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Department of Physics and Astronomy Collins Research Group


Welcome to the Collins Group at Washington State University. We are a highly interdisciplinary group in the Department of Physics and Astronomy as well as the Materials Science and Engineering Program. Our research straddles physics, materials science, electrical engineering and chemistry, and includes many close collaborations with leading groups in each of these fields. 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

  • Terry McAfee joins as Postdoctoral Researcher

    Terry McAfee has joined the Collins Research Group as postdoctoral researcher. He obtained his PhD in physics from North Carolina State University under Professor Harald Ade. His thesis was titled “Characterization and control of morphology in organic photovoltaic devices.” Recently, he completed postdoctoral work at Tulane University under Professor Wayne Reed developing an Automatic Continuous Online Monitoring of Polymerization (ACOMP) system. Terry joins the Collins group to develop a new Environmental Resonant Soft X-ray Scattering instrument which will enable in-situ/in-operando structural measurement of organic materials.

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  • Thomas Ferron’s RSoXS work published in PRL

    Thomas Ferron’s work on quantitative spectral RSoXS analysis has been published in Physical Review Letters.

    Measurement of buried molecular interfaces enabled by resonant X-ray scattering analysis

    We demonstrate a new quantitative X-ray scattering analysis that probes 3D molecular nanostructures and even buried interfaces between those structures. These organic nanomaterials are of increasing impact in bottom-up assembly, electronic devices, and biomimetic applications, but their internal structure is difficult to probe due to light elements and no or low crystallinity. For example, only planar interfaces were previously accessible with laborious and disruptive chemical tagging. This new … » More …

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