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The University of Mons is a new Belgian university located in the city of Mons, created by merging the Engineering Faculty of Mons and the University of Mons-Hainaut. The merging of the institutions was achieved following a geographical logic because of the high complementarity between them and their location in the same city.This merger was accepted by the two universities on 6 July 2007 and confirmed by the Belgian French Community Parliament on 25 November 2008. From an administrative point of view the University of Mons was founded on 1 January 2009. Prof. Conti, former rector of the Engineering Faculty of Mons, became the first rector of the University of Mons.The University of Mons is the fourth university of the French community of Belgium with about 5,700 students. Wikipedia.

Habibi Y.,Public Research Center | Habibi Y.,University of Mons
Chemical Society Reviews | Year: 2014

Nanocelluloses, including nanocrystalline cellulose, nanofibrillated cellulose and bacterial cellulose nanofibers, have become fascinating building blocks for the design of new biomaterials. Derived from the must abundant and renewable biopolymer, they are drawing a tremendous level of attention, which certainly will continue to grow in the future driven by the sustainability trend. This growing interest is related to their unsurpassed quintessential physical and chemical properties. Yet, owing to their hydrophilic nature, their utilization is restricted to applications involving hydrophilic or polar media, which limits their exploitation. With the presence of a large number of chemical functionalities within their structure, these building blocks provide a unique platform for significant surface modification through various chemistries. These chemical modifications are prerequisite, sometimes unavoidable, to adapt the interfacial properties of nanocellulose substrates or adjust their hydrophilic-hydrophobic balance. Therefore, various chemistries have been developed aiming to surface-modify these nano-sized substrates in order to confer to them specific properties, extending therefore their use to highly sophisticated applications. This review collocates current knowledge in the research and development of nanocelluloses and emphasizes more particularly on the chemical modification routes developed so far for their functionalization. © 2014 The Royal Society of Chemistry. Source

University of Mons | Date: 2013-07-11

The quality and/or aging of an oil is monitored, notably in-situ, using a resonator sensor, for example a quartz crystal microbalance sensor (QCM). Changes of the frequency response of the sensor may be used to detect or monitor the presence of one or a combination of water, fuel, metallic debris, plastic debris and reaction products from degradation of oil components and/or oil additives (including oxidation products and acids). At least one of the major surfaces of the resonator sensor may include a component capturing surface layer provided with impression sites adapted to retain components of the oil indicative of the oils quality, aging or contamination and both major surfaces of the sensor are preferably immersed in the oil to be monitored.

University of Liège, University of Mons, Free University of Colombia and Catholic University of Louvain | Date: 2012-10-15

The present invention relates to methods for determining the concentration of a free beta-lactam antibiotic in a biological sample. In particular, the present invention relates to methods for measuring a free beta-lactam antibiotic in a biological sample, comprising the steps of: (a) providing at least one class C beta-lactamase, a functional fragment or variant thereof; (b) providing at least one biological sample; (c) contacting said at least one class C beta-lactamase with said at least one biological sample; and (d) determining the concentration of said free beta-lactam antibiotic in said at least one biological sample.

Free University of Colombia and University of Mons | Date: 2013-04-02

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A preferred test system includes a chemical and/or biological sample in a liquid test medium and contains both a liquid and a gas phase that simulates air-water gas exchanges. It operates intermittently, with additions and eliminations of liquids being decoupled in time so that to make sure the medium is well mixed before eliminating any liquid; requirement for expensive fixed flow pumps, or accurate flow meters are eliminated while accurate measurement of fluxes between the chemical and/or biological sample, the liquid and the gas phase are possible by mass balance between added and eliminated liquids.

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