Our People

Dr Maurice Collins - Research Fellow

Research Interests

Biomaterials; Structure/Property Relationships in Polymeric materials; Polymer Blends and composites; Polymer Therapeutics; Polymer Crystals; Lead free Solder Materials; Liquid surface interactions

Dr Maurice N. Collins is a Research Fellow and Principal Investigator at the Stokes Institute. He has a PhD in Materials Science. Dr Collins has a strong track record in attracting industrial funding (> €1 million) and managing research partnerships with leading multinational companies. Maurice lectures polymer therapeutics and polymer/composite processing. He is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and has authored over 70 publications including patents, journal articles etc. He is the editor of “Hyaluronic acid for biomedical and pharmaceutical applications” published by Smithers Rapra and he sits on the editorial board of Carbohydrate Polymers as well as Soldering and Surface Mount Technology. He is a reviewer for 15 ISI journals and his research has led to two successful licensing agreements. Maurice is a principal investigator at Diamond Lightsource, UK.

More Information on ResearchGate and Google Scholar http://goo.gl/ekrpi8

Recent publications

Declan Barron, Colin Birkinshaw and Maurice N Collins (2015)  “Reflection Effects during the radiation sterilization of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene for total knee replacements” Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials doi:10.1016/j.jmbbm.2015.03.020

Maurice N Collins (Editor) “Hyaluronic acid for Biomedical and pharmaceutical Applications”  published by Smithers Rapra 2014.

Eric Dalton and Maurice N. Collins (2014) “Lamella alignment ratio – a SAXS analysis technique for macromolecules”  Journal of Applied Crystallography, 47, 847-851    [ doi:10.1107/S1600576714005706 ]

Maurice N Collins and Colin Birkinshaw (2013)“Reproducible Hyaluronic Acid Solutions for Chemical Modification”  Journal of Applied Polymer Science DOI: 10.1002/APP.39145.

Maurice N. Collins and Colin Birkinshaw (2013) “Hyaluronic Acid based Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering – A Review”, Carbohydrate Polymers Volume 92, Issue 2, Pages 1262–1279.

Maurice N. Collins, Eric Dalton, JJ Leahy and Colin Birkinshaw (2013) “Effects of Tensile Strain on the Nanostructure of Irradiated and Thermally Stabilised Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylenes for Orthopaedic Devices” RSC Advances,  3, 6, 1995-2007.

Maurice N. Collins, Eric Dalton, Barbara Schaller, JJ Leahy and Colin Birkinshaw (2012) “Crystal Morphology of strained Polyethylenes” Polymer Testing, vol 31, issue 5, pages 629-637. (Corresponding author)

Maurice N. Collins, Richard Coyle and Jeff Punch, (2012) “Surface finish effect on reliability of SAC 305 soldered chip resistors” Soldering and Surface Mount Technology, vol  24, issue 4, pages 240 – 248

Michael Reid, Maurice N. Collins, Eric Dalton, Jeff Punch, and David A. Tanner (2012) “Testing Method for Measuring Corrosion Resistance of Surface Mount Chip Resistors” Microelectronic Reliability, vol 52, issue 7, pages 1420-1427.

Maurice N. Collins; Michael Reid, Eric Dalton, Kevin Shannon, L. F. Garfias-Mesias (2012) “The effect of different barrier layers on corrosion of connectors with flash gold finish” Materials and Corrosion, vol 41, issue 3, pages 611-623 DOI: 10.1002/maco.201106340 Article featured on cover of Journal.

Richard Coyle, John Osenbach, Maurice Collins, Heather McCormick, Peter Read, Debra Fleming, Richard Popowich, Jeff Punch, Michael Reid, and Steven Kummerl (2011)“A Phenomenological Study of the Effect of Microstructural Evolution on the Thermal Fatigue Resistance of Pb-free Solder Joints” IEEE Transactions on Components and Packaging Technologies, Vol 1, 10, pages 1583-1593. Awarded best paper 2011.

Maurice N. Collins, Jeff Punch, Richard Coyle, Michael Reid, Richard Popowich, Peter Read, and Debra Fleming (2011) “Thermal Fatigue and Failure Analysis of SnAgCu Solder Alloys with Minor Pb Additions” IEEE Transactions on Components and Packaging Technologies, Vol 1, 10, pages 1594-1600. DOI 10.1109/TCPMT.2011.2150223

Stokes Laboratories
Engineering Research Building
University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland

Phone: +353 61 202449
Email: stokesresearch@ul.ie