Rachel O’Reilly

University of Birmingham


Bio: Rachel O’Reilly is currently a Professor of Chemistry and Head of School at the University of Birmingham. Her group undertakes research in the area of catalysis, responsive polymers, self-assembly, nanostructure characterization, and DNA nanomaterials. She has published over 200 papers and has received a number of awards, including the 2013 the American Chemical Society Mark Young Polymer Scientist award and the 2020 RSC Corday-Morgan Prize. She is an Associate Editor for JACS and a review editor for Science.

2022-08 Abstract Title: Getting into shape: Precision polymer nanoparticles

Abstract Body: Control over shape and chemical anisotropy at the nanoscale has emerged as a potent way to access new behavior and functionality, enabling complex nanomaterials for numerous applications. My group is interested in advancing the understanding and application of bottom-up self-assembly to enable preparation of anisotropic polymer nanoparticles with precise control over both shape and chemical functional group placement. Using crystallization-driven self-assembly we aim to explore how shape and chemical anisotropy in combination can be leveraged to provide enhanced function.