M. Robin Collins

Office: Civil & Environmental Engineering, Gregg Hall, Durham, NH 03824
M. Robin Collins

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.


  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Arizona
  • M.S., Sanitation Technology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Courses Taught

  • CEE 520: Environmntl Pollutn & Protectn
  • CEE 723/823: Environmental Water Chemistry
  • CEE 730/830: Public Health Engineering
  • CEE 731: Adv Water Treatment Processes
  • CEE 731/831: Adv Water Treatment Processes
  • CEE 731/931: Adv Water Treatment Processes
  • CEE 931: Adv Physicochemical Treatment
  • CIE/ENE 944/744: Adv Physicochemical Treatment
  • ENE 696: Field Experience
  • ENE 799H: Senior Honors Thesis

Selected Publications

Collins, M. R., & Zwerneman, J. (2014). Investigating the effect of system pressure on Henry's Law constants: Case study of trihalomethanes in water distribution systems. ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 248. Retrieved from http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/

Cecchetti, A. R., Roakes, H., & Collins, M. R. (2014). Influence of selected variables on trihalomethane removals by spray aeration. JOURNAL AMERICAN WATER WORKS ASSOCIATION, 106(5), E242-E252. doi:10.5942/jawwa.2014.106.0021

Sawyer, K., Perron, C., & Collins, M. R. (2014). Optimizing intermittent slow sand filters (biosand) construction for more consistent microbial removals. In PROGRESS IN SLOW SAND AND ALTERNATIVE BIOFILTRATION PROCESSES: FURTHER DEVELOPMENTS AND APPLICATIONS (pp. 339-345). Retrieved from http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/

Senders, J. D., & Collins, M. R. (2012). Modeling E. Coli removals in slow-rate biofiltration systems. In American Water Works Association Annual Conference and Exposition 2012, ACE 2012 (pp. 3989-4014).

Zwerneman, J., & Collins, M. R. (2012). Investigating the influence of pressure on THM post- Treatment diffused aeration in pressurized distribution piping. In American Water Works Association Annual Conference and Exposition 2012, ACE 2012 (pp. 5077-5094).

Most Cited Publications