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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

Aryl-viologen pentapeptide self-assembled conductive nanofibers
DE Clarke, M Olesińska, T Mönch, B Schoenaers, A Stesmans, OA Scherman
– Chemical communications (Cambridge, England)
(2019)
55,
7354
Oligopeptide-CB[8] complexation with switchable binding pathways.
G Wu, DE Clarke, C Wu, OA Scherman
– Organic & biomolecular chemistry
(2019)
17,
3514
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
(2019)
19,
2051
Modulating stiffness with photo-switchable supramolecular hydrogels
A Tabet, RA Forster, CC Parkins, G Wu, OA Scherman
– Polymer Chemistry
(2019)
10,
467
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
(2019)
8,
e1801391
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
(2019)
8,
1801458
Plasmon-directed polymerization: Regulating polymer growth with light
Y Wang, S Wang, S Zhang, OA Scherman, JJ Baumberg, T Ding, H Xu
– Nano Research
(2018)
11,
6384
An adherent tissue-inspired hydrogel delivery vehicle utilised in primary human glioma models.
MJ Rowland, CC Parkins, JH McAbee, AK Kolb, R Hein, XJ Loh, C Watts, OA Scherman
– Biomaterials
(2018)
179,
199
Unexpected stability of aqueous dispersions of raspberry-like colloids.
Y Lan, A Caciagli, G Guidetti, Z Yu, J Liu, VE Johansen, M Kamp, C Abell, S Vignolini, OA Scherman, E Eiser
– Nat Commun
(2018)
9,
3614
Cucurbit[7]uril-based High-performance Microreactor
X Ren, Z Yu, Y Wu, J Liu, C Abell, OA Scherman
– Nanoscale
(2018)
10,
14835
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Research Groups

Research Interest Groups

Telephone number

01223 331797
34372 (shared)

Email address

oas23@cam.ac.uk