Dr. Sean Parkin - Director
Assoc. Prof. (adj. ser.) of Physical Chemistry
Office: CP-313 Chem-Phys Bldg
Lab: CP-146 Chem-Phys Bldg
Phone: (859) 323--8984
s.parkin 'at' uky.edu
I'm lucky enough to enjoy what I do - most of the time! As Director of the X-Ray Facility in Chemistry, I am involved in pretty much all projects that need small-molecule single-crystal structure determination here at UK, and some projects that require general X-ray diffraction (pseudo SAXS/WAXS of fibres, films, dna aggregates, etc.). I teach a course in crystallography (CHE-580,540,640) for graduate and advanced undergraduate students, have taught the Physical Chemistry laboratory course (CHE-441G), and deliver guest lectures when asked (e.g., CHE-230, PHY-600 etc.). I have been co-editor of the structure reports journals Acta Crystallographica, section E since 2007, and IUCrData since its inception in 2015. I also created and have maintained this X-Ray Facility website through various incarnations from about 2002 to the present. From 2004 to 2010 I was webmaster of the UK Chemistry website, the control of which was transferred to A&S (finally!), and default babysitter of the remaining departmental webserver until its (somewhat overdue!) retirement in 2019. From 2016 to 2018 I was Chair of the UK Chemistry Website committee, now in the capable hands of Prof. Odom.
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 it useful, please let me know.