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Prof. Rachel O'Reilly


Prof. Rachel K. O'Reilly


MA/MSc (Cambridge), PhD (London Imperial)



Research Summary
Precision nanostructure and polymer engineering

We are interested in the design, synthesis and application of uniquely derived polymeric materials; where control over architecture, functionality and reactivity are central to their application in the field of nanotechnology. our research is highly interdisciplinary and bridges the interface between synthetic, polymer and catalysis chemistry, allowing for the development of materials that are of importance in medical, materials and nanoscience applications.

Selected Publications

An autonomous molecular assembler for programmable chemical synthesis, Wenjing Meng, R. A. Muscat, M. L. McKee, P. J. Milnes, A. H. El-Sagheer, J. Bath, B. G. Davis, T. Brown, R. K. O'Reilly and A. J. Turberfield, Nature Chemistry, 2016, 8, 542–548,

DOI: 10.1038/nchem.2495

Micellar nanoparticles with tuneable morphologies through interactions between nucleobase-containing synthetic polymers in aqueous solution, Z. Hua, A. Pitto-Barry, Y. Kang, N. Kirby, T. R. Wilks, R. K. O'Reilly, Polym. Chem.,2016, 7, 4254-4262, DOI: 10.1039/C6PY00716C

The Copolymer Blending Method: A New Approach for Targeted Assembly of Micellar Nanoparticles, D. B. Wright, J. P. Patterson, A. Pitto-Barry, A. Lu, N. Kirby, N. C. Gianneschi, C. Chassenieux, O. Colombani, and R. K. O’Reilly, Macromolecules, 2015, 48, 6516–6522. DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.5b01426

One-pot synthesis of super-bright fluorescent nanogel contrast agents containing a dithiomaleimide fluorophore, M.P. Robin, J.E. Raymond and R.K. O'Reilly, Materials Horizons, 2015, 2, 54-59, DOI: 10.1039/C4MH00167B

Structural Reorganization of Cylindrical Nanoparticles Triggered by Polylactide Stereocomplexation, L. Sun, A. Pitto-Barry, N. Kirby, T. Schiller, A. Sanchez, M. Dyson, J. Sloan, N. Wilson, R.K. O'Reilly, and A.P. Dove, Nature Commun, 2014, 5, 6746. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms6746

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