Dr. Philippe Collon is Associate Professor of Physics in the Department of Physics at the University of Notre Dame. His research, in the Nuclear Science Laboratory (NSL), centers around the use of Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) to study questions related to nuclear astrophysics and the nucleosynthesis of elements in stars. Dr Collon is also active in the use of AMS for the analysis of both art and archaeology and tracers in environmental sciences.
Since joining the faculty in 2003, Dr. Collon has engaged over 60 undergraduate students in his research. These students have worked on projects, both during the semester and the summer months, using the accelerators at Notre Dame as well as at laboratories such as Argonne National Laboratory, the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory at MSU, and the University of Vienna.
Dr. Collon was associate Director for the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE) where he initiated the evening residence hall talks designed to encourage undergraduates to get involved in research and scholarship as early as their freshman year. He was the recipient of the 2010 Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C. Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.