Terry Collins

Green Chemistry Symposium: Integrating Environmental Health and Chemical Innovation

October 7, 2010

A champion in the field of green chemistry, Terry Collins has been recognized internationally for his work in creating a new class of oxidation catalysts with the potential for enormous, positive impact on the environment. Experts worldwide believe that Collins’ systems can be used to effectively replace chlorine-based oxidants in large global technologies so that some of society’s most toxic chlorinated residuals are not produced. The systems also enable valuable new technologies for previously unsolved environmental and health problems.

His honors include the Environmental Protection Agency’s 1999 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award, the Pittsburgh Award from the American Chemical Society and Japan’s Society of Pure and Applied Coordination Chemistry Award. Collins is an honorary professor and a Distinguished Alumni Award-recipient of the University of Auckland, New Zealand, a fellow of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the World Innovation Institute and a Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar. He is associate editor for the Americas of the journal Green Chemistry.

Collins earned his undergraduate and doctoral degrees from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He became a member of the Carnegie Mellon faculty in 1987.