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Supramolecular polymerization

Living it up

Protein fibril formation is involved in many human diseases and thus has been mechanistically elucidated in the context of understanding — and in turn treating — them. This biological phenomenon has now also inspired the design of a supramolecular system that undergoes living polymerization.

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Figure 1: Energy landscape for the aggregation pathways observed for porphyrin dyes in ref. 3.


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