Terry Collins Biography
Terry (Terrence J.) Collins is the Teresa Heinz Professor of Green Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University, where he has taught since 1987. He is the director of Carnegie Mellon’s Institute for Green Science.
Collins was born and educated in New Zealand, completing his Ph.D. in 1978 at Auckland University. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University (1978-80).
Collins is one of the founders of the field of “green chemistry.”
He is internationally recognized for his development of small molecule catalysts called TAML® activators that activate natural oxidants such as hydrogen peroxide to clean water of numerous pollutants and pathogens. TAML activators are the first effective mimics of the peroxidase enzymes, a huge class of enzymes found throughout nature.
Collins writes and lectures widely about the importance and promise of chemists turning their prodigious inventive talents towards building the technological dimension of a sustainable civilization. He developed the first university course in Green Chemistry starting in 1992, a course that is the basis of open-source on-line green chemistry coursework.
His honors and awards include, among others, the Heinz Award for the Environment, the EPA’s 1999 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award, the Inaugural Kauffman Award of the Pittsburgh Foundation, Japan’s Society of Pure and Applied Coordination Chemistry Award and the Pittsburgh Section Award from the American Chemical Society.
He is an honorary professor and a Distinguished Alumnus awardee of Auckland University and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.