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Recent Publications

Mechanism for the Formation of Millimeter-Long Solid Filaments by Spin Coating Dilute Solutions of a Crystallizable Polymer

Da Huang, Thorsten Hugel, and Günter Reiter. Macromolecules, published online

huang.jpgWe have investigated the formation of millimeter-long filaments induced by spin-coating ca. 130 °C dilute para-xylene solutions of rapidly crystallizable polyethylene chains with a contour length in the micrometer range onto ca. 80 °C mica substrates. These filaments were radially oriented and accumulated on the periphery of the substrate. Our observations can be explained by the stretching of polymers through the flow field induced by spinning the solution on a solid substrate. The corresponding loss in conformational entropy emphasized attractive interactions between polymers, which resulted in the formation of bundles and their assembly into long filaments. Caused by a Plateau–Rayleigh-type instability of a liquid coating on a solid filament and due to crystallization, these filaments were decorated with various small-scale structures. (more...)

Competing influences of cooling rate and diluent concentration on crystallization of poly(3-hexylthiophene)

Mina Alizadehaghdam, Farhang Abbasi, Günter Reiter. J. Phys. Chem. C 128 (2024) 4757–4765

mina.jpgCrystallization of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) was studied in mixtures of different concentrations of 3-hexylthiophene (3HT) as a diluent. Two coexisting crystal populations, socalled “thin” and “thick” crystals, with melting temperatures differing by more than 10 °C were observed in these mixtures. Intriguingly, the “thick” crystals represented transient unstable structures, with a mass fraction that was the highest ФH for rapidly crystallized P3HT in presence of significant amount of diluent. Reflecting its dependence on growth kinetics, ФH decreased with increasing crystallization temperature, extended crystallization time or lower cooling rate. The presence of a diluent led to a “depression” of the melting temperature, described by Raoult’s law and the Flory equation, which was similar for P3HT samples crystallized in various ways. (more...)

Tuning the hydraulic resistance by swelling-induced buckling of membranes in high-aspect-ratio microfluidic devices

Claas-Hendrik Stamp, Binyam Solomon, Friederike Lang, Efstathios Mitropoulos and Thomas Pfohl.
Lab Chip 23 (2023) 3662-3670

stamp.jpgControlling fluid flow in microfluidic devices and adapting it to varying conditions by selectively regulating hydrodynamic properties is of critical importance, as the field of microfluidics faces increasingly complex challenges in its wide range of applications. One way to manipulate flows in microfluidic devices is to introduce elastic elements that can be actively or passively deformed. In this work, we developed a membrane-based microfluidic device that allows us to study the deformation of swollen thin membranes as a function of the volume fractions in binary mixtures – here isopropanol and water. (more...)



List of Publications

Successive melting and crystallization of poly(3-hexylthiophene) in the melt-memory domain versus isotropic melt domain
Mina Alizadehaghdam, Farhang Abbasi, Günter Reiter. Journal of Materials Science 56 (2021) 19723–19737
Transparent, thermoplastic, aliphatic polyesters through crystallization under molecular confinement
Maziar Matloubi, Melika Sarema, Barbara Heck, Günter Reiter and V. Prasad Shastri. Matter 6 (2023) 3057-3074
Heat dissipation in Sm3+ and Zn2+ co-substituted magnetite (Zn0.1SmxFe2.9-xO4) nanoparticles coated with citric acid and pluronic F127 for hyperthermia application
S. Shatooti, M. Mozaffari, G. Reiter, D. Zahn, S. Dutz. Scientific Reports 11 (2021) 16795
Controlled Switching from the Growth of Mono-Lamellar Polymer Crystals to the Formation of Stacks of Uniquely Oriented Lamellae
Weixiang Chen, Brahim Bessif, Renate Reiter, Jun Xu, Günter Reiter. Macromolecules 54 (2021) 8135–8142
Self-Seeding Procedure for Obtaining Stacked Block Copolymer Lamellar Crystals in Solution
Brahim Bessif, Thomas Pfohl and Günter Reiter. Polymers 13 (2021) 1676
Non-equilibrium Properties of Thin Polymer Films
Sivasurender Chandran, Günter Reiter. In Matyjaszewski et al. (Eds.): Macromolecular Engineering: From Precise Synthesis to Macroscopic Materials and Applications, 4 Volumes, 2nd ed. Edition, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH, 2022. ISBN 9783527344550
Concepts of nucleation in polymer crystallization
Jun Xu, Günter Reiter, Rufina G. Alamo. Crystals 11 (2021) 304
Continuous illumination of a conjugated polymer causes strong enhancement of photoluminescence
Yaser AlShetwi, Daniel Schiefer, Michael Sommer. Günter Reiter. J. Phys. Chem. B 125 (2021) 5636–5644
Formation of Stacked Three-Dimensional Polymer “Single Crystals”
Zhixin Guo, Shouke Yan, Günter Reiter. Macromolecules 54 (2021) 4918–4925
Measurements of periodically perturbed dewetting force fields and their consequences on the symmetry of the resulting patterns
Konstantinos Roumpos, Sarah Fontaine, Thomas Pfohl, Oswald Prucker, Jürgen Rühe, and Günter Reiter. Scientific Reports 11 (2021) 13149
Changes in surface free energy and surface conductivity of carbon nanotubes/polyimide nanocomposite films induced by UV irradiation
Baode Zhang, Marialaura Clausi, Barbara Heck, Susanna Laurenzi, Gabriella Santonicola, Janis Kleperis, Andris Antuzevičs, Guenter Reiter, Andrey Aleshin, Anatoly Lobach. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 13 (2021) 24218–24227
Surface-modified elastomeric nanofluidic devices for single nanoparticle trapping
Deepika Sharma, Roderick Y. H. Lim, Thomas Pfohl and Yasin Ekinci. Microsystems & Nanoengineering 7 (2021) 46
Optimization of Nanofluidic Devices for Geometry-Induced Electrostatic Trapping
Deepika Sharma, Roderick Y. H. Lim, Thomas Pfohl, and Yasin Ekinci. Part. Part. Syst. Charact. 2021, 38, 2000275
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
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