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Université de Fribourg

Emergence of nanoplastic in the environment and possible impact on human health

Lehner, Roman ; Weder, Christoph ; Petri-Fink, Alke ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara

In: Environmental Science & Technology, 2019, vol. 53, no. 4, p. 1748–1765

On account of environmental concerns, the fate and adverse effects of plastics have attracted considerable interest in the past few years. Recent studies have indicated the potential for fragmentation of plastic materials into nanoparticles, i.e., “nanoplastics,” and their possible accumulation in the environment. Nanoparticles can show markedly different chemical and physical properties...

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Triggered metal ion release and oxidation: ferrocene as a mechanophore in polymers

Giannantonio, Michela Di ; Ayer, Mathieu A. ; Verde-Sesto, Ester ; Lattuada, Marco ; Weder, Christoph ; Fromm, Katharina M.

In: Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2018, vol. 57, no. 35, p. 11445–11450

The introduction of mechanophores into polymers makes it possible to transduce mechanical forces into chemical reactions that can be used to impart functions such as self‐healing, catalytic activity, and mechanochromic response. Here, an example of mechanically induced metal ion release from a polymer is reported. Ferrocene (Fc) was incorporated as an iron ion releasing mechanophore into...

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Speckle-visibility spectroscopy of depolarized dynamic light scattering

Bossert, David ; Natterodt, Jens ; Urban, Dominic A. ; Weder, Christoph ; Petri-Fink, Alke

In: The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2017, vol. 121, no. 33, p. 7999–8007

We show that the statistical analysis of photon counts in depolarized dynamic light scattering experiments allows for the accurate characterization of the rotational Brownian dynamics of particles. Unlike photon correlation spectroscopy, the technique is accurate even at low temporal resolution and enables discontinuous data acquisition, which offers several advantages. To demonstrate the...

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Approaches to Polymeric Mechanochromic Materials

Calvino, Céline ; Neumann, Laura ; Weder, Christoph ; Schrettl, Stephen

In: Journal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry, 2017, p. 640-652