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Main research page on the CubiHole project, using Cucurbiturils for hardwired optical and electronic self-assembly

Cucurbiturils for Hardwired Optical and Electronic Self-assembly

Cubiholes Teaser

The aim of this 4 year EU-funded project is growing Au nanoparticles in cages, to make rigid networks for optics/electronics. We have 4 partners:


University of Cambridge


NanoPhotonics Centre


Prof. Jeremy Baumberg

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University of Cambridge


Melville Polymer Lab


Prof. Oren Scherman

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CSIC, San Sebastian


Centre for Material Science,

Spanish Council for Scientific Research


Prof. Javier Aizpurua

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University of Bordeaux


Analytical NanoDevices


Prof. Alex Kuhn

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Currently we have 10 researchers on this project, which uses pumpkin-shaped molecules called Cucurbiturils to glue together rigidly defined nanoscale networks built of small particles of Au and Ag. These new materials have novel optical and electronic properties.

Latest news

Press release for Angelos' Infrared Upconversion Science paper

31 May 2022

“It’s like listening to slow-rippling earthquake waves by colliding them with a violin string to get a high whistle that’s easy to hear, and without breaking the violin,” - Professor Jeremy Baumberg Read the university's press release for Angelos, Rohit and co.'s latest Science paper, Detecting mid-infrared light by...

Happy Birthday

21 March 2022

Happy birthday!! A suprise party for Jeremy with delicous vegan Cake! Thank you Sara and Marika for organising.

NanoPhotonics Christmas Party

16 December 2021

Many thanks to Chris and Jeremy for organising a very nice Christmas dinner at Jesus College. It was good to be able to see everyone again. Now we just need to figure out who gave which present to who :) Christmas_dinner_2021_2 Christmas_dinner_2021_3