We consider the roles of heteroatoms (mainly nitrogen, the halogens and the chalcogens) in dictating the conformation of linear conjugated molecules and polymers through non-covalent intramolecular interactions. Whilst hydrogen bonding is a competitive and sometimes more influential interaction, we provide unambiguous evidence that heteroatoms are able to determine the conformation of such materials with reasonable predictability.

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Published in Materials Horizons, v. 3, issue 4, p. 333-339.

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P. J. S. thanks the Royal Society for a Wolfson Research Merit Award, E. A. and P. J. S. the European Commission (Marie Curie Action of FP7, Grant No: PIRSES-GA-2013-612670) and A. L. K. the EPSRC for funding (EP/I029141). J. L. B. and V. C. acknowledge generous support from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.

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