Carnegie Mellon University

Terry Collins

Terry Collins

Teresa Heinz Professor of Green Chemistry, Director, Institute for Green Science

5000 Forbes Avenue
Mellon Institute 712
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


A champion of green science, Terry Collins has been recognized internationally for his invention of a new class of oxidation catalysts with demonstrated potential for enormous, positive impact on the environment. Collins earned his undergraduate and doctor’s degrees from the University of Auckland. He learned of the insidious health damage caused by chemical pollutants of anthropogenic origin in his native New Zealand and created an iterative catalyst design program to explore whether he could develop environmentally benign and cost-effective technologies to avoid or destroy the pollutants. Collins and his fellow researchers have developed a higher efficiency TAML-based oxidation process that can now be used to avoid and eliminate pollutants and pathogens in water. 


Collins' work is focused on green chemistry that can be used to create cleaner chemical processes and remove dangerous chemicals from water and soil.

Professor of Chemistry Terry Collins talks about using green chemistry to clean water.