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Professor Günter Reiter

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Professor of Experimental Polymer Physics

  • FMF Board Member
  • Freiburg Center for Interactive Materials and Bioinspired Technologies (FIT) Board Member

    Institute of Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
    Albert-Ludwig-University of Freiburg
    Hermann-Herder-Str. 3, 79104 Freiburg, Germany
    Tel.: +49 761 203 5857 Fax: +49 761 203 5855
    Email: guenter.reiter[at]physik.uni-freiburg.de





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1960 born in Wels (Austria)
1980 – 1985 studied physics at the Technical University of Graz, Austria
1985 – 1987 Ph.D. in nuclear physics at the Technical University of Graz, Austria
1987 – 1992 Postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz
1992 – 1994 Research Associate at University of Illinois, USA
1994 Chercheur associé, LLB Saclay, France
1994 – 2001 Chargé de recherche au CNRS Mulhouse, France
1998 Habilitation à diriger des recherches, Mulhouse, France
2001 – 2008 Directeur de recherche au CNRS, Mulhouse, France
since 06/2008   Professor at the Institute of Physics of the University of Freiburg



  • Behavior and properties of polymers at interfaces and surfaces
    Topics: wetting and dewetting, adhesion and friction, stability and morphological changes due to intermolecular interactions, aging, relaxation behavior of polymers in restrictive spaces.
  • Growth processes (crystallization) of complex systems
    Topics: processes of organization of molecules on different length scales, Formation of hierarchical structures and materials with high complexity and functionality.
  • Molecular self-assembly and formation of functional structures on surfaces
    Topics: Supramolecular ordered structures with submolecular precision. Molecular selfassembly to create functional and controllable surfaces. Hybrid structures made of polymers and nanoparticles.


Selected Publications

  • Transient cooperative processes in dewetting polymer melts, S. Chandran, G. Reiter, Phys. Rev. Lett., 2016., 116, 088301
  • History Dependent Temporal Changes of Properties of Thin Polymer Films, G. Reiter in: Non-equilibrium Phenomena in Confined Soft Matter; Ed. Simone Napolitano, Springer, 2015.
  • Annealing-Induced Periodic Patterns in Solution Grown Polymer Single, B. Zhang, J. Chen, H. Zhang, M. C. Baier, S. Mecking, R. Reiter, R. Mülhaupt, G. Reiter; RSC Advances 5, 2015, 12974
  • High Temperature Stability of Dewetting-Induced Thin Polyethylene Filaments; B. Zhang, J. Chen, P. Freyberg, R. Reiter, R. Mülhaupt, J. Xu, G. Reiter; Macromolecules 48, 2015,1518–1523
  • Anisotropic Photophysical Properties of Highly Aligned Crystalline Structures of a Bulky Substituted Poly(thiophene); Y. Wang, B. Heck, D. Schiefer, J. O. Agumba, M. l Sommer, T. Wen and G. Reiter; ACSMacroLett. 3, 2014, 881-885
  • Some unique features of polymer crystallisation, G. Reiter, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2014, 22; 43(7), 2055-65
  • Generating long supramolecular pathways with a continuous density of states by physically linking conjugated molecules via their end groups, R. Shokri, M.A. Lacour, J.-P. Lere-Porte, F. Serein-Spirau, K. Miqueu, J.-M. Sotiropoulos, Vonau, D. Aubel, M. Cranney, G. Reiter, L. Simon, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135, 5693
  • Probing Properties of Polymers in Thin Films via Dewetting, G. Reiter In: Glass Transition, Dynamics and Heterogeneity of Polymer Thin Films, Ed. T. Kanaya, Adv. Polym. Sci., 2013, 252, 29, Springer, ISBN 978-3-642-34338-4
  • Controllable processes for generating large single crystals of poly(3-hexylthiophene), K. Rahimi, I. Botiz, N. Stingelin, N. Kayunkid, M. Sommer, F. Peter, V. Koch, H. Nguyen, Coulembier, P. Dubois, M. Brinkmann, G. Reiter, Angew. Chem., 2012, 124, 11293
  • Segmental Relaxations Have Macroscopic Consequences in Glassy Polymer Films, M. Chowdhury, P. Freyberg, F. Ziebert, A.C.-M. Yang, U. Steiner, G. Reiter, Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 2012, 136102



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