Abigail Collins

Abi joined the group as a PhD student in October 2019. Originally from Coventry, she graduated in 2017 with a 2:1 BSc in Chemistry from the University of St Andrews, and again in 2018 with a Distinction MSc in Polymer Chemistry from the University of Warwick. Outside of the lab, Abi enjoys cooking, music festivals, and travelling.

Current Research

Abi’s research is currently focused on the development of hybrid organic-inorganic polymer hosts to facilitate solid-state triplet-triplet annihilation upconversion. Upconversion layers are a type of spectral converter for solar energy harvesting devices as part of the ERC funded SPECTRACON project. This project combines polymer chemistry and structural characterisation with photophysics, and explores the relationship between the two.


Organic Polymer Hosts for Triplet−Triplet Annihilation Upconversion Systems. Michael J. Bennison, Abigail R. Collins, Bolong Zhang and Rachel C. Evans*, Macromolecules, 2021, 54, 5287-5303.

Photoactive organic-inorganic hybrid polymer waveguides for optical device technologies, Abigail R. Collins, Thomas J. F. Southern, Guangpeng Lyu, Michael J. Bennison and Rachel C. Evans*, Proc. SPIE 11367, Photosensitive Materials and their Applications, 113670Y (1 April 2020); doi: 10.1117/12.2564510.


STEM for Britain 2022 Competition, awarded by the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee: Silver award in Chemistry for poster presentation and scientific communication. Sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry and Nutrition Society.

RSC Photophysics and Photochemistry Group Early Career Members’ meeting 2021: Prize for 3-minute video “Green-to-Blue Photon Upconversion for Solar Energy Applications Using Organic-Inorganic Polymer Hosts.”


Cambridge Festival 2022 – ‘Electricity from colourful windows.’