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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 and S. Dutz. Scientific Reports 11 (2021) 16795

2021-rei-09.jpgIn this work, Sm3+ and Zn2+ co‑substituted magnetite Zn0.1SmxFe2.9‑xO4 (x = 0.0, 0.01, 0.02, 0.03, 0.04 and 0.05) nanoparticles, have been prepared via co‑precipitation method and were electrostatically and sterically stabilized by citric acid and pluronic F127 coatings. The coated nanoparticles were well dispersed in an aqueous solution (pH 5.5). Magnetic and structural properties of the nanoparticles and their ferrofluids were studied by different methods. XRD studies illustrated that all as‑prepared nanoparticles have a single phase spinel structure, with lattice constants affected by samarium cations substitution. [more...]


 

Controlled Switching from the Growth of Monolamellar Polymer Crystals to the Formation of Stacks of Uniquely Oriented Lamellae

Weixiang Chen, Brahim Bessif, Renate Reiter, Jun Xu, and Günter Reiter. Macromolecules 54 (2021) 8135–8142

2021-rei-08.jpgWe have used a rationally designed two-step crystallization approach to induce the formation of stacks of superposed and uniquely oriented flat-on polymer lamellae exclusively and controllably at the periphery of monolamellar polymer crystals. The probability of initiating such stacks of lamellar crystals via self-induced nucleation was controlled by the crystallization temperature, which in turn, determined the width of crystalline branches through the Mullins-Sekerka instability. [more...]


 

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

2021-rei-02.jpgWe studied the origin of breaking the symmetry for moving circular contact lines of dewetting polymer films suspended on a periodic array of pillars. There, dewetting force fields driving polymer flow were perturbed by elastic micro-pillars arranged in a regular square pattern. Elastic restoring forces of deformed pillars locally balance driving capillary forces and broke the circular symmetry of expanding dewetting holes. The observed envelope of the dewetting holes reflected the symmetry of the underlying pattern, even at sizes much larger than the characteristic period of the pillar array, demonstrating that periodic perturbations in a driving force field can establish a well-defined pattern of lower symmetry. For the presented system, we succeeded in squaring the circle. [more...]



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

pfohl-02.jpgOur work focuses on the development of simpler and effective production of nanofluidic devices for high-throughput charged single nanoparticle trapping in an aqueous environment. Single nanoparticle confinement using electrostatic trapping has been an effective approach to study the fundamental properties of charged molecules under a controlled aqueous environment. Conventionally, geometry-induced electrostatic trapping devices are fabricated using SiOx-based substrates and comprise nanochannels imbedded with nanoindentations such as nanopockets, nanoslits and nanogrids. These geometry-induced electrostatic trapping devices can only trap negatively charged particles, and therefore, to trap positively charged particles, modification of the device surface is required. [more...]



Continuous Illumination of a Conjugated Polymer Causes Strong Enhancement of Photoluminescence

jp1c01837_0009.jpgYaser AlShetwi, Daniel Schiefer, Michael Sommer. Günter Reiter. J. Phys. Chem. B 125 (2021) 5636–5644

We present measurements of absorbance and photoluminescence (PL) for films of poly(3-(2,5-dioctylphenyl)thiophene) (PDOPT) as a function of temperature (T) and time (t) of illumination. While having no detectable influence on absorbance of this conjugated polymer, our experiments clearly revealed that illumination of PDOPT caused a significant increase in the PL intensity (IPL(T,t)), that is, the emission probability of PDOPT. Without illumination, we always observed a decrease in IPL with time. An increase in IPL was only detectable when the sample was illuminated. [more...]



Self-Seeding Procedure for Obtaining Stacked Block Copolymer Lamellar Crystals in Solution

brahim-polymers.jpgBrahim Bessif, Thomas Pfohl and Günter Reiter. Polymers 13 (2021) 1676

We examined the formation of self-seeded platelet-like crystals from polystyrene-block-polyethylene oxide (PS-b-PEO) diblock copolymers in toluene as a function of polymer concentration (c), crystallization temperature (TC), and self-seeding temperature (TSS). We showed that the number (N) of platelet-like crystals and their mean lateral size (L) can be controlled through a self-seeding procedure.  [more...]

 

List of Publications

Determination of the Critical Size of Secondary Nuclei on the Lateral Growth Front of Lamellar Polymer Crystals
Shujing Zhang, Jiarui Han, Yang Gao, Bao-Hua Guo, Günter Reiter, Jun Xu. Macromolecules 52 (2019) 7439-7447
A Nucleation Mechanism Leading to Stacking of Lamellar Crystals in Polymer Thin Films
Sumit Majumder, Purushottam Poudel, Hui Zhang, Jun Xu, Günter Reiter. Polymer International 69 (2020) 1058
Processing Pathways Decide Polymer Properties at the Molecular Level
S. Chandran, J. Baschnagel, D. Cangialosi, K. Fukao, E. Glynos, L. M. C. Janssen, M. Müller, M. Muthukumar, U. Steiner, J. Xu, S. Napolitano, and G. Reiter. Macromolecules 52 (2019) 7146-7156
Controlling the Pore Size in Conjugated Polymer Films via Crystallization-Driven Phase Separation
Shaowen Guo, Changyu Shen, Jingbo Chen, Günter Reiter, Bin Zhang. Soft Matter 15 (2019) 2981-2989
Adapted Creep Test for the Study of Non-Equilibrated Thin Polymer Films
Farzad Ramezani. Inaugural-Dissertation zur Erlangung des Doktorgrades der Fakultät für Mathematik und Physik der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg 2019
Tad Pili Play a Dynamic Role in Caulobacter crescentus Surface Colonization
Matteo Sangermani, Isabelle Hug, Nora Sauter, Thomas Pfohl, Urs Jenala. mBio 10:e01237-19 (2019)
Spatially resolved small-angle X-ray scattering for characterizing mechanoresponsive liposomes using microfluidics
Marzia Buscema, Hans Deyhle, Thomas Pfohl, Andreas Zumbuehl, Bert Müller. Materials Today Bio 1 (2019) 100003
Semicrystalline Non-Isocyanate Polyhydroxyurethanes as Thermoplastics and Thermoplastic Elastomers and Their Use in 3D Printing by Fused Filament Fabrication
Vitalij Schimpf, Johannes B. Max, Benjamin Stolz, Barbara Heck, and Rolf Mülhaupt. Macromolecules 52 (2019) 320-331
Self-Assembly of Oligo(phenylene-thiophene)s on Monolayer Graphene: Molecular Dynamics Simulations
Natalia Borzdun, Victor Nazarychev, Sergey Larin, Guenter Reiter, Sergey Lyulin. J. Phys. Chem. C, 123 (2019) 859–867
Functional macromolecular systems: kinetic pathways to obtain tailored structures
V. Abetz, K. Kremer, M. Müller, and G. Reiter. Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics 220 (2019) 1800334
Growth Kinetics of Stacks of Lamellar Polymer Crystals
Sumit Majumder, Hanna Busch, Purushottam Poudel, Stefan Mecking, and Günter Reiter. Macromolecules 51 (2018) 8738–8745
Self-Interference of Exciton Emission in Organic Single Crystals Visualized by Energy-Momentum Spectroscopy
Christian Schörner, Sajedeh Motamen, Laurent Simon, Günter Reiter, Richard Hildner. ACS Omega 3 (2018) 6728–6736
Formation of Periodically Modulated Polymer Crystals
Purushottam Poudel, Sumit Majumder, Sivasurender Chandran, Hui Zhang, Günter Reiter. Macromolecules 51 (2018) 6119–6126
Generating Nanoscopic Patterns in Conductivity Within a Poly(3-hexylthiophene) Crystal Via Bias-controlled Scanning Probe Nanolithography
Binghua Wang, Bin Zhang, Changyu Shen, Jingbo Chen, Günter Reiter. Macromolecules 51 (2018) 7692-7698
Systematic Control of Self-Seeding Crystallization Patterns of Poly(ethylene oxide) in Thin Films
Binghua Wang, Shaohua Tang, Yan Wang, Changyu Shen, Renate Reiter, Günter Reiter, Jingbo Chen, Bin Zhang. Macromolecules 51, 1626–1635 (2018)
Tuning relaxation dynamics and mechanical properties of polymer films of identical thickness
Marwa Kchaou, Pierre Alcouffe, Sivasurender Chandran, Philippe Cassagnau, Günter Reiter, and Samer Al Akhrass. Phys. Rev. E 97, 032507 (2018)
Highly n-doped graphene generated through intercalated terbium atoms
L. Daukiya, M. N. Nair, S. Hajjar-Garreau, F. Vonau, D. Aubel, J. L. Bubendorff, M. Cranney, E. Denys, A. Florentin, G. Reiter, and L. Simon. Phys. Rev. B 97, 035309 (2018)
Formation of Periodically Modulated Polymer Crystals
Purushottam Poudel. Inauguraldissertation 2018
Pneumatically Controlled Nanofluidic Devices for Contact-Free Trapping and Manipulation of Nanoparticles
Michael Adrian Gerspach, Nassir Mojarad, Deepika Sharma, Yasin Ekinci,and Thomas Pfohl. Part. Part. Syst. Charact. 2018, 1800161
Monitoring single-cell gene regulation under dynamically controllable conditions with integrated microfluidics and software
M. Kaiser, F. Jug, T. Julou, S. Deshpande, T. Pfohl, O. K. Silander, G. Myers, E. van Nimwegen, Nature Communications 9, 212 (2018)
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