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Department of Chemistry

 

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.



Publications

Applying support-vector machine learning algorithms toward predicting host-guest interactions with cucurbit[7]uril
A Tabet, T Gebhart, G Wu, C Readman, M Pierson Smela, VK Rana, C Baker, H Bulstrode, P Anikeeva, DH Rowitch, OA Scherman
– Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics
(2020)
22,
14976
Quantitative Supramolecular Heterodimerization for Efficient Energy Transfer.
G Wu, Z Huang, OA Scherman
– Angewandte Chemie (International ed. in English)
(2020)
anie.202006530
Contact angle as a powerful tool in anisotropic colloid synthesis
M Kamp, B de Nijs, JJ Baumberg, OA Scherman
– Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
(2020)
581,
417
Stimulus-Mediated Ultrastable Radical Formation
JA McCune, MF Kuehnel, E Reisner, OA Scherman
– Chem
(2020)
6,
1819
Citrate Coordination and Bridging of Gold Nanoparticles: The Role of Gold Adatoms in AuNP Aging
D-B Grys, B de Nijs, AR Salmon, J Huang, W Wang, W-H Chen, OA Scherman, JJ Baumberg
– ACS Nano
(2020)
14,
8689
Cascaded nanooptics to probe microsecond atomic-scale phenomena.
M Kamp, B de Nijs, N Kongsuwan, M Saba, R Chikkaraddy, CA Readman, WM Deacon, J Griffiths, SJ Barrow, OS Ojambati, D Wright, J Huang, O Hess, OA Scherman, JJ Baumberg
– Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
(2020)
117,
14819
Design Principles for Aqueous Interactive Materials: Lessons from Small Molecules and Stimuli-Responsive Systems.
JA McCune, S Mommer, CC Parkins, OA Scherman
– Advanced materials (Deerfield Beach, Fla.)
(2020)
32,
1906890
Nanometer Control in Plasmonic Systems Through Discrete Layer-By-Layer Macrocycle-Cation Deposition
SJ Barrow, A Palma, B de Nijs, R Chikkaraddy, RW Bowman, JJ Baumberg, OA Scherman
– Nanoscale
(2020)
12,
8706
Viscoelastic Hydrogel Microfibers Exploiting Cucurbit[8]uril Host-Guest Chemistry and Microfluidics.
Z-J Meng, J Liu, Z Yu, H Zhou, X Deng, C Abell, OA Scherman
– ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
(2020)
12,
17941
Host-Enhanced Phenyl-Perfluorophenyl Polar–π Interactions
Z Huang, X Chen, G Wu, P Metrangolo, D Whitaker, JA McCune, OA Scherman
– Journal of the American Chemical Society
(2020)
142,
7356
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Telephone number

01223 331797
34372 (shared)

Email address

oas23@cam.ac.uk