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Dr Oren Scherman

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Our research interests include the synthesis of functional nanosystems, controlled polymer architectures and dynamic supramolecular assemblies through molecular recognition processes.


The underlying theme of our research lies at the interface between synthetic organic efforts on small molecules and macroscopic properties at the materials level, developing a macro-organic approach to chemistry. Dynamic supramolecular self-assembly of materials will be an area of great importance in the coming years, allowing for innovations in nanotechnology and at the biological and chemical interfaces.

We are particularly interested in exploring topics such as water-soluble and stimuli-responsive materials, template and imprinting technologies of functional polymers for use in chiral separations and enantioselective catalysis, and controlling material morphologies and architectures both in solution and in the solid state through rational design and a multi-step, hierarchical self-assembly process.

Selected Publications


Rauwald, U.; Scherman, O. A. "Supramolecular block copolymers with cucurbit[8]uril in water," Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (2008) 47, 3950-3953



The control of cargo release from physically crosslinked hydrogels by crosslink dynamics
EA Appel, RA Forster, MJ Rowland, OA Scherman – Biomaterials (2014) 35, 9897
Multifunctional supramolecular polymer networks as next-generation consolidants for archaeological wood conservation
Z Walsh, ER Janeček, JT Hodgkinson, J Sedlmair, A Koutsioubas, DR Spring, M Welch, CJ Hirschmugl, C Toprakcioglu, JR Nitschke, M Jones, OA Scherman – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2014) 111, 17743
Facile method for preparing surface-mounted cucurbit[8]uril-based rotaxanes.
C Hu, Y Lan, F Tian, KR West, OA Scherman – Langmuir (2014) 30, 10926
Gold Nanorods with Sub-Nanometer Separation using Cucurbit[n]uril for SERS Applications
ST Jones, RW Taylor, R Esteban, EK Abo-Hamed, PH Bomans, NA Sommerdijk, J Aizpurua, JJ Baumberg, OA Scherman – Small (2014) 10, n/a
Activation Energies Control the Macroscopic Properties of Physically Cross-Linked Materials
EA Appel, RA Forster, A Koutsioubas, C Toprakcioglu, OA Scherman – Angew Chem Int Ed Engl (2014) 53, 10038
Temperature- and Voltage-Induced Ligand Rearrangement of a Dynamic Electroluminescent Metallopolymer
D Asil, JA Foster, A Patra, X de Hatten, J del Barrio, OA Scherman, JR Nitschke, RH Friend – Angew Chem Int Ed Engl (2014) 53, 8388
Efficient Host–Guest Energy Transfer in Polycationic Cyclophane–Perylene Diimide Complexes in Water
ST Ryan, J Del Barrio, I Ghosh, F Biedermann, AI Lazar, Y Lan, RJ Coulston, WM Nau, OA Scherman – Journal of the American Chemical Society (2014) 136, 9053
Supramolecular colloidosomes: Fabrication, characterisation and triggered release of cargo
G Stephenson, RM Parker, Y Lan, Z Yu, OA Scherman, C Abell – Chemical communications (Cambridge, England) (2014) 50, 7048
Highly Active Metastable Ruthenium Nanoparticles for Hydrogen Production through the Catalytic Hydrolysis of Ammonia Borane
EK Abo-Hamed, T Pennycook, Y Vaynzof, C Toprakcioglu, A Koutsioubas, OA Scherman – Small (2014) 10, 3145
Supramolecular Chemistry at Interfaces: Host-Guest Interactions for Fabricating Multifunctional Biointerfaces
H Yang, B Yuan, X Zhang, OA Scherman – Accounts of Chemical Research (2014) 47, 2106
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01223 334372 (shared)
01223 331508

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