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In situ dissolution and swelling of confined lamellar polymer crystals through exposure to humid air

Brahim Bessif, Thomas Pfohl, Barbara Heck, Yaser Alshetwi, Emna Khechine, Jun Xu, and Günter Reiter. Macromolecules 55, 6015–6022, 2022

2022-brahim.jpgInduced by exposure to humid air, we observed in-situ the temporal and spatial changes in thickness and morphology of sandwich-like polymer platelets of a block copolymer. These micron-size platelets consisted of a crystalline poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) lamella confined between two glassy poly(styrene) (PS) layers, formed via crystallization of a hydrophobic-hydrophilic PS-b-PEO diblock copolymer. We observed first the dissolution of the confined crystalline PEO layers characterized by sharp dissolution front propagating at a constant velocity as described by case II diffusion of a liquid into a solid. (more...)

Determining Entanglement Molar Mass of Glassy Polyphenylenes Using Mechanochromic Molecular Springs

Maximilian Raisch, Günter Reiter, Michael Sommer. ACS Macro Lett. 2022, 11, 760–765

2022-sommer.jpgMolecular force transduction in tough and glassy poly(meta,meta,para-phenylene) (PmmpP) was investigated as a function of Mn using covalently incorporated mechanochromic donor–acceptor torsional springs based on an ortho-substituted diphenyldiketopyrrolopyrrole (oDPP). Blending oDPP-PmmpP probe chains with long PmmpP matrix chains allowed us to investigate molar-mass-dependent mechanochromic properties for a series of specimens having mechanically identical properties.(more...)

The memory of thin polymer films generated by spin coating

Günter Reiter, Farzad Ramezani, Jörg Baschnagel. EPJE 45 (2022) 51

2022-farzad.jpgWe present results from isothermal and temperature-sweep creep experiments adapted to filaments which were derived from spin coated and subsequently crumpled thin polystyrene films. Due to the existence of residual stresses induced by preparation, the filaments showed significant shrinkage which we followed as a function of time at various temperatures. In addition, the influence of preparation conditions and subsequent annealing of supported thin polymer films on shrinkage and relaxation behavior was investigated. The temporal evolution of shrinkage revealed a sequence of relaxation regimes. (mehr...)

Primary nucleation in metastable solutions of poly(3-hexylthiophene)

Tianyu Wu, Sivasurender Chandran, Yao Zhang, Tianze Zheng, Thomas Pfohl, Jun Xu, Günter Reiter. Macromolecules 55 (2022) 3325–3334

2022-tianyu.jpgDue to its smallness and low probability of formation, the determination of the size of the critical primary nucleus represents a great challenge in polymer crystallization. We are still missing a feasible approach providing experimental access to primary nucleation. In this work, we investigated the dependence of the incubation time on the degree of supersaturation for a well-defined metastable regime of a prototypical conjugated polymer, i.e., poly(3-hexylthiophene). Based on Kashchiev’s nucleation theorem and verified by a simulation model for primary nucleation based on the kinetics of attaching and detaching crystalline units, we deduced the number of crystalline units within the critical nucleus  [more...]


List of Publications

Tuning topography and patterns of thin polymer films on structured substrates
Konstantinos Roumpos. Inauguraldissertation der Fakultät für Mathematik und Physik 2021. DOI: 10.6094/UNIFR/194127
Morphological transitions in langmuir films of a diblock copolymer from polyethylene glycol and poly-L-lactide
Emna Khechine. Inaugural-Dissertation zur Erlangung des Doktorgrades der Fakultät für Chemie und Pharmazie, 2021
High-throughput injection molding of transparent fused silica glass
Markus Mader, Oliver Schlatter, Barbara Heck, Andreas Warmbold, Alex Dorn, Hans Zappe, Patrick Risch, Dorothea Helmer, Frederik Kotz, Bastian E. Rapp. Science 372 (2021) 182-186
Formation of large polymer crystals from metastable solutions
Tianyu Wu. Inauguraldissertation der Fakultät für Chemie und Pharmazie 2020, DOI: 10.6094/UNIFR/167415
Exploring pathways to equilibrate Langmuir polymer films
Abhijna Das, Sebastian Noack, Helmut Schlaad, Günter Reiter, Renate Reiter. Langmuir 36 (2020) 8184–8192
Energy transport and light propagation mechanisms in organic single crystals
Bernd Wittmann, Stephan Wiesneth, Sajedeh Motamen, Laurent Simon, Françoise Serein-Spirau, Günter Reiter, and Richard Hildner. Journal of Chemical Physics 153 (2020) 144202
Large quantum efficiency enhancements of pristine conjugated polymer MEH-PPV by interlayer polymer diffusion
Po-Tsun Chen, Ya-Wei Yang, Günter Reiter, Arnold C.-M. Yang. Polymer 204 (2020) 122753
Formation of Needle-like Poly(3-hexylthiophene) Crystals from Metastable Solutions
Tianyu Wu, Thomas Pfohl, Sivasurender Chandran, Michael Sommer and Günter Reiter. Macromolecules 53 (2020) 8303–8312
Rheological Properties of Blends of Isotactic Polystyrene–Isotactic Poly(para-methylstyrene) Films Derived from a Comparative Dewetting Study
Austine Amukayia Mulama, Konstantinos Roumpos, Pradipkanti Lairenjam, Andrew Oduor, Günter Reiter. Macromolecules 53 (2020) 9122–9130
Dewetting-Induced Alignment and Ordering of Cylindrical Mesophases in Thin Block Copolymer Films
Heng Zhang, Binghua Wang, Gang Wang, Changyu Shen, Jingbo Chen, Günter Reiter, Bin Zhang. Macromolecules 53, (2020) 9631–9640
Estimation of the Size of Critical Secondary Nuclei of Melt-Grown Poly(l-lactide) Lamellar Crystals
Shujing Zhang, Baohua Guo, Günter Reiter, Jun Xu. Macromolecules 53 (2020) 3482–3492
Translating molecular relaxations in non-equilibrated polymer melts into lifting macroscopic loads
Farzad Ramezani, Jörg Baschnagel, and Günter Reiter. Phys. Rev. Materials 4 (2020) 082601
A new growth process for crystalline ultra-thin layers of conjugated oligomers used in field-effect transistor applications
Sven Renkert, Sadiara Fall, Sajedeh Motamen, Thibaut Jarrosson, Françoise Serein-Spirau, Thomas Heiser, Laurent Simon, Günter Reiter, Jean-Luc Bubendorff. Applied Surface Science 539 (2021) 148024
The memorizing capacity of polymers
Günter Reiter. J. Chem. Phys. 152, 150901 (2020)
Formation of asymmetric leaf-shaped crystals in ultrathin films of oriented polyethylene molecules resulting from high-temperature relaxation and recrystallization
Huihui Li, Duanzijing Liu, Xinyun Bu, Zhenzhen Zhou, Zhongjie Ren, Xiaoli Sun, Renate Reiter, Shouke Yan, Günter Reiter. Macromolecules 53 (2020) 346-354
Controlling phase transitions in Langmuir polymer films
Abhijna Das. Inauguraldissertation der Fakultät für Mathematik und Physik 2020. DOI: 10.6094/UNIFR/167266
Controlling Nucleation in Quasi-Two-Dimensional Langmuir Poly(L-lactide) Films through Variation of the Rate of Compression
Abhijna Das, Ahmed S. El-Tawargy, Emna Khechine, Sebastian Noack, Helmut Schlaad, Günter Reiter, and Renate Reiter. Langmuir 35 (2019) 6129-6136
Activity of the Gramicidin A Ion Channel in a Lipid Membrane with Switchable Physical Properties
Renate Reiter, Ekaterina Zaitseva, Gerhard Baaken, Ibrahim Halimeh, Jan C. Behrends, Andreas Zumbuehl. Langmuir 35 (2019) 14959-14966
Dewetting Rheology for Determining Viscoelastic Properties of Non-equilibrated Thin Polymer Films
Austine A. Mulama, Sivasurender Chandran, Konstantinos Roumpos, Andrew O. Oduor, and Günter Reiter. Macromolecules 52 (2019) 7894-7903
Relation between Charge Transport and the Number of Interconnected Lamellar Poly(3-hexylthiophene) Crystals
Binghua Wang, Jingbo Chen, Changyu Shen, Günter Reiter, Bin Zhang. Macromolecules 52 (2019) 6088-6096
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