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Org Biomol Chem. 2003 Oct 21;1(20):3471-91.

Nucleation-elongation: a mechanism for cooperative supramolecular polymerization.

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Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801, USA.

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.

PMID:
14599006

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