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Sebastian Pike Research Group

Sebastian Pike Research Group

The Pike Group is an Inorganic Chemistry Research group at the University of Warwick. The group studies metal-oxo cluster molecules which absorb light and can be used as photocatalysts for chemical transformations and to make sustainable '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 and CeO2. We are interested in the similarities and differences between molecules and materials and how size can effect properties.

We have diverse interests across Inorganic Chemistry including organometallic reactivity, catalysis, crystallography and materials science.

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New PhD opportunities

The group has two fully funded PhD opportunities open for applicants.

Come join our team to use Warwick's state-of-the-art electron diffractometer to study reactivity in porous crystalline materials and MOFs

or work with us and Prof. Nick Hine to study the electronic structure of photoactive Fe-oxo clusters using advanced computational methods.



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Fully funded PhD Studentship with the Warwick Centre for Doctoral Training in Analytical Science to study the structure and reactivity of porous microcrystalline materials using electron diffraction. TO USE OUR NEW ELECTRON DIFFRACTOMETER! Please contact Seb for details (

Fully funded PhD Studentship (computational project) to study the electronic structure & photochemistry of molecular iron(III)-oxo clusters, in collaboration with Prof. Nick Hine @Warwick_Physics. Please contact Seb for details Link opens in a new window

1x Master's by Research (12 month MRes) position with all University Fees funded by The Royal Society

Come join our team for 1 year, learn research skills and take part in a cutting-edge science project! Contact Seb for details

Please get in touch if you are interested in studying with us as a Master's or PhD student or would like to apply for postdoctoral funding. Contact details

Postdoctoral Fellowships: We are keen to support applications for Fellowships (including links below), please get in touch if you are interested in applying.

PhD Studentships:

Master's Opportunities:

  • 12-month research only MRes projects available. Funding available to cover university tuition fees - ask Seb for details.
  • Warwick 3rd years - please contact Seb to discuss MChem or MRes projects for your 4th year.

Undergraduate Opportunities:

  • Summer-student opportunities (2023) are available, please get in touch for more information.
  • European student placement opportunities through the EUTOPIA Sustainable Catalysis by Design Research Network