What Molecular Features Govern the Mechanism of Supramolecular Polymerization?
Article first published online: 18 DEC 2012
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Special Issue: Aggregation of Small Molecules
Volume 14, Issue 4, pages 661–673, March 18, 2013
How to Cite
Kulkarni, C., Balasubramanian, S. and George, S. J. (2013), What Molecular Features Govern the Mechanism of Supramolecular Polymerization?. ChemPhysChem, 14: 661–673. doi: 10.1002/cphc.201200801
- Issue published online: 11 MAR 2013
- Article first published online: 18 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Received: 25 SEP 2012
- hydrogen bonds;
- supramolecular chemistry
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.