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, thermodynamic (including phase transition) behavior in polymer solutions and blends, and new links showing how fundamental thermodynamics relates to dynamic relaxation. 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.; Buculei, D; Beale AMJM; Goovaerts, I.; Keddie, J.L.; Lipson, J.E.G. (2022) Spectroscopic Ellipsometry as a Route to Thermodynamic Characterization. Soft Matter DOI: 10.1039/d2sm00959e

  • Song, Z.J.; White, R.P.; Lipson, J.E.G.; Napolitano, S. (2022) Experimental and Modeling Comparison of the Dynamics of Capped and Freestanding Poly(2-chlorostyrene) Films.  ACS MacroLetters 11, 91-95.  DOI:10.1021/acsmacrolett.1c00674.

  • White, R.P.; Lipson, J.E.G. (2021) The dynamics of freestanding films: predictions for poly(2-chlorostyrene) based on bulk pressure dependence and thoughtful sample averaging. Soft Matter 17, 9755-9764. DOI:10.1039/d1sm01175h.

  • White, R.P.; Lipson, J.E.G. (2021) A Simple New Way to Account for Free Volume in Glassy Dynamics: Model-free Estimation of the Close-Packed Volume from PVT Data. Journal of Physical Chemistry B 125, 4221-4231. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.1c01620.

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