Jane E. G. Lipson

Academic Appointments
  • Associate Dean for the Sciences

  • Albert W. Smith Professor of Chemistry

We live in a world of designed materials, however, the design principles often lack a fundamental understanding of how the chemical nature of the constituents leads to the bulk properties of choice.  Work in the Lipson Group is focused on  creating a bright line between the microscopic nature of complex materials and their macroscopic behaviour. We use simulations, as well as the tools of statistical mechanics and thermodynamics.  Areas of particular interest involve glassiness and dynamic heterogeneity  in the bulk and in thin films, the effect of interfaces on polymer film properties, and phase behavior in polymer solutions and blends. Our specialty involves developing simple, minimalist descriptions that capture the fundamental physical behaviour, and that are held accountable to experimental results.


Burke, Room 205
HB 6128




  • B.Sc. University of Toronto
  • M.Sc. University of Toronto
  • Ph.D. University of Toronto

Selected Publications

  • White, R.P.; Lipson J.E.G. (2018)  Connecting Pressure-Dependent Dynamics to Dynamics Under Confinement: the Cooperative Free Volume Model Applied to Poly(4-Chloro Styrene) Bulk and Thin Films. Macromolecules DOI:10.1021/acs.macromol.8b01392

  • White, R.P.; Lipson, J.E.G. (2018) Pressure-Dependent Dynamics of Polymer Melts from Arrhenius to Non-Arrhenius: The Cooperative Free Volume Rate Equation Tested against Simulation Data. Macromolecules 51, 4896-4909.

  • White, R.P.; Lipson, J.E.G. (2017) Explaining the T,V-dependent Dynamics of Glass Forming Liquids: The Cooperative Free Volume Model Tested Against New Simulation Results. Journal of Chemical Physics 147, 184503.

  • White, R.P.; Lipson, J.E.G. (2017) How Free Volume Does Influence the Dynamics of Glass Forming Liquids  ACS Macro Letters, 6, 529-534.

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