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Cooperativity Scale: A Structure–Mechanism Correlation in the Self-Assembly of Benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxamides

Cooperativity Scale: A Structure–Mechanism Correlation in the Self-Assembly of Benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxamides
Anja R. A. Palmans, Chidambar Kulkarni, E. W. Meijer
The self-assembly of small and well-defined molecules using noncovalent interactions to generate various nano- and microarchitectures has been extensively studied. Among various architectures, one-dimensional (1-D) nano-objects have garnered significant attention. It has become increasingly evident that a cooperative or nucleation–elongation mechanism of polymerization leads to highly ordered 1-D supramolecular polymers, analogous to shape-persistent biopolymers such as actin. With this in mind, achieving cooperativity in self-assembled structures has been actively pursued with significant success. Only recently, researchers are focusing on the origin of the mechanism at the molecular level in different synthetic systems. Taking a step further, a thorough quantitative structure–mechanism correlation is crucial to control the size, shape, and functions of supramolecular polymers, and this is currently lacking in the literature.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.accounts.7b00176

DOI: 10.1021/acs.accounts.7b00176

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