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Nanopropellers and Their Actuation in Complex Viscoelastic Media

Schamel, D., Mark, A. G., Gibbs, J. G., Miksch, C., Morozov, K. I., Leshansky, A. M., Fischer, P.

ACS Nano, 8(9):8794-8801, June 2014, Featured cover article. (article)

Abstract
Tissue and biological fluids are complex viscoelastic media with a nanoporous macromolecular structure. Here, we demonstrate that helical nanopropellers can be controllably steered through such a biological gel. The screw-propellers have a filament diameter of about 70 nm and are smaller than previously reported nanopropellers as well as any swimming microorganism. We show that the nanoscrews will move through high-viscosity solutions with comparable velocities to that of larger micropropellers, even though they are so small that Brownian forces suppress their actuation in pure water. When actuated in viscoelastic hyaluronan gels, the nanopropellers appear to have a significant advantage, as they are of the same size range as the gel’s mesh size. Whereas larger helices will show very low or negligible propulsion in hyaluronan solutions, the nanoscrews actually display significantly enhanced propulsion velocities that exceed the highest measured speeds in Newtonian fluids. The nanopropellers are not only promising for applications in the extracellular environment but small enough to be taken up by cells.

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Video - Helical Micro and Nanopropellers for Applications in Biological Fluidic Environments link (url) DOI [BibTex]


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Fischer, P., Mark, A.

May 2014 (patent)

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Circular polarization interferometry: circularly polarized modes of cholesteric liquid crystals

Sanchez-Castillo, A., Eslami, S., Giesselmann, F., Fischer, P.

OPTICS EXPRESS, 22(25):31227-31236, 2014 (article)

Abstract
We describe a novel polarization interferometer which permits the determination of the refractive indices for circularly-polarized light. It is based on a Jamin-Lebedeff interferometer, modified with waveplates, and permits us to experimentally determine the refractive indices n(L) and n(R) of the respectively left- and right-circularly polarized modes in a cholesteric liquid crystal. Whereas optical rotation measurements only determine the circular birefringence, i.e. the difference (n(L) - n(R)), the interferometer also permits the determination of their absolute values. We report refractive indices of a cholesteric liquid crystal in the region of selective (Bragg) reflection as a function of temperature. (C) 2014 Optical Society of America

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Self-Propelling Nanomotors in the Presence of Strong Brownian Forces

Lee, T., Alarcon-Correa, M., Miksch, C., Hahn, K., Gibbs, J. G., Fischer, P.

NANO LETTERS, 14(5):2407-2412, 2014 (article)

Abstract
Motility in living systems is due to an array of complex molecular nanomotors that are essential for the function and survival of cells. These protein nanomotors operate not only despite of but also because of stochastic forces. Artificial means of realizing motility rely on local concentration or temperature gradients that are established across a particle, resulting in slip velocities at the particle surface and thus motion of the particle relative to the fluid. However, it remains unclear if these artificial motors can function at the smallest of scales, where Brownian motion dominates and no actively propelled living organisms can be found. Recently, the first reports have appeared suggesting that the swimming mechanisms of artificial structures may also apply to enzymes that are catalytically active. Here we report a scheme to realize artificial Janus nanoparticles (JNPs) with an overall size that is comparable to that of some enzymes similar to 30 nm. Our JNPs can catalyze the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide to water and oxygen and thus actively move by self-electrophoresis. Geometric anisotropy of the Pt-Au Janus nanoparticles permits the simultaneous observation of their translational and rotational motion by dynamic light scattering. While their dynamics is strongly influenced by Brownian rotation, the artificial Janus nanomotors show bursts of linear ballistic motion resulting in enhanced diffusion.

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Shape control in wafer-based aperiodic 3D nanostructures

Hyeon-Ho, J., Mark, A. G., Gibbs, J. G., Reindl, T., Waizmann, U., Weis, J., Fischer, P.

NANOTECHNOLOGY, 25(23), 2014, Cover article. (article)

Abstract
Controlled local fabrication of three-dimensional (3D) nanostructures is important to explore and enhance the function of single nanodevices, but is experimentally challenging. We present a scheme based on e-beam lithography (EBL) written seeds, and glancing angle deposition (GLAD) grown structures to create nanoscale objects with defined shapes but in aperiodic arrangements. By using a continuous sacrificial corral surrounding the features of interest we grow isolated 3D nanostructures that have complex cross-sections and sidewall morphology that are surrounded by zones of clean substrate.

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Swimming by reciprocal motion at low Reynolds number

Qiu, T., Lee, T., Mark, A. G., Morozov, K. I., Muenster, R., Mierka, O., Turek, S., Leshansky, A. M., Fischer, P.

NATURE COMMUNICATIONS, 5, 2014, Max Planck Press Release. (article)

Abstract
Biological microorganisms swim with flagella and cilia that execute nonreciprocal motions for low Reynolds number (Re) propulsion in viscous fluids. This symmetry requirement is a consequence of Purcell's scallop theorem, which complicates the actuation scheme needed by microswimmers. However, most biomedically important fluids are non-Newtonian where the scallop theorem no longer holds. It should therefore be possible to realize a microswimmer that moves with reciprocal periodic body-shape changes in non-Newtonian fluids. Here we report a symmetric `micro-scallop', a single-hinge microswimmer that can propel in shear thickening and shear thinning (non-Newtonian) fluids by reciprocal motion at low Re. Excellent agreement between our measurements and both numerical and analytical theoretical predictions indicates that the net propulsion is caused by modulation of the fluid viscosity upon varying the shear rate. This reciprocal swimming mechanism opens new possibilities in designing biomedical microdevices that can propel by a simple actuation scheme in non-Newtonian biological fluids.

Max Planck Press Release.

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Video - A Swimming Micro-Scallop Video - Winner of the Micro-robotic Design Challenge in Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics DOI [BibTex]


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Nanohelices by shadow growth

Gibbs, J. G., Mark, A. G., Lee, T., Eslami, S., Schamel, D., Fischer, P.

NANOSCALE, 6(16):9457-9466, 2014 (article)

Abstract
The helix has remarkable qualities and is prevalent in many fields including mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology. This shape, which is chiral by nature, is ubiquitous in biology with perhaps the most famous example being DNA. Other naturally occurring helices are common at the nanoscale in the form of protein secondary structures and in various macromolecules. Nanoscale helices exhibit a wide range of interesting mechanical, optical, and electrical properties which can be intentionally engineered into the structure by choosing the correct morphology and material. As technology advances, these fabrication parameters can be fine-tuned and matched to the application of interest. Herein, we focus on the fabrication and properties of nanohelices grown by a dynamic shadowing growth method combined with fast wafer-scale substrate patterning which has a number of distinct advantages. We review the fabrication methodology and provide several examples that illustrate the generality and utility of nanohelices shadow-grown on nanopatterns.

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Chiral Nanomagnets

Eslami, S., Gibbs, J. G., Rechkemmer, Y., van Slageren, J., Alarcon-Correa, M., Lee, T., Mark, A. G., Rikken, G. L. J. A., Fischer, P.

ACS PHOTONICS, 1(11):1231-1236, 2014 (article)

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We report on the enhanced optical properties of chiral magnetic nanohelices with critical dimensions comparable to the ferromagnetic domain size. They are shown to be ferromagnetic at room temperature, have defined chirality, and exhibit large optical activity in the visible as verified by electron microscopy, superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometry, natural circular dichroism (NCD), and magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) measurements. The structures exhibit magneto-chiral dichroism (MChD), which directly demonstrates coupling between their structural chirality and magnetism. A chiral nickel (Ni) film consisting of an array of nanohelices similar to 100 nm in length exhibits an MChD anisotropy factor g(MChD) approximate to 10(-4) T-1 at room temperature in a saturation field of similar to 0.2 T, permitting polarization-independent control of the film's absorption properties through magnetic field modulation. This is also the first report of MChD in a material with structural chirality on the order of the wavelength of light, and therefore the Ni nanohelix array is a metamaterial with magnetochiral properties that can be tailored through a dynamic deposition process.

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Wireless powering of e-swimmers

Roche, J., Carrara, S., Sanchez, J., Lannelongue, J., Loget, G., Bouffier, L., Fischer, P., Kuhn, A.

SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 4, 2014 (article)

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Miniaturized structures that can move in a controlled way in solution and integrate various functionalities are attracting considerable attention due to the potential applications in fields ranging from autonomous micromotors to roving sensors. Here we introduce a concept which allows, depending on their specific design, the controlled directional motion of objects in water, combined with electronic functionalities such as the emission of light, sensing, signal conversion, treatment and transmission. The approach is based on electric field-induced polarization, which triggers different chemical reactions at the surface of the object and thereby its propulsion. This results in a localized electric current that can power in a wireless way electronic devices in water, leading to a new class of electronic swimmers (e-swimmers).

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Swelling and shrinking behaviour of photoresponsive phosphonium-based ionogel microstructures

Czugala, M., O’Connell, C., Blin, C., Fischer, P., Fraser, K. J., Benito-Lopez, F., Diamond, D.

SENSORS AND ACTUATORS B-CHEMICAL, 194, pages: 105-113, 2014 (article)

Abstract
Photoresponsive N-isopropylacrylamide ionogel microstructures are presented in this study. These ionogels are synthesised using phosphonium based room temperature ionic liquids, together with the photochromic compound benzospiropyran. The microstructures can be actuated using light irradiation, facilitating non-contact and non-invasive operation. For the first time, the characterisation of the swelling and shrinking behaviour of several photopatterned ionogel microstructures is presented and the influence of surface-area-to-volume ratio on the swelling kinetics is evaluated. It was found that the swelling and shrinking behaviour of the ionogels is strongly dependent on the nature of the ionic liquid. In particular, the {[}P-6,P-6,P-6,P-14]{[}NTf2] ionogel exhibits the greatest degree of swelling, reaching up to 180\% of its initial size, and the fastest shrinkage rate (k(sh) = 29 +/- 4 x 10(-2) s(-1)). (C) 2014 Elsevier B. V. All rights reserved.

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Efflorescence upon humidification? X-ray microspectroscopic in situ observation of changes in aerosol microstructure and phase state upon hydration

Pöhlker, C., Saturno, J., Krüger, M. L., Förster, J. D., Weigand, M., Wiedemann, K. T., Bechtel, M., Artaxo, P., Andreae, M. O.

{Geophysical Research Letters}, 41(10):3681-3689, American Geophysical Union, Washington, D.C., 2014 (article)

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Investigation of cellular microstructure and enhanced coercivity in sputtered Sm2(CoCuFeZr)17 film

Bhatt, R., Bhatt, P., Schütz, G.

{Journal of Applied Physics}, 115(10), American Institute of Physics, New York, NY, 2014 (article)

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Detecting magnetic flux distributions in superconductors with polarized x-rays

Stahl, C., Audehm, P., Gräfe, J., Ruoß, S., Weigand, M., Schmidt, M., Treiber, S., Bechtel, M., Goering, E., Schütz, G., Albrecht, J.

{Physical Review B}, 90(10), American Physical Society, Woodbury, NY, 2014 (article)

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Spatial degradation mapping and component-wise degradation tracking in polymer-fullerene blends

Pedersen, E. B. B., Tromholt, T., Madsen, M. V., Böttiger, A. P. L., Weigand, M., Krebs, F. C., Andreasen, J. W.

{Journal of Materials Chemistry C}, 2(26):5176-5182, Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, UK, 2014 (article)

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Vortex core reversal due to spin wave interference

Bauer, H. G., Sproll, M., Back, C. H., Woltersdorf, G.

{Physical Review Letters}, 112, American Physical Society, Woodbury, N.Y., 2014 (article)

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Understanding the adsorption mechanism of noble gases Kr and Xe in CPO-27-Ni, CPO-27-Mg, and ZIF-8

Magdysyuk, O. V., Adams, F., Liermann, H., Spanopoulos, I., Trikalitis, P. N., Hirscher, M., Morris, R. E., Duncan, M. J., McCormick, L. J., Dinnebier, R. E.

{Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics}, 16(43):23908-23914, Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, England, 2014 (article)

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Unidirectional sub-100-ps magnetic vortex core reversal

Noske, M., Gangwar, A., Stoll, H., Kammerer, M., Sproll, M., Dieterle, G., Weigand, M., Fähnle, M., Woltersdorf, G., Back, C. H., Schütz, G.

{Physical Review B}, 90(10), American Physical Society, Woodbury, NY, 2014 (article)

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Domain wall transformations and hopping in La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 nanostructures imaged with high resolution x-ray magnetic microscopy

Finizio, S., Foerster, M., Krüger, B., Vaz, C. A. F., Miyawaki, T., Mawass, M. A., Pena, L., Méchin, L., Hühn, S., Moshnyaga, V., Büttner, F., Bisig, A., Le Guyader, L., El Moussaoui, S., Valencia, S., Kronast, F., Eisebitt, S., Kläui, M.

{Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter}, 26(45), IOP Publishing, Bristol, 2014 (article)

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Tunable eigenmodes of coupled magnetic vortex oscillators

Hänze, M., Adolff, C. F., Weigand, M., Meier, G.

{Applied Physics Letters}, 104(18), American Institute of Physics, Melville, NY, 2014 (article)

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Domain wall pinning in ultra-narrow electromigrated break junctions

Reeve, R. M., Loescher, A., Mawass, M.-A., Hoffmann-Vogel, R., Kläui, M.

{Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter}, 26(47), IOP Publishing, Bristol, 2014 (article)

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Highly effective hydrogen isotope separation in nanoporous metal-organic framworks with open metal sites: Direct measurement and theoretical analysis

Oh, H., Savchenko, I., Mavrandonakis, A., Heine, T., Hirscher, M.

{ACS Nano}, 8(1):761-770, American Chemical Society, Washington, DC, 2014 (article)

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Stabilization of the dissipation-free current transport in inhomogeneous MgB2 thin films

Treiber, S., Stahl, C., Schütz, G., Soltan, S., Albrecht, J.

{Physica C}, 506, pages: 1-5, North-Holland, Amsterdam, 2014 (article)

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Thermal conductivity of mechanically joined semiconducting/metal nanomembrane superlattices

Grimm, D., Wilson, R. B., Teshome, B., Gorantla, S., Rümmeli, M. H., Bublat, T., Zallo, E., Li, G., Cahill, D. G., Schmidt, O. G.

{Nano Letters}, 14(5):2387-2393, American Chemical Society, Washington, DC, 2014 (article)

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Role of the sample boundaries in the problem of dissipative magnetization dynamics

Fähnle, M., Slavin, A., Hertel, R.

{Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials}, 360, pages: 126-130, Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2014 (article)

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Using magnetic coupling in bilayers of superconducting YBCO and soft-magnetic CoFeB to map supercurrent flow

Stahl, C., Walker, P., Treiber, S., Christiani, G., Schütz, G., Albrecht, J.

{EPL}, 106(2), 2014 (article)

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Element-specific depth profile of magnetism and stoichiometry at the La0.67Sr0.33MnO3/BiFeO3 interface

Bertinshaw, J., Brück, S., Lott, D., Fritzsche, H., Khaydukov, Y., Soltwedel, O., Keller, T., Goering, E., Audehm, P., Cortie, D. L., Hutchison, W. D., Ramasse, Q. M., Arredondo, M., Maran, R., Nagarajan, V., Klose, F., Ulrich, C.

{Physical Review B}, 90(4), American Physical Society, Woodbury, NY, 2014 (article)

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Magnetic reflectometry of heterostructures (Topical Review)

Macke, S., Goering, E.

{Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter}, 26(36), IOP Publishing, Bristol, 2014 (article)

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Optimizing the fabrication of diffractive optical elements using a focused ion beam system

Vijayakumar, A., Eigenthaler, U., Keskinbora, K., Sridharan, G. M., Pramitha, V., Hirscher, M., Spatz, J. P., Bhattacharya, S.

{Proceedings of SPIE}, 9130, 2014 (article)

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Direct observation of internal vortex domain-wall dynamics

Stein, F.-U., Bocklage, L., Weigand, M., Meier, G.

{Physical Review B}, 89(2), American Physical Society, Woodbury, NY, 2014 (article)

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Synchronous precessional motion of multiple domain walls in a ferromagnetic nanowire by perpendicular field pulses

Kim, J., Mawass, M., Bisig, A., Krüger, B., Reeve, R. M., Schulz, T., Büttner, F., Yoon, J., You, C., Weigand, M., Stoll, H., Schütz, G., Swagten, H. J. M., Koopmans, B., Eisebitt, S., Kläui, M.

{Nature Communications}, 5, Nature Publishing Group, London, 2014 (article)

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Magnetic field distribution and characteristic fields of the vortex lattice for a clean superconducting niobium sample in an external field applied along a three-fold axis

Yaouanc, A., Maisuradze, A., Nakai, N., Machida, K., Khasanov, R., Amato, A., Biswas, P. K., Baines, C., Herlach, D., Henes, Rolf, Keppler, P., Keller, H.

{Physical Review B}, 89(18), American Physical Society, Woodbury, NY, 2014 (article)

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Experimental assessment of Physical upper limit for hydrogen storage capacity at 20 K in densified MIL-101 monoliths

Oh, H., Lupu, D., Blanita, G., Hirscher, M.

{RSC Advances}, 4(6):2648-2651, Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, UK, 2014 (article)

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Strengthening zones in the Co matrix of WC-Co cemented carbides

Konyashin, I., Lachmann, F., Ries, B., Mazilkin, A. A., Straumal, B. B., Kübel, C., Llanes, L., Baretzky, B.

{Scripta Materialia}, 83, pages: 17-20, Pergamon, Tarrytown, NY, 2014 (article)

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Multilayer Fresnel zone plates for high energy radiation resolve 21 nm features at 1.2 keV

Keskinbora, K., Robisch, A., Mayer, M., Sanli, U., Grévent, C., Wolter, C., Weigand, M., Szeghalmi, A., Knez, M., Salditt, T., Schütz, G.

{Optics Express}, 22(15):18440-18453, Optical Society of America, Washington, DC, 2014 (article)

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Interplay of linker functionalization and hydrogen adsorption in the metal-organic framework MIL-101

Szilágyi, P. A., Weinrauch, I., Oh, H., Hirscher, M., Juan-Alcaniz, J., Serra-Crespo, P., de Respinis, M., Trzesniewski, B. J., Kapteijn, F., Geerlings, H., Gascon, J., Dam, B., Grzech, A., van de Krol, R.

{The Journal of Physical Chemistry C}, 118(34):19572-19579, American Chemical Society, Washington DC, 2014 (article)

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Application of magneto-optical Kerr effect to first-order reversal curve measurements

Gräfe, J., Schmidt, M., Audehm, P., Schütz, G., Goering, E.

{Review of Scientific Instruments}, 85, American Institute of Physics, Woodbury, N.Y. [etc.], 2014 (article)

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Efficient focusing of 8 keV X-rays with multilayer Fresnel zone plates fabricated by atomic layer deposition and focused ion beam milling. Erratum

Mayer, M., Keskinbora, K., Grévent, C., Szeghalmi, A., Knez, M., Weigand, M., Snigirev, A., Snigireva, I., Schütz, G.

{Journal of Synchrotron Radiation}, 640, pages: 640-640, Published for the International Union of Crystallography by Munksgaard, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2014 (article)

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Low-amplitude magnetic vortex core reversal by non-linear interaction between azimuthal spin waves and the vortex gyromode

Sproll, M., Noske, M., Bauer, H., Kammerer, M., Gangwar, A., Dieterle, G., Weigand, M., Stoll, H., Woltersdorf, G., Back, C. H., Schütz, G.

{Applied Physics Letters}, 104(1), American Institute of Physics, Melville, NY, 2014 (article)

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The local magnetic properties of [MnIII6 CrIII]3+ and [FeIII6 CrIII]3+ single-molecule magnets deposited on surfaces studied by spin-polarized photoemission and XMCD with circularly polarized synchrotron radiation

Heinzmann, U., Helmstedt, A., Dohmeier, N., Müller, N., Gryzia, A., Brechling, A., Hoeke, V., Krickemeyer, E., Glaser, T., Fonin, M., Bouvron, S., Leicht, P., Tietze, T., Goering, E., Kuepper, K.

{Journal of Physics: Conference Series}, 488(13), IOP Publishing, Bristol, 2014 (article)

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A fluorene based covalent triazine framework with high CO2 and H2 capture and storage capacities

Hug, S., Mesch, M. B., Oh, H., Popp, N., Hirscher, M., Senker, J., Lotsch, B. V.

{Journal of Materials Chemistry A}, 2(16):5928-5936, Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, UK, 2014 (article)

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Ab-initio calculations and atomistic calculations on the magnetoelectric effects in metallic nanostructures

Fähnle, M., Subkow, S.

{Physica Status Solidi C}, 11(2):185-191, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 2014 (article)

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Role of electron-magnon scatterings in ultrafast demagnetization

Haag, M., Illg, C., Fähnle, M.

{Physical Review B}, 90(1), American Physical Society, Woodbury, NY, 2014 (article)

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Element specific monolayer depth profiling

Macke, S., Radi, A., Hamann-Borrero, J. E., Verna, A., Bluschke, M., Brück, S., Goering, E., Sutarto, R., He, F., Cristiani, G., Wu, M., Benckiser, E., Habermeier, H., Logvenov, G., Gauquelin, N., Botton, G. A., Kajdos, A. P., Stemmer, S., Sawatzky, G. A., Haverkort, M. W., Keimer, B., Hinkov, V.

{Advanced Materials}, 26(38):6554-6559, Wiley VCH, Weinheim, 2014 (article)

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Local modification of the magnetic vortex-core velocity by gallium implantation

Langner, H. H., Vogel, A., Beyersdorff, B., Weigand, M., Frömter, R., Oepen, H. P., Meier, G.

{Journal of Applied Physcis}, (10), American Institute of Physics, New York, NY, 2014 (article)

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Influence of magnetic fields on spin-mixing in transition metals

Haag, M., Illg, C., Fähnle, M.

{Physical Review B}, 90(13), American Physical Society, Woodbury, NY, 2014 (article)

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Hybrid nanocolloids with programmed three-dimensional shape and material composition

Mark, A. G., Gibbs, J. G., Lee, T., Fischer, P.

NATURE MATERIALS, 12(9):802-807, 2013, Max Planck Press Release. (article)

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Tuning the optical(1,2), electromagnetic(3,4) and mechanical properties of a material requires simultaneous control over its composition and shape(5). This is particularly challenging for complex structures at the nanoscale because surface-energy minimization generally causes small structures to be highly symmetric(5). Here we combine low-temperature shadow deposition with nanoscale patterning to realize nanocolloids with anisotropic three-dimensional shapes, feature sizes down to 20 nm and a wide choice of materials. We demonstrate the versatility of the fabrication scheme by growing three-dimensional hybrid nanostructures that contain several functional materials with the lowest possible symmetry, and by fabricating hundreds of billions of plasmonic nanohelices, which we use as chiral metafluids with record circular dichroism and tunable chiroptical properties.

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Magnetoelastic coupling in epitaxial cobalt ferrite/barium titanate heterostructures

Gräfe, J., Welke, M., Bern, F., Ziese, M., Denecke, R.

Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, 339, pages: 84-88, 2013 (article)

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Chiral Colloidal Molecules And Observation of The Propeller Effect

Schamel, D., Pfeifer, M., Gibbs, J. G., Miksch, B., Mark, A. G., Fischer, P.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 135(33):12353-12359, 2013 (article)

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Chiral molecules play an important role in biological and chemical processes, but physical effects due to their symmetry-breaking are generally weak. Several physical chiral separation schemes which could potentially be useful, including the propeller effect, have therefore not yet been demonstrated at the molecular scale. However, it has been proposed that complex nonspherical colloidal particles could act as ``colloidal molecules{''} in mesoscopic model systems to permit the visualization of molecular phenomena that are otherwise difficult to observe. Unfortunately, it is difficult to synthesize such colloids because surface minimization generally favors the growth of symmetric particles. Here we demonstrate the production of large numbers of complex colloids with glancing angle physical vapor deposition. We use chiral colloids to demonstrate the Baranova and Zel'dovich (Baranova, N. B.; Zel'dovich, B. Y. Chem. Phys. Lett. 1978, 57, 435) propeller effect: the separation of a racemic mixture by application of a rotating field that couples to the dipole moment of the enantiomers and screw propels them in opposite directions. The handedness of the colloidal suspensions is monitored with circular differential light scattering. An exact solution for the colloid's propulsion is derived, and comparisons between the colloidal system and the corresponding effect at the molecular scale are made.

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Video - Nanospropellers DOI [BibTex]

Video - Nanospropellers DOI [BibTex]