Counterintuitive consequences of competitive pathways in supramolecular polymerizations

Mathijs F.J. Mabesoone, Bert Meijer (Corresponding author)

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Competition between supramolecular polymers for the same monomers can lead to strong responses in these systems. Using numerical simulations, we show that the sharpness and asymmetry of the transition from one thermodynamically stable polymer to another upon changing temperature is determined by the most unstable rather than the most stable supramolecular polymer. The width and asymmetry of the transitions are shown to depend on the relative and absolute nucleation penalties of the competing supramolecular polymerizations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-29
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020

Bibliographical note

Volume58, Issue1

Special Issue: Special Issue in Honor of Professor Krzysztof Matyjaszewski

January 1, 2020

Pages 25-29


  • competition
  • cooperativity
  • nucleation
  • simulations
  • supramolecular structures


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