Jennifer Green

Clinical Associate Professor
Tempe Campus


Jenny Green is a clinical associate professor in the School of Molecular Sciences at Arizona State University. She is a native of Australia where she attended the University of Sydney University and graduated with a B.Sc. (honors I) in physical chemistry and a Ph.D. also in physical chemistry. She has taught various physical chemistry classes as well as undergraduate chemistry for engineers, for premed as well as chemistry 101. Her research focuses on the spectroscopy of liquids, notably water and its aqueous solutions, both ionic and molecular. The main paper from her thesis work is now a “famous” paper (cited over 600x), as are three others from her post-doctoral studies at Purdue University and ASU. She is best known for a short paper in J. Phys. Chem. in which she identified the high glass transition temperature of the disaccharide trehalose as a leading reason that insects and other small organisms living in dry climates like that of Arizona synthesize this sugar rather than others as they pass, in dry times, into states of suspended animation (revitalizing at the next rainfall).

In teaching, both at the University of Sydney and subsequently at ASU, Professor Green received teaching evaluations far above average for the junior level faculty (4.6 vs. 4.0) at ASU. This was not achieved by “going easy” on students and telling jokes, but by being lucid and sensitive to students’ needs and abilities. She is currently making her mark as science publicist for the School of Molecular Sciences, which ranked no. 6 in the world for research impact in a 2011 International Year of Chemistry review.


  • Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, University of Sydney, Australia 1987
  • B.Sc. Physical Chemistry (Hons I), University of Sydney, Australia 1982