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'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 requiring general X-ray diffraction (pseudo SAXS/WAXS of fibres, films, dna aggregates, etc.). I teach a course in crystallography (CHE-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 a co-editor of Acta Crystallographica since 2007. In the summer of 2019 I was appointed as a Section Editor for Acta Cryst. I also hand coded and have maintained this X-Ray Facility website through various incarnations from about 2002 to the present.

Here is a publication list.

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.

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