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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.


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
Quantitative Supramolecular Heterodimerization for Efficient Energy Transfer.
G Wu, Z Huang, OA Scherman
– Angewandte Chemie (International ed. in English)
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
Stimulus-Mediated Ultrastable Radical Formation
JA McCune, MF Kuehnel, E Reisner, OA Scherman
– Chem
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
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
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.)
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
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
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
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