Crystallographic Research

The X-Ray Facility is dedicated to the understanding of crystal and molecular structure, packing, symmetry, pseudosymmetry, polymorphism, structure-function, structure-reactivity and structure-property relationships.  We work with groups in Chemistry, Physics, and Pharmacy as well as with other Universities, and Industry.  Brief introductions to UK research groups are given below.

Prof. John Anthony
Aromatic molecules constitute a robust and versatile platform for the development of functional materials for electronic applications.  Using a tandem organic synthesis / device analysis approach, we seek to determine structure-property relationships that lead to materials with exceptional performance in organic thin-film transistors, organic solar cells and organic light-emitting diodes.  Read more ...
Prof. David Atwood
Atwood group research is focused on fundamental and applied aspects of inorganic chemistry and of main group metals.  This work involves the design and synthesis of ligands with specific affinity for the targeted metal and creating a detailed fundamental understanding of the structure, bonding, and reactivity of the metal-ligand combinations.  Read more ...
Prof. Carol Brock
Interests include the systematics of packing in molecular crystals and the design, synthesis and characterization of solid-state molecular complexes.  X-ray studies on crystals with high Z' and on co-crystals help to identify the circumstances under which fractional crystallization fails.  Such information is of vital importance to the chemical and pharmaceutical industries.
Prof. Art Cammers
We study and design functional molecular recognition on the basis of "predictable" conformational preferences in water.  The primary design parameters in the control of conformation and function are hydrophobic, hydrogen bonding and coulombic interactions.  We are interested in how competitive solvation affects these parameters.  Read more ...
Prof. Gang Cao (Physics)
Development of novel materials and synthesis of single crystals and epitaxial thin films of d- and f-electron based oxides.  Experimental studies of highly correlated electron systems with an emphasis on magnetic, transport and thermal properties.  Read more ...

Prof. Robert Grossman
Our group develops new synthetic methods and applies them to the synthesis of natural products and biologically relevant compounds.  Students learn skills that prepare them for employment in the pharmaceutical and contract synthesis industries.  Read more ...

Prof. Kyung-Bo Kim (Pharmacy)
Dr. Kim’s research lies at the interface between chemistry and biology.  Specifically, the Kim lab. focuses on the development and biological/pharmacological characterization of small-molecule inhibitors targeting the proteasome-ubiquitin pathway.  Read more ...

Prof. Folami Ladipo
Our research interests bridge the traditional disciplines of organic and inorganic chemistry.  We investigate the synthesis and reactivity of early and late transition metal complexes that are of interest for applications in organic synthesis, polymer chemistry, modeling of catalytic reactions, and as catalyst precursors.  Read more ...
Dr. Sean Parkin - Director, X-Ray Facility
Interests span many areas of crystallography.  Small-molecule work involves structure solution, refinement, description, and collaboration with others mentioned on this page.   I have a particular fondness for certain types of disorder and twinning.  Large-molecule work involves analysis of proteins at resolutions typically encountered only with small-molecule crystals.  Read more ...
Prof. Jack Selegue
We are investigating the synthesis, characterization and reactivity of new inorganic and organometallic molecules and materials. New materials are characterized by a variety of physical methods including X-ray diffraction and NMR.  Read more ...

Prof. Mark Watson
We mainly focus on conceiving new organic materials, designing efficient synthetic routes to prepare them, and then test their properties.  We currently target organic small molecules, oligomers, and polymers as amorphous, crystalline, and liquid-crystalline materials.  We select existing electronically conjugated building blocks, or build new ones, and modify them to engineer their (opto)electronic properties and processability.  Read more ...