X-Ray Facility Director

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Prof. Sean Parkin, Ph.D. - Director

Prof. of Crystallography
Office: CP-110 Chem-Phys Bldg
Lab: CP-146 Chem-Phys Bldg
s.parkin 'at' uky.edu

Sean Parkin


1993 Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, University of California, Davis


I am fortunate to have a job that I enjoy - most of the time! As Director of the X-Ray Facility in the Chemistry Department at the University of Kentucky, I am involved in virtually all projects that require small-molecule single-crystal structure determination, as well as some that involve general X-ray diffraction. I also teach a course in crystallography (CHE-640) for graduate and advanced undergraduate students, have previously taught the Physical Chemistry lab course (CHE-441G), and deliver guest lectures when asked (e.g., CHE-230, PHY-600). I have served as a co-editor of Acta Crystallographica since 2007, and was appointed Main Editor in 2019. I also maintain this X-Ray Facility website, hand-coded since 2002.

Here is a publication list and a CV.

I have written a few tutorials, 'how-to' guides, programs, and scripts to help with crystallographic work. All source code is freely available here on the X-Ray Facility website. If you find any of the material useful, or if you find any errors, please let me know.

Some experiments with chatGPT for animation:
  An early attempt at a rotating cubic lattice.
  Similar, but with a bit of manual tweaking - a variant of this forms the banner graphic on the Internal page.

Rotating Platonic solids:

Other shapes:
  Toroid - looks better with edges toggled off
  Knot - also better with edges off
    Try changing the last two parameters in knot.js

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Total eclipse of the sun: Princeton, KY 2017/08/21