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See detailPoly(N-methylvinylamine)-based copolymers for improved gene transfection
Dréan, Mathilde; Debuigne, Antoine ULiege; Jérôme, Christine ULiege et al

in Macromolecular Bioscience (in press)

Poly(N-methylvinylamines) with secondary amines can form complexes with plasmid DNA (pDNA) and provide transfection efficiency in HeLa cells in the same order as linear polyethyleneimine but with higher ... [more ▼]

Poly(N-methylvinylamines) with secondary amines can form complexes with plasmid DNA (pDNA) and provide transfection efficiency in HeLa cells in the same order as linear polyethyleneimine but with higher cell viability. Chemical modifications of poly(N-methylvinylamine) backbones are performed to further improve transfection efficiency while maintaining low degree of cytotoxicity. In a first type of polymer, primary amino groups are incorporated via a copolymerization strategy. In a second one, primary amino and imidazole groups are incorporated also via a copolymerization strategy. In a third one, secondary amino groups are substituted with methylguanidine functions through a postpolymerization reaction. Thus, novel polymers of various molecular masses are synthesized, characterized, and their interaction with pDNA studied. Then, their transfection efficiency and cytotoxicity are tested in HeLa cells. Two polymethylvinylamine-based copolymers, one containing 20% of imidazole moieties and another one composed of 12% of guanidinyl units allow remarkable transfection efficiency of HeLa, pulmonary (16HBE), skeletal muscle (C2C12), and dendritic (DC2.4) cells. Overall, this work thus identifies new promising DNA carriers and chemical modifications that improve the transfection efficiency while maintaining low degree of cytotoxicity. [less ▲]

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See detailTetrabutyl ammonium salts: cheap catalysts for the facile and selective synthesis of a-alkylidene cyclic carbonates from CO2 and alkynol
Méreau, Raphaël; Grignard, Bruno ULiege; Boyaval, Amélie ULiege et al

in ChemCatChem (in press)

n-tetrabutyl ammonium organic salts are used for the first time as catalysts for the coupling of CO2 with 2-methyl-3-butyn-2-ol to form α-methylene cyclic carbonate. The final yields could reach 98% in ... [more ▼]

n-tetrabutyl ammonium organic salts are used for the first time as catalysts for the coupling of CO2 with 2-methyl-3-butyn-2-ol to form α-methylene cyclic carbonate. The final yields could reach 98% in less than 10 hours at 353K and 3MPa under solvent free conditions. A particular synergistic effect between the cation and the anion of the organocatalyst is demonstrated through catalyst screening. Online kinetic studies by ATR-IR spectroscopy correlated to DFT calculations reveal a compelling evolution of the solvation of the catalyst during the reaction that provide an understanding of the underlying reason for the observed unique kinetics and selectivity. Such in-depth fundamental mechanistic and kinetic studies enable determining and comprehending the key parameters favouring the design of novel highly active and selective catalysts for the valorisation [less ▲]

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See detailContinuous-porous N-doped carbon network as high-performance electrode for lithium-ion batteries
Alkarmo, Walid ULiege; Ouhib, Farid ULiege; Aqil, Abdelhafid ULiege et al

in Journal of Materials Science (2018), 53(8), 6135-6146

Hierarchical porous N-doped carbon (NPC) is prepared by pyrolysis of poly(- methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) particles decorated by graphene oxide (GO) and polypyrrole (PPy) as precursors and used as anode for ... [more ▼]

Hierarchical porous N-doped carbon (NPC) is prepared by pyrolysis of poly(- methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) particles decorated by graphene oxide (GO) and polypyrrole (PPy) as precursors and used as anode for lithium-ion batteries. The composite precursors with different diameter and composition (PMMA/GO/ PPy-A and B) were conveniently prepared by dispersion polymerization of methyl methacrylate in the presence of graphene oxide as stabilizer in aqueous medium, followed by addition of pyrrole and its oxidative polymerization. After pyrolysis, the resulting NPC composites with hierarchically structured macro- and mesopores exhibit high surface area (289–398 m2/g) and different N-doping levels (7.46 and 4.22 wt% of nitrogen content). The NPC with the highest N-doping level (7.46 wt%) shows high reversible capacities of 831 mAh/g at 74.4 mA/g (C/5) after 50 cycles and excellent rate performances. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of a non-toxic and non-denaturing formulation process for encapsulation of SDF-1α into PLGA/PEG-PLGA nanoparticles to achieve sustained release
Haji Mansor, Muhammad; Najberg, Mathie; Contini, Aurélien et al

in European Journal of Pharmaceutics & Biopharmaceutics (2018), 125

Chemokines are known to stimulate directed migration of cancer cells. Therefore, the strategy involving gradual chemokine release from polymeric vehicles for trapping cancer cells is of interest. In this ... [more ▼]

Chemokines are known to stimulate directed migration of cancer cells. Therefore, the strategy involving gradual chemokine release from polymeric vehicles for trapping cancer cells is of interest. In this work, the chemokine stromal cell-derived factor-1α (SDF-1α) was encapsulated into nanoparticles composed of poly-(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) and a polyethylene glycol (PEG)-PLGA co-polymer to achieve sustained release. SDF-1α and lysozyme as a model protein, were firstly precipitated to promote their stability upon encapsulation. A novel phase separation method utilising a non-toxic solvent in the form of isosorbide dimethyl ether was developed for the individual encapsulation of SDF-1α and lysozyme precipitates. Uniform nanoparticles of 200–250 nm in size with spherical morphologies were successfully synthesised under mild formulation conditions and conveniently freeze-dried in the presence of hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin as a stabiliser. The effect of PLGA carboxylic acid terminal capping on protein encapsulation efficiency and release rate was also explored. Following optimisation, sustained release of SDF-1α was achieved over a period of 72 h. Importantly, the novel encapsulation process was found to induce negligible protein denaturation. The obtained SDF-1α nanocarriers may be subsequently incorporated within a hydrogel or other scaffolds to establish a chemokine concentration gradient for the trapping of glioblastoma cells. © 2017 Elsevier B.V. [less ▲]

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See detailMacroporous poly(ionic liquid)/ionic liquid gels via CO2-based emulsion-templating polymerization
Mathieu, Kevin ULiege; Jérôme, Christine ULiege; Debuigne, Antoine ULiege

in Polymer Chemistry (2018), 9(4), 428-437

Structuring poly(ionic liquid)s (PILs) into porous materials or swelling PILs with free ionic liquids (ILs) has received specific attention recently and contributed to improve the performances of these ... [more ▼]

Structuring poly(ionic liquid)s (PILs) into porous materials or swelling PILs with free ionic liquids (ILs) has received specific attention recently and contributed to improve the performances of these materials used in a wide range of applications. The present work aims to take benefit of both approaches and produce macroporous PIL/IL gels in a single step through an innovative emulsion-templated polymerization method based on supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2). More precisely, ILs vinyl monomers and crosslinkers were polymerized in the presence of non polymerizable ILs within the outer phase of a CO2-in-ILs high internal phase emulsion (HIPE). Specific macromolecular surfactants were synthesized by controlled radical polymerization techniques and tested for the stabilization of the CO2-in-ILs emulsions. While optimizing the polymerization conditions, we found that adding a limited amount of water in the medium was beneficial for the emulsion stability. Overall, this straightforward process gave access to macroporous polyHIPEs composed of poly(vinyl imidazolium) networks swollen by ‘free’ vinyl imidazolium-based ILs having interesting properties such as switchable polarity upon simple anion exchange reaction. [less ▲]

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See detailUnique alternating peptide-peptoid copolymers from dipeptides via Ugi reaction in water
Al Samad, Assala ULiege; De Winter, Julien; Gergaux, Pascal et al

in Chemical Communications (2017), 53(90), 12240-12243

Herein, we developed a strainghtforward aqueous synthesis of unprecedented alternating peptide-peptoid copolymers via Ugi four-component reaction applied to dipeptides. Functional peptide-peptoid ... [more ▼]

Herein, we developed a strainghtforward aqueous synthesis of unprecedented alternating peptide-peptoid copolymers via Ugi four-component reaction applied to dipeptides. Functional peptide-peptoid copolymers as well as block copolymers were produced in a single step in the presence of acrylic acid and carboxylic acid-terminated poly(ethylene glycol). The thermoresponsiveness of these polymers is highlighted [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment and evaluation of injectable nanosized drug delivery systems for apigenin
Karim, Reatul ULiege; Palazzo, Claudio ULiege; Laloy, Julie et al

in International Journal of Pharmaceutics (2017), 532(2), 757-768

The purpose of this study was to develop different injectable nanosized drug delivery systems (NDDSs) i.e. liposome, lipid nanocapsule (LNC) and polymeric nanocapsule (PNC) encapsulating apigenin (AG) and ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this study was to develop different injectable nanosized drug delivery systems (NDDSs) i.e. liposome, lipid nanocapsule (LNC) and polymeric nanocapsule (PNC) encapsulating apigenin (AG) and compare their characteristics to identify the nanovector(s) that can deliver the largest quantity of AG while being biocompatible. Two liposomes with different surface characteristics (cationic and anionic), a LNC and a PNC were prepared. A novel tocopherol modified poly(ethylene glycol)-b-polyphosphate block-copolymer was used for the first time for the PNC preparation. The NDDSs were compared by their physicochemical characteristics, AG release, storage stability, stability in serum, complement consumption and toxicity against a human macrovascular endothelial cell line (EAhy926). The diameter and surface charge of the NDDSs were comparable with previously reported injectable nanocarriers. The NDDSs showed good encapsulation efficiency and drug loading. Moreover, the NDDSs were stable during storage and in fetal bovine serum for extended periods, showed low complement consumption and were non-toxic to EAhy926 cells up to high concentrations. Therefore, they can be considered as potential injectable nanocarriers of AG. Due to less pronounced burst effect and extended release characteristics, the nanocapsules could be favorable approaches for achieving prolonged pharmacological activity of AG using injectable NDDS. [less ▲]

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See detailImprovement in or relating to organic material
Debuigne, Antoine ULiege; Dréan, Mathilde; Guégan, Philippe et al

Patent (2017)

The present invention provides polyplex comprising: (a) at least one polymer of formula (I) comprising at least one set of repeating units of formula: and wherein for each set of repeating units R 1 ... [more ▼]

The present invention provides polyplex comprising: (a) at least one polymer of formula (I) comprising at least one set of repeating units of formula: and wherein for each set of repeating units R 1 represents either a hydrogen atom or a straight or branched chain alkyl group having from 1 to 20 carbon atoms and R 2 represents a straight or branched chain alkyl group having from 1 to 20 carbon atoms, wherein n and m each represent an integer of from 1 to 5000, wherein the sum of n and m is from 10 to 250 when R 1 represents a hydrogen atom and when the polymer of formula (I) contains only one set of repeating units; and (b) at least one nucleic acid having improved transfection efficient and reduced cytotoxicity; a method for preparing a polyplex; a method for preparing the polymer of formula (I) for use in the polyplex; a method for transferring at least one nucleic acid into a cell and a pharmaceutical composition comprising the polyplex and an adjuvant; use of a polyplex or of a pharmaceutical composition according to the invention in transferring at least one nucleic acid into a cell; and use of a polymer of formula (I) as defined above in transferring of at least one nucleic acid into a cell.. To be accompanied when published by Figure 1 of the accompanying drawings. [less ▲]

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See detailBioinspired redox-active catechol-bearing polymers as ultra-robust organic cathodes for lithium storage
Patil, Nagaraj ULiege; Aqil, Abdelhafid ULiege; Ouhib, Farid ULiege et al

in Advanced Materials (2017), 29(40), 1703373

Redox-active catechols are bioinspired precursors for ortho-quinones that are characterized by higher discharge potentials than para-quinones, the latter being extensively used as organic cathode ... [more ▼]

Redox-active catechols are bioinspired precursors for ortho-quinones that are characterized by higher discharge potentials than para-quinones, the latter being extensively used as organic cathode materials for lithium ion batteries (LIBs). Here, this study demonstrates that the rational molecular design of copolymers bearing catechol- and Li+ ion-conducting anionic pendants endow redox-active polymers (RAPs) with ultrarobust electrochemical energy storage features when combined to carbon nanotubes as a flexible, binder-, and metal current collector-free buckypaper electrode. The importance of the structure and functionality of the RAPs on the battery performances in LIBs is discussed. The structure-optimized RAPs can store high-capacities of 360 mA h g−1 at 5C and 320 mA h g−1 at 30C in LIBs. The high ion and electron mobilities within the buckypaper also enable to register 96 mA h g−1 (24% capacity retention) at an extreme C-rate of 600C (6 s for total discharge). Moreover, excellent cyclability is noted with a capacity retention of 98% over 3400 cycles at 30C. The high capacity, superior active-material utilization, ultralong cyclability, and excellent rate performances of RAPs-based electrode clearly rival most of the state-of-the-art Li+ ion organic cathodes, and opens up new horizons for large-scalable fabrication of electrode materials for ultrarobust Li storage. [less ▲]

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See detailReinforced poly(hydroxyurethane) thermosets as high performance adhesives for aluminum substrates
Panchireddy, Satyannarayana ULiege; Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULiege; Grignard, Bruno ULiege et al

in Polymer Chemistry (2017), 8(38), 5897-5909

Poly(hydroxyurethane) (PHU) thermosets reinforced with (functional) nanofillers were developed to design high performance adhesives for bare aluminum. Solvent-free cyclic carbonate/amine/PDMS formulations ... [more ▼]

Poly(hydroxyurethane) (PHU) thermosets reinforced with (functional) nanofillers were developed to design high performance adhesives for bare aluminum. Solvent-free cyclic carbonate/amine/PDMS formulations loaded with native, epoxy- or cyclic carbonate-functionalized ZnO nanofillers were premixed before deposition and thermal curing onto Al. The results highlight that the addition of PDMS prevents PHUs from delamination of the Al surface by increasing the adhesive hydrophobicity and thus limiting the water uptake. The dispersion of functional fillers within PHUs improves their thermal and mechanical properties. Benchmarking of the adhesive performances of the reinforced PHU glues with existing PHU formulations attests for the benefits of dispersing functional fillers and PDMS within the resin and evidences a 270% increase of the shear strength of reinforced PHUs adhesives compared to formulations reported in the literature. [less ▲]

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See detailPolyvinyl alcohol and method for producing same
Takayama, Takumi; Amano, Yusuke; Maekawa, Kazuko et al

Patent (2017)

According to the present invention a polyvinyl alcohol is produced by performing: a polymerization step wherein a polymer solution containing a polyvinyl ester is obtained by polymerizing a vinyl ester ... [more ▼]

According to the present invention a polyvinyl alcohol is produced by performing: a polymerization step wherein a polymer solution containing a polyvinyl ester is obtained by polymerizing a vinyl ester monomer by means of controlled radical polymerization in the presence of a radical initiator and an organic cobalt complex; an extraction step wherein a cobalt complex is extracted from the polymer solution by bringing the polymer solution into contact with an aqueous solution containing a water-soluble ligand; and a saponification step wherein a polyvinyl alcohol is obtained by saponifying the polyvinyl ester after the extraction step. Consequently, the present invention provides a method for producing a polyvinyl alcohol which has narrow molecular weight distribution, high number average molecular weight and good hue, while exhibiting good solubility in water. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the phase behaviour of oxetane-CO2 and propargylic alcohols-CO2 binary mixtures by in situ infrared micro-spectrometry
Zaky, Mohamed; Boyaval, Amélie ULiege; Grignard, Bruno ULiege et al

in Journal of Supercritical Fluids (2017), 128

The phase behaviour of carbon dioxide/propargylic alcohols and carbon dioxide/oxetanes mixtures has been investigated using in-situ FTIR microspectrometry that allows us determining the evolution of the ... [more ▼]

The phase behaviour of carbon dioxide/propargylic alcohols and carbon dioxide/oxetanes mixtures has been investigated using in-situ FTIR microspectrometry that allows us determining the evolution of the concentration of each component in the liquid phase as a function of temperature and pressure. It was at the same time possible to look inside the cell and to visualize the expansion of the liquid phase during the increase of the pressure. The measurements were performed at three different temperatures (40, 70 and 100◦C) for pressures ranging between 0.1 and 15 MPa. Propargylic alcohol (PA), 2-methyl-3-butyn-2-ol (MBOL), 3-butyn-1-ol (BOL) and trimethylene oxide (TMO) were selected as these molecules are used in the synthesis of cyclic or polycarbonates by coupling with CO2. Thus, we determined the CO2 sorption and the concentration of the substrate in the liquid phase. Thanks to these measurements, we established the pressure-composition phase diagram for the liquid phase of these substrate/CO2 binary mixtures. [less ▲]

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See detailMerging supercritical carbon dioxide and organocatalysis for the precision and green synthesis of poly(lactide)-based (co)polymers
Grignard, Bruno ULiege; De Winter, Julien; Gerbaux, Pascal et al

in European Polymer Journal (2017), 95

Well-defined poly(lactide)-based block copolymers were synthesized by a heterogeneous solvent and metal-free green approach by using organocatalysts in supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2). We first ... [more ▼]

Well-defined poly(lactide)-based block copolymers were synthesized by a heterogeneous solvent and metal-free green approach by using organocatalysts in supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2). We first report on the homopolymerization of both L- and D,L- lactide by organocatalyzed Ring-Opening Polymerization (o-ROP) by using a bicomponent organocatalyst composed of a thiourea derivative and various tertiary amines as cocatalysts. Control over the molar mass and dispersity is achieved until high monomer conversion although the polylactides are insoluble in the polymerization medium. The precision synthesis of PLA-based block copolymers from various CO2-phobic hydroxyl end-capped macroinitiators such as polyethylene glycol, polycaprolactone, polybutylene succinate and polyphosphoester was then reported. Merging scCO2 with this organocatalytic system provides therefore a unique tool for the design under solvent-free conditions of poly(lactide)-based block copolymers that are insoluble in scCO2. [less ▲]

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See detailGoing Inside Structural and Physicochemical Properties of Polymers using Ion Mobility-Mass Spectrometry
Haler, Jean ULiege; de la Rosa, Victor R.; Far, Johann ULiege et al

Conference (2017, September 06)

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See detailVINYLIC COPOLYMERS FOR PH-SENSITIVE LIPID NANOCAPSULES
Pautu, Vincent ULiege; Lepeltier, Elise; Debuigne, Antoine ULiege et al

Poster (2017, September)

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See detailWell-defined polyvinylamine-based copolymers: synthesis by organometallic-mediated radical polymerization and use in gene transfection
Debuigne, Antoine ULiege; Dréan, Mathilde; Detrembleur, Christophe ULiege et al

Conference (2017, August 22)

Polyvinylamine (PVAm) presents valuable properties like affinity for many supports, pH responsiveness, metal binding capacity, polyelectrolytes complexation, and is used in various applications including ... [more ▼]

Polyvinylamine (PVAm) presents valuable properties like affinity for many supports, pH responsiveness, metal binding capacity, polyelectrolytes complexation, and is used in various applications including coatings, water purification or gas membrane separation. PVAm is commonly prepared by free radical polymerization of N-vinyl monomers followed by deprotection and release of the masked amino functions. However, examples of controlled synthesis of polyvinylamine-based copolymers are scarce because of the high reactivity of the propagating radicals deriving from non-conjugated N-vinyl monomers due to the lack of resonance stabilization. The present communication aims at reporting an efficient platform for producing tailor-made PVAms via organometallic-mediated radical polymerization (OMRP) of N-vinylacetamides followed by hydrolysis of the pendent amide moieties. In this case, cobalt(II) acetylacetonate was successfully used as controlling agent. The synthesis of a series of well-defined homopolymers, statistical and block copolymers with pendent primary and/or secondary amines having low dispersities, predictable molar masses and precise compositions, will be described. Finally, we will discuss the possible use of these polyvinylamine-containing copolymers as gene transfection agents. Some of them demonstrated high DNA transfection level in combination with high cell viability. [less ▲]

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See detailCO2-sourced α-alkylidene cyclic carbonates: a Step forward in the quest for functional regioregular poly(urethane)s and poly(carbonate)s
Gennen, Sandro ULiege; Grignard, Bruno ULiege; Tassaing, Thierry et al

in Angewandte Chemie International Edition (2017), 56(35), 1039410398

We describe a robust platform for the synthesis of a large diversity of novel functional CO2 -sourced polymers by exploiting the regio-controlled and site selective ring-opening of α- alkylidene ... [more ▼]

We describe a robust platform for the synthesis of a large diversity of novel functional CO2 -sourced polymers by exploiting the regio-controlled and site selective ring-opening of α- alkylidene carbonates by various nucleophiles. The remarkable reactivity of α-alkylidene carbonates is dictated by the exocyclic olefinic group that selectively orients the cyclic carbonate ring- opening with the formation of an enol species. The polyaddition of CO2 -sourced bis-α-alkylidene carbonates (bis-αCCs) with primary and secondary diamines provides novel regioregular functional poly(urethane)s. The reactivity of bis-αCCs is also exploited for producing new poly(β-oxo-carbonate)s by organocatalyzed polyaddition with a diol. All polyadditions were feasible under ambient conditions. This synthesis platform provides new functional variants of world-class leading polymers families (polyurethanes, polycarbonates) and valorises CO2 as a chemical feedstock. [less ▲]

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See detailMild synthesis of poly(HEMA)-networks as well-defined nanoparticles in supercritical carbon dioxide
Parilti, Rahmet ULiege; Alaimo, David; Grignard, Bruno ULiege et al

in Journal of Materials Chemistry B (2017), 5(29), 5806-5815

Free-radical dispersion polymerisation of 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate was carried out in supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) in the presence of stabilisers based on polyethylene oxide (PEO) and poly ... [more ▼]

Free-radical dispersion polymerisation of 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate was carried out in supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) in the presence of stabilisers based on polyethylene oxide (PEO) and poly(heptadecafluorodecyl acrylate) (PFDA). Different architectures of copolymers (random, palm-tree and diblock) were tested for their surface tension, cloud point and as a stabilising agent. The diblock architecture was found to be the best candidate resulting in poly(HEMA) spherical particles with a size of 316 nm. Furthermore, the effect of the CO2-phobic block (PEO) in the diblock architecture was investigated by using three different chain lengths (1000, 2000, 5000 g mol−1). By optimizing the stabiliser composition and structure, mild reaction conditions have been identified allowing us to obtain well-defined spherical cross-linked poly(HEMA) particles with a mean diameter of unprecedented low size (216 nm) at a temperature as low as 35 °C. [less ▲]

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See detailInnovative polyelectrolytes/poly(ionic liquid)s for energy and environment
Ajjan, Fátima N.; Ambrogi, Martina; Tiruye, Girum Ayalneh et al

in Polymer International (2017), 66(8), 1119-1126

This manuscript presents the work carried out within the European Project RENAISSANCE-ITN, which was dedicated to the development of innovative polyelectrolytes for energy and environmental applications ... [more ▼]

This manuscript presents the work carried out within the European Project RENAISSANCE-ITN, which was dedicated to the development of innovative polyelectrolytes for energy and environmental applications. Within the project different types of innovative polyelectrolytes were synthesized such as poly(ionic liquid)s coming from renewable or natural ions, thiazolium cations, cathechol functionalities or from a new generation of cheap deep-eutectic monomers. Further, macromolecular architectures such as new poly(ionic liquid) block copolymers and new (semi)conducting polymer/polyelectrolyte complexes were also developed. As the final goal, the application of these innovative polymers in energy and environment was investigated. Important advances in energy storage technologies included the development of new carbonaceous materials, new lignin/conducting polymer biopolymer electrodes, new iongels and single-ion conducting polymer electrolytes for supercapacitors and batteries and new poly(ionic liquid) binders for batteries. On the other hand, the use of the innovative polyelectrolytes into sustainable environmental technologies led to the development of new liquid and dry water, new materials for water cleaning technologies such as floculants, oil absorbers, new recyclable organocatalysts platform and multifunctional polymer coatings with antifouling and antimicrobial properties. All in all this article demonstrates the potential of the poly(ionic liquid)s for high-value applications in Energy & Enviromental areas. [less ▲]

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See detailBio- and CO2-sourced polyhydroxyurethanes for hydrogels coatings, foams and high performance adhesives
Gennen, Sandro ULiege; Panchireddy, Satyannarayana ULiege; Grignard, Bruno ULiege et al

Poster (2017, June 09)

Due to concerns about global warming combined with the decrease of fossil resources, the chemical transformation of carbon dioxide (CO2) into added-value products has gained interest in both academic and ... [more ▼]

Due to concerns about global warming combined with the decrease of fossil resources, the chemical transformation of carbon dioxide (CO2) into added-value products has gained interest in both academic and industrial fields. Indeed, CO2 can be viewed as a cheap, non-toxic and renewable C1 building block precursor of sophisticated organic molecules and polymers. One representative example of CO2 transformation includes the synthesis of various (bis)cyclic carbonates via CO2/epoxide coupling.1-3 Bis-cyclic carbonates were then valorized as monomers for the synthesis of series of novel low carbon footprint poly(hydroxyurethane)s (PHUs). These polymers are now exploited to produce sustainable materials including foams for thermal insulation,4 hydrogels (for potential biomedical use)5 and high performance adhesives and glues (for metal, glass and wood). [less ▲]

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