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Nucleation–elongation: a mechanism for cooperative supramolecular polymerization

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Abstract

The kinetic and thermodynamic characteristics of polymerizations following a cooperative, nucleation–elongation mechanism are discussed in comparison to those of non-cooperative, isodesmic polymerizations. Nucleation–elongation polymerization is a relatively unexplored avenue of synthetic polymer chemistry and offers some unique and interesting thermodynamic and kinetic attributes not found in the more classical mechanisms of polymer chemistry.

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The article was received on 28 Jul 2003, accepted on 03 Sep 2003 and first published on 29 Sep 2003


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/B308788C
Org. Biomol. Chem., 2003,1, 3471-3491

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    Nucleation–elongation: a mechanism for cooperative supramolecular polymerization

    D. Zhao and J. S. Moore, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2003, 1, 3471
    DOI: 10.1039/B308788C

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