Polymer and Soft Matter Seminar (20.06.2016)

5.15 pm @ seminar room 1.27 Von-Danckelmann-Platz 4, 06120 Halle

Dr. David J. Jones

School of Chemistry, Bio21 Institute, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia



The Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium (VICOSC) has had a two- pronged approach to the development of printed OPV. One arm has focused on the scale-up of the printing process, translating laboratory-based process to commercially relevant systems. This work has used commercial materials and off the shelf printers, where available, to develop a materials agnostic printing process.[1] New materials, with suitable properties, can be “dropped-into” the program. A parallel program has developed new materi- als via a rigorous stage-gated process resulting in high performance n- and p- type organic semiconductors for our use.

We are interested in the impact of chromophore side chains on materials performance. There is a growing understanding that these non-core substitu- ents have a dramatic influence on the performance of OPV materials, where modifications alter, for example, the relative solubility between components, pi-pi stacking, interactions of the polymer chain with fullerene acceptors, and others. A better understanding of these interactions will allow better materials design.
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Priorities of gender equality policies: Career promotion activities for young female scientists

  • Reimbursement of registration fees and travel costs for participation in career enhancement (training seminars, coaching, career planning, mentoring programs, networking)
  • Co-financing of an additional position for a female scientist who can work at the level of project management to general increase the number of female scientists who can be used as a project managers.


Priorities of gender equality policies: Childcare service on Weinberg Campus

An additional offer to the childcare facilities of the city Halle provides the Studentenwerk in collaboration with the Martin-LutherUniversity Halle-Wittenberg from 06.05.2013 of care for children from the age of 2 monthsup to age of starting school for out of general opening times.
This care takes place directly on the Weinberg-Campus in the Kurt-Mothes-Strasse 8, Monday to Friday between 3.30 to 8.30 pmOn prior arrangement and certain occasions childcare is also possible onSaturdays.
For members of the collaborative research centre SFB / TRR 102 and iRTG, the cost of care is covered by the SFB/TRR 102.

Priorities of gender equality policies: Promoting the compatibility of science and family

  • Child care for children of employees (especially in emergencies, in the kindergarten holiday, regular day care outside the child care hours)
  • Child care in the families of the employee (s) at conferences, workshops, conferences, training
  • Co-funding of child care for children from 0 to 3 years, if no day care place is available
  •  Establishment of possibilities to work from home and part-time jobs
  • Assistance in finding child care places
  •  Compensation of default or part-time work of the CRC scientific staff employed due to maternity and parental leave, by funding a student assistants.
  • Filing of an application for additional funds to the DFG, for employees taking advantage of times for a parental leave and the prohibition of employment under the Maternity Protection Act, who are eligible for contract renewal of a temporary employment contract to the time of use after a maternity leave and the prohibition of employment under the Maternity Protection Act,if that renewal claim period is outside the period of the CRC.

German Research Foundation approved second funding period of CRC TRR 102 “Polymers under multiple constraints”

The collaborative research center SFB Transregio 102 “Polymer under multiple constraints” at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and Leipzig University has been approved by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for the second funding period. Polymer research of our scientists from the field of Physics and Chemistry is supported by over nine million Euro for the next four years. The Leibniz Institute of Surface Modification Leipzig (IOM) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials Halle (IWM) are also participating into our research center.

Read more at the press release of MLU (May 27th 2015; in german only)

PI meeting Halle (Jan – July 2016)

All TPL’s of the SFB/TRR 102 of MLU are regulary invited to exchange actual information in the meeting room of Polymer physics and Surface Science in VDP3, 2.06. This meeting starts usually at 12.15 pm.

We would inform you, if the location is planned to be different.

Date Organisor
07.01.2016 Prof. T. Thurn-Albrecht
07.04.2016 Prof. W. Binder
12.05.2016 Prof. J. Kreßler
02.06.2016 Prof. D. Reichert
07.07.2016 Prof. D. Hinderberger

Publications SFB/TRR 102 in 2015

Involved projects are stated in brackets.

  1. A. Seidlitz, T. Thurn-Albrecht.
    Small Angle X-ray Scattering for Morphological Analysis of Semicrystalline Polymers.
    In Q. Guo (ed.): Polymer Morphology: Principles, Characterization, and Processing, Wiley & Sons [A01]
  2. B Werlich, T Shakirov, M P Taylor, and Wolfgang Paul.
    Stochastic Approximation Monte Carlo and Wang-Landau Monte Carlo applied to a continuum polymer model.
    Comput Phys Commun 186, 65-70 (2015)    [A02, A07]
  3. C. Fuchs, H. Hussain, C. Schwieger, M. Schulz, W. H. Binder, and J. Kressler.
    Molecular arrangement of symmetric and non-symmetric triblock copolymers of poly(ethylene oxide) and poly(isobutylene) at the air/water interface.
    Journal of Colloid And Interface Science 437, 80-89 (2015)    [B07]
  4. C. Appiah, J. Akbarzadeh, H. Peterlik, and W. H Binder.
    Crystallization in segregated supramolecular pseudoblock copolymers.
    Eur Polym J 64, 138-146 (2015)    [A03]
  5. A. M. Anton, C. Gutsche, W. Kossack, and F. Kremer
    Methods to determine the pressure dependence of the molecular order parameter in (bio)macromolecular fibres.
    Soft Matter (2015)    [B05]
  6. A. Gladytz, E. Lugovoy, A. Charvat, T. Häupl, K. R. Siefermann, and B. Abel,
    Intermediates caught in the act: tracing insulin amyloid fibril formation in time by combined optical spectroscopy, light scattering, mass spectrometry and microscopy.
    Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 17, 918 (2015)    [B01]
  7. A. Tallaire, M. Lesik, V. Jacques, S. Pezzagna, V. Mille, O. Brinza, J. Meijer, B. Abel, J. F. Roch, A. Gicquel, and J. Achard,
    Temperature dependent creation of nitrogen-vacancy centers in single crystal CVD diamond layers.
    Diamond & Related Materials 51, 55 (2015)    [B01]
  8. M. Gopalswamy, A. Kumar, J. Adler, M. Baumann, M. Henze, S. T. Kumar, M. Fändrich, H. A. Scheidt, D. Huster, and J. Balbach,
    Structural characterization of amyloid fibrils from the human parathyroid hormone.
    Biochim Biophys Acta 1854, 249 (2015)    [A06]
  9. A. Kumar and J. Balbach
    Real-time protein NMR spectroscopy and investigation of assisted protein folding.
    Biochim Biophys Acta (2015)    [A08]
  10. M. Roos, S. Link, J. Balbach, A. Krushelnitsky, and K. Saalwächter,
    NMR-Detected Brownian Dynamics of αB-Crystallin over a Wide Range of Concentrations.
    Biophys. J. 108, 98 (2015)    [A08]
  11. W. K. Kipnusu, M. M. Elmahdy, E. U. Mapesa, J. Zhang, W. Böhlmann, D.-M. Smilgies, C. M. Papadakis, and F. Kremer,
    Structure and Dynamics of Asymmetric Poly(styrene- b-1,4-isoprene) Diblock Copolymer under 1D and 2D Nanoconfinement.
    ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces (2015)    [B08]
  12. A. M. Anton, R. Steyrleuthner, W. Kossack, D. Neher, and F. Kremer,
    Infrared Transition Moment Orientational Analysis on the Structural Organization of the Distinct Molecular Subunits in Thin Layers of a High Mobility n-Type Copolymer.
    J. Am. Chem. Soc. 137, 6034 (2015)    [B05]
  13. M. V. Vener, A. V. Odinokov, C. Wehmeyer, and D. Sebastiani,
    The structure and IR signatures of the arginine-glutamate salt bridge. Insights from the classical MD simulations.
    J. Chem. Phys. 142, 215106 (2015)    [A09]
  14. C. Elsner, D. Hintzen, A. Prager, K. R. Siefermann, and B. Abel,
    Supramolecular Assembly of Functional Hybrid Fibrils with Peptide-pi-System-Peptide Monomers Near Silver-Nanoparticles.
    Zeitschrift Fur Physikalische Chemie 229, 427 (2015)    [B01]
  15. A. M. Anton, C. Gutsche, W. Kossack, and F. Kremer,
    Methods to determine the pressure dependence of the molecular order parameter in (bio) macromolecular fibres.
    Soft Matter 11, 1158 (2015)    [B05]
  16. S. Chen, N. Mahmood, M. Beiner, and W. H. Binder,
    Self-Healing Materials from V- and H-Shaped Supramolecular Architectures.
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 54, 10188 (2015)    [A03]
  17. D. A. Johnston, M. Mueller, and W. Janke,
    Macroscopic degeneracy and order in the 3D plaquette Ising model.
    Mod Phys Lett B 29, (2015)    [B04]
  18. A. S. Kasegaonkar, H. Barqawi, and W. H. Binder,
    Synthesis and Crystallization of Star-Shaped Photocleavable Poly(epsilon-caprolactone)s.
    J. Polym. Sci. a Polym. Chem. 53, 642 (2015)    [A03]
  19. C. C. Kathrein, W. K. Kipnusu, F. Kremer, and A. Boeker,
    Birefringence Analysis of the Effect of Electric Fields on the Order-Disorder Transition Temperature of Lamellae Forming Block Copolymers.
    Macromolecules 48, 3354 (2015)    [B08]
  20. N. Neubauer, R. Winkler, M. Tress, P. Uhlmann, M. Reiche, W. K. Kipnusu, and F. Kremer,
    Glassy dynamics of poly(2-vinyl-pyridine) brushes with varying grafting density.
    Soft Matter 11, 3062 (2015)    [B08]
  21. A. S. Nia, S. Rana, D. Doehler, F. Jirsa, A. Meister, L. Guadagno, E. Koslowski, M. Bron, and W. H. Binder,
    Carbon-Supported Copper Nanomaterials: Recyclable Catalysts for Huisgen [3+2] Cycloaddition Reactions.
    Chem. Eur. J. 21, 10763 (2015)    [A03]
  22. J. Zierenberg and W. Janke,
    From amorphous aggregates to polymer bundles: The role of stiffness on structural phases in polymer aggregation.
    Epl 109, 28002 (2015)    [B04]
  23. M. Mueller, W. Janke, and D. A. Johnston,
    Planar ordering in the plaquette-only gonihedric Ising model.
    Nuclear Physics B 894, 1    (2015) [B04]
  24. A. K. Das, A. Rawat, D. Bhowmik, R. Pandit, D. Huster, and S. Maiti
    An Early Folding Contact between Phe19 and Leu34 is Critical for Amyloid-beta Oligomer Toxicity.
    ACS Chem. Neurosci 6, 1290 (2015)    [A06]
  25. T. Naolou, H. Hussain, S. Baleed, K. Busse, B.-D. Lechner, and J. Kressler,
    The behavior of fatty acid modified poly(glycerol adipate) at the air/water interface.
    Colloids and Surfaces A – Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects 468, 22 (2015)    [B07]
  26. A. Kuhnhold and W. Paul,
    Active one-particle microrheology of an unentangled polymer melt studied by molecular dynamics simulation
    Phys. Rev. E 91, 042601 (2015)    [A07]
  27. W. K. Kipnusu, M. Elsayed, W. Kossack, S. Pawlus, K. Adrjanowicz, M. Tress, E. U. Mapesa, R. Krause-Rehberg, K. Kaminski, and F. Kremer,
    Confinement for More Space: A Larger Free Volume and Enhanced Glassy Dynamics of 2-Ethyl-1-hexanol in Nanopores.
    J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 6, 3708 (2015)    [B08]
  28. P. Michael and W. H. Binder
    A Mechanochemically Triggered “Click” Catalyst
    Angew Chem Int Ed, 54 (47), 13918-13922 (2015)    [A03]

Publications SFB/TRR 102 in 2016

Involved projects are stated in brackets.

  1. C. Appiah, K. R. Siefermann, M. Jorewitz, H. Barqawi, and W. H. Binder,
    Synthesis and characterization of new photoswitchable azobenzene-containing poly(epsilon-caprolactones)
    RSC Adv. 6, 6358 (2016) [A03]
  2. M. Pulst, J. Balko, Y. Golitsyn, D. Reichert, K. Busse, and J. Kressler,
    Proton conductivity and phase transitions in 1,2,3-triazole.
    Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 18, 6153 (2016) [B07]

Contact to SFB/TRR 102


Prof. Dr. Thomas Thurn-Albrecht
e-mail: phone: +49 (0) 345 55 25340


Prof. Dr. Frank Cichos
e-mail: Telefon: +49 (0) 341 97 32571


Prof. Dr. Kay Saalwächter
e-mail: Telefon: +49 (0) 345 5528560

Scientific Coordinator

Dr. Thomas Michael
e-mail: Telefon: +49 (0) 345 5525819


Susanne Morgan
e-mail: phone: +49 (0) 345 55 25825

2. Mini Symposium of the SFB/TRR 102

2nd Mini Symposium Thursday, 19th of May 2016 in Halle

Event location:

Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
Von-Seckendorff-Platz 1
06120 Halle (Saale)

SR: 5.09 (top floor)

(Tram no 4 or 5 to Straßburger Weg)


Time Program
2.00 pm Talk by Prof. Andreas Fery, IPF Dresden
“Responsive Layers made from Colloidal Building blocks”
3.00 pm Talk by Markus Anton, Leipzig
“Spatial orientation and order of the distinct molecular
subunits in thin films of a high electron mobility n-type copolymer”
3.30 pm coffee break (SR 5.10)
4.00 pm Talk by Matthias Roos, Halle
“Protein anisotropy modulates the coupling between rotational
and translational diffusion under crowding conditions”
4.30 pm Talk by Prof. Frank Schreiber, Tübingen
“Tuning Protein Aggregation Pathways and Dynamics by Charges”
5.30 pm Snack buffet (SR 5.10)

Detailed program (short-edge printing)