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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.



Publications

An adherent tissue-inspired hydrogel delivery vehicle utilised in primary human glioma models.
MJ Rowland, CC Parkins, JH McAbee, AK Kolb, R Hein, XJ Loh, C Watts, OA Scherman
– Biomaterials
(2018)
179,
199
Cucurbit[7]uril-based high-performance catalytic microreactors.
X Ren, Z Yu, Y Wu, J Liu, C Abell, OA Scherman
– Nanoscale
(2018)
Biomimetic Supramolecular Fibers Exhibit Water-Induced Supercontraction.
Y Wu, DU Shah, B Wang, J Liu, X Ren, MH Ramage, OA Scherman
– Adv Mater
(2018)
30,
e1707169
Stress dissipation in cucurbit[8]uril ternary complex small molecule adhesives.
P Williams, Z Walsh-Korb, S Jones, Y Lan, OA Scherman
– Langmuir
(2018)
Tunable Pentapeptide Self-Assembled β-Sheet Hydrogels.
DE Clarke, CDJ Parmenter, OA Scherman
– Angew Chem Int Ed Engl
(2018)
57,
7709
Chemical composition of processed bamboo for structural applications
B Sharma, DU Shah, J Beaugrand, ER Janeček, OA Scherman, MH Ramage
– Cellulose
(2018)
25,
3255
Cucurbit[ n ]uril Supramolecular Hydrogel Networks as Tough and Healable Adhesives
J Liu, OA Scherman
– Advanced Functional Materials
(2018)
28,
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
(2018)
148,
ARTN 193823
Dynamic Interfacial Adhesion through Cucurbit[n]uril Molecular Recognition
J Liu, CSY Tan, OA Scherman
– Angew Chem Int Ed Engl
(2018)
57,
8854
Cucurbit[8]uril-Regulated Colloidal Dispersions Exhibiting Photocontrolled Rheological Behavior.
C Hu, J Liu, Y Wu, KR West, OA Scherman
– Small
(2018)
14,
1703352
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Research Groups

Research Interest Groups

Telephone number

01223 334372 (shared)
31797

Email address

oas23@cam.ac.uk