• On the role of water in molecular recognition and self-assembly

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    • Keywords


      Molecular recognition; self-assembly; role of water; solvent-induced effects; hydrophobic interaction

    • Abstract


      The conventional concept of hydrophobic interaction is generalized to include any kind of solvent-induced effects on the binding of two or more solutes in aqueous solutions. Specifically, we focus on the role of hydrogen-bonding between the solutes and solvent molecules. A qualitative examination of the solute-solvent hydrogen-bonding effect on molecular recognition, self-assembly, and stabilization of biopolymers shows that these effects might be quite large and possible more important than direct interactions between solute particles.

    • Author Affiliations


      A Ben-Naim1

      1. Department of Physical Chemistry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem - 91904, Israel
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  • Journal of Chemical Sciences | News

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