Dr Sebastian Sprick

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow

Pure and Applied Chemistry

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.


Organic materials as photocatalysts for water splitting
Bai Yang, Hippalgaonkar Kedar, Sprick Reiner Sebastian
Journal of Materials Chemistry A Vol 9, pp. 16222-16232 (2021)
Photocatalytic polymers of intrinsic microporosity for hydrogen production from water
Bai Yang, Wilbraham Liam, Gao Hui, Clowes Rob, Yang Haofan, Zwijnenburg Martijn A, Cooper Andrew I, Sprick Reiner Sebastian
Journal of Materials Chemistry A (2021)
Effect of substituting non-polar chains with polar chains on the structural dynamics of small organic molecule and polymer semiconductors
Guilbert Anne AY, Parr Zachary S, Kreouzis Theo, Woods Duncan J, Sprick Reiner Sebastian, Abrahams Isaac, Nielsen Christian B, Zbiri Mohamed
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics Vol 23, pp. 7462-7471 (2021)
Probing dynamics of water mass transfer in organic porous photocatalyst water-splitting materials by neutron spectroscopy
Zbiri Mohamed, Aitchison Catherine M, Sprick Reiner Sebastian, Cooper Andrew I, Guilbert Anne A Y
Chemistry of Materials Vol 33, pp. 1363-1372 (2021)
Photocatalytic syngas production using conjugated organic polymers
Fu Zhiwei, Vogel Anastasia, Zwijnenburg Martijn A, Cooper Andrew I, Sprick Reiner Sebastian
Journal of Materials Chemistry A Vol 9, pp. 4291-4296 (2021)
Bottom-up wet-chemical synthesis of a two-dimensional porous carbon material with high supercapacitance using a cascade coupling/cyclization route
Xu Yongjie, Sprick Reiner Sebastian, Brownbill Nick J, Blanc Frédéric, Li Qingyin, Ward John W, Ren Shijie, Cooper Andrew I
Journal of Materials Chemistry A Vol 9, pp. 3303-3308 (2021)

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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 contribution: 'Solar fuel production from water using polymer photocatalysts', 1st International Virtual Conference on Emerging Porous Materials (ePorMat-21), Bhubaneswar, India
External Examiner for PhD viva at Bergische Universität Wuppertal
Invited departmental seminar: 'Conjugated Materials for Solar Water Splitting', Department of Chemistry, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
Invited departmental seminar: 'Conjugated Materials for Solar Water Splitting'. Department of Physical & Earth Sciences, Sol Plaatje University, Kimberley, South Africa

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Nickel and Palladium bearing Conjugated Polymers and Spectator Ligands for Photo-Electrochemical Carbon Dioxide Reduction
Sprick, Seb (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 28-Jan-2022
Development of linear polymers for photoanodic water oxidation (International Exchanges NSFC)
Sprick, Seb (Principal Investigator)
30-Jan-2021 - 29-Jan-2023
Core-shell conjugated microporous polymers for photocatalytic bacteria inactivation
Sprick, Seb (Principal Investigator)
08-Jan-2021 - 07-Jan-2022
Photoelectrochemical carbon dioxide reduction with conjugated polymers
Sprick, Seb (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2021

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Pure and Applied Chemistry
Thomas Graham Building

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