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                Advanced Functional Materials
                Adv. Funct. Mater.
                February 2018
                February 2018
                December 15 2017
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                [1 ]DWI - Leibniz Institut für Interaktive Materialien e.V.; Forckenbeckstraße 50 52076 Aachen Germany
                [2 ]Institute for Experimental Molecular Imaging; University Clinic and Helmholtz Institute for Biomedical Engineering; RWTH Aachen University; Pauwelstraße 30 52074 Aachen Germany
                [3 ]I. Physikalisches Institut (1A); RWTH Aachen University; Templergraben 55 52056 Aachen Germany
                [4 ]Laboratorio de Bioinorgánica; Facultad de Química Universidad de La Habana; La Habana 10400 Cuba
                [5 ]IPF - Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e.V.; Institute of Physical Chemistry and Polymer Physics; Hohe Straße 6 01069 Dresden Germany
                [6 ]Cluster of Excellence Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden (cfaed); Technische Universität Dresden; 01062 Dresden Germany
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