Brian Collins

  1. Associate Professor
LocationWebster 523


Professor Collins is an experimental condensed matter/materials physicist studying phenomena at the crossroads of molecular nanostructures and devices and novel synchrotron X-ray characterization techniques.

On the materials/devices side, his lab focuses on functional carbon-based materials for flexible electronics (e.g. organic solar cells) and smart medicine (e.g. polymer micelle nanocarriers) that includes studying they physics behind formation of the nanostructures that govern emergent properties as well as the dynamics of excited states that result in device performance.

On the X-ray science side, Collins develops synchrotron X-ray techniques and optical models that explain and utilize molecular resonances of carbon bonds to characterize positional, chemical, and orientational order at the nanoscale in ways not possible by any other technique through spectroscopy, microscopy, scattering, and diffraction experiments.

Curriculum Vitae


  • PhD in Physics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MS in Physics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • BA in Physics, Gustavus Adolphus College

Research Interests

  • molecular nanostructures
  • self-assembly
  • organic electronics
  • device physics
  • sychrotron x-ray technique development
  • nanocharacterization
  • resonant x-ray optical physics

Selected Publications