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Dr. Renate Reiter


Institute of Physics, Faculty of Mathmatics and Physics
Albert-Ludwig-University of Freiburg
Hermann-Herder-Str. 3, 79104 Freiburg, Germany
Tel: +49 761 203 5863



1981-1987    Studies of Chemistry, University of Erlangen
1987-1988 Diploma Thesis in Theoretical Chemistry,
Advisor:  Prof. Dr. Dr. J. L. Ladik
1988-1992 PhD Thesis in Physical Chemistry, Max Planck Institute of Polymer Research Mainz,
Advisor:  Prof. Dr. E. W. Fischer
1993-1998 Parental leave

Work Experience

1998-2000    Postdoctoral research, Biophysical Chemistry, Biozentrum Basel Switzerland, Prof.  Dr. G. Schwarz
2001-2004 Parental leave
2005-2007 Postdoctoral research, Biophysical Chemistry, Biozentrum Basel Switzerland, PD. Dr. A. Seelig
Since 2008 Researcher, Experimental Polymer Physics, University of Freiburg, Prof. Dr. G. Reiter



  • Molecular organization at the air water interface
    Langmuir films of natural lipids, artificial lipids, polypeptides and polymers
  • Formation of textured quasi 2 dimensional films on solid substrates
    Langmuir films transferred to solid substrates, crystallisation of thin films of polymers and polypeptides
  • Model systems for biological membranes
    Interaction of polypeptides and lipids with proteins, drug release of vesicles


  • Controlled Switching from the Growth of Mono-Lamellar Polymer Crystals to the Formation of Stacks of Uniquely Oriented Lamellae
    Weixiang Chen, Brahim Bessif, Renate Reiter, Jun Xu, Günter Reiter. Macromolecules 54 (2021) 8135–8142
  • Formation of asymmetric leaf-shaped crystals in ultrathin films of oriented polyethylene molecules resulting from high-temperature relaxation and recrystallization
    Huihui Li, Duanzijing Liu, Xinyun Bu, Zhenzhen Zhou, Zhongjie Ren, Xiaoli Sun, Renate Reiter, Shouke Yan, Günter Reiter. Macromolecules 53 (2020) 346-354
  • Exploring pathways to equilibrate Langmuir polymer films
    Abhijna Das, Sebastian Noack, Helmut Schlaad, Günter Reiter, Renate Reiter. Langmuir 36 (2020) 8184–8192
  • Controlling the Growth of Stacks of Correlated Lamellar Crystals of a Block Copolymer
    Sumit Majumder, Renate Reiter, Jun Xu and Günter Reiter. Macromolecules 52 (2019) 9665-9671
  • Snails as living 3D printers: free forms for the architecture of tomorrow
    Christoph Allgaier, Benjamin Felbrich, Frederik Wulle, Emna Khechine, James H. Nebelsick, Achim Menges, Günter Reiter, Renate Reiter, Armin Lechler,  Alexander Verl, Karl-Heinz Wurst. In Knippers, J; Schmid, U.; Speck, T. (eds.) Biomimetics for Architecture, Birkhäuser, Basel 2019, pp 126-133. (ISBN: 978-3-0356-1791-7)
  • Activity of the Gramicidin A Ion Channel in a Lipid Membrane with Switchable Physical Properties.
    Renate Reiter, Ekaterina Zaitseva, Gerhard Baaken, Ibrahim Halimeh, Jan C. Behrends, Andreas Zumbuehl. Langmuir 35, 14959-14966 (2019)
  • Controlling Nucleation in Quasi-Two-Dimensional Langmuir Poly(L-lactide) Films through Variation of the Rate of Compression.
    Abhijna Das, Ahmed S. El-Tawargy, Emna Khechine, Sebastian Noack, Helmut Schlaad, Günter Reiter, and Renate Reiter. Langmuir 35, 6129−6136 (2019)
  • Against the Rules: Pressure induced Transition from high to reduced Order.
    Frederik Neuhaus, Dennis Mueller, Radu Tanasescu, Cristina Stefaniu, Pierre-Léonard Zaffalon, Sandor Balog, Takashi Ishikawa, Renate Reiter, Gerald Brezesinski and Andreas Zumbuehl. Soft Matter 14, 3978-3986 (2018)
  • Multiple Structural Transitions in Langmuir Monolayers of Charged Soft-Shell Nanoparticles.
    A. S. El-Tawargy, D. Stock, M. Gallei W. A. Ramadan, M. A. Shams El-Din, G. Reiter and R. Reiter. Langmuir 34, 3909−3917 (2018)
  • Thermodynamic origin of multi-layer structures in Langmuir polymer films.
    Volker Knecht, Günter Reiter and Renate Reiter; Langmuir 33, 11399−11405 (2017)
  • Morphological Changes of Isotactic Polypropylene Crystals Grown in Thin Films.
    Bin Zhang, Jiajia Chen, Baochen Liu, Binghua Wang, Changyu Shen, Renate Reiter, Jingbo Chen, and Günter Reiter. Macromolecules, 50, 6210–6217 (2017)
  • Structure Formation in Langmuir Peptide Films As Revealed from Coarse-Grained Molecular Dynamics Simulations. Volker Knecht , Günter Reiter, Helmut Schlaad, and Renate Reiter. Langmuir published online
  • Self- assembly behavior of a rod-like polypeptide at the air-water interface.     
    Renate Reiter, Frédéric Winzentrieth, Günter Reiter, Polymer, 107,379-386 (2016)
  • Vesicle Origami and the Influence of Cholesterol on Lipid Packing Radu Tanasescu, Martin A. Lanz, Dennis Mueller, Stephanie Tassler, Takashi Ishikawa, Renate Reiter, Gerald Brezesinski, and Andreas Zumbuehl. Langmuir 32, 4896−4903 (2016)
  • Assembling semiconducting molecules by covalent attachment to a lamellar crystalline polymer substrate
    Rainhard Machatschek, Patrick Ortmann, Renate Reiter, Stefan Mecking and Günter Reiter, Beilstein J. Nanotechnol. 2016, 7, 784–798
  • Stabilization of Nuclei of Lamellar Polymer Crystals: Insights from a Comparison of the Hoffman–Weeks Line with the Crystallization Line. Jun Xu, Barbara Heck, Hai-Mu Ye, Jing Jiang, Yi-Ren Tang, Jin Liu, Bao-Hua Guo, Renate Reiter, Dong-Shan Zhou, and Günter Reiter Macromolecules, 49 (6), 2206–2215, (2016)
  • Simulation of secondary nucleation of polymer crystallization via a model of microscopic kinetics. Kun-Lun Xu,  Bao-Hua Guo,  Renate Reiter, Günter Reiter, Jun Xu, Chin. Chem. Lett., 26(9),1105-1108 (2015)
  • Tuning Morphologies of Langmuir Polymer Films through controlled Relaxations of Non-Equilibrium States. Sivasurender Chandran, Stefanie Dold, Amaury Buvignier, Kai-Steffen Krannig, Helmut Schlaad, Günter Reiter, and Renate Reiter, Langmuir,31,6426-6435 (2015)
  • High Temperature Stability of Dewetting-Induced Thin Polyethylene Filaments. Bin Zhang, Jingbo Chen, Paul Freyberg, Renate Reiter, Rolf Mülhaupt, Jun Xu, Günter Reiter. Submitted to Macromolecules
  • Molecular Weight Dependent Changes in Morphology of Solution Grown Polyethylene Single Crystals.  Bin Zhang, Jingbo Chen, Moritz C. Baier, Stefan Mecking, Renate Reiter, Rolf Mülhaupt, Günter Reiter Macrom. Rapid Comm. 36, 181-189 (2015)
  • Annealing-Induced Periodic Patterns in Solution Grown Polymer Single Crystals. Bin Zhang, Jingbo Chen, Hui Zhang, Moritz C. Baier, Stefan Mecking, Renate Reiter, Rolf Mülhaupt, Günter Reiter, RSC Advances 5, 12974 (2015)
  • Correlating polymer crystals via self-induced nucleation. Hui Zhang, Muhuo Yu, Bin Zhang, Renate Reiter, Maximilian Vielhauer, Rolf Mülhaupt, Jun Xu, Günter Reiter. Phys.Rev.Lett. 112, 237801 (2014)
  • Reversible Nucleation, Growth and Dissolution of Poly(γ-benzyl L-glutamate) Hexagonal Columnar Liquid Crystals by Addition and Removal of a Nonsolvent .Kaiwan Jahanshahi, Ioan Botiz, Renate Reiter, Harald Scherer, Günter Reiter.  Cryst. Growth Des. 13, 4490−4494 (2013)
  • Crystallization of Poly(γ-benzyl L-glutamate) in Thin Film Solutions: Structure and Pattern Formation . Kaiwan Jahanshahi, Ioan Botiz, Renate Reiter, Ralf Thomann, Barbara Heck, Roozbeh Shokri, Werner Stille and Günter Reiter. Macromolecules 46, 1470-1476 (2013)
  • Shear-stress sensitive lenticular vesicles for targeted drug delivery.  Margaret N. Holme, Illya A. Fedotenko, Daniel Abegg, Jasmin Althaus, Lucille Babel, France Favarger, Renate Reiter, Radu Tanasescu, Pierre-Léonard Zaffalon, André Ziegler, Bert Müller, Till Saxer, Andreas Zumbuehl.  Nature Nanotechnology 7, 536–543 (2012)
  • Negative cooperativity and aggregation in biphasic binding of Mastoporan X Peptide to membranes with acidic lipids. Gerhard Schwarz, Renate Reiter, Biophysical Chemistry, 90(3), 269-277 (2001)
  • Ellipsometric characterisation of streptavidin binding to biotin-functionalized monolayers at the air-water interface. Renate Reiter, Hubert Motschmann, Wolfgang Knoll, Langmuir, 9, 2430-2435 (1993)
  • Ellipsometric microscopy: Imaging monomolecular surfactant layers at the air-water interface. Renate Reiter, Hubert Motschmann, Horst Orendi, Axel Nemetz, Wolfgang Knoll, Langmuir, 8, 1784-1788 (1992)
  • Ellipsometric characterisation of  Langmuir monolayer of “hairy-rod” polymeres at the air-water interface. Hubert Motschmann, Renate Reiter, Rainhard Lawall, GiselaDuda, Manfred Stamm, Gerd Wegner, Wolfgang Knoll , Langmuir, 7, 2743-2747 (1991)
  • Soliton dynamics and impurities in the Pariser-Parr-Pople model of alternating trans-polyacetylen. Renate Markus (now Reiter), Wolfgang Förner, Janos Ladik, Solid States Communications, 68, 135-138 (1988)
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