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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.