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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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RSC prize awarded

Seb received the RSC Dalton Early Career: Sir Edward Frankland Award at the RSC Dalton North conference, where he presented the Group's recent work.



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Royal Society funded Postdoctoral Research Associate (Start date Oct 2024) "Photoredox reactivity of cerium and titanium oxo clusters". Advert coming June 2024. Please contact Seb for initial enquiries (

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. Newton International Fellowship, Marie Skłodowska-Curie, Eutopia SIF Fellowship

PhD Studentships: Joint experimental/computational opportunities with Prof Tielens and Prof De Proft at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) with the Eutopia cotutelle PhD part of the Sustainable Catalysis by Design Research Network

Master's Opportunities:12-month research only MRes projects available. Warwick 3rd years - please contact Seb to discuss MChem or MRes projects for your 4th year.

Undergraduate Opportunities: Funded summer-studentships (2024) are available, please get in touch for more information. European student placement opportunities also through the EUTOPIA Sustainable Catalysis by Design Research Network