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Dr Oren Scherman

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



Preparation and Supramolecular Recognition of Multivalent Peptide-Polysaccharide Conjugates by Cucurbit[8]uril in Hydrogel Formation.
MJ Rowland, M Atgie, D Hoogland, OA Scherman – Biomacromolecules (2015) 16, 2436
Responsive double network hydrogels of interpenetrating DNA and CB[8] host-guest supramolecular systems
C Li, MJ Rowland, Y Shao, T Cao, C Chen, H Jia, X Zhou, Z Yang, OA Scherman, D Liu – Adv Mater (2015) 27, 3298
Theory and Practice: Bulk Synthesis of C 3 B and its H 2 - and Li-Storage Capacity
TC King, PD Matthews, H Glass, JA Cormack, JP Holgado, M Leskes, JM Griffin, OA Scherman, PD Barker, CP Grey, SE Dutton, RM Lambert, G Tustin, A Alavi, DS Wright – Angew Chem Int Ed Engl (2015) 54, 5919
Unfolding the contents of sub-nm plasmonic gaps using normalising plasmon resonance spectroscopy
B de Nijs, RW Bowman, LO Herrmann, F Benz, SJ Barrow, J Mertens, DO Sigle, R Chikkaraddy, A Eiden, A Ferrari, OA Scherman, JJ Baumberg – Faraday Discussions (2015) 178, 185
Hybrid supramolecular and colloidal hydrogels that bridge multiple length scales.
ER Janeček, JR McKee, CS Tan, A Nykänen, M Kettunen, J Laine, O Ikkala, OA Scherman – Angew Chem Int Ed Engl (2015) 54, 5383
Simple fluorinated moiety insertion on Aβ 16-23 peptide for stain-free TEM imaging.
S Sonzini, ST Jones, Z Walsh, OA Scherman – Analyst (2015) 140, 2735
Surface-immobilised micelles via cucurbit[8]uril-rotaxanes for solvent-induced burst release.
C Hu, Y Zheng, Z Yu, C Abell, OA Scherman – Chemical communications (Cambridge, England) (2015) 51, 4858
Synthesis of Conducting Polymer-Metal Nanoparticle Hybrids Exploiting RAFT Polymerization
PE Williams, ST Jones, Z Walsh, EA Appel, EK Abo-Hamed, OA Scherman – ACS Macro Letters (2015) 4, 255
Gold-oxoborate nanocomposites and their biomedical applications.
K Wybrańska, J Paczesny, K Serejko, K Sura, K Włodyga, I Dzięcielewski, ST Jones, A Śliwa, I Wybrańska, R Hołyst, OA Scherman, M Fiałkowski – ACS Appl Mater Interfaces (2015) 7, 3931
A Facile Method for the Stain-Free Visualization of Hierarchical Structures with Electron Microscopy
PE Williams, EA Appel, ST Jones, JD Barrio, Y Lan, OA Scherman – Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry (2015) 53, 842
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01223 331508
01223 334372 (shared)

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