Clean Technology 2009

Terrence J. Collins

Terrence J. Collins

Thomas Lord Professor of Chemistry
Director of the Institute for Green Science
Carnegie Mellon University

Terry Collins is the Thomas Lord Professor of Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University where he directs the Institute for Green Science. He is also an Honorary Professor at the University of Auckland in New Zealand and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. He taught the first university course in green chemistry at Carnegie Mellon starting in 1992 and he writes and lectures widely on how chemists can promote sustainability. Professor Collins’ research is focused on greening the historically dirty area of oxidation chemistry by designing nontoxic catalysts for activating the natural oxidants, hydrogen peroxide and oxygen. His widely patented TAML® activators promise to allow peroxide to substitute more effectively for chlorine- and metal-based oxidation processes and to enable much more effective processes for destroying in water recalcitrant pollutants and hardy pathogens.

Chairing the symposium on Green Chemistry.

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