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Dr. Maurice Collins

Biography

Dr Maurice N. Collins is a lecturer in Biomedical Engineering at the School of Engineering and vice lead of composites at the Bernal Institute. He is a member of the Irish composites center (IComp) and the Bernal leadership team. Currently, he is directing the H2020 funded LIBRE project, the largest consortium in Europe for converting lignin to carbon fibre, and is a PI in the SFI funded MOMENTUM project. Dr Collins has a strong track record in attracting multiple industrially funded research projects and in managing multinational research partnerships. His work to date has led to two licensing agreements and three patent applications. Coupled to this, he has authored over 100 publications on Materials Science related topics and his research has featured in various national and international media outlets. His research has been recognised through various awards including: Marie Curie Actions Award, Licensing Agreement Award, Best Journal Paper Award, Highlight Conference Paper Award, and UL Seed Funding Award.He is an active reviewer for international Journals including: Journal of Applied Polymer Science, Growth Factors, Journal of Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine, International Journal of Biological Macromolecules and Carbohydrate Polymers. He is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the European Society for Biomaterials. He sits on the editorial board of Carbohydrate Polymers and Soldering and Surface Mount Technology and is a member of the user group at the Synchrotron facilities at Diamond Lightsource UK. Maurice lectures polymer science and polymer processing related topics. He is the Editor of the book entitled "Hyaluronic Acid for Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Applications" published by Smithers Rapra. He is currently supervising 9 PhD and 7 Masters candidates as well as 2 postdoctoral researchers. He is the editor of the international Journal of Biological Macromolecules.

Research Interests

Polymeric materials; Biomaterials; Lead free solder materials; Reliabilty physics.

Teaching Interests


My teaching interests include polymers for biomedical Devices (MT6061), Polymer Therapeutics - (MT6062) and Materials Processing (MT6063) and Materials Technology (MT4905).


My teaching philosophy incorporates two core beliefs: 1) effective communication between instructor and student is vital, and 2) learning in engineering is an iterative process of theoretical study and application. It is through these principles that I reach my teaching goal—to provide an environment that allows students to take initiative in their education, and in which every student, comes away with an understanding of core biomedical engineering concepts. This is accomplished through creating interest in the classroom by a research led teaching approach which relates theoretical concepts to state-of-the-art research approaches within the field of materials engineering. My teaching is influenced by my research work in tissue mechanics, regenerative medicine, cell/matrix interactions, materials characterisation, orthopaedic mechanics and tissue scaffold design. I encourage students to engage with course material through class presentations. My experience has shown that when students engage in class presentations they generally work harder to understand the material, recall it more accurately, apply it more effectively and tend to score higher on tests than students who are learning only for their own sake

Professional Activities

Award

  • 2014 - Licensing Agreement
  • 2013 - UL Seed Funding
  • 2012 - IEEE Transactions on Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology: Best Paper Award
  • 2010 - Licensing Agreement Award
  • 2009 - Highlight Paper Award EuroMAt 2009
  • 2005 - Marie Curie Actions Award

Education

  • 2007 University of Limerick - Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2002 University of Limerick - Master of Science

Outreach

  • Interviewed in Irish Times, Irish Examiner on the reliability of Orthopaedic Materials
  • Interviewed on Diamond Pod Cast on the significance of results obtained at the Diamond Synchrotron
  • Reviewer for > 15 ISI Journals including Carbohydrate Polymers, International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, Cellulose, Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Med.; Tissue Engineering and Reg. Med.; Journal of Applied Polymer Science; ACS Journals.
  • Member of the Editoral Board of Carbohydrate Polymers Impact Factor 5.1

Language

  • Spanish

Publications

Books

2014

Hyaluronic Acid for Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Applications
Maurice N Collins
(2014) Hyaluronic Acid for Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Applications
Maurice N Collins(Ed.) Shawbury UK : Smithers Rapra

Book Chapters

2009

Encyclopedia of Polymer Composites: Properties, Performance and Applications,
Kafil M. Razeeb, Ju Xu, Eric D. Dalton, Muhammad M. Ramli, Maurice N. Collins and Saibal Roy
(2009) Encyclopedia of Polymer Composites: Properties, Performance and Applications,
In Thermal properties of carbon nanotube-silicone composites; New Youk : Nova Science Publishers

Peer Reviewed Journals

2014

Lamella alignment ratio: a SAXS analysis technique for macromolecules
Eric Dalton and Maurice N Collins
(2014) Lamella alignment ratio: a SAXS analysis technique for macromolecules
In Journal Of Applied Crystallography; pp. 847-851
DOI: 10.1107/S1600576714005706
[ULIR]

2013

Effects of tensile strain on the nanostructure of irradiated and thermally stabilised ultra high molecular weight polyethylenes for orthopaedic devices
Collins, MN,Dalton, E,Leahy, JJ,Birkinshaw, C
(2013) Effects of tensile strain on the nanostructure of irradiated and thermally stabilised ultra high molecular weight polyethylenes for orthopaedic devices
In Rsc Advances; pp. 1995-2007
DOI: 10.1039/c2ra21722h

2013

Corrosion under mixed flowing gas conditions of various connector coatings
Collins, MN,Reid, M,Dalton, E,Shannon, K,Garfias-Mesias, LF
(2013) Corrosion under mixed flowing gas conditions of various connector coatings
In Materials And Corrosion-Werkstoffe Und Korrosion; pp. 7-13
DOI: 10.1002/maco.201106340

2013

Hyaluronic acid solutionsA processing method for efficient chemical modification
Collins, MN,Birkinshaw, C
(2013) Hyaluronic acid solutionsA processing method for efficient chemical modification
In Journal Of Applied Polymer Science; pp. 145-152
DOI: 10.1002/app.39145

2012

Corrosion of RoHS-Compliant Surface Finishes in Corrosive Mixed Flowing Gas Environments
Hannigan, K,Reid, M,Collins, MN,Dalton, E,Xu, C,Wright, B,Demirkan, K,Opila, RL,Reents, WD,Franey, JP,Fleming, DA,Punch, J
(2012) Corrosion of RoHS-Compliant Surface Finishes in Corrosive Mixed Flowing Gas Environments
In Journal Of Electronic Materials; pp. 611-623
DOI: 10.1007/s11664-011-1799-2

2012

Crystal morphology of strained ultra high molecular weight polyethylenes
Collins, MN,Dalton, E,Schaller, B,Leahy, JJ,Birkinshaw, C
(2012) Crystal morphology of strained ultra high molecular weight polyethylenes
In Polymer Testing; pp. 629-637
DOI: 10.1016/j.polymertesting.2012.03.009

2012

Surface finish effect on reliability of SAC 305 soldered chip resistors
Collins, MN,Punch, J,Coyle, R
(2012) Surface finish effect on reliability of SAC 305 soldered chip resistors
In Soldering & Surface Mount Technology; pp. 240-248
DOI: 10.1108/09540911211262520

2012

Testing method for measuring corrosion resistance of surface mount chip resistors
Reid, M,Collins, MN,Dalton, E,Punch, J,Tanner, DA
(2012) Testing method for measuring corrosion resistance of surface mount chip resistors
In Microelectronics Reliability; pp. 1420-1427
DOI: 10.1016/j.microrel.2012.02.020

2011

Thermal Fatigue and Failure Analysis of SnAgCu Solder Alloys with Minor Pb Additions
Collins, MN; Punch, J; Coyle, R; Reid, M; Popowich, R; Read, P; Fleming, D
(2011) Thermal Fatigue and Failure Analysis of SnAgCu Solder Alloys with Minor Pb Additions
In Ieee Transactions On Components Packaging And Manufacturing Technology; pp. 1594-1600
DOI: 10.1109/TCPMT.2011.2150223

2011

Phenomenological Study of the Effect of Microstructural Evolution on the Thermal Fatigue Resistance of Pb-Free Solder Joints
Coyle, R; Osenbach, J; Collins, MN; McCormick, H; Read, P; Fleming, D; Popowich, R; Punch, J; Reid, M; Kummerl, S
(2011) Phenomenological Study of the Effect of Microstructural Evolution on the Thermal Fatigue Resistance of Pb-Free Solder Joints
In Ieee Transactions On Components Packaging And Manufacturing Technology; pp. 1583-1593
DOI: 10.1109/TCPMT.2011.2140109

2011

Morphology of Cross linked Hyaluronic Acid Porous Hydrogels
Collins, MN; Birkinshaw, C
(2011) Morphology of Cross linked Hyaluronic Acid Porous Hydrogels
In Journal Of Applied Polymer Science; pp. 1040-1049
DOI: 10.1002/app.33241

2011

Corrosion under mixed flowing gas conditions of various connector coatings
Collins, MN and Reid, M. and Dalton, E. and Shannon, K. and Garfias-Mesias, LF
(2011) Corrosion under mixed flowing gas conditions of various connector coatings
In Materials and Corrosion;

2009

A Phenomenological Study of the Effect of Microstructural Evolution on Pb-free Solder Joint Fatigue Resistance
Coyle, R; Reid, M; Osenbach, J; Ryan, C; Read, P; Fleming, D; Popowich, R; McCormick, H; Punch, J; Collins, M; Koshmeider, T; Manock, J; Kummerl, S; Chatterji, I
(2009) A Phenomenological Study of the Effect of Microstructural Evolution on Pb-free Solder Joint Fatigue Resistance
In Journal Of Electronic Materials;

2009

Development of the powder reaction moulding process
Zhao, L; Collins, MN; Birkinshaw, C
(2009) Development of the powder reaction moulding process
In Journal Of Chemical Technology And Biotechnology; pp. 454-460
DOI: 10.1002/jctb.2063

2008

Investigation of the swelling behavior of crosslinked hyaluronic acid films and hydrogels produced using homogeneous reactions
Collins, MN; Birkinshaw, C
(2008) Investigation of the swelling behavior of crosslinked hyaluronic acid films and hydrogels produced using homogeneous reactions
In Journal Of Applied Polymer Science; pp. 923-931
DOI: 10.1002/app.27631

2008

Physical properties of crosslinked hyaluronic acid hydrogels
Collins, MN; Birkinshaw, C
(2008) Physical properties of crosslinked hyaluronic acid hydrogels
In Journal Of Materials Science-Materials In Medicine; pp. 3335-3343
DOI: 10.1007/s10856-008-3476-4

2008

Effect of Ag content on the microstructure of Sn-Ag-Cu based solder alloys
Reid, M; Punch, J; Collins, M; Ryan, C
(2008) Effect of Ag content on the microstructure of Sn-Ag-Cu based solder alloys
In Soldering & Surface Mount Technology; pp. 3-8
DOI: 10.1108/09540910810902651

2008

Crystal ageing in irradiated ultra high molecular weight polyethylene
Barron, D; Collins, MN; Flannery, MJ; Leahy, JJ; Birkinshaw, C
(2008) Crystal ageing in irradiated ultra high molecular weight polyethylene
In Journal Of Materials Science-Materials In Medicine; pp. 2293-2299
DOI: 10.1007/s10856-007-3333-x

2007

Comparison of the effectiveness of four different crosslinking agents with hyaluronic acid hydrogel films for tisslue-culture applications
Collins, MN; Birkinshaw, C
(2007) Comparison of the effectiveness of four different crosslinking agents with hyaluronic acid hydrogel films for tisslue-culture applications
In Journal Of Applied Polymer Science; pp. 3183-3191
DOI: 10.1002/app.25993

Conference Publications

2012

Surface Mount and Technology Association (SMTAi)
Gavin Jackson, Ian J. Wilding, Richard Boyle, Puwei Liu, Matthew Holloway, Maurice N. Collins, Eric Dalton, Jeff Punch
(2012) Surface Mount and Technology Association (SMTAi)

2012

Surface Mount Technology Association International (SMTAi)
C. Xu, B. Wright, K. Demirkan, R. L. Opila, K. Hannigan, M. Reid, J. Punch, M.N. Collins, W.D. Reents, Jr., D.A. Fleming, J.P. Franey, G.E. Derkits Jr., P. Ahern,
(2012) Surface Mount Technology Association International (SMTAi)

2012

ICSR, Toronto, Canada
Eric Dalton, Maurice N. Collins, Michael Reid, Jeff Punch (2012) May 16 -18.
(2012) ICSR, Toronto, Canada

2012

62nd IEEE Electronic Components and Technology Conference (ECTC),
Cillian Burke, Jeff Punch and Maurice Collins
(2012) 62nd IEEE Electronic Components and Technology Conference (ECTC),

2012

International Conference on Soldering and Reliability
Eric Dalton, Amy Fleischer, Maurice N. Collins, Kafil Razeeb, Jeff Punch
(2012) International Conference on Soldering and Reliability

2012

ICSR, Toronto, Canada May 16 -18.
Maurice N. Collins, Gavin J. Jackson, Eric Dalton, Jeff Punch, Hector Steen, Puwei Liu, Matthew Holloway
(2012) ICSR, Toronto, Canada May 16 -18.

2012

Bipoco 2012, Siofok, Hungary,
Maurice N Collins
(2012) Bipoco 2012, Siofok, Hungary,

2009

SMTAi
Michael Reid, Maurice N. Collins, Richard Coyle and Jeff Punch
(2009) SMTAi

2009

IEEE Electronic Components and Technology Conference
Coyle R., Reid M., Ryan C., Popowich R., Read P., Fleming D., Collins M., Punch J., Chatterji I.
(2009) IEEE Electronic Components and Technology Conference
pp. 423-430
DOI: 10.1109/ECTC.2009.5074048

2009

Electrochemical Society (ECS)
Michael Reid and Maurice Collins
(2009) Electrochemical Society (ECS)

2009

EuroMat 2009
11. Lei Zhao, Maurice N. Collins and Colin Birkinshaw (2009)
(2009) EuroMat 2009

2009

EuroMat 2009
Maurice N Collins, Michael Reid & Jeff Punch (
(2009) EuroMat 2009

2009

EuroMat 2009
Maurice N Collins and Colin Birkinshaw
(2009) EuroMat 2009

2008

SMTA International (SMTAI)
Maurice N. Collins; Mauro V. Aguanno; Michael Reid; Claire Ryan; Jeff Punch
(2008) SMTA International (SMTAI)

2008

SMTA International (SMTAI)
Mauro V. Aguanno; Maurice N. Collins; Cillian Burke; Michael Reid; Claire Ryan; Jeff Punch
(2008) SMTA International (SMTAI)

2007

24th International Manufacturing Conference
L. Zhao, M. Collins & C. Birkinshaw
(2007) 24th International Manufacturing Conference

2005

19th European conference on Biomaterials (ESB)
M. Collins & C. Birkinshaw
(2005) 19th European conference on Biomaterials (ESB)

2004

IUPAC World Polymer Congress
M. Collins & M. Buggy
(2004) IUPAC World Polymer Congress

2004

IUPAC World Polymer congress
M. Collins & M. Buggy
(2004) IUPAC World Polymer congress