Dr Sebastian Sprick

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow

Pure and Applied Chemistry

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Personal statement

I obtained my PhD in 2013 from The University of Manchester under the supervision of Prof. Michael Turner working on N-heterocyclic palladium carbene catalysts for polytriarylamine synthesis. After this I moved to the University of Liverpool working with Prof. Andrew Cooper as a postdoctoral research associate on soluble conjugated microporous polymers (C-PIMs) and water splitting using conjugated microporous polymers as photocatalysts. In 2015 started my new role as a Research Lead within the group leading the photocatalysis research. In 2020 I started my independent career as a Strathclyde Chancellor’s Fellow.

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Publications

Processing polymer photocatalysts for photocatalytic hydrogen evolution
Lyons Richard Jack, Sprick Reiner Sebastian
Materials Horizons (2024)
https://doi.org/10.1039/D4MH00482E
Conjugated polymer/recombinant Escherichia coli biohybrid systems for photobiocatalytic hydrogen production
Yang Ying, Zwijnenburg Martijn A, Gardner Adrian M, Adamczyk Sylwia, Yang Jing, Sun Yaqi, Jiang Qiuyao, Cowan Alexander J, Sprick Reiner Sebastian, Liu Lu-Ning, Cooper Andrew I
ACS Nano Vol 18, pp. 13484-13495 (2024)
https://doi.org/10.1021/acsnano.3c10668
Polymer photocatalysts with side-chain induced planarity for increased activity for sacrificial hydrogen production from water
Lyons Richard J, Yang Ying, McQueen Ewan, Luo Liang, Cooper Andrew I, Zwijnenburg Martijn A, Sprick Reiner Sebastian
Advanced Energy Materials Vol 14 (2024)
https://doi.org/10.1002/aenm.202303680
From StrathCEKO to StrathCAN : building a community of climate education ambassadors from the bottom up in a higher education institution
Strachan Scott, Quirke William, Sprick Reiner Sebastian, Gallou Eirini, Collins Robert, Faulkner Suzanne
11th Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development (2023)
Making the connections : physical and electric interactions in biohybrid photosynthetic systems
Yang Ying, Liu Lu-Ning, Tian Haining, Cooper Andrew I, Sprick Reiner Sebastian
Energy & Environmental Science Vol 16, pp. 4305-4319 (2023)
https://doi.org/10.1039/D3EE01265D
Impact of interfaces, and nanostructure on the performance of conjugated polymer photocatalysts for hydrogen production from water
McQueen Ewan, Bai Yang, Sprick Reiner Sebastian
Nanomaterials Vol 12 (2022)
https://doi.org/10.3390/nano12234299

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Research Interests

The goal of my group is to address challenges in sustainability. In particular we are aiming to make so-called ‘solar fuels’ (e.g. hydrogen and carbon monoxide) only using renewable resources and sunlight. For this we make organic materials that act as photocatalysts to drive reactions, such as water splitting and carbon dioxide reduction. We utilise a range of different materials, such as small oligomers, polymers, conjugated microporous polymers and conjugated organic frameworks. The modularity and structural diversity of the available building blocks allows for excellent fine tuning of the properties of these organic materials thus optimising their performance. Finally, we are interested in large scale application and working towards making demonstrator devices.

Professional Activities

Invited departmental seminar: “Conjugated polymer photocatalysts for solar fuels generation” R. S. Sprick, School of Chemistry, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
Speaker
20/9/2023
RSC Photophysics and Photochemistry Special Interest Group Meeting 2023
Participant
31/8/2023
Invited departmental seminar: “Polymer photocatalysts for solar fuels generation” R. S. Sprick, Department of Applied Chemistry, Tokyo University of Science, Tokyo, Japan
Speaker
23/8/2023
Invited departmental seminar: “Current understanding in polymer photocatalysts for solar fuels generation” R. S. Sprick, Department of Chemistry, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan
Speaker
23/8/2023
Invited departmental seminar: “Polymer photocatalysts for solar fuels generation” R. S. Sprick, State Key Laboratory of Photocatalysis on Energy and Environment, Meiji University, Kanagawa, Japan
Speaker
22/8/2023
Invited departmental seminar: “Polymer photocatalysts for solar fuels generation” R. S. Sprick, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Okinawa, Japan
Speaker
16/8/2023

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Projects

Scalable conjugated photocatalysts for visible light-driven photoelectrochemical hydrogen production coupled to plastic waste reforming
Sprick, Seb (Principal Investigator)
31-Jan-2024 - 30-Jan-2026
Efficient 3D-printed polymer photocatalyst composites for sustainable hydrogen production
Sprick, Seb (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2024 - 28-Jan-2025
Visit to Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology to learn about polymerisation techniques
Sprick, Seb (Principal Investigator)
27-Jan-2023 - 28-Jan-2023
EPSRC IAA: PE/ citizen science additional allocation
Sprick, Seb (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2025
Conjugated polymers bearing on-chain metal complexes for photoelectrochemical carbon dioxide reduction
Sprick, Seb (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 30-Jan-2022
Solution-processible conjugated polymers for photoelectrochemical carbon dioxide reduction (International Exchanges 2021)
Sprick, Seb (Principal Investigator)
11-Jan-2022 - 10-Jan-2024

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Dr Sebastian Sprick
Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow
Pure and Applied Chemistry

Email: sebastian.sprick@strath.ac.uk
Tel: 548 4760