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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.


Supramolecular Nested Microbeads as Building Blocks for Macroscopic Self-healing Scaffolds.
Z Yu, J Liu, CSY Tan, OA Scherman, C Abell
– Angew Chem Int Ed Engl
Controlling Spatiotemporal Mechanics of Supramolecular Hydrogel Networks with Highly Branched Cucurbit[8]uril Polyrotaxanes
CSY Tan, J Liu, AS Groombridge, SJ Barrow, CA Dreiss, OA Scherman
– Advanced Functional Materials
Cucurbit[7]uril as a Supramolecular Artificial Enzyme for Diels–Alder Reactions
A Palma, M Artelsmair, G Wu, X Lu, SJ Barrow, N Uddin, E Rosta, E Masson, OA Scherman
– Angew Chem Int Ed Engl
Photo-induced interfacial electron transfer of ZnO nanocrystals to control supramolecular assembly in water.
AM Cieślak, E-R Janeček, K Sokołowski, T Ratajczyk, MK Leszczyński, OA Scherman, J Lewiński
– Nanoscale
Mapping SERS in CB:Au Plasmonic Nano-Aggregates
C Carnegie, R Chikkaraddy, F Benz, B De Nijs, WM Deacon, M Horton, W Wang, C Readman, SJ Barrow, OA Scherman, JJ Baumberg
– ACS Photonics
Plasmonic tunnel junctions for single-molecule redox chemistry.
B de Nijs, F Benz, SJ Barrow, DO Sigle, R Chikkaraddy, A Palma, C Carnegie, M Kamp, R Sundararaman, P Narang, OA Scherman, JJ Baumberg
– Nature Communications
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
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