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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.


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
Unexpected stability of aqueous dispersions of raspberry-like colloids
Y Lan, A Caciagli, G Guidetti, Z Yu, J Liu, VE Johansen, M Kamp, C Abell, S Vignolini, OA Scherman, E Eiser
– Nature Communications
Cucurbit[7]uril-based high-performance catalytic microreactors
X Ren, Z Yu, Y Wu, J Liu, C Abell, OA Scherman
– Nanoscale
Dynamic Interfacial Adhesion through Cucurbit[n]uril Molecular Recognition
J Liu, CSY Tan, OA Scherman
– Angew Chem Int Ed Engl
Biomimetic Supramolecular Fibers Exhibit Water-Induced Supercontraction.
Y Wu, DU Shah, B Wang, J Liu, X Ren, MH Ramage, OA Scherman
– Adv Mater
Stress dissipation in cucurbit[8]uril ternary complex small molecule adhesives.
P Williams, Z Walsh-Korb, S Jones, Y Lan, OA Scherman
– Langmuir
Tunable Pentapeptide Self-Assembled β-Sheet Hydrogels.
DE Clarke, CDJ Parmenter, OA Scherman
– Angew Chem Int Ed Engl
Chemical composition of processed bamboo for structural applications
B Sharma, DU Shah, J Beaugrand, ER Janeček, OA Scherman, MH Ramage
– Cellulose
Cucurbit[ n ]uril Supramolecular Hydrogel Networks as Tough and Healable Adhesives
J Liu, OA Scherman
– Advanced Functional Materials
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
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