A member of ORNL's Isotope & Fuel Cycle Technology Division, Collins served as ORNL program manager for the DOE Nuclear Energy Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative and for the laboratory's isotope program. Collins is currently involved in projects to re-establish production of plutonium-238 in the United States and to recover and recycle zirconium from used nuclear fuel cladding.
Collins' more than 40 years of experience in in the fields of radiochemical separations, transuranium element processing and the advanced nuclear fuel cycle have brought him national and international recognition. He is a U.S. representative for the international Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development/Nuclear Energy Agency Expert Group on Fuel Cycle Chemistry.
Collins co-designed the ion exchange process used to decontaminate high-activity-level water following the 1979 reactor accident at Three Mile Island and managed ORNL's program for technical assistance to the accident recovery. He has four patents and has received several prestigious awards, including the 2004 Glenn T. Seaborg Award for Actinide Separations.
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