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Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry


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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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
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
– Angew Chem Int Ed Engl
Supramolecular Encapsulation of Redox-Active Monomers to Enable Free-Radical Polymerisation
S Mommer, K Sokołowski, M Olesińska, Z Huang, OA Scherman
– Chemical Science
On-Resin Recognition of Aromatic Oligopeptides and Proteins through Host-Enhanced Heterodimerization.
X Chen, Z Huang, RL Sala, AM McLean, G Wu, K Sokołowski, K King, JA McCune, OA Scherman
– Journal of the American Chemical Society
Facile, Energy Efficient Microscale Fibrillation of Polyacrylamides under Ambient Conditions
MV Cruz, DU Shah, NC Warner, JA McCune, OA Scherman
– Advanced materials (Deerfield Beach, Fla.)
A Platform Approach to Protein Encapsulates with Controllable Surface Chemistry.
N Warner, IG Osojnik Črnivec, VK Rana, M Cruz, OA Scherman
– Molecules (Basel, Switzerland)
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
Highly compressible glass-like supramolecular polymer networks.
Z Huang, X Chen, SJK O'Neill, G Wu, DJ Whitaker, J Li, JA McCune, OA Scherman
– Nature materials
Introduction: Molecular Self-Assembly
D Pochan, O Scherman
– Chem Rev
Nanoparticle surfactants for kinetically arrested photoactive assemblies to track light-induced electron transfer.
K Sokołowski, J Huang, T Földes, JA McCune, DD Xu, B de Nijs, R Chikkaraddy, SM Collins, E Rosta, JJ Baumberg, OA Scherman
– Nature nanotechnology
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