Positions

Overview

  • Research Overview

    Dr. Robin Collins is currently the Davison Professor of Environmental Engineering and a member of the Environmental Research Group and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Collins has conducted research in cooperation with numerous funding agencies by characterizing natural organic matter and disinfection by-product precursor and microbial removals from selected water treatment processes including slow sand filtration, direct filtration, diatomaceous earth filtration, riverbank filtration, membrane filtration and conventional treatment. He has worked with numerous public water suppliers and consulting engineers nationwide in evaluating and piloting several filtration options, especially slow sand filtration. He has also co-organized edited four international research conferences and two regional workshops on slow sand filtration. His current research interests have focused on water treatment technologies for small systems involving innovative adsorptive media for arsenic removal, disinfection by-product precursor and pathogen reductions by biological filtration, development of engineering training modules for selected non-traditional technologies and post-treatment aeration to remove volatile organic compounds, e.g. THMs.

    Selected Research Projects

    Enhancing Performance of Roughing Filter
    Assessing the Role of Schmutzdecke in Microbial Removals by Riverbank and Slow Sand Filtration
    Evaluating Intermittency Influences on Microbial Removals by Slow Sand Filters
    Assessing Zero-Valent-Iron (ZVI) for Arsenic Removals
    Evaluating Metal Coating to Enhance Filtration Performance
    Assessing Post-Treatment Aeration Techniques to Reduce Trihalomethanes in Drinking Water
    Assessing Microbial Removals from Various Membrane Configuration & Operating Conditions
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2014 Investigating the effect of system pressure on Henry's Law constants: Case study of trihalomethanes in water distribution systemsACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts.  248. 2014
    2014 Influence of selected variables on trihalomethane removals by spray aerationJournal of the American Water Works Association.  106:E242-E252. 2014

    Conference Proceeding

    Year Title
    2014 Optimizing intermittent slow sand filters (biosand) construction for more consistent microbial removalsPROGRESS IN SLOW SAND AND ALTERNATIVE BIOFILTRATION PROCESSES: FURTHER DEVELOPMENTS AND APPLICATIONS. 339-345. 2014
    2012 Investigating the influence of pressure on THM post- Treatment diffused aeration in pressurized distribution pipingAmerican Water Works Association Annual Conference and Exposition 2012, ACE 2012. 5077-5094. 2012
    2012 Modeling E. Coli removals in slow-rate biofiltration systemsAmerican Water Works Association Annual Conference and Exposition 2012, ACE 2012. 3989-4014. 2012

    Principal Investigator On

  • Pall Miscellaneous Projects XVII  awarded by Pall Corporation 2018 - 2019
  • National Center for Innovation in Small Drinking Water Systems  awarded by University of Colorado 2014 - 2018
  • Pall-Misc. Projects XIV  awarded by Pall Corporation 2017 - 2018
  • Nanostone Misc. Projects I  awarded by Nanostone Water Inc 2016 - 2017
  • Pall-Misc. Projects XIV  awarded by Pall Corporation 2015 - 2016
  • Water Planet Inc. Miscellaneous Projects I  awarded by Water Planet Inc 2016
  • Pall-Misc. Projects XII & XIII  awarded by Pall Corporation 2013 - 2015
  • Exploring Comparative Performance of Competing Filtration Treatment Goals (I) and Assessing the Role of Phosphorous and Media Age (II) in Deep Bed Anthracite and GAC Biolfilters for Simultaneous Removal of Organic Precursors and Maganese  awarded by Manchester, NH (City of) 2012 - 2013
  • Diffused Aeration to Reduce THMs in Pressurized Distribution Piping  awarded by Springfield Water & Sewer Commission 2012 - 2013
  • Miscellaneous Projects -XI  awarded by Pall Corporation 2012 - 2013
  • Activities of the New England Water Treatment Technology Assistance Center IX Year 2009-2011  awarded by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2009 - 2012
  • Pall Corporation X (10)  awarded by Pall Corporation 2011 - 2012
  • Adsorption Assessment for Enhanced Organic Precursor Removal from the Chester, MA Slow Sand Filtration Plant  awarded by Commonwealth of MASS 2011 - 2012
  • Adsorption Assessment for Enhanced Organic Precursor Removal and Potential Chloramination By-Product Formation  awarded by Hoyle, Tanner & Associates 2011 - 2012
  • Assess Removals of an Artificial Aquifer Recharge System for the Lamprey River  awarded by Emery & Garrett Groundwater, Inc. 2011
  • Activities of the New England Water Treatment Technology Assistance Center VIII 2008-2010  awarded by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2008 - 2011
  • Pall Misc Projects IX  awarded by Pall Corporation 2009 - 2010
  • New England Water Treatment Technology Assistance Center  awarded by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2003 - 2010
  • PALL Miscellaneous Projects VIII  awarded by Pall Corporation 2008 - 2009
  • River Bank Filtration Study  awarded by Wright-Pierce Engineers 2008
  • Pall Miscellaneous Projects VII  awarded by Pall Corporation 2007 - 2008
  • Filtration System Assessment  awarded by Seldon Laboratories LLC 2007 - 2008
  • Miscellaneous Projects  awarded by Pall Corporation 2006 - 2007
  • Small Water Treatment Technology Center  awarded by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 1999 - 2006
  • Microza Filter Membrane System  awarded by Pall Corporation 2005 - 2006
  • Water Treatment Miscellaneous Projects  awarded by Pall Corporation 2004 - 2005
  • Identifying NanoMesh Membranes for Drinking Water Treatment  awarded by Seldon Laboratories LLC 2003 - 2004
  • Drinking Water Assessment  awarded by Pall Corporation 2002 - 2003
  • Tubular Membrane Modules Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plt  awarded by Koch Membrane Systems, Inc. 2002 - 2003
  • Microza Filter Membrane System  awarded by Pall Corporation 2001 - 2002
  • Microza Filter Membrane System  awarded by Pall Corporation 2001 - 2002
  • Disinfection By-Product Formation & Control Chloramination  awarded by University of Texas at Austin 2000 - 2001
  • Pall Membrane Projects  awarded by Pall Corporation 2000 - 2001
  • ETV Testing of Separmatic's DE Pressure Filter Unit  awarded by National Sanitation Foundation International 1999 - 2000
  • ETV Testing of Separmatic's DE Vacuum Filter Unit  awarded by National Sanitation Foundation International 1999 - 2000
  • Pall Corp Microza Microfiltration System Module  awarded by National Sanitation Foundation International 1999 - 2000
  • Catskill/Delaware Disinfection Study  awarded by Clancy Environmental Consultants 1998 - 2000
  • Microbial Challenges to Selected Membrane Filters  awarded by Pall Corporation 1997 - 1999
  • Non Treatability II - New York City  awarded by Metcalf & Eddy/Hazen & Sawyer (Joint Venture) 1996 - 1999
  • Microbial Challenges to Ceramic Membranes  awarded by Media Process Technology, Inc. 1997 - 1998
  • Pollution Mitigation Using Membrane Filtration  awarded by NH Office of the Governor, Office of Energy & Pla 1997 - 1998
  • Analytical Program for Pilot SSf Study in Salem, Oregon  awarded by Black and Veatch 1995 - 1996
  • Evaluating Gac Sandwich Modifications in Rutland Vermont  awarded by Thames Water Utilities 1994 - 1995
  • Characterization of NOM Removal at New York City Reservoir  awarded by Metcalf & Eddy/Hazen & Sawyer (Joint Venture) 1993 - 1994
  • Water Treatment Services  awarded by Miscellaneous Business & Industry 1993 - 1994
  • Assessment of HF Membrane Filters  awarded by Koch Membrane Systems, Inc. 1992 - 1994
  • Particulate Removal at Pennichuck Treatment Plant - Phase I  awarded by Miscellaneous Business & Industry 1992 - 1993
  • Teaching Activities

  • Adv Water Treatment Processes Taught course 2019
  • Adv Water Treatment Processes Taught course 2019
  • Environmntl Pollutn & Protectn Taught course 2018
  • Public Health Engineering Taught course 2018
  • Adv Physicochemical Treatment Taught course 2018
  • Adv Water Treatment Processes Taught course 2018
  • Adv Water Treatment Processes Taught course 2018
  • Environmntl Pollutn & Protectn Taught course 2017
  • Water Chemistry Taught course 2017
  • Water Chemistry Taught course 2017
  • Field Experience Taught course 2017
  • Adv Physicochemical Treatment Taught course 2017
  • Adv Physicochemical Treatment Taught course 2017
  • Public Health Engineering Taught course 2016
  • Water Chemistry Taught course 2016
  • Water Chemistry Taught course 2016
  • Adv Physicochemical Treatment Taught course 2016
  • Adv Physicochemical Treatment Taught course 2016
  • Project Planning and Design Taught course 2016
  • Public Health Engineering Taught course 2015
  • Water Chemistry Taught course 2015
  • Water Chemistry Taught course 2015
  • Adv Physicochemical Treatment Taught course 2015
  • Adv Physicochemical Treatment Taught course 2015
  • Project Planning and Design Taught course 2015
  • Environmntl Pollutn & Protectn Taught course 2014
  • Water Chemistry Taught course 2014
  • Water Chemistry Taught course 2014
  • Adv Physicochemical Treatment Taught course 2014
  • Adv Physicochemical Treatment Taught course 2014
  • Master's Project Paper Taught course 2014
  • Project Planning and Design Taught course 2014
  • Top/Public Health Engineering Taught course 2014
  • Top/Public Health Engineering Taught course 2014
  • Education And Training

    Full Name

  • Michael Collins