Dr. Collins currently serves as Chair of the Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering Department. He has served on the faculty at Franciscan University of Steubenville since 2013 and teaches courses in general chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical science, materials science, and science education. Dr. Collins previously held a faculty position at SUNY College at Cortland, and was a high school science teacher for eight years. He received his PhD in Chemistry from Miami University (Ohio) and a BS in Materials Science and Engineering from Ohio State University. He also holds a Texas Educator Certificate (teaching license) for secondary science.
Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville OH (2017-present) Ohio EPA grant Air Quality Monitoring Stations in Upper Ohio Valley Co-PI (with Dr. Eric Haenni, Biological Science); data collection and daily operations for four air quality monitoring stations in the upper Ohio valley
Miami University, Oxford OH (2003-2008) Graduate Research Assistant
Co-PI, “Symmetry and crystallography in the high-school chemistry classroom.” Designed lesson materials and taught one week of high school classes
Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry
Synthesis and characterization of heterobimetallic paddlewheel clusters
Rational synthesis of metal-organic framework materials containing multiple metal species
Evaluation of hydrogen storage in metal-organic frameworks and microporous materials
Organic ligand synthesis
Lab manager for research group of ~15 students and post-doctoral researchers
Directly supervised 3 undergraduate and 2 high school students
Center for Chemistry Education, Miami University-Middletown, Middletown OH (2003) Graduate Research Assistant
Develop and evaluate activities for middle-school-age science enrichment programs
Society of Catholic Scientists, 2018-present
American Chemical Society (ACS), 2004–present
Pittsburgh Local Section
Division of Chemistry Education, Division of Inorganic Chemistry
Ohio Teaching License (Provisional), AYA Comprehensive Science, 2002-2003
QR CODES IN THE GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY” “QR codes in the general chemistry laboratory.” D. J. Collins, T. Lee.239th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA (April 2013)
“SYMMETRY AND CRYSTALLOGRAPHY IN THE HIGH SCHOOL CHEMISTRY CLASSROOM.” “Symmetry and crystallography in the high school chemistry classroom.” Collins, D. J.; Grove, N. P.; Guerin, N. P.;Bretz, S. L.; Zhou, H.-C. J. Chem. Ed., 2009, 86, 946.
“HYDROGEN STORAGE IN METAL-ORGANIC FRAMEWORKS” “Hydrogen storage in metal-organic frameworks.” Collins, D. J.; Zhou, H.-C. J. Mater. Chem., 2007, 17, 3154.
“IRON-SULFUR MODELS OF PROTEIN ACTIVE SITES.” “Iron-sulfur models of protein active sites.” Collins, D. J.; Zhou, H.-C. In Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry, 2nd Ed.; King, R. B.,Ed.; Wiley: New York, 2006.