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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.


Chemical composition of processed bamboo for structural applications
B Sharma, DU Shah, J Beaugrand, ER Janeček, OA Scherman, MH Ramage
– Cellulose
Cucurbit[n]uril Supramolecular Hydrogel Networks as Tough and Healable Adhesives
J Liu, OA Scherman
– Advanced Functional Materials
ARTN 1800848
A comparison of choline: urea and choline: oxalic acid deep eutectic solvents at 338 K
M Gilmore, LM Moura, AH Turner, M Swadźba-Kwaśny, SK Callear, JA McCune, OA Scherman, JD Holbrey
– Journal of Chemical Physics
ARTN 193823
Patterned Arrays of Supramolecular Microcapsules
J Zhang, J Liu, Z Yu, S Chen, OA Scherman, C Abell
– Advanced Functional Materials
ARTN 1800550
Dynamic Interfacial Adhesion through Cucurbit[n]uril Molecular Recognition
J Liu, CSY Tan, OA Scherman
– Angew Chem Int Ed Engl
Cucurbit[8]uril-Regulated Colloidal Dispersions Exhibiting Photocontrolled Rheological Behavior.
C Hu, J Liu, Y Wu, KR West, OA Scherman
– Small
Tunable Pentapeptide Self-Assembled β-Sheet Hydrogels.
DE Clarke, CDJ Parmenter, OA Scherman
– Angew Chem Int Ed Engl
Supramolecular Nested Microbeads as Building Blocks for Macroscopic Self-Healing Scaffolds
Z Yu, J Liu, CSY Tan, OA Scherman, C Abell
– Angew Chem Int Ed Engl
Cell geometry across the ring structure of Sitka spruce.
TPS Reynolds, HC Burridge, R Johnston, G Wu, DU Shah, OA Scherman, PF Linden, MH Ramage
– Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
Controlling Spatiotemporal Mechanics of Supramolecular Hydrogel Networks with Highly Branched Cucurbit[8]uril Polyrotaxanes
CSY Tan, J Liu, AS Groombridge, SJ Barrow, CA Dreiss, OA Scherman
– Advanced Functional Materials
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