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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.


Modular supramolecular dimerization of optically-tunable extended aryl viologens
M Olesinska, G Wu, S Gomez-Coca, D Anton-Garcia, I Szabo, E Rosta, OA Scherman
– Chemical Science
Inhibiting analyte theft in SERS substrates: Sub-nanomolar quantitative drug detection
B de Nijs, C Carnegie, I Szabo, D-B Grys, R Chikkaraddy, M Kamp, SJ Barrow, C Readman, M-E Kleemann, OA Scherman, E Rosta, JJ Baumberg
– ACS sensors
Emerging Two-Dimensional Crystallization of Cucurbit[8]uril Complexes: From Supramolecular Polymers to Nanofibers
JD Barrio, J Liu, RA Brady, CSY Tan, S Chiodini, M Ricci, R Fernández-Leiro, C-J Tsai, P Vasileiadi, L Di Michele, D Lairez, C Toprakcioglu, OA Scherman
– J Am Chem Soc
Polymeric raspberry-like particles: Via template-assisted polymerisation
Y Lan, J Liu, E Eiser, OA Scherman
– Polymer Chemistry
Aryl-viologen pentapeptide self-assembled conductive nanofibers
DE Clarke, M Olesińska, T Mönch, B Schoenaers, A Stesmans, OA Scherman
– ChemComm
Oligopeptide-CB[8] complexation with switchable binding pathways
G Wu, DE Clarke, C Wu, OA Scherman
– Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry
Anomalously Large Spectral Shifts near the Quantum Tunnelling Limit in Plasmonic Rulers with Subatomic Resolution.
C Readman, B de Nijs, I Szabó, A Demetriadou, R Greenhalgh, C Durkan, E Rosta, OA Scherman, JJ Baumberg
– Nano Lett
Magnetic Regulation of Thermo-Chemotherapy from a Cucurbit[7]uril-Crosslinked Hybrid Hydrogel.
H Qiao, J Jia, W Chen, B Di, OA Scherman, C Hu
– Adv Healthc Mater
Protein-mediated gelation and nano-scale assembly of unfunctionalized hyaluronic acid and chondroitin sulfate
A Tabet, JY Park, J Shilts, K Sokolowski, VK Rana, M Kamp, N Warner, D Hoogland, OA Scherman
– F1000Research
Designing Next-Generation Local Drug Delivery Vehicles for Glioblastoma Adjuvant Chemotherapy: Lessons from the Clinic
A Tabet, MP Jensen, CC Parkins, PG Patil, C Watts, OA Scherman
– Adv Healthc Mater
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