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Dr. Renate Reiter


Institute of Physics, Faculty of Mathmatics and Physics
Albert-Ludwig-University of Freiburg
Hermann-Herder-Str. 3, 79104 Freiburg, Germany
Tel: +49 761 203 5863 Fax: +49 761 203 5855   
E-mail: renate.reiter[at]physik.uni-freiburg.de



1981-1987    Studies of Chemistry, University of Erlangen
1987-1988 Diploma Thesis in Theoretical Chemistry,
Advisor:  Prof. Dr. Dr.J.L. Ladik
1988-1992 PhD Thesis in Physical Chemistry, Max Planck Institute of Polymer Research Mainz,
Advisor:  Prof. Dr. E. W. Fischer
1993-1998 Parental leave

Work Experience

1998-2000    Postdoctoral research, Biophysical Chemistry, Biozentrum Basel Switzerland, Prof.  Dr. G. Schwarz
2001-2004 Parental leave
2005-2007 Postdoctoral research, Biophysical Chemistry, Biozentrum Basel Switzerland, PD. Dr. A. Seelig
Since 2008 Researcher, Experimental Polymer Physics, University of Freiburg, Prof. Dr. G. Reiter



  • Molecular Organization at the air water interface
    Langmuir films of natural lipids, artificial lipids, polypeptides and polymers
  • Formation of textured quasi 2 dimensional films on solid substrates
    Langmuir films transferred to solid substrates, crystallisation of thin films of polymers and polypeptides
  • Model systems for biological membranes
    Interaction of polypeptides and lipids with proteins, drug release of vesicles


  • Vesicle Origami and the Influence of Cholesterol on Lipid Packing Radu Tanasescu, Martin A. Lanz, Dennis Mueller, Stephanie Tassler, Takashi Ishikawa, Renate Reiter, Gerald Brezesinski, and Andreas Zumbuehl. Langmuir 32, 4896−4903 (2016)
  • 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, Dong-Shan Zhou, and Günter Reiter Macromolecules, 49 (6), 2206–2215, (2016)
  • 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, Chin. Chem. Lett., 26(9),1105-1108 (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,31,6426-6435 (2015)
  • High Temperature Stability of Dewetting-Induced Thin Polyethylene Filaments. Bin Zhang, Jingbo Chen, Paul Freyberg, Renate Reiter, Rolf Mülhaupt, Jun Xu, Günter Reiter. Submitted to Macromolecules
  • Molecular Weight Dependent Changes in Morphology of Solution Grown Polyethylene Single Crystals.  Bin Zhang, Jingbo Chen, Moritz C. Baier, Stefan Mecking, Renate Reiter, Rolf Mülhaupt, Günter Reiter Macrom. Rapid Comm. 36, 181-189 (2015)
  • Annealing-Induced Periodic Patterns in Solution Grown Polymer Single Crystals. Bin Zhang, Jingbo Chen, Hui Zhang, Moritz C. Baier, Stefan Mecking, Renate Reiter, Rolf Mülhaupt, Günter Reiter, RSC Advances 5, 12974 (2015)
  • Correlating polymer crystals via self-induced nucleation. Hui Zhang, Muhuo Yu, Bin Zhang, Renate Reiter, Maximilian Vielhauer, Rolf Mülhaupt, Jun Xu, Günter Reiter. Phys.Rev.Lett. 112, 237801 (2014)
  • Reversible Nucleation, Growth and Dissolution of Poly(γ-benzyl L-glutamate) Hexagonal Columnar Liquid Crystals by Addition and Removal of a Nonsolvent .Kaiwan Jahanshahi, Ioan Botiz, Renate Reiter, Harald Scherer, Günter Reiter.  Cryst. Growth Des. 13, 4490−4494 (2013)
  • Crystallization of Poly(γ-benzyl L-glutamate) in Thin Film Solutions: Structure and Pattern Formation . Kaiwan Jahanshahi, Ioan Botiz, Renate Reiter, Ralf Thomann, Barbara Heck, Roozbeh Shokri, Werner Stille and Günter Reiter. Macromolecules 46, 1470-1476 (2013)
  • Shear-stress sensitive lenticular vesicles for targeted drug delivery.  Margaret N. Holme, Illya A. Fedotenko, Daniel Abegg, Jasmin Althaus, Lucille Babel, France Favarger, Renate Reiter, Radu Tanasescu, Pierre-Léonard Zaffalon, André Ziegler, Bert Müller, Till Saxer, Andreas Zumbuehl.  Nature Nanotechnology 7, 536–543 (2012)
  • Negative cooperativity and aggregation in biphasic binding of Mastoporan X Peptide to membranes with acidic lipids. Gerhard Schwarz, Renate Reiter, Biophysical Chemistry, 90(3), 269-277 (2001)
  • Ellipsometric characterisation of streptavidin binding to biotin-functionalized monolayers at the air-water interface. Renate Reiter, Hubert Motschmann, Wolfgang Knoll, Langmuir, 9, 2430-2435 (1993)
  • Ellipsometric microscopy: Imaging monomolecular surfactant layers at the air-water interface. Renate Reiter, Hubert Motschmann, Horst Orendi, Axel Nemetz, Wolfgang Knoll, Langmuir, 8, 1784-1788 (1992)
  • Ellipsometric characterisation of  Langmuir monolayer of “hairy-rod” polymeres at the air-water interface. Hubert Motschmann, Renate Reiter, Rainhard Lawall, GiselaDuda, Manfred Stamm, Gerd Wegner, Wolfgang Knoll , Langmuir, 7, 2743-2747 (1991)
  • Soliton dynamics and impurities in the Pariser-Parr-Pople model of alternating trans-polyacetylen. Renate Markus (now Reiter), Wolfgang Förner, Janos Ladik, Solid States Communications, 68, 135-138 (1988)
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