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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

Celiz, A. D.; Lee, T. C.; Scherman, O. A. "Polymer Mediated Dispersion of Gold Nanoparticles: Using Supramolecular Moieties on the Periphery," Adv. Mater. (2009) in press

Celtek, G.; Artar, M.; Scherman, O. A.; Tuncel, D. "Sequence Specific Self-Sorting of the Binding Sites of a Ditopic Guest by Cucurbituril Homologues and Subsequent Formation of a Hetero[4]pseudorotaxane," Chem. Eur. J. (2009) in press

Liu, L.; Nouvel, N.; Scherman, O. A. "Controlled catch and release of small molecules with cucurbit[6]uril via a kinetic trap," Chem. Commun. (2009) 3243-3245

Deroo, S.; Rauwald, U.; Robinson, C. V.; Scherman, O. A. "Discrete, multi-component complexes with cucurbit(8)uril in the gas-phase," Chem. Commun. (2009) 644-646

Celiz, A. D.; Scherman, O. A. "Controlled ring-opening polymerization initiated via self- complementary hydrogen-bonding units," Macromolecules (2008) 41, 4115- 4119

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

Liu, L.; Zhao, N.; Scherman, O. A. "Ionic liquids as novel guests for cucurbit[6]uril in neutral water," Chem. Commun. (2008) 1070-1072

Scherman, O. A.; Ligthart, G. B. W. L.; Ohkawa, H.; Sijbesma, R. P.; Meijer, E. W. "Olefin Metathesis and Quadruple Hydrogen Bonding: A Powerful Combination in Multistep Supramolecular Synthesis," Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. (2006) 103, 11850-11855

Scherman, O. A.; Ligthart, G. B. W. L.; Sijbesma, R. P.; Meijer, E. W. "A Selectivity Driven Supramolecular Polymerization of an AB Monomer," Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (2006) 45, 2072-2076

Radano, C. P.; Scherman, O. A.; Stingelin-Stutzmann, N.; Müller, C.; Breiby, D. W.; Smith, P.; Janssen, R. A. J.; Meijer, E. W. "Crystalline-Crystalline Block Copolymers of Regioregular Poly(3- hexylthiophene) and Polyethylene by Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization," J. Am. Chem. Soc. (2005) 127, 12502-12503


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
GLUING GELS A nanoparticle solution
EA Appel, OA Scherman – Nature materials (2014) 13, 231
Supramolecular polymeric peptide amphiphile vesicles for the encapsulation of basic fibroblast growth factor
XJ Loh, J del Barrio, TC Lee, OA Scherman – Chemical communications (Cambridge, England) (2014) 50, 3033
Photoresponsive hybrid raspberry-like colloids based on cucurbit[8]uril host-guest interactions.
Y Lan, Y Wu, A Karas, OA Scherman – Angew Chem Int Ed Engl (2014) 53, 2166
Nondestructive optical detection of monomer uptake in wood polymer composites
A Farina, I Bargigia, ER Janeček, Z Walsh, C D'Andrea, A Nevin, M Ramage, OA Scherman, A Pifferi – Optics letters (2014) 39, 228
A selective supramolecular photochemical sensor for dopamine
S Kasera, Z Walsh, J del Barrio, OA Scherman – Supramolecular Chemistry (2014) 26, 280
A selective supramolecular photochemical sensor for dopamine
S Kasera, Z Walsh, J Del Barrio, OA Scherman – Supramolecular Chemistry (2014) 26, 280
Healable, stable and stiff hydrogels: Combining conflicting properties using dynamic and selective three-component recognition with reinforcing cellulose nanorods
JR Mckee, EA Appel, J Seitsonen, E Kontturi, OA Scherman, O Ikkala – Advanced Functional Materials (2014) 24, 2706
Self-Assembly and Photoinduced Optical Anisotropy in Dendronized Supramolecular Azopolymers
J Del Barrio, E Blasco, C Toprakcioglu, A Koutsioubas, OA Scherman, L Oriol, C Sánchez-Somolinos – Macromolecules (2014) 47, 897
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01223 334372 (shared)
01223 331508

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