Steve Collins

Educational Background

  • BS Physics (1993) Stephen F. Austin State University
  • MS Physics (1997) University of Texas at Dallas
  • PhD Physics (2001) University of Texas at Dallas

Research Interests

  • Nanostructured materials
  • Optical properties of materials
  • Materials with unusual mechanical properties

Contact Information

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 972-883-6534
Fax: 972-883-2925
Office: BE 2.304
Mail Stop: BE26

Steve Collins

Dr. Collins received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from University of Texas at Dallas in 1997 and 2001, respectively. He is the “founding member” of the NanoTech Institute, setting up shop in Berkner Hall to work three months prior to the arrival of Professors Baughman and Zakhidov.

Since then, Dr. Collins has been Research Associate, Research Scientist, and now holds the position of Manager of Research Programs of the Institute. He is responsible for the day to day operations of the Institute, and managing its resources and laboratories.

Dr. Collins’ research interests are in nanostructured materials with novel mechanical and electronic properties. Of special interest are carbon nanotube fibers and composites for actuators, mechanical reinforcement, electronic textiles, and energy storage applications.

Selected Publications

Macroscopic carbon nanotube polyethylenimine composite fibers. E. Muñoz, D.-S. Suh, S. Collins, M. Selvidge, A.B. Dalton, B.G. Kim, J.M. Razal, G. Ussery, A.G. Rinzler, M. T. Martinez, and R.H. Baughman. Advanced Materials, 17, 1064, (2005).

Hierarchical self-assembly of peptide-coated carbon nanotubes. A.B. Dalton, A.O.-Acevedo, V. Zorbas, W.M. Sampson, S. Collins, J.M. Razal, M.M. Yoshida, R.H. Baughman, R.K. Draper, I.H. Musselman, M.J.-Yacaman, and G.R. Dieckmann. Advanced Functional Materials, 14, 1147, (2004).

 Multifunctional carbon nanotube composite fibers. E. Muñoz, A.B. Dalton, S. Collins, M. Kozlov, J. Razal, J.N. Coleman, B.G. Kim, V.H. Ebron, M. Selvidge, J.P. Ferraris and R.H. Baughman. Advanced Engineering Materials, 10, 801, (2004).

Optical interband transitions near the fundamental absorption edge of b -FeSi 2. A.G. Birdwell, S. Collins, R. Glosser, W. Henrion, M. Rebien, and P. Strauss. Journal of Applied Physics , 95, 2441, (2004).

Continuous carbon nanotube composite fibers: properties, potential applications, and problems. A.B. Dalton, S. Collins, E. Munoz, J. Razal, V.H. Ebron, B.G. Kim, J.N. Coleman, J.P. Ferraris, and R.H. Baughman. Journal of Materials Chemistry, 14, 1, (2004).

Super-tough carbon-nanotube fibres. A.B. Dalton, S. Collins, E. Muñoz, J.M. Razal, V.H. Ebron, J.P. Ferraris, J.N. Coleman, B.G. Kim, and R.H. Baughman. Nature , 423, 703, (2003).

Improving the mechanical properties of single-walled carbon nanotube sheets by intercalation of polymeric adhesives. J.N. Coleman, W.J. Blau, A.B. Dalton, E. Munoz, S. Collins, B.G. Kim, J. Razal, M. Selvidge, G. Vieiro, and R.H. Baughman. Applied Physics Letters, 19, 188, (2003).

Synthesis of SiC nanorods from sheets of single-walled carbon nanotubes. E. Munoz, A.B. Dalton, S. Collins, A.A. Zakhidov, R.H. Baughman, W.L. Zhou, J. He, C.J. O’Connor, B. McCarthy, and W.J. Blau. Chemical Physics Letters , 359, 397, (2002).

Optical characterization of InGaSb by photoreflectance spectroscopy. S. Collins, A.G. Birdwell, R. Glosser, and Brian R. Bennett. Journal of Applied Physics , 91, 1175, (2002).

Photoreflectance study of ion beam synthesized b -FeSi 2. A.G. Birdwell, S. Collins, R. Glosser, D.N. Leong, and K.P. Homewood. Journal of Applied Physics , 91, 1219, (2002).

Updated: April 13, 2007

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