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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



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
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
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
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01223 331508
01223 334372 (shared)

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