2018 Corday-Morgan Prize Winner

Professor Oren Scherman
Professor Oren Scherman
Melville Laboratory for Polymer Synthesis, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge


Awarded for ground-breaking discoveries in supramolecular chemistry.


About the Winner

Oren Scherman graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, with a BA in Chemistry in 1999. He then moved to Pasadena, California, where he completed a PhD in 2004 in olefin metathesis and controlled polymerisation, under the supervision of Professor Robert H. Grubbs at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). After finishing his PhD, Oren moved to the Netherlands to work on supramolecular polymers with Professors E.W. Meijer and Rint P. Sijbesma at the Eindhoven University of Technology. In 2006, he moved to the University of Cambridge to take up an academic appointment as a University Lecturer and Next Generation Fellow in the Melville Laboratory for Polymer Synthesis in the Department of Chemistry. In 2012, he was promoted to Reader in Supramolecular and Polymer Chemistry and in March 2013, he was appointed as the Director of the Melville Laboratory; Oren was promoted to Full Professor in 2015. During the 2013-2014 academic year, Oren was on sabbatical at Tsinghua University as the Xuetang Visiting Professor in Chemistry. 

His research focuses on dynamic supramolecular self-assembly at interfaces though the application of macrocyclic host-guest chemistry using cucurbit[n]urils in the development of novel supramolecular systems. The Scherman group exploits control over these molecular level interactions to design and fabricate soft materials with integrated function. Current research topics include microcapsules, drug-delivery systems, conservation and restoration of important historical artefacts and sensing and catalysis using self-assembled nanophotonic systems. Of specific interest is the design of functional soft materials including biocompatible hydrogels for drug delivery applications, tough supramolecular polymer networks and bioinspired supramolecular fibres. 

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