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Professor of Supramolecular & Polymer Chemistry / Director of the Melville Laboratory for Polymer Synthesis

What we do

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.

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Publications

Tracking water dimers in ambient nanocapsules by vibrational spectroscopy.
AY Hwang, R Chikkaraddy, D-B Grys, OA Scherman, JJ Baumberg, B de Nijs
– Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
(2022)
119,
e2212497119
Tissue-Mimetic Supramolecular Polymer Networks for Bioelectronics.
SJK O'Neill, Z Huang, MH Ahmed, AJ Boys, S Velasco-Bosom, J Li, RM Owens, JA McCune, GG Malliaras, OA Scherman
– Advanced materials (Deerfield Beach, Fla.)
(2022)
2207634
Deconvoluting the Optical Response of Biocompatible Photonic Pigments
Z Wang, CLC Chan, JS Haataja, L Schertel, R Li, GT van de Kerkhof, OA Scherman, RM Parker, S Vignolini
– Angewandte Chemie
(2022)
134,
Deconvoluting the Optical Response of Biocompatible Photonic Pigments
Z Wang, CLC Chan, JS Haataja, L Schertel, R Li, GT van de Kerkhof, OA Scherman, RM Parker, S Vignolini
– Angewandte Chemie International Edition
(2022)
61,
e202206562
Supramolecular Encapsulation of Redox-Active Monomers to Enable Free-Radical Polymerisation
S Mommer, K Sokołowski, M Olesińska, Z Huang, OA Scherman
– Chem Sci
(2022)
13,
8791
On-Resin Recognition of Aromatic Oligopeptides and Proteins through Host-Enhanced Heterodimerization
O Scherman, J McCune, X Chen, Z Huang, K Sokolowski, R Sala Lang, A McLean, G Wu, K King
– Journal of the American Chemical Society
(2022)
144,
8474
Facile, Energy-Efficient Microscale Fibrillation of Polyacrylamides under Ambient Conditions
MV Cruz, DU Shah, NC Warner, JA McCune, OA Scherman
– Advanced Materials
(2022)
34,
2201577
A Platform Approach to Protein Encapsulates with Controllable Surface Chemistry
N Warner, IG Osojnik Črnivec, VK Rana, M Cruz, OA Scherman
– Molecules (Basel, Switzerland)
(2022)
27,
2197
Water content and guest size dictate the mechanical properties of cyclodextrin mediated hydrogels
DJ Whitaker, J Park, C Ueda, G Wu, A Harada, G Matsuba, Y Takashima, OA Scherman
– Polymer Chemistry
(2022)
13,
5127
SERSbot: Revealing the Details of SERS Multianalyte Sensing Using Full Automation
D-B Grys, B de Nijs, J Huang, OA Scherman, JJ Baumberg
– ACS Sensors
(2021)
6,
4507
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