Our People » Maurice Collins

Office: ER0-004,
University of Limerick.

+353 61 202867



M.S. in Polymer Chemistry,
Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering

Research and Teaching Interests

Polymer Chemical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering
Composite Materials

Maurice Collins

Lignin Based Carbon Fibres for Composites (LIBRE)

Maurice received a degree in Materials Science, Masters in Polymer Chemistry and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering all from the University of Limerick. He is a lecturer in the School of Engineering, is the vice-lead of composite materials at the Bernal Institute, is a member of the Bernal Oversight Group and the Bernal Leadership Team. The principal focus of his research group is on the structure/property relationships of naturally derived macromolecular materials in the application areas of regenerative medicine, drug delivery, transport and energy.   He has a strong track record in attracting industrial funding and managing research partnerships with leading multinational companies. To date, Maurice has been awarded >€8million in research funding. He is the lead PI and coordinator of the H2020 LIBRE consortium, the largest sustainable carbon fibre consortium in Europe. Other current areas of interest include the development of immunomodulatory materials and bioinks for bioplotting of artificial joints. He has authored ~ 100 publications and is in the process of filing 4 patents.

He is as an expert evaluator for H2020, the Polish Academy of Science and the Israeli Ministry of Science. He is a member of the department for Justice Enterprise and Innovation (DJEI) expert panel on technology futures. Maurice is on the editorial board of the Elsevier Journal Carbohydrate Polymers and is a guest editor for the International Journal of Biological Macromolecules. He is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and leads UL’s involvement in the Biobased Industries Consortium. Maurice reviews for multiple ISI indexed journals in his field and has delivered invited talks in Japan, the US and Europe. He speaks Spanish and enjoys sports such as rugby and soccer.

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Hyaluronic acid based scaffolds for tissue engineering—A review
MN Collins, C Birkinshaw
Carbohydrate polymers 92 (2), 1262-1279
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Comparison of the effectiveness of four different crosslinking agents with hyaluronic acid hydrogel films for tissue‐culture applications
MN Collins, C Birkinshaw
Journal of applied polymer science 104 (5), 3183-3191
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Physical properties of crosslinked hyaluronic acid hydrogels
MN Collins, C Birkinshaw
Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine 19 (11), 3335-3343
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