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 1000x), 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).

 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


1. "Limiting tensions for liquids and glasses from laboratory and MD studies," Q. Zheng, J. Green, J. Kieffer, P. H. Poole, J. Shao, G. H. Wolf, and C. A. Angell, in Liquids under Negative Pressures NATO-ASI, Kluwer Academic Pub., 2002, pp. –46.

(Liquids Under Negative Pressure ARW is available in pdf:

2."Glassformer Fragilities and Landscape Excitation Profiles by Simple Calorimetric and Theoretical Methods," C. A. Angell, J. L. Green, K. Ito, P. Lucas and B. E. Richards, J. Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry 57, 717-736 (1999).

3. "Fragility in Liquids and Polymers New Simple Quantifications and  Interpretations,” J. L. Green, K. Ito, K. Xu and C. A. Angell, J. Phys. Chem. B. 103, 3991-3996 (1999).

4.  S. -P. Ding, J. Fan, J. L. Green, Q. Lu, E. Sanchez and C. A. Angell, J. Thermal Analysis 47, 1391-1405 (1996).

5. “The Protein-Glass Analogy:  New Insights from Homopeptide Comparisons,” J.L. Green, J. Fan and C.A. Angell, J. Phys. Chem., 98, 13780-91 (1994).

6. “Liquid Fragility and the Glass Transition in Water and Aqueous Solutions,” C.A. Angell, R.D. Bressel, J.L. Green and H. Kanno, M. Oguni and E.J. Sare (Text of invited lecture at ISOPOW V)Int. J. Food Science   22,  115 -142, (1994).

7.    C.A. Angell, C. Alba Simionesco, J. Fan, and J.L. Green, (text of opening talk at   NATO Conference on Hydrogen Bonded Liquids, Cargese, Corsica, Sept., 1993). NATO-ASI Series C (Math, and Phys., Sci) Vol. 435, p. 3-22.

8. “Metastable Liquids: Phenomenology in Supercooled and Stretched States,” C.A. Angell and J.L. Green, Lectures on Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics  (Proc. XIXth Winter Stat. Mech. Meeting, Oaxtepec, Mexico, Jan 2-5th, 1990) eds M. Lopez de Haro and C. Varea, World Scientific, Singapore, 1990, p. 155.

9. “Electron Microscopy Study of a Glass-Forming Water/Oil Pseudo Three Component Microemulsion System,” J.L. Green, J. Phys. Chem., 94, 5647-49 (1990).

10. “Raman Spectrum of Water Near the Spinodal Limit,” J.L. Green, G. Wolf and C.A. Angell, Science, 249, 649-55 (1990).

11. “Fragility of GeAs-Se Glassforming Liquids in Relation to Rigidity Percolation and the Kauzmann Paradox”M. Tatsumisago, J.L. Green, B.L. Halfpap, S.M. Lindsay and C.A. Angell, Phys. Rev. Lettt.,, 64., 1549, (1990). 

12. “Vibrational Overtone Spectra of Micro Dispersed Water in Three Component Microemulsions,” J.L. Green, D.L. Fields and C.A. Angell, J. Phys. Chem. (in press).

13. “Chemical Hysteresis and a New Cooperative Transition in the Liquid State,” J.L. Green and C.A. Angell, J. Chem. Phys., (about to be submitted).

14. “Phase Relations and Vitrification in Saccharide - Water Solutions and the Trehalose Anomaly,” J.L. Green and C.A. Angell, J. Phys. Chem., 93, 2880-82 (1989).

15. “New Modes of Glass Formation Using Negative Pressure Quenching and Superstructuring Principles,” C.A. Angell, J.L. Green, Z.Qing and H. Senapati, Diffusion and Defect Data, 53-54, 77-92 (1987).

16. “Collective Small Amplitude Proton Motions in the Hydration Shells of Aqueous Alcohol Solutions,” J.L. Green, A.R. Lacey and M.G. Sceats, Chem. Phys. Letters, 137, 537-42 (1987).

17. “Hydrophobic Effects in the Water Network Structure of Aqueous Solutions of a Semiclathrate Molecule,” J.L. Green, A.R. Lacey and M.G. Sceats, J. Chem. Phys., 87, 3603-10 (1987).

18. “Determination of the Total Hydration Number of a LiCl Cation-Anion Pair via Collective Proton Motions,” J.L. Green, A.R. Lacey and M.G. Sceats, Chem. Phys. Letters, 134, 385-91 (1987).

19. “Collective Proton Motions in H2O/H2O2 Mixtures - Evidence for Defects and Network Reconstruction,” J.L. Green, A.R. Lacey and M.G. Sceats, J. Chem. Phys., 86, 1841-47 (1987).

20. “On the Coupling of Small Amplitude Proton Motions in Liquid Water to Density and Temperature,” J.L. Green, A.R. Lacey, M.G. Sceats, S.J. Henderson and R.J. Speedy, J. Phys. Chem., 91, 1684-86 (1987).

21. “Small Amplitude Collective Proton Motions in Water Networks - Application to Ices, Clathrates and Aqueous Solutions,” J.L. Green, A.R. Lacey and M.G. Sceats, J. Phys., 48:  Colloque, Cl, 53-58 (1987).

22. “Determination of the Intrinsic Network Defect Density in Liquid Water,” J.L. Green, A.R. Lacey and M.G. Sceats, Chem. Phys. Letters, 130, 67-71 (1986).

23. “Spectroscopic evidence for spatial correlations of hydrogen bonds in liquid water,” J.L. Green, A.R. Lacey and M.G. Sceats, J. Phys. Chem., 90, 3958-64 (1986).