Supramolecular polymers

Supramolecular polymers are polymers where the monomers are coupled by reversible bonds, which results in dynamic equilibrium between polymers (of various lengths) and monomers. Mixtures of monomers with a different chirality may results in polymers with opposite (P-type or M-type) helicity. This results in various intriguing effects like Majority-Rules or Segeants-and-Soldiers, where the ratio between P-type and M-type polymers depends in a very nonlinear way on the ratio of the constituting monomers. Mass-balance methods, which describe the equilibrium state as the solution of the mathematical (mass balance) equations, turn out to very successful in describing the properties of these systems.

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