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Keywords:

  • aggregation;
  • hydrogen bonds;
  • polymerization;
  • self-assembly;
  • supramolecular chemistry

Abstract

An understanding of the mechanisms of supramolecular polymerization from a molecular point of view is lacking. Several reports in the literature on the mechanism exhibited by different classes of molecules are examined in an attempt to correlate the molecular features to the aggregation pathway followed. It is proposed that long-range interactions between oligomers could lead to their cooperative growth. The lack thereof leads to isodesmicity.