Journal of Mathematical Chemistry

, Volume 45, Issue 4, pp 869–881 | Cite as

Universality behaviour for polarity formation in channel-type inclusion compounds

  • Athanasios Batagiannis
  • Thomas Wüst
  • Jürg Hulliger
Original Paper


A statistical investigation based on a Markov chain theory of polarity formation applied to channel-type inclusion compounds loaded with both dipolar A–π–D and non-polar N–π–N (N: A or D) guests is presented. The key parameters effecting polarity formation are identified and their effects are explored. A number of paradoxes are set out and an attempt to explain the mechanisms behind them is made: dependence of macroscopic polarity on orientational selectivity induced by intermolecular interactions, tuning of polarity through (i) the concentration of non-polar guest and (ii) growth temperature.


Markov chain Macroscopic polarity formation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Athanasios Batagiannis
    • 1
  • Thomas Wüst
    • 1
  • Jürg Hulliger
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemistry and BiochemistryUniversity of BerneBerneSwitzerland

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