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Professor 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



The wood from the trees: The use of timber in construction
MH Ramage, H Burridge, M Busse-Wicher, G Fereday, T Reynolds, DU Shah, G Wu, L Yu, P Fleming, D Densley-Tingley, J Allwood, P Dupree, PF Linden, O Scherman
– Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
A Dynamic and Responsive Host in Action: Light-Controlled Molecular Encapsulation.
STJ Ryan, J Del Barrio, R Suardíaz, DF Ryan, E Rosta, OA Scherman
– Angewandte Chemie International Edition (English)
High Affinity Recognition of a Selected Amino Acid Epitope within a Protein by Cucurbit[8]uril Complexation.
S Sonzini, A Marcozzi, RJ Gubeli, CF van der Walle, P Ravn, A Herrmann, OA Scherman
– Angewandte Chemie International Edition (English)
Dual-responsive supramolecular colloidal microcapsules from cucurbit[8]uril molecular recognition in microfluidic droplets
Z Yu, Y Lan, RM Parker, W Zhang, X Deng, OA Scherman, C Abell
– Polymer Chemistry
Microcapsule Buckling Triggered by Compression-Induced Interfacial Phase Change
AR Salmon, RM Parker, AS Groombridge, A Maestro, RJ Coulston, J Hegemann, J Kierfeld, OA Scherman, C Abell
– Langmuir
Hybrid organic-inorganic supramolecular hydrogel reinforced with CePO4 nanowires
C Liu, G Xiang, Y Wu, SJ Barrow, MJ Rowland, DE Clarke, G Wu, OA Scherman
– Polymer Chemistry
Correction to Cucurbituril-Based Molecular Recognition
SJ Barrow, S Kasera, MJ Rowland, J Del Barrio, OA Scherman
– Chem Rev
Surface-Bound Cucurbit[8]uril Catenanes on Magnetic Nanoparticles Exhibiting Molecular Recognition
X Ren, Y Wu, DE Clarke, J Liu, G Wu, OA Scherman
– Chem Asian J
Supramolecular Chemistry of Cucurbiturils: Tuning Cooperativity with Multiple Non-Covalent Interactions from Positive to Negative
Z Huang, K Qin, G Deng, G Wu, Y Bai, J-F Xu, Z Wang, Z Yu, OA Scherman, X Zhang
– Langmuir
Single-molecule strong coupling at room temperature in plasmonic nanocavities
R Chikkaraddy, B de Nijs, F Benz, SJ Barrow, OA Scherman, E Rosta, A Demetriadou, P Fox, O Hess, JJ Baumberg
– Nature
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01223 334372 (shared)
01223 331797

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