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Department of Physics and Astronomy Collins Research Group

Welcome to the Collins Group at Washington State University. Our research is highly interdisciplinary, straddling physics, materials science, electrical engineering and chemistry. We specialize in developing and using synchrotron X-ray techniques to investigate carbon-based materials designed to have novel optoelectronic properties. We strive to understand how interactions of organic molecules and polymers in aggregate and at interfaces govern the creation, transport, and annihilation of excited and charged states that result in power generation/storage, illumination, sensing and information processing.

Recent News

  • Michael Anderson and Zachary Croft Present at SURCA

    Undergraduate Seniors Michael Anderson [pictured] and Zachary Croft presented their thesis projects at the WSU Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA). They each put together a poster summarizing their findings and submitted their work for formal judging in the competition.

    Out of more than 250 posters, Michael Anderson won one of only 3 Engineering and Physical Sciences Crimson Awards – the highest award possible, which included a $300 prize. Congratulations Michael!

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  • Obaid Alqahtani’s Solar Cell Work Published in Advanced Energy Materials

    Obaid Alqahtani’s work on structure-property relationships in small molecule organic solar cells (SM-OSCs) has been officially published online at Advanced Energy Materials. SM-OSC devices convert sunlight into power like commercial solar panels, but this new technology could significantly lower the cost of solar power because it can be printed from inks in a roll-to-roll newspaper fashion, is light-weight and flexible, and is made from earth-abundant, non-toxic materials.

    Alqahtani’s work explains how the performance of SM-OSCs depends on the details of … » More …

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