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Dr Sebastian Pike



Research Summary

The Pike Group is an Inorganic Chemistry Research group at the University of Warwick. The group is working on making large metal-oxo cluster molecules which interact with light and can be used as photocatalysts for chemical transformations and to make solar fuels. These intriguing molecular clusters also help us to explain the reactivity on the surface of widely utilised metal oxide materials such as TiO2. We are interested in the similarities and differences between molecules and materials and how size can effect the material properties. The group has diverse interests across Inorganic Chemistry including organometallic reactivity, catalysis, crystallography and materials science.

We are currently recruiting new students so please get in touch if you are interested in studying with us as a Masters or PhD student or as an undergraduate summer student.grey-line-1.jpg


Selected Recent Publications

24. Tobias , Floriana Tuna, Sebastian D. Pike*, Chemical Science, 2019, 10, 6886, Photo-redox reactivity of titanium-oxo clusters: mechanistic insight into a two-electron intramolecular process, and structural characterisation of mixed-valent Ti(III)/Ti(IV) products

23. Haijiao Lu, Rajesh B. Jethwa, Kellie J. Jenkinson, Andrew E. H. Wheatley, Hongxun Hao, Dominic S. Wright*, Sebastian D. Pike*, Dalton Transactions., 2019, 48, 4555, A simple one-step synthetic route to access a range of metal-doped polyoxovanadate clusters

22. Haijiao Lu, Virgil Andrei, Kellie J. Jenkinson, Anna Regoutz, Ning Li, Charles E. Creissen, Andrew E. H. Wheatley, Hongxun Hao, Erwin Reisner*, Dominic S. Wright*, Sebastian D. Pike*, Advanced Materials., 2018, 1804033, Single‐Source Bismuth (Transition Metal) Polyoxovanadate Precursors for the Scalable Synthesis of Doped BiVO4 Photoanodes

21. Jennifer A. Garden*, Sebastian D. Pike*, Dalton Trans., 2018, 47, 3638, Hydrolysis of organometallic and metal–amide precursors: synthesis routes to oxo-bridged heterometallic complexes, metal-oxo clusters and metal oxide nanoparticles