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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
Cucurbit[n]uril-Based Microcapsules Self-Assembled within Microfluidic Droplets: A Versatile Approach for Supramolecular Architectures and Materials.
J Liu, Y Lan, Z Yu, CSY Tan, RM Parker, C Abell, OA Scherman
– Acc Chem Res
Single-molecule force spectroscopy quantification of adhesive forces in cucurbit[8]uril host-guest ternary complexes.
Z Walsh-Korb, Y Yu, E-R Janecek, Y Lan, J Del Barrio, PE Williams, X Zhang, OA Scherman
– Langmuir
Aqueous interfacial gels assembled from small molecule supramolecular polymers
AS Groombridge, A Palma, RM Parker, C Abell, OA Scherman
– Chem. Sci.
Time-resolved laser spectroscopy for the in situ characterization of methacrylate monomer flow within spruce
ER Janeček, Z Walsh-Korb, I Bargigia, A Farina, MH Ramage, C D Andrea, A Nevin, A Pifferi, OA Scherman
– Wood Science and Technology
Decreasing amyloid toxicity through an increased rate of aggregation.
S Sonzini, HF Stanyon, OA Scherman
– Physical chemistry chemical physics : PCCP
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)
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
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
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01223 334372 (shared)
01223 331797

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