UB Professor Honored with Top 10 Ranking

Professor Philip Coppens

Published September 18, 2014

“I did not expect that we would be quoted on par with the DNA double helix, transfer RNA and other structures of such importance”
Dr. Philip Coppens, professor
Department of Chemistry

2014 - International Year of Crystallography

Distinguished Research Professor of Chemistry and CCR user, Philip Coppens was recently honored by the Chemistry and Engineering News when they selected his work as one of the top 10 most important structures in the 100 year history of x-ray crystallography.  With the United Nations designation for 2014 to be the International Year of Crystallography, the magazine set out to choose their top 10 list out of nearly one million structures!  Dr. Coppen's work from the early 1990s was chosen because it ushered in a new era of x-ray crystallography.  Professor Coppens studied the nitroprusside ion and set out to prove that it's photoinduced, long life, excited state would make an ideal candidate for x-ray crystallography.  While they actually found that it wasn't an excited electronic state but rather a product of a photoinduced rearrangement (the NO group bound differently to the transition metal), the structure and their work set the stage for using x-ray crystallography to examine dynamics.  Further work in atomic-scale dynamics by the Coppens' group resulted in several other exciting discoveries.  Dr. Coppens has been a long-time user of the CCR high performance clustering facilities and we are thrilled to  aid his research in any way we can.  Congratulations on this remarkable honor, Dr. Coppens!

Full information can be found on the Chemistry & Engineering News website

The UB Reporter recently featured an article on Dr. Coppen's honor. Click here to read the UB Reporter article