You are here: Home Group members Professor Günter Reiter
Document Actions

Professor Günter Reiter

prof. reiter  

Professor of Experimental Polymer Physics

Institute of Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
Albert-Ludwig-University of Freiburg
Hermann-Herder-Str. 3, 79104 Freiburg, Germany
Tel.: +49 761 203 5857
Email: guenter.reiter[at]





gsc.jpg GoogleScholar

rid.jpg researcherID

ufr.jpg FreiDok plus


1960 born in Wels (Austria)
1980 – 1985 studied physics at the Technical University of Graz, Austria
1985 – 1987 Ph.D. in nuclear physics at the Technical University of Graz, Austria
1987 – 1992 Postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz
1992 – 1994 Research Associate at University of Illinois, USA
1994 Chercheur associé, LLB Saclay, France
1994 – 2001 Chargé de recherche au CNRS Mulhouse, France
1998 Habilitation à diriger des recherches, Mulhouse, France
2001 – 2008 Directeur de recherche au CNRS, Mulhouse, France
since 06/2008   Professor at the Institute of Physics of the University of Freiburg



  • Behavior and properties of polymers at interfaces and surfaces
    Topics: wetting and dewetting, adhesion and friction, stability and morphological changes due to intermolecular interactions, aging, relaxation behavior of polymers in restrictive spaces.
  • Growth processes (crystallization) of complex systems
    Topics: processes of organization of molecules on different length scales, Formation of hierarchical structures and materials with high complexity and functionality.
  • Molecular self-assembly and formation of functional structures on surfaces
    Topics: Supramolecular ordered structures with submolecular precision. Molecular selfassembly to create functional and controllable surfaces. Hybrid structures made of polymers and nanoparticles.


Selected Publications

  • Reversible Dehydration-Hydration of Poly(ethylene glycol) in Langmuir Monolayers of a Diblock Copolymer Inferred from Changes in Filament Curvature, E. Khechine, S. Noack, H. Schlaad, J. Xu, G. Reiter, R. Reiter. Langmuir, 2023, 39, 2710–2718
  • In situ dissolution and swelling of confined lamellar polymer crystals through exposure to humid air,   B. Bessif, T. Pfohl, B. Heck, Y. Alshetwi, E. Khechine, J. Xu, G. Reiter. Macromolecules, 2022, 55, 6015–6022  
  • The memory of thin polymer films generated by spin coating, G. Reiter, F. Ramezani, J. Baschnagel. EPJE, 2022, 45, 51
  • Illumination of Conjugated Polymers Reduces Nucleation Probability and Slows Down Crystal Growth Rate, Y. AlShetwi, B. Bessif, M.Sommer, G. Reiter. Macromolecules, 2021, 54, 11478–11485
  • Controlled Switching from the Growth of Mono-Lamellar Polymer Crystals to the Formation of Stacks of Uniquely Oriented Lamellae, W. Chen, B. Bessif, R. Reiter, J. Xu, G. Reiter. Macromolecules, 2021, 54, 8135–8142
  • Formation of Stacked Three-Dimensional Polymer “Single Crystals”, Z. Guo, S. Yan, G. Reiter. Macromolecules, 2021, 54,4918–4925
  • Measurements of periodically perturbed dewetting force fields and their consequences on the symmetry of the resulting patterns, K. Roumpos, S. Fontaine, T. Pfohl, O. Prucker, J. Rühe, G. Reiter. Scientific Reports, 2021, 11, 13149
  • Translating molecular relaxations in non-equilibrated polymer melts into lifting macroscopic loads, F. Ramezani, J. Baschnagel, G. Reiter. Phys. Rev. Materials, 2020, 4, 082601
  • Processing Pathways Decide Polymer Properties at the Molecular Level, S. Chandran, D. Cangialosi, K. Fukao, E. Glynos, L. M. C. Janssen, M. Müller, M. Muthukumar, U. Steiner, J. Xu, S. Napolitano, and G. Reiter. Macromolecules,  2019,52, 7146-7156
  • Time Allowed for Equilibration Quantifies the Preparation Induced Non-equilibrium Behavior of Polymer Films, S. Chandran, R. Handa, M. Kchaou, S. Al Akhrass, A. Semenov, G. Reiter, ACS Macro Lett., 2017, 6, 1296-1300
  • Transient cooperative processes in dewetting polymer melts, S. Chandran, G. Reiter, Phys. Rev. Lett., 2016, 116, 088301
  • Some unique features of polymer crystallisation, G. Reiter, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2014, 43, 2055-65
Personal tools