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See detailAliphatic polyphosphates: a promising family of polymers for drug delivery
Vanslambrouck, Stéphanie ULg; Clément, Benoit; Riva, Raphaël ULg et al

Poster (2015, May 18)

Thanks to their biocompatibility and biodegradability, polyphosphates are appealing polymers for biomedical applications. In contrast to polyesters, polyphosphate properties and functionality are easily ... [more ▼]

Thanks to their biocompatibility and biodegradability, polyphosphates are appealing polymers for biomedical applications. In contrast to polyesters, polyphosphate properties and functionality are easily tuned via the chemical nature of the lateral chains. In this work, a series of amphiphilic PEO-block-polyphosphate copolymers were synthesized by organo-catalyzed ring-opening polymerization of cyclic phosphates. These polymers are directly dissolved in water in the absence of any organic solvent and they self-assemble to form nanoparticles Our work aims at changing the lateral chain of polyphosphates to investigate the influence of this structural modification on (i) the size of the nanoparticles, (ii) the critical aggregation concentration, (iii) the encapsulation of an hydrophobic drug in the core of the nanoparticles and, finally, (iv) the release of the drug. [less ▲]

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See detailPrerparation of graphene oxide-poly(methyl methacrylate) nanocompposites by a precipitation polymerization process and their dielectric and rheological characterization
Alkarmo, Walid ULg; Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg; Macosko, Christopher et al

Poster (2015, May 18)

The graphene sheet, a flat monolayer composed of sp2-bonded carbon atoms packed into a two-dimensional honeycomb structure, has attracted a tremendous attention due to its extraordinary electrical ... [more ▼]

The graphene sheet, a flat monolayer composed of sp2-bonded carbon atoms packed into a two-dimensional honeycomb structure, has attracted a tremendous attention due to its extraordinary electrical, thermal, and mechanical properties. Graphene nanosheets–poly(methyl methacrylate) GN/PMMA nanocomposites were prepared via a precipitation polymerization process in a water/methanol mixture and thermal or chemical reduction of graphene oxide (GO). Scanning electron and transmission electron microscopies confirmed that the precipitate consists of polymer particles (<1μm) surrounded by the GO sheets. The GO sheets acts as a surfactant and adsorbs on the interface between polymerized PMMA particles and solvent mixture. Parallel dielectric and rheological characterization demonstrated that the thermal reduction is a quite fast process without significant degradation of the polymer. In addition, the main increase in electrical conductivity occurred during the first minutes of the thermal treatment but continued for about 30 min. The absence of dramatic change in the storage modulus confirmed that the increase in conductivity was not due to alteration of the particle dispersion. The addition of GO sheets had a dramatic influence on the glass transition (Tg) temperature of PMMA with an increase of 8 °C at only 0.2 wt %. This Tg increase has been attributed to the restricted mobility of PMMA chains which have been grafted onto the graphene surfaces during the in-situ polymerization. However, at GO content higher than 0.7 wt %, the glass transition decreases. This drop may be attributed to the increase in the number of stacked graphene layers. The obtained GN/PMMA composites not only have enhanced mechanical properties but also achieved electrical conductivity higher than 10 −2 S/m at 0.4 wt % of GO. The study should open up new opportunities in the design of GN-based polymer nanocomposites. [less ▲]

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See detailA tool for the precision synthesis of poly(ionic liquid)s in water
Cordella, Daniela ULg; Kermagoret, Anthony; Debuigne, Antoine ULg et al

Conference (2015, May 18)

In recent years, poly(ionic liquid)s (PIL)s were found to take an enabling role in important fields of polymer chemistry and material science. PILs combine the unique properties of ionic liquids with the ... [more ▼]

In recent years, poly(ionic liquid)s (PIL)s were found to take an enabling role in important fields of polymer chemistry and material science. PILs combine the unique properties of ionic liquids with the flexibility and properties of macromolecular architectures giving rise to a new family of functional polymers that opens new area of applications such as polymer electrolytes in electrochemical devices, powerful dispersants and stabilizers, absorbing membranes, precursors for carbon materials, porous polymers, etc. In this communication, we will report on the implementation of organometallic-mediated radical polymerization (OMRP) technique for the precision synthesis of unprecedented PILs (co)polymers. We will discuss how an organocobalt complex can efficiently control the growth of vinyl imidazolium chains and lead to PILs with predicted molar masses and low polydispersities under mild experimental conditions, which provide low temperatures (compared to the conventional radical polymerization techniques) and also the use of water as green polymerization medium. The huge potential of this system will be also highlighted by describing the one-pot synthesis of vinyl imidazolium-based block copolymers in heterogeneous conditions. This OMRP is unique for providing well-defined vinyl imidazolium based-copolymers opening for advanced PILs applications. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of the species richness of highly eusocial bees according with habitat in Gabon
Fabre Anguilet, Edgard ULg; Bengone Ndong, Toussaint; Nguyen, Bach Kim ULg et al

Poster (2015, May 18)

Bees are among the most e ective pollinators. These insects include honeybee and stin- gless bee. In Africa, habitat loss is the main threat to these insects. This loss of habitat is largely due to ... [more ▼]

Bees are among the most e ective pollinators. These insects include honeybee and stin- gless bee. In Africa, habitat loss is the main threat to these insects. This loss of habitat is largely due to various human activities. An evaluation of the richness of social bees in three locaties in Gabon (Central Africa) was conducted from October 2013 to March 2014: Kougouleu who underwent deforestation and implantation of food crops, forest area Mas- sengalini in bu er zone of protected area of Lope and Lekokodiba in logging concession of Preccious Woods Gabon. For this, a collection was conducted using yellow traps lled with a mixture of water and honey and using a hand vacuum in 20 sites in each area. The number of species was compared to that estimated there are about thirty years. Eleven species of social bees (Apis mellifera adansonii and ten stingless bee species) were collected, of which 5 to Kougouleu, 8 to Massengalini and 11 to L ekokodiba. Honeybee has been collected in all localities. Forest localities are distinguished from Kougouleu by higher species diversity. This di erence is highly signi cant (Kruskal-Wallis 2 = 45.362, df = 2 and p-value<0.001). A decrease of approximately 50% of the number of stingless bee species in 30 years was found to Kougouleu, while the number of social bee species varies little in forest localities. Our study shows that the loss of forest habitat causes a decline in the species richness of social bees and stingless bees are more sensitive to this loss as the honeybee. [less ▲]

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See detailOrganometallic-mediated radical synthesis of well-defined ethylene-vinyl acetate statistical and block copolymers
Demarteau, Jérémy ULg; Kermagoret, Anthony; Jérôme, Christine ULg et al

Poster (2015, May 18)

The copolymerization of ethylene (E) and vinyl acetate (VAc) is of high interest for polymer industry. Nevertheless, the control of the macromolecular parameters of ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymers (EVAs ... [more ▼]

The copolymerization of ethylene (E) and vinyl acetate (VAc) is of high interest for polymer industry. Nevertheless, the control of the macromolecular parameters of ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymers (EVAs) is difficult to achieve. Herein, we report the controlled radical copolymerization of these monomers by organometallic-mediated radical polymerization (OMRP) using Co(acac)2 as controlling agent. The ethylene pressure is varied from 10 to 100 bar and we discuss the effect of this parameter on kinetics, level of control and copolymer composition. EVAs are synthetized accordingly with low dispersities and ethylene content reaches up to 57 mol%. The precision design of EVA-containing block copolymers, i.e. PVAc-block-EVA, is also addressed. [less ▲]

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See detail"Psycho" d'Alfred Hitchcock, un thriller matriciel
Tomasovic, Dick ULg

Scientific conference (2015, May 18)

Analyse des motifs structurants du film "Psycho" et de leurs avatars dans le cinéma hollywoodien.

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See detailDémocratie et populisme: quelle réalité pour quelle légitimité?
Biard, Benjamin; Debras, François ULg

Conference (2015, May 18)

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See detailAl-Maqrīzī at Work
Bauden, Frédéric ULg

Scientific conference (2015, May 17)

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See detailClassical analogy for the deflection of flux avalanches by a metallic layer
Silhanek, Alejandro ULg

Conference (2015, May 17)

Motivated by the experimental observation of the exclusion of magnetic flux avalanches in a superconducting sample partially covered by a conducting capping layer, we have investigated the simpli fied ... [more ▼]

Motivated by the experimental observation of the exclusion of magnetic flux avalanches in a superconducting sample partially covered by a conducting capping layer, we have investigated the simpli fied case of the interaction of a magnetic charge (monopole and dipole) with a semi-in finite conducting plane. We have found that early theoretical descriptions for the damping enhancement due to the metallic sheet needed a correction at large vortex velocities where a decrease of the damping coe fficient is expected. We also demonstrate that vortex trajectories are strongly modi fied when penetrating into the area covered by the metallic sheet and may even be fully diverted from that area thus providing a qualitative explanation for the bending of the trajectories of flux avalanches. Our fi ndings may be extended to study the damping of Larkin-Ovchinnikov vortex instabilities and phase-slip lines in current driven systems. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of substrate nature and β-lactoglobulin on cleanability after soiling by suspension spraying and drying
Toure, Yetioman ULg; Sindic, Marianne ULg; Dupont-Gillain, C. Christine et al

in Chemical Engineering Science (2015), 134

Glass and stainless steel (StSteel, AISI304-2R), previously cleaned with ethanol (-Eth) or with ethanol and UV–Ozone treatment (-UVO), were soiled with quartz suspensions in water and in a β-lactoglobulin ... [more ▼]

Glass and stainless steel (StSteel, AISI304-2R), previously cleaned with ethanol (-Eth) or with ethanol and UV–Ozone treatment (-UVO), were soiled with quartz suspensions in water and in a β-lactoglobulin (β-LGB) solution, and dried. The cleanability (ease of quartz particle detachment) in water was evaluated using a radial-flow cell. The soiling suspension containing β-LGB was used as such or after heating for 4h at 75°C, which provoked coagulation of about 75% of β-LGB. The substrate–solution interfaces were characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis of conditioned substrates and by contact angle measurements. The substrate surfaces are covered by a layer of organic contaminants which are not removed by pre-cleaning or are adsorbed from the surroundings. The presence of β-LGB in the soiling suspension leads to protein adsorption, but a significant amount of contaminants remains at the surface. For three of the substrates tested (Glass-Eth, Glass-UVO, StSteel-UVO) the increase of cleanability when the soiling suspension contained β-LGB may be explained by lower capillary forces acting upon drying. Capillary forces are proportional to the liquid surface tension and depend in a less important way on substrate contact angle. However the order of cleanability observed for the substrates soiled with a suspension of quartz particles in water (Glass-Eth≅Glass-UVO<StSteel-UVO<StSteel-Eth) and the influence of β-LGB on the cleanability of StSteel-Eth may not be explained only by computed capillary forces. The contact angle may exert a direct influence on droplet spreading and particle–substrate contact. The organic contaminants present on the surfaces, which are often neglected by supposing model solid surfaces, may have a significant influence on cleanability through physico-chemical processes which remain to be appreciated. [less ▲]

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See detailJupiter’s aurora, ultraviolet, visible and infrared views: what can we learn?
Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg

Scientific conference (2015, May 15)

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See detailMAVEN's Imaging Spectrograph and the Legacy of Charles Barth
Schneider, Nick; McClintock, W; Stewart, I et al

Scientific conference (2015, May 15)

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See detailVaricella-Zoster Virus (VZV) assemblons interplay with PML bodies
Lebrun, Marielle ULg; Thiry, Marc ULg; Sadzot, Catherine ULg

Poster (2015, May 15)

Using a virus expressing the small capsid protein fused to an eGFP tag (eGFP-ORF23 VZV), we recently identified, in the nuclei of infected cells, the presence of dynamic capsid aggegrates. Because we ... [more ▼]

Using a virus expressing the small capsid protein fused to an eGFP tag (eGFP-ORF23 VZV), we recently identified, in the nuclei of infected cells, the presence of dynamic capsid aggegrates. Because we believe that these structures might represent sites of preferential caspid assembly and by analogy with HSV-1, we referred to them as “VZV assemblons”. Structures resembling these assemblons and identified as capsids entrapped in some “PML-cages” were recently described in the nuclei of wild-type VZV infected cells (Reichelt et al., 2011). We then wonder if there was a link between these independent observations. When we infected MeWo cells in which the expression of each PML subunit is downregulated by shRNA, VZV assemblons still formed. Immunostaining of MeWo cells infected by eGFP-ORF23 VZV with an antibody against the PML protein showed that VZV assemblons only partially colocalize with PML bodies. However, overexpression of PML-I-eGFP in HEK293 cells followed by infection with a tagRFP-T-ORF23 VZV, where the ORF23 protein is fused to a red tag, showed a complete colocalization is complete. The same result was obtained with all tested PML isoforms. This suggests that the partial colocalization in normal cells could be due to the expression level of PML proteins. Altogether, these results suggest that rather than a progressive accumulation of newly formed capsids within PML cages, it is likely that PML protein is recruited to the sites where VZV assemblons develop. It correlates with the fact that the number of PML bodies decreases with the infection. Obviously, even if this phenomenon might impede the egress of a substantial amount of capsids and, in this regard, limit the infection progression, all the tested cell lines are permissive to VZV. It would then be interesting to investigate the relationship between VZV assemblons and PML bodies in latent or non permissive VZV infection models. [less ▲]

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See detailMeasurements on magnetized GdBCO pellets subjected to small transverse ac magnetic fields at very low frequency: Evidence for a slowdown of the magnetization decay
Fagnard, Jean-François ULg; Kirsch, Sébastien; Morita, Mitsuru et al

in Physica C: Superconductivity (2015), 512

Due to their ability to trap large magnetic inductions, superconducting bulk materials can be used as powerful permanent magnets. The permanent magnetization of such materials, however, can be ... [more ▼]

Due to their ability to trap large magnetic inductions, superconducting bulk materials can be used as powerful permanent magnets. The permanent magnetization of such materials, however, can be significantly affected by the application of several cycles of a transverse variable magnetic field. In this work, we study, at T = 77 K, the long term influence of transverse ac magnetic fields of small amplitudes (i.e. much smaller than the full penetration field) on the axial magnetization of a bulk single grain superconducting GdBCO pellet over a wide range of low frequencies (1 mHz–20 Hz). Thermocouples are placed against the pellet surface to probe possible self-heating of the material during the experiments. A high sensitivity cryogenic Hall probe is placed close to the surface to record the local magnetic induction normal to the surface. The results show first that, for a given number of applied triangular transverse cycles, higher values of dBapp/dt induce smaller magnetization decays. An important feature of practical interest is that, after a very large number of cycles which cause the loss of a substantial amount of magnetization (depending on the amplitude and the frequency of the field), the rate of the magnetization decay goes back to its initial value, corresponding to the relaxation of the superconducting currents due to flux creep only. In the amplitude and frequency range investigated, the thermocouples measurements and a 2D magneto-thermal modelling show no evidence of sufficient self-heating to affect the magnetization so that the effect of the transverse magnetic field cycles on the trapped magnetic moment is only attributed to a redistribution of superconducting currents in the volume of the sample and not to a thermal effect. [less ▲]

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See detailWhy are flux avalanches deflected by a metallic layer?
Brisbois, Jérémy ULg

Conference (2015, May 15)

Sudden avalanches of magnetic flux bursting into a superconducting sample are deflected from their trajectories when they encounter a conductive layer deposited on top of the superconductor. Remarkably ... [more ▼]

Sudden avalanches of magnetic flux bursting into a superconducting sample are deflected from their trajectories when they encounter a conductive layer deposited on top of the superconductor. Remarkably, in some cases the flux is totally excluded from the area covered by the conductive layer. Even if this phenomenon has been known for a few years, there is currently no theoretical model describing it. Moreover, the question whether the deflection would also be observed for a single vortex entering the region covered by a metallic layer is still unanswered. In this work we use the magneto-optical imaging (MOI) technique, based on the Faraday effect, to show that a conductive layer (Cu) can repel flux avalanches triggered in an underlying superconducting film (Nb) (see figure). We present a simple classical model that accounts for the deflection of a single vortex and considers a magnetic monopole approaching a semi-infinite conductive plane. This model suggests the important role played in the avalanche deflection by electromagnetic braking, arising from the eddy currents induced by the moving vortex in the metal. Moreover, we have found a decrease of the vortex damping coefficient due to the metallic sheet at large vortex velocities, correcting early theoretical descriptions where a linear behaviour was proposed. [less ▲]

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See detailPolarization holography for vortex retarders recording: laboratory demonstration
Piron, Pierre ULg; Blain, Pascal ULg; Décultot, Marc ULg et al

in Applied Optics (2015), 54(15), 4765--4770

This paper will present a prototype of the first set of vortex retarders made of liquid crystal polymers recorded by polarization holography. Vortex retarders are birefringent plates characterized by a ... [more ▼]

This paper will present a prototype of the first set of vortex retarders made of liquid crystal polymers recorded by polarization holography. Vortex retarders are birefringent plates characterized by a rotation of their fast axis. Liquid crystals possess birefringent properties and they are locally orientable. Their orientation is defined by the perpendicular to the local orientation of the recording field. Polarization holography is a purely optical recording method. It is based on the superimposition of coherent and differently polarized beams. It is used to shape the electric field pattern to enable the recording of vortex retarders. The paper details the mathematical model of the superimposition process. The recording setup is exposed; it is characterized by a nearly common path interferometer. Two sets of measurements allowing the prediction of the retarder’s features are presented and compared. Finally, the experimentally recorded retarder is shown, its characteristics are investigated and compared to the predicted ones. [less ▲]

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See detailWhat makes the invasive Harmonia axyridis so successful? Six years of research in Gembloux provide additional answers
Fassotte, Bérénice ULg; Durieux, Delphine ULg; Vandereycken, Axel ULg et al

Conference (2015, May 14)

Following the introduction of the invasive species Harmonia axyridis (Pallas) in Europe, many research works were conducted on its ecological, economic and social impacts. Recently, our team has been ... [more ▼]

Following the introduction of the invasive species Harmonia axyridis (Pallas) in Europe, many research works were conducted on its ecological, economic and social impacts. Recently, our team has been involved in the characterization of the behavioral traits making this lady beetle species so successful. The main conclusions of two PhD works will be shortly presented: (1) Through a six-year inventory performed in Belgian agroecosystems, we have demonstrated that H. axyridis has become well established and was among the most abundant aphidophagous predatory species, causing a severe depression of biodiversity, even if communities of aphid predators are still quite diversified. (2) The social issues associated with the establishment of overwintering aggregations in human constructions were also carefully investigated. We have demonstrated the importance of social interactions on the establishment and cohesion of the aggregates. Finally, we have demonstrated that the deposition of a set of saturated and non-saturated hydrocarbons on the surfaces where the lady beetles were settling on, allowed their conspecifics to follow their markings and join the group. [less ▲]

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See detailChristianisme et paideia dans l'Égypte byzatine : l'apport des papyrus scolaires grecs à contenu composite profane et chrétien (fin du IIIe-début du VIIIe s.)
Carlig, Nathan ULg

Conference (2015, May 14)

Documentée par des milliers de papyrus, restes de livres ou de documents, dont les plus anciens remontent à la fin du IIe siècle de notre ère, la christianisation de l’Égypte a profondément modifié le ... [more ▼]

Documentée par des milliers de papyrus, restes de livres ou de documents, dont les plus anciens remontent à la fin du IIe siècle de notre ère, la christianisation de l’Égypte a profondément modifié le rapport des populations à la paideia hellénique, sans pour autant se substituer à elle. L’examen du matériau, de la forme, de la mise en page, du contenu, ainsi que de la provenance des papyrus scolaires grecs à contenu composite profane et chrétien (fin IIIe – 1e moitié VIIIe s.), permettra d'illustrer cette problématique en relevant les continuités et les ruptures dans les stratégies d'enseignement par rapport à la paideia de tradition hellénique. [less ▲]

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See detailMasculinités et migrations chinoises
Florence, Eric ULg

in La vie des idées.fr (2015)

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