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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

Large area crystal surfaces of precisely sidebranched polyethylenes: Preparation, surface order and functionalization
Rainhard Machatschek. Inaugural-Dissertation zur Erlangung des Doktorgrades der Fakultät für Chemie und Pharmazie der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg im Breisgau, 2016
Probing the Elasticity of Langmuir Polymer Films of High Molecular Weight Poly (γ-benzyl-L-glutamate)
Emna Khechine. Master Thesis im Studiengang M.Sc. Sustainable Materials, 2016
Self-assembled nanotubes and nanoribbons of aromatic diamide-esters
Asad Jamal. Inaugural-Dissertation zur Erlangung des Doktorgrads der Fakultät für Mathematik und Physik der Universität Freiburg, 2016
Formation and Optical Characterization of Single Crystals of Poly(3-Hexylthiophene) (P3HT), a Model Conjugated Polymer
John O. Agumba. Inaugural-Dissertation zur Erlangung des Doktorgrads der Fakultät für Mathematik und Physik der Universität Freiburg, 2016
History Dependent Temporal Changes of Properties of Thin Polymer Films
Günter Reiter. In: Non-equilibrium Phenomena in Confined Soft Matter. Ed. Simone Napolitano. Springer 2015
Consequences of a Single Double Bond within a Side-Group on the Ordering of Supra-Molecular Polymers
Roozbeh Shokri, Olga Guskova, Asad Jamal, Kaiwan Jahanshahi, Benjamin Isare, Laurent Bouteiller, Laurent Simon, Jens-Uwe Sommer, Günter Reiter. The Journal of Physical Chemistry, Part C 119 (2015) 22596–22603
Different surface sensing of the cell body and nucleus in healthy primary cells and in a cancerous cell line on nanogrooves
Patricia Davidson, Maxence Bigerelle, Günter Reiter and Karine Anselm. Biointerphases 10, 031004 (2015) / DOI: 10.1116/1.4927556
How Chain-Folding Crystal Growth Determines Thermodynamic Stability of Polymer Crystals
Xiaoming Jiang, Günter Reiter, Wenbing Hu. J. Phys. Chem. B, 120 (2016) 566–571
Stabilization of nuclei of lamellar polymer crystals: Insights from a comparison of the Hoffman-Weeks line with the crystallization line
Jun Xu, Barbara Heck, Hai-Mu Ye, Jing Jiang, Yi-Ren Tang, Jin Liu, Bao-Hua Guo, Renate Reiter, Dongshan Zhou, Günter Reiter. Macromolecules 49 (2016) 2206–2215
Role of Preparation Pathways and Tacticity on the Non-Equilibrium Dynamcis of Polystyrene Films
Rishab Handa. Master Thesis im Studiengang M.Sc. Sustainable Materials, 2016
Variation of the contact resistance with electric current for gold electrodes on a squaraine single crystal
Leonid Govor, Guenter Reiter, and Jurgen Parisi. Phys. Status Solidi A 212 (2015) 2738–2746, DOI 10.1002/pssa.201532241
Simulation of secondary nucleation of polymer crystallization via a model of microscopic kinetics
Kun-Lun Xu, Bao-Hua Guo, Renate Reiter, Günter Reiter, Jun Xu. Chinese Chemical Letters 26, 1105–1108 (2015) / DOI: 10.1016/j.cclet.2015.06.002
From holes to drops to toroids: Conditions for the transcription of surface patterns into three-dimensional morphologies via rim instabilities in the course of dewetting
Samer Al Akhrass, Laurent Vonna and Günter Reiter. In: Polymer Surfaces in Motion: Unconventional Patterning Methods, Eds. Juan Rodriguez-Hernandez and Carlos Drummond. Springer 2015
Tuning Morphologies of Langmuir Polymer Films Through Controlled Relaxations of Non-Equilibrium States
Sivasurender Chandran, Stefanie Dold, Amaury Buvignier, Kai-Steffen Krannig, Helmut Schlaad, Günter Reiter, and Renate Reiter. Langmuir 2015, 31, 6426−6435. DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.5b01212
High Temperature Stability of Dewetting-Induced Thin Polyethylene Filaments
Bin Zhang, Jingbo Chen, Paul Freyberg, Renate Reiter, Rolf Mülhaupt, Jun Xu, Günter Reiter. Macromolecules 48, 1518–1523 (2015)
Triangular dewetting by symmetry breaking in blends of stiff and flexible polymers
Paul Freyberg. Inaugural-Dissertation zur Erlangung des Doktorgrades der Fakultät für Mathematik und Physik der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, 2015
Conductive atomic force microscopy measurements on organic nanocrystals
Sven Renkert. Master Thesis, Fakultät für Mathematik und Physik der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, 2014
The influence of the additive composition on degradation induced changes in poly(ethylene-co-vinyl acetate) during photochemical aging
Angelika Beinert, Cornelia Peike, Ines Dürr, Michael D. Kempe, Günter Reiter, Karl-Anders Weiß. 29th European PV Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, 22-26 Sept. 2014, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Wie kristallisieren Polymere?
Gert Strobl. Physik Journal 13, 47-50 (2014)
The Crucial Role of Cadmium Acetate-Induced Conformational Restriction in Microscopic Structure and Stability of Polystyrene-block-Polyvinyl pyridine Thin Films
Feifei Xue, Hongfei Li, Jichun You, Conghua Lu, Günter Reiter, Shichun Jiang. Polymer 55, 5801-5810 (2014)
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