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Keywords:

  • chelate effect;
  • cooperativity;
  • multivalency;
  • self-assembly;
  • supramolecular chemistry
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Vive la différence: The distinction between different types of cooperativity is essential for understanding the fundamentals involved. The three title cooperative effects arise from the interplay of intermolecular binding interactions, the presence of one or more intramolecular binding interactions, and, in the latter case, their possible interplay. A master equation for the stability of an assembly is outlined that takes into account all of the three possible types of cooperativity.