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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.


Distinguishing relaxation dynamics in transiently crosslinked polymeric networks
CSY Tan, G Agmon, J Liu, D Hoogland, ER Janeček, EA Appel, OA Scherman
– Polymer Chemistry
Toward a Versatile Toolbox for Cucurbit[n]uril-Based Supramolecular Hydrogel Networks through In Situ Polymerization
J Liu, C Soo Yun Tan, Y Lan, OA Scherman
– Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry
A simple supramolecular assay for drug detection in urine.
S Sonzini, JA McCune, P Ravn, OA Scherman, CF van der Walle
– Chemical communications (Cambridge, England)
Smart supramolecular sensing with cucurbit[n]urils: probing hydrogen bonding with SERS
B de Nijs, M Kamp, I Szabó, SJ Barrow, F Benz, G Wu, C Carnegie, R Chikkaraddy, W Wang, WM Deacon, E Rosta, JJ Baumberg, OA Scherman
– Faraday Discussions
Decoupled Associative and Dissociative Processesin Strong yet Highly Dynamic Host-Guest Complexes
EA Appel, F Biedermann, D Hoogland, J Del Barrio, MD Driscoll, S Hay, DJ Wales, OA Scherman
– Journal of the American Chemical Society
Light-Directed Tuning of Plasmon Resonances via Plasmon-Induced Polymerization Using Hot Electrons.
T Ding, J Mertens, A Lombardi, OA Scherman, JJ Baumberg
– ACS photonics
Tough Supramolecular Polymer Networks with Extreme Stretchability and Fast Room-Temperature Self-Healing
J Liu, CSY Tan, Z Yu, N Li, C Abell, OA Scherman
– Adv Mater
DESolution of CD and CB Macrocycles
JA McCune, S Kunz, M Olesińska, OA Scherman
– Chemistry
Biomimetic Supramolecular Polymer Networks Exhibiting both Toughness and Self-Recovery
J Liu, CSY Tan, Z Yu, Y Lan, C Abell, OA Scherman
– Adv Mater
Time-resolved laser spectroscopy for the in situ characterization of methacrylate monomer flow within spruce
ER Janeček, Z Walsh-Korb, I Bargigia, A Farina, MH Ramage, C D Andrea, A Nevin, A Pifferi, OA Scherman
– Wood Science and Technology
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