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Oren Scherman office portrait 23_8_23 taken by Nathan Pitt ©University of Cambridge_C5A007

Professor Oren A. Scherman

Oren is a native of Norman, Oklahoma (USA). He 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,  he was on sabbatical at Tsinghua University as the Xuetang  Visiting Professor in Chemistry.


2006 - present

University of Cambridge

2015 Professor of Supramolecular and Polymer Chemistry
2013 Director of the Melville Laboratory for Polymer Synthesis
2013 Reader in Supramolecular and Polymer Chemistry
2006 Next Generation Fellow & Fellow of Jesus College

2004 - 2006

Eindhoven University
of Technology (TU/e)

NSF MPS-DRF International Postdoctoral Fellow
Advisor: Professor E.W. (Bert) Meijer

2013 - 2014

Tsinghua University

Xuetang Visiting Professor in Chemistry (sabbatical stay)

Department of Chemistry, Beijing, China



California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA

PhD, Chemistry

Advisor: Professor Robert H. Grubbs

Thesis: Enhancing Materials through Controlled Architectures with Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization


Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

BA, Chemistry, summa cum laude

Advisor: Professor Dotsevi Y. Sogah



Tarrant Lecturer of Organic Chemistry University of Florida
3M Lecture University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign *(postponed to 2022, COVID-19)
Corday Morgan Prize Royal Society of Chemistry
Covestro Lectures Cornell University
Aldrich Lecture Award ESPCI, Paris-Tech
Ostwald Colloid and Polymer Science Lecture Award
Bob Hay Award Lectureship Royal Society of Chemistry, Macrocycles and Supramolecular Chemistry group
Cram Lehn Pedersen Prize in Supramolecular Chemistry presented annually to a chemist worldwide within 10 years of his/her/their PhD
RSC Hickinbottom Award for meritorious contributions in organic chemistry to a young researcher (<35)
SCI McBain Medal for meritorious contribution to colloid and interface science
Macro Group UK Young Researchers Medal for exceptional contribution to polymer science

RSC Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prize most meritorious and promising original investigations in chemistry to a young researcher












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