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What Molecular Features Govern the Mechanism of Supramolecular Polymerization?

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  • Chidambar Kulkarni,

    1. Supramolecular Chemistry Lab, New Chemistry Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Jakkur, Bangalore 560064 (India), Fax: (+91) 80-2208-2760
    2. Chemistry and Physics of Materials Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Jakkur, Bangalore 560064 (India), Fax: (+91) 80-2208-2766
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  • Prof. Sundaram Balasubramanian,

    Corresponding author
    1. Chemistry and Physics of Materials Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Jakkur, Bangalore 560064 (India), Fax: (+91) 80-2208-2766
    • Chemistry and Physics of Materials Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Jakkur, Bangalore 560064 (India), Fax: (+91) 80-2208-2766
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  • Dr. Subi J. George

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    1. Supramolecular Chemistry Lab, New Chemistry Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Jakkur, Bangalore 560064 (India), Fax: (+91) 80-2208-2760
    • Supramolecular Chemistry Lab, New Chemistry Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Jakkur, Bangalore 560064 (India), Fax: (+91) 80-2208-2760
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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.

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