Chemistry and Biochemistry Department
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Bill Collins is an associate professor of chemistry at Fort Lewis College. He joined the college in 2011. Dr. Collins’ research interests include synthetic organic chemistry, natural product isolation, and chemical ecology. His research work has focused on the development of plant-based natural products to improve honey bee health. To this end, his group is currently involved with the synthesis of modified monoterpenoid molecules that can be fed to honey bees to defend against parasitic mites that transmit viruses. He is currently in collaborations with apiculturists to investigate the efficacy of these molecules in bee hives. Prior to joining Fort Lewis, Dr. Collins was a postdoctoral fellow at MIT, studying graphene and carbon nanotube chemistry.
“Caffeic Acid Esters Are Effective Bactericidal Compounds Against Paenibacillus larvae by Altering Intracellular Oxidant and Antioxidant Levels” Collins, W. R.; Lowen, N.; Blake, D. J. Biomolecules 2019, 9, 312-325.
“Using Propolis-Based Phytochemicals to Impact Honey Bee Health” Collins, W. R. Oral Presentation, Colorado State Beekeepers Summer Meeting, Invited, 2018.
“Phytochemicals as Varroacides: The Development of Propolis-Based Miticides” Collins, W. R. Oral Presentation, North American Pollinator Protection Campaign Conference, Washington D.C., 2017.
“An Improved Synthesis of the Antimicrobial Thymol- and Carvacrol-b-D-Glucopyranosides” Walker, M.;* Robison, A.;* Collins, W. R. Lett. Org. Chem. 2016, 13, 338-342.
“Natural Product Isolation of Thymol, Camphor and Citral: Monoterpenes Sharing a Unified Biosynthetic Precursor” McLain, K. A.; Miller, K. A.; Collins, W. R. J. Chem. Educ. 2015, 92, 1226-1228.
“Synthesis of Glycosylated Thymol as a Potential Acaricidal Protective Agent for Honey Bees” Robison, A.; Park, J.; Collins, W. R. Poster Presentation, 242nd ACS National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 2014.
“Natural Product Isolation of Thymol, Camphor and Citral: Monoterpenes Sharing a Unified Biosynthetic Precursor” McLain, K.; Miller, K. A.; Collins W. R. Poster Presentation, 242nd ACS National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 2014.
“Cyclobutene-C60 Adducts: N-Type Materials for Organic Photovoltaic Cells with High Voc” Han, G. D.; Collins, W. R.; Andrew, T. L.; Swager, T. M. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2013, 24, 3061-3069.
“Claisen Rearrangement of Graphite Oxide: A Route to Covalently Functionalized Graphene” Collins, W. R.; Lewandowski, W.; Schmois, E.; Walish, J.; Swager, T. M. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2011, 50, 8848-8852.
“Graphene Oxide as an Electrophile for Carbon Nucleophiles” Collins, W. R.; Schmois, E.; Swager, T. M. Chem. Commun. 2011, 47, 8790-8792.
Dr. Collins was awarded $14,000 from the California Beekeeper’s Association for “Glycosylated Monoterpenoids: A Potentially Novel Miticidal Delivery Method to Combat the Varroa Mite.”
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food & Agriculture awarded $103,000 in research funding to Associate Professor of Chemistry Bill Collins for his and his students' research into honeybee colony collapse disorder. [7/18/18]