Dr Sarah Pike

Dr Sarah Pike

School of Chemistry
UKRI Future Leaders Fellow
Birmingham Fellow and Associate Professor in Organic Chemistry

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Sarah Pike is a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow, a Birmingham Fellow and an Associate Professor in Chemistry.

Sarah’s research focuses on the design, synthesis and characterisation of novel supramolecular systems. A particular focus is on the development of supramolecular architectures for applications in sensing and small-molecule delivery. 

Pike Group website


  • PhD, University of Edinburgh, 2011
  • MChem, Durham University, 2007


Sarah studied for a MChem (International) at Durham University. She completed a PhD with Dr Paul Lusby at the University of Edinburgh in 2011, where she worked on the development of dynamic metallosupramolecular architectures.

Sarah worked as a PDRA at the University of Manchester in the groups of Professor Jonathan Clayden, and Dr. Simon Webb from 2011-2014, working on the development of methods for achieving stereochemical control in synthetic helical oligomers. From 2014-2015, Sarah worked as a PDRA in the group of Professor Robin Perutz FRS on the energetics of halogen bonds in solution. Sarah moved to the University of Cambridge and worked in the group of Professor Chris Hunter FRS between 2016-2018.

She was appointed as a Lecturer in Organic Chemistry at the University of Bradford (2018-2020).

Sarah joined the School of Chemistry as a Future Leader Fellow in 2020.

Postgraduate supervision

Sarah is interested in supervising MSci and postgraduate students in the following areas:

  • Supramolecular chemistry; molecular recognition and host-guest chemistry
  • Synthesis and conformational analysis of oligomers
  • Molecular machines and switches
Students who are interested in these research areas should contact her using the email address above.


  • Supramolecular chemistry
  • Metallosupramolecular architectures
  • Host-guest chemistry

Other activities

  • Associate Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry


Selected publications

  • Pike, S. J., Hunter, C. A., Brammer, L., Perutz, R. N., (2019), Benchmarking of Halogen Bond Strength in Solution with Nickel Fluorides: Bromine vs Iodine and Perfluoroaryl vs Perfluoroalkyl Donors, Chem. Eur. J., 25, 9237.
  • Pike, S. J., Lavagnini, E., Varley, L. M., Hunter, C. A., (2019), H-Bond Donor Parameters for Cations, Chem. Sci., 10, 5943.
  • Lister, F. G. A., Eccles, N., Pike, S. J., Brown, R. A., Whitehead, G. F. S., Raftery, Webb, S. J., Clayden, J., (2018), Bis-pyrene Probes of Foldamer Conformation in Solution and Phospholipid Bilayers, Chem. Sci., 9, 6860.
  • Thangavadivale, V., Aguilarm P. M., Jasim, N. A., Pike, S. J., Smith, D. A., Whitwood, A. C., Brammer, L., Perutz, R. N.; (2018), Self-complementary Nickel Halides Enable Multifaceted Comparisons of Intermolecular Halogen Bonds: Fluoride Ligands vs. Other Halides, Chem. Sci., 9, 3767.
  • Lizio, M. G., Andrushchenko, V., Pike, S. J., Peters, A. D., Whitehead, G. F. S., Yrezabal, I. J. Mutter, S. T., Clayden, J., Bour, P., Blanch, E. W., Webb, S. J., (2018), Optically Active Vibrational Spectroscopy of α-Aminoisobutyric Acid Foldamers in Organic Solvents and Phospholipid Bilayers, Chem. Eur. J., 24, 9399.
  • Pike, S. J., Hutchinson, J. J., Hunter, C. A., (2017), H-Bond Acceptor Parameters for Anions, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 139, 6700.

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