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Professor Stephen Collins

BSc(Hons), PhD (UniMelb)

Honorary Fellow, College of Engineering & Science

Stephen Collins is a Honorary Fellow of the College of Engineering and Science. He joined VU when it was the Footscray Institute of Technology in 1986. Prior to his Honorary Fellow appointment he held several leadership positions in the College over the years including Head of the Department of Applied Physics, Director of the Centre for Telecommunications and Microelectronics, Director of Research Training and Leader of the Telecommunications, Electronics, Photonics and Sensors (TEPS) Research Unit.

Stephen's research in the Optical Technology Research Laboratory at VU has been in areas of optics, such as optical fibre sensors and rare-earth-doped optical fibre lasers and amplifiers. He has approximately 250 journal and conference publications or presentations.

Stephen serves on the Council of the Australian Optical Society as President, and is active in the organisation of national and international conferences. Since 2012 he has also been Accreditation Manager for the Australian Institute of Physics.

In 2016 he led a National Science Week activity for the "Prokhorov Centenary" project, which highlighted the far-north Queensland origin of one of the Nobel Prize winners for the invention of the laser.

Publications

Refereed journal articles

Nazari M, Forouzandeh M A, Divarathne C M, Sidiroglou F, Rubio-Martinez M, Konstas K, Muir B W, Hill A J, Duke M C, Hill M R and Collins S F (2016). UiO-66 MOF end-face-coated optical fiber in aqueous contaminant detection, Opt. Lett., 41, 1696-1699

Nazari M, Rubio-Martinez M, Tobias G, Barrio J P, Nazari F, Konstas K, Babarao R, Muir B W, Collins S F, Duke M C and Hill M R (2016). Metal-Organic Framework coated optical fibres as light-triggered drug delivery vehicles, Advanced Functional Materials, 26, 3244-3249.

Rollinson C M, Wade S A, Baxter G W and Collins S F (2016). Imaging of various optical fiber Bragg gratings using DIC microscopy: Analysis and comparison, Applied Optics, 55, 783-790.

Asogwa C O, Teshome A K, Collins S F and Lai D T H (2016). A circuit model of real time human body hydration. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, 63, 1239-1247.

Zhang W, Collins S F, Baxter G W, Duan C and Yin M (2015). Use of cross-relaxation for temperature sensing via a fluorescence intensity ratio, Sensors & Actuators: A. Physical, 232, 8–12.

Conference presentations

Nazari M, Hill M R, Duke M C, Sidiroglou F and Collins S F (2015). Aqueous contaminant detection via a metal organic framework thin film coating on an optical fibre end-face, Australian and New Zealand Conference on Optics and Photonics (incorporating 40th Australian Conference on Optical Fibre Technology) (ANZCOP), Adelaide.

Thotath B, Nguyen T H, Zhang W, Wren S P, Baxter G W, Sun T, Collins S F and Grattan K T V (2015). Intrinsic determination of pH using a barycentre algorithm to characterise fluorescence from an optical fibre sensor, Australian and New Zealand Conference on Optics and Photonics (incorporating 40th Australian Conference on Optical Fibre Technology) (ANZCOP), Adelaide.

Thotath B, Nguyen T H, Zhang W, Wren S P, Baxter G W, Sun T, Collins S F and Grattan K T V (2015). Application of a fluorescence intensity ratio technique for the intrinsic determination of pH using an optical fiber sensor, 24th International Conference on Optical Fibre Sensors, Curitiba Brazil, Proc. SPIE 9634, 96344M (4 pp).

View Stephen's publications in the Victoria University Research Repository.

Professional memberships

  • Australian Institute of Physics (Fellow)
  • Australian Optical Society
  • Institute of Physics
  • Optical Society of America
  • SPIE – International Society for Optical Engineering

Areas of expertise

  • Optical fibre Bragg gratings
  • Optical fibre sensors
  • Optical materials
  • Optoelectronic imaging

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