Jürg Hulliger

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The well-established occurrence of pyroelectricity (Lang, 1966) in tissues of living organisms has found a first explanation by a Markov-chain mechanism taking place during collagen fibril self-assembly in extracytoplasmic channels. Recently reported biochemical findings on the longitudinal fusion reactivity of small fibril segments (which undergo C-, N-(More)
One of the most intriguing phenomena in glass forming systems is the dynamic crossover (T(B)), occurring well above the glass temperature (T(g)). So far, it was estimated mainly from the linearized derivative analysis of the primary relaxation time τ(T) or viscosity η(T) experimental data, originally proposed by Stickel et al. [J. Chem. Phys. 104, 2043(More)
Interactions of "organic fluorine" have gained great interest not only in the context of crystal engineering, but also in the systematic design of functional materials. The first part of this tutorial review presents an overview on interactions known by organic fluorine. This involves π-π(F), C-F···H, F···F, C-F···π(F), C-F···π, C-F···M(+), C-F···C=O and(More)
Polar molecular crystals seem to contradict a quantum mechanical statement, according to which no stationary state of a system features a permanent electrical polarization. By stationary we understand here an ensemble for which thermal averaging applies. In the language of statistical mechanics we have thus to ask for the thermal expectation value of the(More)
The mechanism of insertion of p-nitroaniline (PNA) and its diffusion behavior in channels of the hexagonal host structure of tris(o-phenylenedioxy)cyclotriphosphazene (TPP) was investigated by means of molecular modeling tools. Strong preferential sites in the bulk were found to be due to pi-pi and NH-pi interactions between PNA and channel walls of TPP. MD(More)
A theoretical concept for setting up 1D magnetic interactions between organic radicals aligned into chains within channels of inclusion compounds is presented by calculating collinear intermolecular binding energies using ab initio methods, followed by a Markov model to predict the characteristic length of chains. Experimentally, inclusion crystals(More)
We analyze a layer-by-layer growth model of crystals consisting of dipolar molecules with two directional states. The model is characterized by the assumption of thermal equilibrium formation of new adlayers, whereas previous layers are treated as being "frozen" in the state in which they were formed. Longitudinal and transverse Ising-type nearest neighbor(More)
Molecular dynamics simulations were used to study the effect of mechanical and thermal stimuli on the electrostatic properties of collagen model helices. Our model sequences were based on glycine proline and hydroxyproline amino acids. We find that longitudinal mechanical strain induces significant variation of the polarization of the collagen fibril. Such(More)
Fourier transform polarized IR and Raman spectra of bis(guanidine) zirconium bis(nitrilotriacetate) hydrate single crystal [C(NH(2))(3)](2)[Zr[N(CH(2)COO)(3)](2)](H(2)O) have been measured in the regions 30-4000 and 80-4000 cm(-1) and correlated with X-ray structural data. The factor group analysis has been applied in the discussion of the dichroic(More)