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Primary nucleation in metastable solutions of poly(3-hexylthiophene)

Tianyu Wu, Sivasurender Chandran, Yao Zhang, Tianze Zheng, Thomas Pfohl, Jun Xu, Günter Reiter. Macromolecules 55 (2022) 3325–3334

2022-tianyu.jpgDue to its smallness and low probability of formation, the determination of the size of the critical primary nucleus represents a great challenge in polymer crystallization. We are still missing a feasible approach providing experimental access to primary nucleation. In this work, we investigated the dependence of the incubation time on the degree of supersaturation for a well-defined metastable regime of a prototypical conjugated polymer, i.e., poly(3-hexylthiophene). Based on Kashchiev’s nucleation theorem and verified by a simulation model for primary nucleation based on the kinetics of attaching and detaching crystalline units, we deduced the number of crystalline units within the critical nucleus  [more...]

Illumination of Conjugated Polymers Reduces Nucleation Probability and Slows Down Crystal Growth Rate

Yaser AlShetwi, Brahim Bessif, Michael Sommer, Günter Reiter. Macromolecules 54, 2021, 11478–11485

2021-rei--14.jpgUsing the set-up of an optical microscope, we have examined the influence of illumination with white light on the crystallization behavior in molten films of poly(3-(2,5-dioctylphenyl)thiophene) and poly(3-hexylthiophene). We observed a reduction in nucleation density and crystal growth rate induced by illumination. The amount of this reduction increased with the increase in light intensity. Melting samples previously crystallized under illumination and recrystallizing them in the dark showed full reversibility of the crystallization behavior, demonstrating that these changes in the crystallization behavior induced by illumination were not permanent. (mehr...)

Semi-crystalline poly(thioether) prepared by visible-light-induced organocatalyzed thiol-ene polymerization in emulsion.

Cuong Minh Quoc Le, Gautier Schrodj, Ibrahima Ndao, Brahim Bessif, Barbara Heck, Thomas Pfohl, Günter Reiter, Justine Elgoyen, Radmila Tomovaska and Abraham Chemtob. Macromol. Rapid Commun. 2021, 2100740

2021-rei-15.jpgA photocatalytic thiol-ene aqueous emulsion polymerization under visible-light is described to prepare linear semicrystalline latexes using 2,2’-dimercaptodiethyl sulfide as dithiol and various dienes. The procedure involves low irradiance (3 mW cm–2), LED irradiation source, eosin-Y disodium as organocatalyst, low catalyst loading (< 0.05% mol) and short reaction time scales (< 1 h). The resulting latexes has molecular weights of about 10 kg mol–1, average diameters of 100 nm and a linear structure consisting only of thioether repeating units. (more...)


List of Publications

Segmental Rearrangements Relax Stresses in Nonequilibrated Polymer Films
Sivasurender Chandran, Günter Reiter. ACS Macro Letters, 8, 646, (2019)
Thermodynamic Features of Perfectly Crystalline Poly(3-Hexylthiophene) Based on Flory’s Relation
Mina Alizadehaghdam, Silvia Siegenführ, Farhang Abbasi, and Günter Reiter. Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics 57, 431–437 (2019)
Thermodynamic Features of Perfectly Crystalline Poly(3-hexylthiophene) Revealed Through Studies of Imperfect Crystals
Mina Alizadehaghdam, Barbara Heck, Silvia Siegenführ, Farhang Abbasi, and Günter Reiter. Macromolecules 52 (2019) 2487–2494
A Structural Fibrillation Parameter from Small Angle X-ray Scattering to Quantify Pulp Refining
Jia Mao, Barbara Heck, Hatem Abushammala, Günter Reiter, and Marie-Pierre Laborie. Cellulose 26 (2019) 4265–4277
Following isothermal and non-isothermal crystallization of poly(3- hexylthiophene) thin films by UV-vis spectroscopy
Mina Alizadehaghdam, Barbara Heck, Silvia Siegenführ, Yaser AlShetwi, Fanuel M. Keheze, Sebastian Stäter, Farhang Abbasia, Günter Reiter. Polymer 210 (2020) 122959
Snails as living 3D printers: free forms for the architecture of tomorrow
Christoph Allgaier, Benjamin Felbrich, Frederik Wulle, Emna Khechine, James H. Nebelsick, Achim Menges, Günter Reiter, Renate Reiter, Armin Lechler, Alexander Verl, Karl-Heinz Wurst. In Knippers, J; Schmid, U.; Speck, T. (eds.) Biomimetics for Architecture, Birkhäuser, Basel 2019, pp 126-133. (ISBN: 978-3-0356-1791-7)
Controlling the Growth of Stacks of Correlated Lamellar Crystals of a Block Copolymer
Sumit Majumder, Renate Reiter, Jun Xu and Günter Reiter. Macromolecules 52 (2019) 9665-9671
Determination of the Critical Size of Secondary Nuclei on the Lateral Growth Front of Lamellar Polymer Crystals
Shujing Zhang, Jiarui Han, Yang Gao, Bao-Hua Guo, Günter Reiter, Jun Xu. Macromolecules 52 (2019) 7439-7447
A Nucleation Mechanism Leading to Stacking of Lamellar Crystals in Polymer Thin Films
Sumit Majumder, Purushottam Poudel, Hui Zhang, Jun Xu, Günter Reiter. Polymer International 69 (2020) 1058
Processing Pathways Decide Polymer Properties at the Molecular Level
S. Chandran, J. Baschnagel, D. Cangialosi, K. Fukao, E. Glynos, L. M. C. Janssen, M. Müller, M. Muthukumar, U. Steiner, J. Xu, S. Napolitano, and G. Reiter. Macromolecules 52 (2019) 7146-7156
Controlling the Pore Size in Conjugated Polymer Films via Crystallization-Driven Phase Separation
Shaowen Guo, Changyu Shen, Jingbo Chen, Günter Reiter, Bin Zhang. Soft Matter 15 (2019) 2981-2989
Adapted Creep Test for the Study of Non-Equilibrated Thin Polymer Films
Farzad Ramezani. Inaugural-Dissertation zur Erlangung des Doktorgrades der Fakultät für Mathematik und Physik der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg 2019
Tad Pili Play a Dynamic Role in Caulobacter crescentus Surface Colonization
Matteo Sangermani, Isabelle Hug, Nora Sauter, Thomas Pfohl, Urs Jenala. mBio 10:e01237-19 (2019)
Spatially resolved small-angle X-ray scattering for characterizing mechanoresponsive liposomes using microfluidics
Marzia Buscema, Hans Deyhle, Thomas Pfohl, Andreas Zumbuehl, Bert Müller. Materials Today Bio 1 (2019) 100003
Semicrystalline Non-Isocyanate Polyhydroxyurethanes as Thermoplastics and Thermoplastic Elastomers and Their Use in 3D Printing by Fused Filament Fabrication
Vitalij Schimpf, Johannes B. Max, Benjamin Stolz, Barbara Heck, and Rolf Mülhaupt. Macromolecules 52 (2019) 320-331
Self-Assembly of Oligo(phenylene-thiophene)s on Monolayer Graphene: Molecular Dynamics Simulations
Natalia Borzdun, Victor Nazarychev, Sergey Larin, Guenter Reiter, Sergey Lyulin. J. Phys. Chem. C, 123 (2019) 859–867
Functional macromolecular systems: kinetic pathways to obtain tailored structures
V. Abetz, K. Kremer, M. Müller, and G. Reiter. Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics 220 (2019) 1800334
Growth Kinetics of Stacks of Lamellar Polymer Crystals
Sumit Majumder, Hanna Busch, Purushottam Poudel, Stefan Mecking, and Günter Reiter. Macromolecules 51 (2018) 8738–8745
Self-Interference of Exciton Emission in Organic Single Crystals Visualized by Energy-Momentum Spectroscopy
Christian Schörner, Sajedeh Motamen, Laurent Simon, Günter Reiter, Richard Hildner. ACS Omega 3 (2018) 6728–6736
Formation of Periodically Modulated Polymer Crystals
Purushottam Poudel, Sumit Majumder, Sivasurender Chandran, Hui Zhang, Günter Reiter. Macromolecules 51 (2018) 6119–6126
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