Karsten Hinrichs

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Optical imaging of neuronal network activity yields information of spatial dynamics which generally is analyzed visually. The transient appearance of spatial activity patterns is difficult to gauge in a quantifiable manner, or may even altogether escape detection. Here, we employ geometric shape matching using Fréchet distances or straight skeletons to(More)
Nanodomains formed by microphase separation in thin films of the diblock copolymers poly(styrene-b-2-vinylpyridine) (PS-b-P2VP) and poly(styrene-b-ethyleneoxide) (PS-b-PEO) were imaged by means of infrared scattering-type near-field microscopy. When probing at 3.39 mum (2950 cm(-1)), contrast is obtained due to spectral differences between the C--H(More)
The switching behavior of stimuli-responsive mixed polymer brushes (d = 11 nm) was monitored for the first time in liquid phase in situ by infrared spectroscopic ellipsometry (IRSE). IRSE is presented as a new, sensitive in situ tool for online analysis of chemical changes in a thin complex film at the solid/liquid interface. Responsive behavior(More)
Label-free detection of DNA molecules on chemically vapor-deposited diamond surfaces is achieved with spectroscopic ellipsometry in the infrared and vacuum ultraviolet range. This nondestructive method has the potential to yield information on the average orientation of single as well as double-stranded DNA molecules, without restricting the strand length(More)
The irradiation-induced reduction of electrochemically grafted nitrobenzene films on Si(111) was monitored by high-resolution photoelectron spectroscopy. The experiments were performed using synchrotron soft X-ray irradiation at the BESSY II synchrotron facility. The evolution of different chemical species was monitored as a function of time. Careful(More)
Molecular self-assembly, the function of biomembranes and the performance of organic solar cells rely on nanoscale molecular interactions. Understanding and control of such materials have been impeded by difficulties in imaging their properties with the desired nanometre spatial resolution, attomolar sensitivity and intermolecular spectroscopic specificity.(More)
2D mussel-inspired polydopamine (PDA) nanosheets are prepared and exploited as a functional surface for grafting various polymer brushes. The PDA nanosheet and its polymer-brush derivatives show lateral integrity and are robust; therefore, they can be detached from their substrates. Cell-adhesion tests show that the PDA nanosheet promotes cell growth and(More)
Infrared spectroscopic ellipsometry was used for determination of molecular orientation and for lateral homogeneity studies of organic monolayers on GaAs and Au, the organic layer being either octanedithiol or hexadecanethiol (HDT). The laterally resolved measurements were performed with the infrared mapping ellipsometer at the synchrotron storage ring(More)
This work provides direct chemical and structural insight into pH-dependent changes of an ultrathin (d=12 nm) mixed polyelectrolyte brush. In-situ infrared spectroscopic ellipsometry was used for the first time to study the gradual pH-responsive behavior of the brush, constituted of weak anionic and cationic polyelectrolytes, poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) and(More)
The standard methods currently used to read out microarrays are fluorescent and chemiluminescent imaging techniques. These methods require labeling of a component with a marker and, usually, only the concentration of the marker molecule is detected. A label-free imaging method that also enables quantitative spectroscopic analysis of the composition and(More)