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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

Growth Kinetics of Stacks of Lamellar Crystals in Polymer Thin Films
Sumit Majumder. Inauguraldissertation 2018
Optical studies on indicators of order and disorder in films and crytals of a bulky substituted polythiophene
Fanuel Mugwanga Keheze. Inauguraldissertation 2018
Multiple structural transitions in Langmuir monolayers of charged soft-shell nanoparticles
Ahmed El-Tawargy, David Stock, Markus Gallei, Wael Ramadan, Mamdoh Shams El-Din, Günter Reiter, Renate Reiter. Langmuir 34, 3909−3917 (2018)
Thermodynamic origin of multi-layer structures in Langmuir polymer films
Volker Knecht, Günter Reiter, Renate Reiter. Langmuir 33 (2017) 11399–11405
Structure Formation in Langmuir Peptide Films As Revealed from Coarse-Grained Molecular Dynamics Simulations
Volker Knecht, Günter Reiter, Helmut Schlaad, and Renate Reiter. Langmuir 33 (2017) 6492-6502
Schnecken als lebende 3D-Drucker: freie Formen für die Architektur von morgen
Christoph Allgaier, Benjamin Felbrich, Frederik Wulle, Emna Khechine, James H. Nebelsick, Achim Menges, Günter Reiter, Renate Reiter, Armin Lechler, Alexander Verl, Karl-Heinz Wurst. Baubionik – Biologie beflügelt Architektur, Publisher: Naturkundemuseum Stuttgart 2017
Signatures of Melting and Recrystallization of a Bulky Substituted Poly(thiophene) Identified by Optical Spectroscopy
Fanuel Keheze, Dominic Raithel, Tianyu Wu, Daniel Schiefer, Michael Sommer, Richard Hildner, Günter Reiter. Macromolecules 50 (2017) 6829–6839
Triple-Shape Memory Materials via Thermoresponsive Behavior of Nanocrystalline Non-Isocyanate Polyhydroxyurethanes
Vitalij Schimpf, Barbara Heck, Günter Reiter, Rolf Mülhaupt. Macromolecules 50 (2017) 3598–3606
Semicrystalline long-chain polyphosphoesters from polyesterification
Hanna Busch, Sumit Majumder, Guenter Reiter, Stefan Mecking. Macromolecules 50 (2017) 2706–2713
Blocking of injected holes at the charge extracting interface
L. Govor, G. Reiter, J. Parisi. Journal of Physics, Condensed Matter 29 (2017) 025001
Relaxing Non-equilibrated Polymers in Thin Films at Temperatures Slightly Above the Glass Transition
Mithun Chowdhury, Samer Al Akhrass, Falko Ziebert, Günter Reiter. Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics 55 (2017) 515–523
Solvent-controlled reversible switching between adsorbed self-assembled nanoribbons and nanotubes
Asad Jamal, Irina Nyrkova, Philippe Mesini, Swann Militzer and Günter Reiter. Nanoscale 9 (2017) 3293-3303
Low Loss Optical Waveguiding in Large Single Crystals of Thiophene-Based Oligomers
Sajedeh Motamen, Christian Schörner, Dominic Raithel, Jean-Pierre Malval, Thibaut Jarrosson, Françoise Serein-Spirau, Laurent Simon, Richard Hildner, Günter Reiter. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 19 (2017) 15980 - 15987
Time Allowed for Equilibration Quantifies the Preparation Induced Non-equilibrium Behavior of Polymer Films
Sivasurender Chandran, Rishab Handa, Marwa Kchaou, Samer Al Akhrass, Alexander Semenov, Günter Reiter. ACS Macro Lett. 6 (2017) 1296-1300
A novel interferometric method for the study of the viscoelastic properties of ultra-thin polymer films determined from nanobubble inflation
P. Chapuis , P. C. Montgomery, F. Anstotz, A. Leong-Hoï, C. Gauthier, J. Baschnagel, G. Reiter, G. B. McKenna, and A. Rubin. Review of Scientific Instruments 88 (2017) 093901
Controlling Polymer Crystallization Kinetics by Sample History
Purushottam Poudel, Sivasurender Chandran, Sumit Majumder and Günter Reiter. Macromol. Chem. Phys. 2017, 1700315
Morphological Changes of Isotactic Polypropylene Crystals Grown in Thin Films
Bin Zhang, Jiajia Chen, Baochen Liu, Binghua Wang, Changyu Shen, Renate Reiter, Jingbo Chen, Günter Reiter. Macromolecules 50 (2017) 6210−6217
Soft electrostatic trapping in nanofluidics
Michael A. Gerspach, Nassir Mojarad, Deepika Sharma, Thomas Pfohl, and Yasin Ekinci. Microsystems & Nanoengineering (2017) 3, 17051
Live cell X-ray imaging of autophagic vacuoles formation and chromatin dynamics in fission yeast
N. Strelnikova, N. Sauter, M. Guizar-Sicairos, M. Göllner, A. Diaz, P. Delivani, M. Chacon, I. M. Tolić, V. Zaburdaev, T. Pfohl, Scientific Reports 7 (2017) 13775
Second messenger-mediated tactile response by a bacterial rotary motor
I. Hug, S. Deshpande, K. S. Sprecher, T. Pfohl, U. Jenal, Science 358 (2017) 531-534
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