohol)-b-poly(N-vinylcaprolactam) nanoparticles (gold@PVOH-b-PNVCL NPs) were fabricated via an in situ method, where a gold salt was reduced within the macromolecular aqueous solution. Arrangement of macromolecular chains on the surface of gold cores was studied by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and infrared spectroscopy. The responsiveness to temperature and the preserved colloidal stability of the gold@PVOH-b-PNVCL NPs above the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) were confirmed by dynamic light scattering and turbidity measurements. The drug loading capacity (DLC of ca. 1.3–2.8 wt%) of the gold@PVOH-b-PNVCL NPs as a drug delivery system (DDS) was tested with Nadolol®, a hydrophilic drug, and the release behaviours were studied at several temperatures. PVOH-b-PNVCL copolymers with an LCST of a few degrees above the biological temperature (37 °C), for example, PVOH180-b-PNVCL110 (LCST of 41 °C), are preferential, due to the slower release at 37 °C, but a faster release at temperatures that are a few degrees higher. The cytocompatibility of the gold@PVOH-b-PNVCL NPs against mouse fibroblastic L929 cells was evaluated via the MTS assay. Cellular uptake within MEL-5 human melanoma cells was studied by confocal laser scanning microscopy, fluorescence-activated cell sorting and TEM techniques and it showed that gold@PVOH-b-PNVCL NPs preferably accumulated within the cellular cytoplasm, with an incubation concentration and period-dependent uptake process. All these results corroborated a general utility of these thermo-responsive gold@PVOH-b-PNVCL NPs for drug delivery and controlled drug release. [less ▲]

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See detailBlock, random and palm-tree amphiphilic fluorinated copolymers: controlled synthesis, surface activity and use as dispersion polymerization stabilizers
Alaimo, David ULg; Beigbeder, Alexandre; Dubois, Philippe et al

in Polymer Chemistry (2014), 5(18), 5273-5282

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See detailLivret-guide de l'excursion géologique dans la vallée du Hoyoux (Belgique) pour les membres de la Société Géologique du Nord
Mottequin, Bernard; Marion, Jean-Marc ULg; Goemaere, Eric

Diverse speeche and writing (2014)

L'excursion se place entièrement dans le bord nord du Synclinorium de Dinant tel qu'il est exposé le long de la vallée du Hoyoux, un affluent de la Meuse à Huy (Belgique) situé sur sa rive droite. Elle ... [more ▼]

L'excursion se place entièrement dans le bord nord du Synclinorium de Dinant tel qu'il est exposé le long de la vallée du Hoyoux, un affluent de la Meuse à Huy (Belgique) situé sur sa rive droite. Elle offre l'opportunité de se familiariser avec la puissante succession sédimentaire dévono-carbonifère (Lochkovien-Namurien). Les dépôts de tufs calcaires de rivière, fossiles et en formation ("travertins" du Hoyoux) sont aussi concernés. Une attention particulière est portée sur la sédimentologie, la tectonique, la géomorphologie et l'utilisation des matériaux dans le patrimoine bâti. [less ▲]

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See detailFractures of proximal tibia: general principles
KURTH, William ULg

Conference (2014, September 20)

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See detailExplicit similarities and expected variabilities: the Initial Upper Paleolithic in Northeast Asia
Zwyns, N.; Teyssandier, N.; Izuho, M. et al

Conference (2014, September 19)

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See detailWhen morphometrics meets genetics: the case of the hazel dormouse, Muscardinus avellanarius
Mouton, Alice ULg; Renaud, Sabrina; Michaux, Johan ULg

Conference (2014, September 19)

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See detailTransnational Health Insurance Schemes: A New Avenue for Congolese Immigrants in Belgium to Care for Their Relatives’ Health from Abroad?
Lafleur, Jean-Michel ULg; Lizin, Olivier

Scientific conference (2014, September 19)

What can immigrants do for non-migrant relatives in their home country who need healthcare they cannot afford? To answer this question, we first examine four existing methods that can be found in the ... [more ▼]

What can immigrants do for non-migrant relatives in their home country who need healthcare they cannot afford? To answer this question, we first examine four existing methods that can be found in the existing literature: mobility, remittances, workers’ health insurance and diasporic health insurance. In the second part of the paper, we discuss an innovative strategy called “transnational health insurance” (THI). These insurance schemes are set up by immigrants in cooperation with a multitude of actors including health insurance companies in destination countries and healthcare providers in countries origin. THIs offer health coverage to non-migrant relatives in the home country based on a premium paid directly by immigrants to the insurance company in their country of residence. Analyzing the creation and implementation of Belgian-Congolese THIs, we discuss the strengths and weaknesses of these schemes in responding to the needs of both immigrants and their non-migrant relatives. The article concludes with a discussion on the specificities of THIs as hybrid forms of remittances. [less ▲]

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See detailNecopinato doni laetissima oblatio
Gerkens, Jean-François ULg

Speech (2014)

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See detailChemical Mass Balance model applied to an olfactory annoyance problematic
Clarke, Kevin; Redon, Nathalie; Romain, Anne-Claude ULg et al

in Environmental Science & Technology (2014), Just accepted manuscript(web),

The source-receptor model CMB (Chemical Mass Balance) generally used for air pollution studies is applied for the first time to solve odour signatures issues. The olfactory annoyance perceived at a ... [more ▼]

The source-receptor model CMB (Chemical Mass Balance) generally used for air pollution studies is applied for the first time to solve odour signatures issues. The olfactory annoyance perceived at a receptor site of an industrial area is often the result of a combination of different smells, emitted by several industrial sources. To identify the main responsible for the inconvenience, tools able to determine the contribution of each source directly where the annoyance is perceived are widely developed and deployed. In this work, the contributions of VOC sources, coming from a waste treatment plant containing 3 potential sources of olfactory annoyance (waste storage, production of biogas, and compost piles of green wastes), and perceived at a village located downwind, are studied by chemical analyses. The CMB methodology is applied and the results are finally compared to olfactometric methods, in order to validate whether it is appropriate to use this model for olfactory problems or not. [less ▲]

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See detailFrom landscape infrastructures to conservation biological control. Why the concept of functional diversity may be useful?
Hatt, Séverin ULg; Francis, Frédéric ULg

Scientific conference (2014, September 19)

Landscape infrastructures are numerous. They can be hedgerows, woodlands or wildflower strips. They are known to provide ecosystem services such as reducing soil erosion and nutrient leaching or support ... [more ▼]

Landscape infrastructures are numerous. They can be hedgerows, woodlands or wildflower strips. They are known to provide ecosystem services such as reducing soil erosion and nutrient leaching or support biodiversity conservation. They may also help to biologically control pests. But conclusions of research papers are not unanimous about the positive effect of wildflower strips to control pests in fields. The cause may be the type of flower mixes sown in fields. In this context, the concept of functional diversity may be useful to constitute flower mixes that better enhance biological control. [less ▲]

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See detailScience and Technology into Sports: The Flemish Sports Compass
Van Oudheusden, Michiel ULg

Conference (2014, September 19)

Sports are increasingly shaped by science and technology. Sportspersons now routinely operate in an environment consisting of devices, data flows, laboratories, and scientists. While governments, research ... [more ▼]

Sports are increasingly shaped by science and technology. Sportspersons now routinely operate in an environment consisting of devices, data flows, laboratories, and scientists. While governments, research industries, and many scientists across the world promote the integration of science and technology into sports as a means of inspiring innovation in sports, how this integration is achieved has not been systematically investigated. To remedy this shortcoming in science and technology studies (STS) and to grasp how science, technology, and sports are mutually attuned in everyday situations, this paper examines a sociotechnical device developed by scientists in Flanders (Belgium) popularly known as the ‘sports compass’ (sportkinelab.be/sportkompas). As the sports compass is designed to detect and develop sports talent in young children through standardized physical trials, it is used in the Flemish sports field. Drawing on ethnographic methods and on preliminary interviews with sports compass developers and users (scientists, children, parents), the paper argues that the compass’s solidity as a scientific conduit for talent is disrupted by the multiple social aims it serves (e.g. sports participation, striving for excellence) and the multiple expectations it elicits. Accordingly, multiple solidarities and shifting alliances can be discerned between technology developments and uses, devices and humans, and between research institutes, schools, and sports organizations. The paper’s findings serve to open a discussion both on the meaning and viability of talent detection among children and sportspersons, and on sports and innovation policies designed to render sports more scientific and technological. [less ▲]

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See detailLa réception de la littérature humaniste italienne en Brabant au XVe siècle
Adam, Renaud ULg

Conference (2014, September 19)

Parmi les nombreuses pistes qui permettent de mesurer la pénétration de la Renaissance italienne dans les Pays-Bas, figure l’étude de la présence d’ouvrages rédigés par des humanistes italiens dans des ... [more ▼]

Parmi les nombreuses pistes qui permettent de mesurer la pénétration de la Renaissance italienne dans les Pays-Bas, figure l’étude de la présence d’ouvrages rédigés par des humanistes italiens dans des bibliothèques, qu’elles soient privées ou institutionnelles. L’espace brabançon du XVe siècle, eu égard à sa richesse documentaire, a été retenu comme précieux indicateur témoignant de l’impact de ce mouvement culturel qu'est l'humanisme. [less ▲]

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See detailFaire face à Ebola: quand l'Etat s'emmêle
Thiry, Aline ULg; Fallon, Catherine ULg; Brunet, Sébastien ULg et al

Article for general public (2014)

La crise actuelle du virus Ebola en Afrique de l’Ouest qui a probablement commencé en Guinée en décembre 2013 (Baize et al., 2014) progresse maintenant de manière fulgurante. Le 14 septembre 2014, cinq ... [more ▼]

La crise actuelle du virus Ebola en Afrique de l’Ouest qui a probablement commencé en Guinée en décembre 2013 (Baize et al., 2014) progresse maintenant de manière fulgurante. Le 14 septembre 2014, cinq pays étaient officiellement touchés: Liberia, Guinée, Sierra Leone, Nigeria et Sénégal. Le nombre total de cas recensés était alors de 5357, dont 2630 ont mené au décès des malades. Près de 45% des cas recensés d’Ebola ont été dénombrés au cours des trois dernières semaines (WHO, 2014). [less ▲]

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See detailApplications of stable isotopes in trophic ecology and ecotoxicology
Lepoint, Gilles ULg; Remy, François ULg; Michel, Loïc ULg et al

Scientific conference (2014, September 19)

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See detailL’emblématique de Louise de Savoie
Fagnart, Laure ULg; Girault, Pierre-Gilles

Conference (2014, September 19)

Durant cette communication, à la suite des travaux d'Anne-Marie Lecocq (1987), nous sommes revenus sur le discours héraldique de la comtesse et duchesse d'Angoulême, Louise de Savoie, l'influente mère de ... [more ▼]

Durant cette communication, à la suite des travaux d'Anne-Marie Lecocq (1987), nous sommes revenus sur le discours héraldique de la comtesse et duchesse d'Angoulême, Louise de Savoie, l'influente mère de François Ier. Nous avons présenté et explicité ses devises favorites, à savoir la cordelière, qui évoque autant le nœud de Savoie que la cordelière franciscaine, le vol, sans doute choisi puisque l’aile évoque le L de Louise par homophonie, le bouquet de lis ou le cygne « navré », mais aussi les écus et les monogrammes qui lui sont associés et qui ponctuent enluminures, tapisseries, bas-reliefs et éléments sculptés de l’architecture. Notre intention a été de montrer d’une part comment Louise de Savoie manifeste, par l’intermédiaire de ces signes emblématiques, son identité et son pouvoir, d’autre part comment elle construit, par leur biais, un patrimoine, mental, susceptible de renforcer son clan et ses héritiers. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis of well-defined ethylene-based copolymers: on track using organometallic-mediated radical polymerization
Debuigne, Antoine ULg; Kermagoret, Anthony ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg et al

Conference (2014, September 19)

Organometallic-Mediated Radical Polymerization (OMRP)1 has received renewed interest in recent years since proving its efficiency for non-activated monomers like vinylacetate (VAc), N-vinylamides, etc ... [more ▼]

Organometallic-Mediated Radical Polymerization (OMRP)1 has received renewed interest in recent years since proving its efficiency for non-activated monomers like vinylacetate (VAc), N-vinylamides, etc. Nevertheless, important mechanistic questions and challenges remained. A major goal in the field of controlled radical polymerization today consists in the design of well-defined ethylene containing (co)polymers. A recent mechanistic study on the impact of head-to-head addition on the course of the VAc polymerization by OMRP provided a strong incentive to evaluate the copolymerization of VAc with ethylene by this technique. Indeed, the latter revealed that dormant chains resulting from inverted head-to-head additions in the VAc polymerization, which mimics a terminal ethylene-cobalt moiety, reactivates at a similar rate compared to the ones resulting from the regular head-to-tail addition. As a result, well-defined statistical and block-like ethylene-based copolymers were prepared. These achievements represent an important step towards a versatile synthetic platform for polyolefine-based materials. [less ▲]

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