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Nucleation Assisted through the Memory of a Polymer Melt: A Different Polymorph Emerging from the Melt of another One

Brahim Bessif, Barbara Heck, Thomas Pfohl, Cuong Minh Quoc Le, Abraham Chemtob, Valentina Pirela, Justine Elgoyhen, Radmila Tomovska, Alejandro Müller, Günter Reiter. Macromolecules 56 (2023) 1461–1470

ma2c02252.jpgWe present investigations of the intricate crystallization and melting behavior of an alternating copolymer synthesized by photopolymerization of 2,2’dimercaptodiethyl sulfide (DMDS) with di(ethylene glycol)divinyl ether (DVE). Upon increasing temperature, we observed the succession of two distinctly separated melting processes, which we related to the sequential formation and disappearance of two crystalline polymorphs. Due to their well separated melting temperatures and, we labelled these polymorphs as LOW--form and HIGH--form, respectively. X-ray diffraction results confirmed differences in the parameters of the crystal unit cells. (more...)

Reversible Dehydration-Hydration of Poly(ethylene glycol) in Langmuir Monolayers of a Diblock Copolymer Inferred from Changes in Filament Curvature

Emna Khechine, Sebastian Noack, Helmut Schlaad, Jun Xu, Günter Reiter, Renate Reiter. Langmuir 39 (2023) 2710–2718

la2c03179.jpgWe investigated changes in the hydration state of poly(ethylene glycol) through morphological changes in Langmuir monolayers of a poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(L-lactide) (PEG-b-PLLA) diblock copolymer. When the PEG blocks were hydrated, we observed a remarkable morphology of bundles of ring-like filaments, arranged concentrically, yielding densely packed disk-like objects with a hollow centre. We attribute the uniform curvature of these filaments to a strong mismatch between the molecular volumes occupied by PLLA blocks and hydrated PEG blocks, respectively. (more...)


In situ dissolution and swelling of confined lamellar polymer crystals through exposure to humid air

Brahim Bessif, Thomas Pfohl, Barbara Heck, Yaser Alshetwi, Emna Khechine, Jun Xu, and Günter Reiter. Macromolecules 55, 6015–6022, 2022

2022-brahim.jpgInduced by exposure to humid air, we observed in-situ the temporal and spatial changes in thickness and morphology of sandwich-like polymer platelets of a block copolymer. These micron-size platelets consisted of a crystalline poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) lamella confined between two glassy poly(styrene) (PS) layers, formed via crystallization of a hydrophobic-hydrophilic PS-b-PEO diblock copolymer. We observed first the dissolution of the confined crystalline PEO layers characterized by sharp dissolution front propagating at a constant velocity as described by case II diffusion of a liquid into a solid. (mehr...)



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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
Formation of Needle-like Poly(3-hexylthiophene) Crystals from Metastable Solutions
Tianyu Wu, Thomas Pfohl, Sivasurender Chandran, Michael Sommer and Günter Reiter. Macromolecules 53 (2020) 8303–8312
Rheological Properties of Blends of Isotactic Polystyrene–Isotactic Poly(para-methylstyrene) Films Derived from a Comparative Dewetting Study
Austine Amukayia Mulama, Konstantinos Roumpos, Pradipkanti Lairenjam, Andrew Oduor, Günter Reiter. Macromolecules 53 (2020) 9122–9130
Dewetting-Induced Alignment and Ordering of Cylindrical Mesophases in Thin Block Copolymer Films
Heng Zhang, Binghua Wang, Gang Wang, Changyu Shen, Jingbo Chen, Günter Reiter, Bin Zhang. Macromolecules 53, (2020) 9631–9640
Estimation of the Size of Critical Secondary Nuclei of Melt-Grown Poly(l-lactide) Lamellar Crystals
Shujing Zhang, Baohua Guo, Günter Reiter, Jun Xu. Macromolecules 53 (2020) 3482–3492
Translating molecular relaxations in non-equilibrated polymer melts into lifting macroscopic loads
Farzad Ramezani, Jörg Baschnagel, and Günter Reiter. Phys. Rev. Materials 4 (2020) 082601
A new growth process for crystalline ultra-thin layers of conjugated oligomers used in field-effect transistor applications
Sven Renkert, Sadiara Fall, Sajedeh Motamen, Thibaut Jarrosson, Françoise Serein-Spirau, Thomas Heiser, Laurent Simon, Günter Reiter, Jean-Luc Bubendorff. Applied Surface Science 539 (2021) 148024
The memorizing capacity of polymers
Günter Reiter. J. Chem. Phys. 152, 150901 (2020)
Formation of asymmetric leaf-shaped crystals in ultrathin films of oriented polyethylene molecules resulting from high-temperature relaxation and recrystallization
Huihui Li, Duanzijing Liu, Xinyun Bu, Zhenzhen Zhou, Zhongjie Ren, Xiaoli Sun, Renate Reiter, Shouke Yan, Günter Reiter. Macromolecules 53 (2020) 346-354
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