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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



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, JF Xu, Z Wang, Z Yu, OA Scherman, X Zhang – Langmuir (2016)
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 (2016)
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 (2016) 535, 127
Light-induced actuating nanotransducers
T Ding, VK Valev, AR Salmon, CJ Forman, SK Smoukov, OA Scherman, D Frenkel, JJ Baumberg – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2016) 113, 5503
Microfluidic Droplet-Facilitated Hierarchical Assembly for Dual Cargo Loading and Synergistic Delivery
Z Yu, Y Zheng, RM Parker, Y Lan, Y Wu, RJ Coulston, J Zhang, OA Scherman, C Abell – ACS Appl Mater Interfaces (2016) 8, 8811
Hollow mesoporous raspberry-like colloids with removable caps as photoresponsive nanocontainers
C Hu, KR West, OA Scherman – Nanoscale (2016) 8, 7840
Selective, non-covalent conjugation of synthetic peptides with recombinant proteins mediated by host-guest chemistry.
RJ Gubeli, S Sonzini, A Podmore, P Ravn, OA Scherman, CF van der Walle – Chemical communications (Cambridge, England) (2016) 52, 4235
Light-Regulated Molecular Trafficking in a Synthetic Water-Soluble Host.
J Del Barrio, ST Ryan, PG Jambrina, E Rosta, OA Scherman – Journal of the American Chemical Society (2016) 138, 5745
Monitoring Early-Stage Nanoparticle Assembly in Microdroplets by Optical Spectroscopy and SERS
AR Salmon, R Esteban, RW Taylor, JT Hugall, CA Smith, G Whyte, OA Scherman, J Aizpurua, C Abell, JJ Baumberg – Small (2016) 12, 1788
The Importance of Excess Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) for the Aggregation of Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)-Coated Gold Nanoparticles.
ST Jones, Z Walsh-Korb, SJ Barrow, SL Henderson, J Del Barrio, OA Scherman – ACS Nano (2016) 10, 3158
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01223 331797
01223 334372 (shared)

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