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Robert D. Pike

Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Research Areas: Inorganic, Materials
Email: [[rdpike]]
Office: Integrated Science Center 2043
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Office Phone: (757) 221-2555

Areas of Specialization

Inorganic materials, metal-organic chemistry, X-ray crystallography, sensors, photophysics, and chemistry education.


My research involves the preparation and structural characterization of transition metal-organic ligand networks, especially those that show novel coordination network arrangements. We are particularly interested in copper(I) and rare earth compounds that show photoluminescence and can interact with molecules in the environment to produce a change in luminescence emission. Such materials are of interest for use environmental sensors and other applications.

Research Opportunities for Students