Research Overview

Work in the Lipson Group is focused on creating a bright line between the microscopic nature of complex materials and their macroscopic behavior. We use the tools of statistical mechanics and thermodynamics as well as simulations.  Areas of particular interest involve dynamic heterogeneity and kinetic arrest in the bulk and in thin films, the effect of film thickness and interfaces on glass transitions in polymer films, and unusual phase behavior in solutions of polymers mixed with ionic liquids or supercritical carbon dioxide. We are also creating new tools to enable the prediction of miscibility in polymer blends and solutions that only require knowledge of pure component properties.