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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.


Transparent films made of highly scattering particles
T Erdem, Y Lan, P Xu, Y Altıntas, T O'Neil, A Caciagli, C Ducati, E Mutlugun, OA Scherman, E Eiser
– Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids
Host-Guest Chemistry Meets Electrocatalysis: Cucurbit[6]uril on a Au Surface as a Hybrid System in CO2 Reduction.
A Wagner, KH Ly, N Heidary, I Szabó, T Földes, KI Assaf, SJ Barrow, K Sokołowski, M Al-Hada, N Kornienko, MF Kuehnel, E Rosta, I Zebger, WM Nau, OA Scherman, E Reisner
– ACS Catalysis
Chapter 14 Cucurbit[8]uril-based Polymeric Materials
D Hoogland, J Liu, OA Scherman
Controlling the structure and photophysics of fluorophore dimers using multiple cucurbit[8]uril clampings
G Wu, YJ Bae, M Olesińska, D Antón-García, I Szabó, E Rosta, MR Wasielewski, OA Scherman
– Chemical Science
Chapter 13. Functionalisation and Self-assembly of Nanoparticles through Cucurbit[n]uril-based Binding Motifs
K King, K Sokołowski, X Ren, OA Scherman
Supramolecular complexation between chain-folding poly(ester-imide)s and polycyclic aromatics: A fractal-based pattern of NMR ring-current shielding
M Knappert, T Jin, SD Midgley, G Wu, OA Scherman, R Grau-Crespo, HM Colquhoun
– Polymer Chemistry
The transport of liquids in softwood: timber as a model porous medium
HC Burridge, G Wu, T Reynolds, DU Shah, R Johnston, OA Scherman, MH Ramage, PF Linden
– Scientific reports
Cucurbit[8]uril-derived graphene hydrogels
VK Rana, A Tabet, JA Vigil, CJ Balzer, A Narkevicius, J Finlay, C Hallou, DH Rowitch, H Bulstrode, OA Scherman
– ACS Macro Letters
Inhibiting Analyte Theft in Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy Substrates: Subnanomolar Quantitative Drug Detection
B de Nijs, C Carnegie, I Szabó, D-B Grys, R Chikkaraddy, M Kamp, SJ Barrow, CA Readman, M-E Kleemann, OA Scherman, E Rosta, JJ Baumberg
– ACS Sens
Preferential binding of unsaturated hydrocarbons in aryl-bisimidazolium$cucurbit[8]uril complexes furbishes evidence for small-molecule pi-pi interactions
SJ Barrow, KI Assaf, A Palma, WM Nau, OA Scherman
– Chemical Science
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