X-Ray Facility Director

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Prof. Sean Parkin, Ph.D. - Director

Prof. of Crystallography
Office: CP-117a Chem-Phys Bldg
Lab: CP-146 Chem-Phys Bldg
Phone: (859) 323--8984
s.parkin 'at' uky.edu

Sean Parkin


1993 Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, University of California, Davis, Ca
1989 M.Sc. Physical Chemistry, University of British Columbia, Canada
1987 B.Sc. Chemistry (Hons), University of Kent, UK


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 lab. 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. In the summer of 2019 I was appointed as a Section Editor for Acta Cryst. E. I also hand coded and have maintained this X-Ray Facility website through various incarnations from about 2002 to the present, albeit with help from freely available css tutorials and demos. 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.

Here is a CV and a publication list. My Erdős number is 4.

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.

Non-work related

General interest stuff
(links not all re-enabled yet)

Tripod panoheads: Mk1, Mk1.5, Mk2
Home theatre

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