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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...)


Unraveling the complex polymorphic crystallization behavior of the alternating copolymer DMDS-alt-DVE

Valentina Pirela, Justine Elgoyhen, Radmila Tomovska, Jaime Martin Perez, Cuong Minh Quoc Le, Abraham Chemtob, Brahim Bessif, Barbara Heck, Günter Reiter, and Alejandro Müller. ACS Appl. Polym. Mater.  5 (2023) 5260–5269

valent.jpgA complex crystallization behavior was observed for the alternating copolymer DMDS-alt-DVE synthesized via thiol–ene step-growth polymerization. Understanding the underlying complex crystallization processes of such innovative polythioethers is critical for their application, for example, in polymer coating technologies. These alternating copolymers have polymorphic traits, resulting in different phases that may display distinct crystalline structures. The copolymer DMDS-alt-DVE was studied in an earlier work, where only two crystalline phases were reported: a low melting, L – Tm, and high melting, H – Tm phase. Remarkably, the H – Tm form was only achieved by the previous formation and melting of the L – Tm form. We applied calorimetric techniques encompassing seven orders of magnitude in scanning rates to further explore this complex polymorphic behavior. (more...)

Transparent, thermoplastic, aliphatic polyesters through crystallization under molecular confinement

Maziar Matloubi, Melika Sarem, Barbara Heck, Günter Reiter, and V. Prasad Shastri.  Matter 6 (2023) 3057-3074

shastri-matter.jpgIn semi-crystalline biodegradable polymers, uncontrolled evolution of crystallinity impacts processing and bulk properties, limiting their application. Through molecular confinement of low-molecular-weight poly(L-lactic acid) (PLLA) segments by polysiloxane blocks and processing at far-from-equilibrium conditions, PLLA crystallization into lamellae of a few nm in thickness with coherence lengths below 100 nm was achieved, thus giving access to films that are optically transparent for over 5 years, possess high Young’s modulus and elongation at break, undergo controlled degradation, and support functional endothelialization. The films possess a nanophase segregated bulk morphology with a hydrophobic siloxane-dominated surface that can be pressure bonded following cold oxygen plasma activation and low-temperature glassy PLLA domains interspersed by nanoscale crystalline physical crosslinks that enable glass transition temperature-triggered shape change. The segmented thermoplastic polyesters (STEPs) can additionally be processed using melt-extrusion printing into 3D objects, thus opening potential application opportunities in the fabrication of implantable/degradable electronics, smart textiles, and packaging. (more...)


List of Publications

Molecular-Dynamics in Perfluoro-n-Eicosane. 2. Components of Disorder
T. Albrecht, H. Elben, R. Jäger, M. Kimmig, R. Steiner, G. Strobl, B. Stühn, H. Schwickert, C. Ritter. Journal of Chemical Physics 95, 2807-2816 (1991)
Molecular-Dynamics in Perfluoro-n-Eicosane. 1. Solid-Phase Behavior and Crystal-Structures
H. Schwickert, G. Strobl, M. Kimmig. Journal of Chemical Physics 95, 2800-2806 (1991)
Mesogenic 4-Methoxyphenyl 4-Hexyloxybenzoate
W. Haase, H. Paulus, G. Strobl, W. Hotz. Acta Crystallographica C, Crystal Structure Communications 47, 2005-2006 (1991)
Ellipsometric characterisation of Langmuir monolayer of “hairy-rod” polymeres at the air-water interface
H. Motschmann, R. Reiter, R. Lawall, G. Duda, M. Stamm, G. Wegner, W. Knoll. Langmuir 7, 2743-2747 (1991)
Comparative Study of Individual and Collective Rotational Motion in Mixtures of Liquid Crystalline Side Group Polymers and Low Molecular Weight Mesogens
H. Seiberle, W. Stille and G. Strobl. Macromolecules 23, 2008 (1990)
Interdiffusion of Polymer Thin Films as Determined by Scattering Techniques
M. Stamm, D. Brautmeier, G. Reiter, M. Foster. Proceed. of the 48th ANTEC 1990 Dallas, USA on "Plastics in the Environment: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" 36, 825 (1990)
Characterisation of Polymer Surfaces and Interfaces by Reflectivity and Interference Techniques
M. Stamm, G. Reiter, M. Foster, H. Motschmann, S.Hüttenbach, C. Toprakcioglu. Sci. and Eng., ACS/PMSE 62, 843 (1990)
Interfacial Mixing of Polymers as Investigated by X-ray and Neutron Reflectometry
M. Stamm, G. Reiter, S. Hüttenbach, M. Foster. ACS Polymer preprints 31, 73 (1990)
X-ray Reflectometer for Study of Polymer Thin Films and Interfaces
M. Foster, M. Stamm, G. Reiter, S. Hüttenbach. Vacuum, 41, 1441-1444 (1990)
Positron Lifetime Investigations on Linear Polyethylene Compared to Branched Polyethylene
G. Reiter, P. Kindl. phys. stat. sol. (a) 118, 161-168 (1990)
Concentration-Dependence of the Flory-Huggins Interaction Parameter of a Polymer Blend as Determined by Small-Angle X-Ray-Scattering Experiments
T. Koch, G.R. Strobl. Journal of Polymer Science B - Polymer Physics 28, 343-353 (1990)
Positron Lifetime Investigations on Polymethylmethacrylate
P. Kindl, G. Reiter. In: Positron Annihilation, Ed. L. Dorikens-Vanpraet, M. Dorikens, and D. Segers, World Scientific, Singapore 1989 (p.806)
A Neutron Reflectometer for the Investigation of Solid and Liquid Interfaces
M. Stamm, G. Reiter, S. Hüttenbach. Physica B 156, 564-566 (1989)
Kinetics of Relaxation and Unmixing in Polymer Blends as Studied by X-Ray-Scattering
G. Strobl. Makromolekulare Chemie - Macromolecular Symposia 26, 413-429 (1989)
X-Ray-Scattering Study of Molecular Order in a Liquid Crystal-Side Group Polysiloxane
W. Hotz, G. Strobl. Colloid and Polymer Science 267, 889-898 (1989)
Interdiffusion in the Partially Miscible Polymer Blend of Deuterated Polystyrene and Poly(styrene-co-bromostyrene)
F. Bruder, R. Brenn, B. Stühn, G.R. Strobl. Macromolecules 22, 4434-4437 (1989)
Structure Relaxation after Temperature Jumps in Homogeneous Polystyrene Poly(styrene-co-bromostyrene) Blends
G.R. Strobl, G. Urban. Colloid and Polymer Science 266, 398-404 (1988)
Soliton dynamics and impurities in the Pariser-Parr-Pople model of alternating trans-polyacetylen
R. Markus, W. Förner, J. Ladik. Solid States Communications 68, 135-138 (1988)
Investigations on Low Temperature Transitions and Time Effects of Branched Polyethylene by the Positron Lifetime Technique
P. Kindl, G. Reiter. phys. stat. sol. (a) 104, 707 (1987)
Small-Angle X-Ray-Scattering Study of Spinodal Decomposition in Polystyrene Poly(styrene-co-bromostyrene) Blends
H. Meier, G.R. Strobl. Macromolecules 20, 649-654 (1987)
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