Michael J. Collins

Professor Emeritus, Chemistry 



  • B.S. in Chemistry, St. John's University, Collegeville, Minn., 1966
  • Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry, University of Minnesota, 1971


Academic and Research Interests: 

  • Using computers in the teaching laboratory as a means of achieving stated lab goals
  • Computer data acquisition as an essential lab skill for science students
  • Electrochemistry in undergraduate education as an essential analytical tool
  • Spectro-electrochemistry to explore redox properties of proteins and biomimetic metal complexes 



2008 Viterbo University Distinguished Service Award
1988 Wisconsin Professor of the Year, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
1988 Bronze Medalist, National Professor the Year
1987 Burlington-Northern Faculty Achievement Award


Publications and Presentations 

  1. Dong Wang, Kallol Ray, Michael Collins, Erik Farquhar, Jonathan Frisch, Laura Gomez, Timothy Jackson, Marion Kerscher, Arkadius Waleska, Peter Comba, Miquel Costas, Lawrence Que Jr., “Nonheme Oxoiron(IV) Complexes of Pentadentate N5 Ligands: Spectroscopy, Electrochemistry, and Oxidative Reactivity,” Chem. Sci., 2013, 4, 292–291.
  2. Michael J. Collins and John R. Amend, "Spectroscopy can be visual, hands-on, and quantitative," Presentation given by MJC at the 198th 2YC3 Meeting, Harper College, Palatine, IL.
  3. Thomas S. Kuntzleman, Joshua B. Kenney, Scott Hasbrouck, Michael J. Collins, and John R. Amend, "Simple and Automated Coulometric Titration of Acid Using Non-isolated Electrodes," J. Chem. Educ. 2011, 88 (11), pp 1565–1568
  4. Greg Stewart, John R. Amend, Michael J. Collins, and Thomas S. Kuntzleman, "Affordable Cyclic Voltammetry," Journal of Chemical Education, 2009, 86 (9), p 1080.
  5. Michael J. Collins and Angela Hebda, “Turning over oxoiron(IV): using electrolysis to convert oxoferryl from stoichiometric reagent to electro-catalyst,” Poster given at the 2009 American Chemical Society Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  6. Michael J. Collins and Mo Zhang, "Electrochemical synthesis of an oxoiron(IV) complex in buffered water-acetonitrile solution: evidence of a new intermediate," Poster given at the 2009 American Chemical Society Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  7. Collins, Michael J. and Amel, Ronald T., Fourier transform NMR in the chemistry curriculum: an integrated approach using a permanent magnet FT-NMR in conjunction with high field NMR data files and computational chemistry. ACS Symposium Series (2007), 969 (Modern NMR Spectroscopy in Education), 350-361. CODEN: ACSMC8 ISSN:0097-6156.
  8. Michael J. Collins, Kallol Ray, and Lawrence Que, “Electrochemical Generation of a Nonheme Oxoiron(IV) Complex,” Inorg. Chem., 2006, 45, 8008-8011.
  9. Michael J. Collins. “Demonstrating Chirality: Using a Mirror with Physical Models to Show Non-superimposability of Chiral Molecules with Their Mirror Images,” Journal of Chemical Education, 2001, 79 (11), pp 1484-5.
  10. Michael J. Collins, Wyatt Biel, and Jennifer Drexler, "Synthesis and Characterization of a Family of REDOX Mediators for Use in Spectroelectrochemical Analysis of Metalloproteins," Poster given at the Ninth International Conference on Biological Inorganic Chemistry (ICBIC99), Minneapolis, MN, 1999.
  11. Arciero, David M., Alan B. Hooper and Michael J. Collins, “Low Volume Spectroelectrochemistry: An Improved Anaerobic Optically Transparent Thin Layer Electrode Cell and a Potentiostat-UV/Vis Spectrophotometer Interface for Computer Controlled Data Collection,” J. Electroanalytical Chem, 371 (1994), 277-281.
  12. Michael J. Collins, David M. Arciero and Alan B. Hooper, “Resolution of the Hemes of HAO by Optical Spectropotentiometry and Coulometry: Heme Quantitation and pH Dependence.” J. Biol.Chem., 1993, (268) 14655–14662.
  13. Arciero, David M., Michael J. Collins, Jean Haladjian, Pierre Bianco, & Alan B. Hooper, “Resolution of the Four Hemes of Cytochrome c554 from Nitrosomonas europaea by Redox Potentiometry and Optical Spectroscopy,” Biochemistry, 1991, 30, 11459–11465.