Fabrice Cousin

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Layer-by-layer assembly was used to build thin films, consisting of multiple layers alternating cellulose nanocrystals and xyloglucan, benefiting from the strong non-electrostatic cellulose-xyloglucan interaction. Data from atomic force microscopy and neutron reflectivity showed that these well-defined films exhibited a thickness increasing linearly with(More)
Fatty acids are surfactants of particular interest in the present context of green chemistry since they can be extracted from agricultural resources. Here we report on the formation of multilayer tubular structures made of ethanolamine salt of 12-hydroxy stearic acid [1-2]. By visual observations, we have demonstrated that these tube solutions produced(More)
Rare earth cerium oxide (ceria) nanoparticles are stabilized using end-functional phosphonated-PEG oligomers. The complexation process and structure of the resulting hybrid core-shell singlet nanocolloids are described, characterized, and modeled using light and neutron scattering data. The adsorption mechanism is nonstoichiometric, yielding the number of(More)
It is known that 12-hydroxystearic acid coupled via ion-pairing with a counterion, such as ethanolamine, self-assembles into supramolecular multilayer tubes that exhibit a peculiar temperature-tunable diameter variation. At a given temperature threshold (T(Ø↑)), there is a large increase of the tube diameter by almost a factor of 10. We investigate here the(More)
Neutron reflectivity measurements and AFM observations were used as complementary techniques to investigate multilayered films consisting of alternating sheets of rigid cellulose nanocrystals and flexible poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH) prepared by the layer-by-layer assembly technique. Both techniques showed that smooth films with a high load of(More)
We report here the structure of complexes made of proteins (lysozyme, positively charged) and polyelectrolytes (PSSNa, negatively charged). We stay in conditions where the volume fractions of the components are of the same order and where PSS concentrations correspond to a semidilute regime. The final complexes structure is determined by SANS. We obtain(More)
We explored the behavior and the characteristics of xyloglucan polysaccharide chains extracted from tamarind seeds in aqueous media. The initial solubilization is achieved by using a 0.01 M NaOH solution. The absence of compact aggregates in the solution and the average molecular mass of the individual chains were unambiguously demonstrated by size(More)
Temperature-responsive properties of surface-attached poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) network films with well-controlled chemistry are investigated. The synthesis consists of cross-linking and grafting preformed ene-reactive polymer chains through thiol-ene click chemistry. The formation of surface-attached and cross-linked polymer films has the(More)
We present a new material which displays anisotropic and mechanical properties tuneable during synthesis under magnetic field. It is formulated by mixing aqueous suspensions of polymer nanolatex and magnetic nanoparticles, coated by a thin silica layer to improve their compatibility with the polymeric matrix, followed by casting. The magnetic properties of(More)
Salt-free catanionic systems based on fatty acids exhibit a broad polymorphism by simply tuning the molar ratio between the two components. For fatty acid combined with organic amino counter-ions, very few data are available on the phase behavior obtained as a function of the molar ratio between the counter-ion and the fatty acid. We investigated the(More)