Karsten Hinrichs

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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)
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)
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)
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)
Recent advances in high-resolution, rapid, in situ microanalytical techniques present numerous opportunities for the analytical community, provided accurately characterized reference materials are available. Here, we present multicollector thermal ionization mass spectrometry (MC-TIMS) and multicollector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry(More)
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)
The pH-dependent switching of a poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) polyelectrolyte brush was investigated in situ using infrared spectroscopic ellipsometry (IRSE). The brush was synthesized by a "grafting to" procedure on silicon substrate with a native oxide layer. The overall thickness of the PAA brush in the dry state was approximately 5 nm. Reversible switching(More)
We use spectroscopic ellipsometry to investigate the angular-dependent optical modes of fishnet metamaterials fabricated by nanoimprint lithography. Spectroscopic ellipsometry is demonstrated as a fast and efficient method for metamaterial characterization and the measured polarization ratios significantly simplify the calibration procedures compared to(More)