Micro Nano & Molecular Systems Lab

Max Planck Research Group Fischer

Publications & Patents



"Holograms for acoustics"
Kai Melde, Andrew G. Mark, Tian Qiu, Peer Fischer
Nature, 537, 518–522 (2016)

"Magnesium plasmonics for UV applications and chiral sensing"
Hyeon-Ho Jeong, Andrew G. Mark, Peer Fischer
Chemical Communications, 2016, DOI: 10.1039/C6CC06800F

“A loop-gap resonator for chirality-sensitive nuclear magneto-electric resonance (NMER)”
P. Garbacz, P. Fischer, S. Krämer
J. Chem. Phys. 145, 104201 (2016)

"Chirality Detection Using Nematic Liquid Crystal Droplets on Anisotropic Surfaces"
Per Rudquist, Clarissa F. Dietrich, Andrew G. Mark, and Frank Giesselmann
Langmuir, 32, 6140−6147 (2016)

“Capture of 2D Microparticle Arrays via a UV-Triggered Thiol-yne "Click" Reaction”
Debora Walker, Dhruv P. Singh, Peer Fischer
to appear in Adv. Materials (2016)

“Active Nanorheology with Plasmonics”
H.-H. Jeong, A.G. Mark, T.-C. Lee, M. Alarcón-Correa, S. Eslami, T., J.G. Gibbs, and P. Fischer
Nano Lett., 2016, 16 (8), pp 4887–4894

“Auxetic metamaterial simplifies soft robot design”
A.G. Mark, S. Palagi, T. Qiu, P. Fischer
IEEE Int. Conf. on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 4951 – 4956, (2016), doi:10.1109/ICRA.2016.7487701

Mariana Alarcón-Correa, Debora Walker, Tian Qiu, Peer Fischer
to appear in Eur. Phys. J. Special Topics (2016)

“Dispersion and shape engineered plasmonic nanosensors”
H.-H. Jeong, A.G. Mark, M. Alarcon-Correa, I. Kim, P. Oswald, T.-C. Lee, P. Fischer
Nature Comm. 7, 11331, doi:10.1038/ncomms11331 (2016).

“Structured light enables biomimetic swimming and versatile locomotion of photo-responsive soft microrobots”
S. Palagi, A. G. Mark, S. Y. Reigh, K. Melde, T. Qiu, H. Zeng, C. Parmeggiani, D. Martella, A. S. Castillo, N. Kapernaum, F. Giesselmann, D. S. Wiersma, E. Lauga, and P. Fischer.
Nature Materials 15, 647–653 (2016) doi:10.1038/nmat4569.
Max Planck press release, Nature News & Views.

“Magnetic propulsion of microswimmers with DNA-based flagellar bundles”
A. Maier, C. Weig, P. Oswald, E. Frey, P. Fischer, and T. Liedl
Nano Letters 16,  pp 906–910 (2016).


"A theoretical study of potentially observable chirality-sensitive NMR effects in molecules"
Piotr Garbacz, Janusz Cukras and Micha Jaszunskid
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 17, 22642-22651, (2015).

"The EChemPen: A Guiding Hand To Learn Electrochemical Surface Modifications"
Mathieu Valetaud, Gabriel Loget, Jérome Roche, Nina Hüsken, Zahra Fattah, Vasilica Badets, Olivier Fontaine and Dodzi Zigah.
J. Chem. Educ. 92, 1700−1704, (2015).

"3D-printed soft microrobot for swimming in biological fluids"
Tian Qiu, Stefano Palagi, and Peer Fischer.
DOI: 10.1109/EMBC.2015.7319496, (2015).

“Enzymatically active biomimetic micropropellers for the penetration of mucin gels”
D. Walker, B. T. Käsdorf, H.-H. Jeong, O. Lieleg, and P. Fischer.
Science Advances Vol. 1, no. 11, e1500501.

“Nanocups with dynamic metal-nanoparticle inclusion complexes”
Mariana Alarcón-Correa, Tung-Chun Lee, and Peer Fischer
Accepted Ang. Chem. Int. Ed. (2015). Featured cover article.

“Optimal length of low Reynolds number nanopropellers” D. Walker, M. Kübler, K. I. Morozov, P. Fischer, and A. M. Leshansky Nano Lett. 15 , 4412–4416, (2015).

“Selectable nanopattern arrays for nanolithographic imprint and etch-mask applications”
Hyeon-Ho Jeong, Andrew G. Mark, Tung-Chun Lee, Kwanghyo Son, Wenwen Chen, Mariana Alarcón-Correa, Insook Kim, Gisela Schütz, and Peer Fischer
Accepted Adv. Science (2015). Cover article.

“Surface roughness-induced speed increase for active Janus micromotors”
Udit Choudhury, Lluís Soler, John Gibbs, Samuel Sanchez and Peer Fischer
Chem. Comm., 51, 8660-8663 (2015).

“Active colloidal microdrills“
John G. Gibbs and Peer Fischer
Chem. Comm.  51, 4192-4195, (2015).


"Swimming by Reciprocal Motion at Low Reynolds Number"
Tian Qiu, Tung-Chun Lee, Andrew G. Mark, Konstantin I. Morozov, Raphael Münster, Otto Mierka, Stefan Turek, Alexander M. Leshansky, and Peer Fischer.
Nat. Commun. 5: 5119 (2014). Max Planck Press Release.

"Chiral nanomagnets"
Sahand Eslami, John G Gibbs, Yvonne Rechkemmer, Joris van Slageren, Mariana Alarcón-Correa, Tung-Chun Lee, Andrew G Mark, Geert LJA Rikken, Peer Fischer
ACS Photonics, 1 (11), pp 1231–1236, (2014).

"Circular polarization interferometry: circularly polarized modes of cholesteric liquid crystals"
A. Sanchez-Castillo, S. Eslami, F. Giesselmann, and P. Fischer
Optics Express, 22, 31227 (2014)

"Wireless powering of e-swimmers“
J. Roche, S. Carrara, J. Sanchez, J. Lannelongue, G. Loget, L. Bouffier, P. Fischer,  A. Kuhn. 
Scientific Reports 4: 6705 (2014).

“Nano-Propellers and their Actuation in Complex Viscoelastic Media”
D. Schamel, A.G. Mark, J.G. Gibb, C. Miksch, K.I. Morozov, A.M. Leshansky, P. Fischer.
ACS Nano 8, 8794–8801, (2014). Featured cover article.

"Self-propelling nanomotors in the presence of strong Brownian forces"
Tung-Cun Lee, Mariana Alarcón-Correa, Cornelia Miksch, Kersten Hahn, John G. Gibbs, and Peer Fischer.
Nano Lett. 14 (5), pp 2407–2412, (2014).

"Shape control in wafer-based aperiodic 3D nanostructures"
Hyeon-Ho Jeong, Andrew Mark, John Gibbs, Thomas Reindl, Ulrike Waizmann,  Juergen Weis and Peer Fischer .
Nanotechnology 25, 235302, (2014). Cover article.

“Active Microrheology of the Vitreous of the Eye applied to Nanorobot Propulsion”
Tian Qiu, Debora Schamel, Andrew G. Mark, and Peer Fischer.
IEEE Int. Conf.on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Pages: 3801-3806, 2014. Best Automation Paper Award – Finalist.

"Nanohelices by shadow growth"
John Gibbs,   Andrew G Mark,   Tung-Chun Lee,   Sahand Eslami,   Debora Schamel and    Peer Fischer.
Nanoscale 6, 9457-9466, (2014).

"Swelling and shrinking behaviour of photoresponsive phosphonium-based ionogel microstructures"
M. Czugala, C. O'Connell, C. Blin, P. Fischer, K.J. Fraser, F. Benito-Lopez, Fernando, D.  Diamond.
Sensors and Actuators B Chemical, 194 . pp. 105-113 (2014).

“A universal platform for some of the smallest untethered microrobotic systems for low Reynolds number and bio-logical environments”
Tian Qiu, John G. Gibbs, Debora Schamel, Andrew G. Mark, Udit Choudhury, and Peer Fischer.
Book Chapter: From nanohelices to magnetically actuated microdrills, I. Paprotny and S. Bergbreiter (Eds.): Small-Scale Robotics 2013, LNAI 8336, pp. 53--65. Springer, Heidelberg (2014).v


“Hybrid nanocolloids with programmed 3D-shape and material composition”
A.G. Mark, J.G. Gibbs, T.-C. Lee, P.Fischer.
Nature Materials 12, 802 (2013). Max Planck Press Release.

“Chiral colloidal molecules and observation of the propeller effect”
D. Schamel, M. Pfeifer, J.G. Gibbs, B. Miksch, A.G. Mark, P. Fischer,
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 135, 12353 (2013).

"Indirect absorption spectroscopy using quantum cascade lasers: mid infrared refractometry and photothermal  spectroscopy"
M. Pfeifer, A. Ruf, P. Fischer.
Opt. Exp. 21, 25643 (2013).

"Plasmonic nanohelix metamaterials with tailorable giant circular dichroism“
J. G. Gibbs, A. G. Mark, S. Eslami, P. Fischer.
Appl. Phys. Lett. 103, 213101 (2013). Featured cover article. 


“Fourier-transform photocurrent spectroscopy using a supercontinuum light source”
C. Petermann, R. Beigang, and P. Fischer.
Appl. Phys. Lett. 100, 061108 (2012).

“Eine neue Form von Cavity Enhanced Absorption Spectroscopy”
C. Petermann and P. Fischer.
OPT 2011, Tech. Mess. 79 1, pp 10-16, (2012). Best paper award OPTO 2011.


“Sign determination in weak value amplified optical activity measurements”
M. Pfeifer and P. Fischer.
Accepted Opt. Express 19, 16508-16517 (2011).

“Quantum-cascade laser based vibrational circular dichroism”
S. Lüdeke, M.Pfeifer, and P. Fischer.
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 133(15), pp 5704–5707 (2011).

“Actively coupled cavity ringdown spectroscopy with low-power broadband sources”
C. Petermann and P. Fischer.
Opt. Express 19, 10164-10173 (2011).


“Magnetically actuated propulsion at low Reynolds numbers: towards nanoscale control”
P. Fischer and A. Ghosh.
Nanoscale3, 557-563 (2010).

“Nonlinear Optical Spectroscopy of Chiral Molecules”
P. Fischer.
Advances in Chiroptical Methods, Wiley, accepted, (2010).

“Molecular QED of coherent and incoherent sum-frequency and second-harmonic generation in chiral liquids in the presence of a static electric field”
P. Fischer, A. Salam.
Mol. Phys. 108, 1857 (2010). 


"Controlled Propulsion of Artificial Magnetic Nanostructured Propellers"
A. Ghosh and P. Fischer.
Nano Letters 9, 2243 (2009). Featured highlight ‘Nanotechnology: The helix that delivers’ Nature 459, 13 (2009).

"Full phase and amplitude control in computer-generated holography"
M. Fratz, P. Fischer, and D.M. Giel.
Opt. Lett., 34, 3659-3661 (2009).

"Absolute Asymmetric Reduction Based on the Relative Orientation of Achiral Reactants”
A. Kuhn and P. Fischer.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 48, 6857-6860 (2009).

"Digital polarization holograms with defined magnitude and orientation of each pixel's birefringence"
M. Fratz, D.M. Giel, and P. Fischer.
Opt. Lett., 34, 1270 (2009). 


"Voltage-Controllable Magnetic Composite Based on Multifunctional Polyethylene Microparticles"
A. Ghosh, N.K. Sheridon, and P. Fischer.
Small 4 (11), 1956-1958 (2008).


"Observation of the Faraday effect via beam deflection in a longitudinal magnetic field"
A. Ghosh, W. Hill, and P. Fischer.
Phys. Rev. A, 76, (2007), 055402.

"Circular differential double diffraction in chiral media"
A. Ghosh, F.M. Fazal, and P. Fischer.
Opt. Lett., 32, (2007), 1836.

"Frequency-domain displacement sensing with a fiber ring-resonator containing a variable gap"
F. Vollmer and P. Fischer.
Sens. Actuators A, 134, 410 (2007).


“Chiral Molecules Split Light: Reflection and Refraction in a Chiral Liquid"
A. Ghosh and P. Fischer.
Phys. Rev. Lett., 97, (2006), 173002. Featured highlight ‘Fundamental optical physics: Refraction’ Nature Photonics, Nov. 2006.

"Direct chiral discrimination in NMR spectroscopy"
A.D. Buckingham and P. Fischer.
(N.S. Hush special issue), Chem. Phys., 324, (2006), 111.

"Reply to "Comment on 'Negative refraction at optical frequencies in nonmagnetic two-component molecular media”’
Y.-F. Chen, P. Fischer, and F.W. Wise.
Phys. Rev. Letters, 96, (2006), 159702.

"Ring-resonator-based frequency-domain optical activity measurements of a chiral liquid”
F. Vollmer and P. Fischer.
Opt. Lett., 31, (2006), 453.

"Nonlinear optical properties of chiral liquids: Electric-dipolar pseudoscalars in nonlinear optics"
P. Fischer and B. Champagne.
In “Nonlinear optical properties of matter: From molecules to condensed phases", eds. M.G. Papadopoulos, J. Leszczynski and A.J. Sadlej, Springer, 2006.

“Sign of the refractive index in a gain medium with negative permittivity and permeability"
Y.-F. Chen, P. Fischer, and F.W. Wise.
J. Opt. Soc. Am. B, 23 (2006), 45.


”Nonlinear optical spectroscopy of chiral molecules"
P. Fischer and F. Hache.
(review article), Chirality, 17 (2005), 421.

"Negative refraction at optical frequencies in nonmagnetic two-component molecular media"
Y.-F. Chen, P. Fischer, and F.W. Wise.
Phys. Rev. Letters, 95 (2005), 067402.


"A new electro-optic effect: Sum-frequency generation from optically active liquids in the presence of a dc electric field"
P. Fischer, A.D. Buckingham, K. Beckwitt, D.S. Wiersma, and F.W. Wise.
Phys. Rev. Letters, 91 (2003), 173901.

"Chiral and achiral contributions to sum-frequency generation from optically active solutions of binaphthol"
P. Fischer, F.W. Wise, and A.C. Albrecht.
J. Phys. Chem. A, 107 (2003), 8232-8238.


"On optical rectification in isotropic media"
P. Fischer and A.C. Albrecht.
(S. Hartmann special issue), Laser Physics, 12 (2002), 1177-1181.

"Chirality-specific nonlinear spectroscopies in isotropic media"
P. Fischer and A.C. Albrecht.
(TRVS 2001), Bull. Chem. Soc. J., 75 (2002), 1119-1124.

"Sum-frequency generation at second order in isotropic chiral systems: The microscopic view and the surprising fragility of the signal"
J. Kirkwood, A.C. Albrecht, P. Fischer, and A.D. Buckingham.
In The Physical Chemistry of Chirality, ed. J.M. Hicks, ACS. Sym. Series, 810 (2002), 130-144.

"The chiral specificity of sum-frequency generation in solutions"
P. Fischer, K. Beckwitt, F.W. Wise, and A.C.Albrecht.
Chem. Phys. Letters, 352 (2002), 463-468.

"Optical response of a chiral liquid”
A.D. Buckingham, and P. Fischer.
In The Physical Chemistry of Chirality, ed. J.M. Hicks, ACS. Sym. Series, 810 (2002), 119-129. [970 kB pdf]


"Isotropic second-order nonlinear optical susceptibilities"
P. Fischer, A.D. Buckingham, and A.C. Albrecht.
Phys. Rev. A, 64 (2001), 053816-,1-7.

Reply to "Comment on 'Phenomenological damping in optical response tensors'"
A.D. Buckingham, and P. Fischer.
Phys. Rev. A, 63 (2001), 047802-,1-2.


"Ab initio investigation of the sum-frequency hyperpolarizability of small chiral molecules"
B. Champagne , P. Fischer , and A.D. Buckingham.
Chem. Phys. Letters, 331 (2000), 83-88.

"Three-wave mixing in chiral liquids"
P. Fischer, D.S. Wiersma, R. Righini, B. Champagne, and A.D. Buckingham.
Phys. Rev. Letters, 85 (2000), 4253-4256.

"Phenomenological damping in optical response tensors"
A.D. Buckingham, and P. Fischer.
Phys. Rev. A, 61 (2000), 035801-,1-4.


"Surface second-order nonlinear optical activity"
P. Fischer, and A.D. Buckingham.
J. Opt. Soc. Am. B, 15 (1998), 2951-2957.

"Linear electro-optic effect in optically active liquids"
A.D. Buckingham, and P. Fischer.
Chem. Phys. Letters, 297 (1998), 239-246.

"Monolayers of hexadecyltrimethylammonium p-tosylate at the air-water interface. 1. Sum-frequency spectroscopy"
G.R. Bell, Z.X. Li, C.D. Bain, P. Fischer, and D.C. Duffy.
J Phys. Chem. B, 102 (1998), 9461-9472.

”Ultraviolet resonance Raman study of drug binding in dihydrofolate reductase, gyrase, and Catechol-O-methyltransferase"
V.W. Couling, P. Fischer , D. Klenerman, and W. Huber.
Biophys. J., 75 (1998), 1097-1106.



  • “Circular birefringence refractometer: method and apparatus for measuring optical activity”, US 7,961,318 (with A. Ghosh, issued 2011).
  • “Method and apparatus for measuring and monitoring distances, physical properties, and phase changes for light based on a ring-resonator”, US 7,446,880. (with F. Vollmer, issued 2008).
  • “Magnetic Nanostructured Propellers”, (2010), USSN 61/330364. (with A. Ghosh)
  • “Method to couple light into resonators”, (2010) DE 10F51565 (with C. Petermann)
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