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Christopher Collison

Professor
School of Chemistry and Materials Science
College of Science

585-475-6142
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Christopher Collison

Professor
School of Chemistry and Materials Science
College of Science

Education

BS, Ph.D., Imperial College London (United Kingdom)

585-475-6142

Areas of Expertise

Currently Teaching

MTSE-790
1 - 9 Credits
Dissertation research by the candidate for an appropriate topic as arranged between the candidate and the research advisor.
CHEM-790
1 - 6 Credits
Dissertation research by the candidate for an appropriate topic as arranged between the candidate and the research advisor.
CHMP-442
3 Credits
This course provides fundamental concepts, and organizing principles of quantum chemistry, applied in all aspects of chemistry and related fields. A rigorous and detailed explanation of central, unifying concepts in quantum chemistry will be developed. Mathematical models will be described, which contain the underpinnings to concepts applied in analytical, inorganic, organic, and biochemistry courses, as well as more advanced topics in chemistry. The course will cover: Postulates and formulation of Schrödinger equations, Operators and matrix elements, Solutions for the particle-in-a-box, simple harmonic oscillators, the rigid rotor and angular momentum, the hydrogen atom; spin, the Pauli principle. Approximation methods will be described for the helium atom, the hydrogen molecule ion, the hydrogen molecule, Diatomic molecules. Linear combinations of atomic orbitals and computational chemistry will be introduced and quantum chemistry applications will be provided. In addition this course will cover standard thermodynamic functions expressed in partition functions and spectroscopy and light-matter interaction
CHMP-752
3 Credits
This course provides a comprehensive and clear description of the concepts and principles of molecular photophysical processes and photochemistry. The practical methods required for associated photophysical characterization and measurement are presented along with important applications of molecular photonics in cutting-edge research. A review of quantum mechanics is given with the photochemist in mind such that the student is encouraged to make more use of quantum mechanical terms, quantities and concepts. The course covers the interaction of light with molecular orbitals to form an excited state, and its subsequent de-activation. Applications such as lasers, spectroscopy, photoinduced charge transfer in modern organic photovoltaics and photosynthesis are described.
CHEM-493
1 - 3 Credits
This course is a faculty-directed student project or research in chemistry that could be considered of an original nature.
CHEM-791
0 Credits
Continuation of Thesis
CHEM-155
2 Credits
This course presents an introduction to working in a modern chemistry laboratory. Students will perform exercises that will aid in the understanding of general laboratory practices, atomic and molecular structure, and Lewis acid base theory. Students will also become familiar with keeping a scientific laboratory notebook and writing scientific abstracts. Students will also utilize modern chemical instrumentation to aid in the understanding of concepts.
CHEM-495
1 - 3 Credits
This course is a faculty-directed student project or research involving laboratory work, computer modeling, or theoretical calculations that could be considered of an original nature. The level of study is appropriate for students in their final two years of study.
CHEM-780
1 - 4 Credits
Chemistry project accomplished by the MS student for an appropriate topic as arranged between the candidate and the project advisor.
CHEM-670
1 Credits
Chemists are required to communicate information about their research, laboratory, and themselves in writing. This course is designed to develop these skills. Students will learn how to write a curriculum vitae, resume, laboratory overview, short and long research abstracts, and scientific research articles using the various formats and styles used by chemists. An integral part of the writing of a research article is the initial formulation of the research hypothesis and design of experiments to test the hypothesis. This course will also review and stress the importance of these components.
CHEM-799
1 - 3 Credits
This course is a faculty-directed tutorial of appropriate topics that are not part of the formal curriculum. The level of study is appropriate for a masters-level student.

Select Scholarship

Journal Paper
Hu, Zhiqi, et al. "An Experimental and Computational Study of Donor–Linker–Acceptor Block Copolymers for Organic Photovoltaics." JOURNAL OF POLYMER SCIENCE, PART B: POLYMER PHYSICS 56. (2018): 1135–1143. Web.
Spencer, Susan, et al. "Critical Electron Transfer Rates for Exciton Dissociation Governed by Extent of Crystallinity in Small Molecule Organic Photovoltaics." Journal of Physical Chemistry C 118. (2014): 14840-14847. Web.
Spencer, Susan, et al. "The Effect of Controllable Thin Film Crystal Growth on the Aggregation of a Novel High Panchromaticity Squaraine Viable for Organic Solar Cells." Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells 112. (2013): 202-208. Web.
Published Article
Collison, Christopher J., Susan Spencer, Amber Monfette, Jessica Alexander, and Jason Staub. “Newcandidates for near-infra-red-absorbing active layers in multijunction organic photovoltaics: Characterization and performance”. Proceedings of the Thirty-fifth IEEE Photovoltaic SpecialistsConference, 20-25 June 2010. 1601-1606. Print. † ≠
Formal Presentation
Collison,Christopher. “Strategies for improved efficiency and sustainability of bulk heterojunction organic photovoltaic devices.” Chemistry Department Seminar. University of Maryland. 15 September 2010. Presentation. †
Collison, Chris, Amber Monfette, Jessica Alexander, JasonStaub, Annick Anctil, Paul Jarosz, Susan Spencer and Harry Hu. “Potential New Candidates for Near-Infra-Red-Absorbing Active Layers in Multijunction Organic Photovoltaics: Characterization and and Performance.” MRS National Spring Meeting Organic Photovoltaic Science and Technology symposium. San Francisco, CA. 8 April 2010. Presentation. †