Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Professor of Chemical Physics



+44 (0)20 7594 5640g.jackson




601a (Sixth Floor Roderic Hill Building)Roderic Hill BuildingSouth Kensington Campus






Date Role


Professor of Chemical Physics,
Chemical Engineering Department,
Imperial College London.
1999 Profesor Visitante, Departamento de Fisica, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain.
1998-2001 Reader in Chemical Physics,
Chemical Engineering Department,
Imperial College London.
1994-1998 Reader in Physical Chemistry,
Department of Chemistry,
University of Sheffield.
1994-1998 & 2013-date Editor and Chair (2016-date) of Molecular Physics, Taylor and Francis Ltd.
1993 Profesor Visitante, Departamento de Fisica, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain.
1989-1994 Lecturer in Physical Chemistry,
Department of Chemistry,
University of Sheffield.
1986-1998 Postdoctoral Research Associate with Keith E. Gubbins, School of Chemical Engineering,
Cornell University, USA.
1983-1986 DPhil in Physical Chemistry, Exeter College, University of Oxford. Thesis title: "Phase separation in solutions of large spherical particles"; with Sir John S. Rowlinson FRS.
1980-1983 BSc in Chemistry, Chelsea College,
University of London.

Prizes, Awards & Honours

Date Award


President's Medal for Outstanding Research Team, Imperial College London.


Guggenheim Medal for Excellence in Thermodynamics, Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).
TCE Article
2009 Research Excellence Award to Molecular Systems Engineering (MSE) Group, Imperial College London.
2003 Founders' Award, SAFT2003, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona.
2001 Fellow of the Mexican Academy of Molecular Engineering.
1995 Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), Chartered Chemist (CChem).
1983 Chelsea College, Final Year Prize, University of London.
1982 McGhie Prize for Organic Chemistry, University of London.
1981 Nicolet Instruments Prize, University of London.

Research Interests

A molecular description of matter is the key to understanding and predicting the properties of dense fluids and materials. The latest developments in statistical mechanical theories and computer simulation (Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics) are used by my group to provide a reliable predictive platform for complex fluids and ordered materials at the molecular level. The focus is on the phase equilibria of systems which are of industrial relevance, e. g., mixtures containing hydrogen fluoride (production of refrigerants), amines (processes for carbon capture), aqueous solutions of surfactants (enhanced oil recovery, structured phases), liquid crystals (optical devices), and active pharmaceutical ingredients (drug formulation and processing).

One of our main achievements has been the development of a highly accurate equation of state for the thermodynamic properties of complex fluid mixtures: statistical associating fluid theory for potentials of variable range SAFT-VR. We are currently embarking on extensions of the formalism to functional polymers, strong and weak electrolytes, and reactive and inhomogeneous systems.

We also have an established international reputation in the area of liquid crystal modelling. The aim is a fundamental understanding of the effect of association, polar interactions and molecular flexibility on the stability of liquid crystalline phases (nematic, biaxial, smectic, etc.). We are currently simulating molecules which incorporate molecular flexibility and dipolar interactions as well as chiral centres.

News & Events


Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Avendano C, Jackson G, Muller EA, et al., 2016, Assembly of porous smectic structures formed from interlocking high-symmetry planar nanorings, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol:113, ISSN:0027-8424, Pages:9699-9703

Brand CV, Graham E, Rodriguez J, et al., 2016, On the use of molecular-based thermodynamic models to assess the performance of solvents for CO2 capture processes: monoethanolamine solutions, Faraday Discussions, Vol:192, ISSN:1359-6640, Pages:337-390

Jover J, Galindo A, Jackson G, et al., 2015, Fluid-fluid coexistence in an athermal colloid-polymer mixture: thermodynamic perturbation theory and continuum molecular-dynamics simulation, Molecular Physics, Vol:113, ISSN:0026-8976, Pages:2608-2628

Dufal S, Lafitte T, Haslam AJ, et al., 2015, The A in SAFT: developing the contribution of association to the Helmholtz free energy within a Wertheim TPT1 treatment of generic Mie fluids, Molecular Physics, Vol:113, ISSN:0026-8976, Pages:948-984

Lobanova O, Avendano C, Lafitte T, et al., 2015, SAFT-gamma force field for the simulation of molecular fluids: 4. A single-site coarse-grained model of water applicable over a wide temperature range, Molecular Physics, Vol:113, ISSN:0026-8976, Pages:1228-1249

Lau GV, Ford IJ, Hunt PA, et al., 2015, Surface thermodynamics of planar, cylindrical, and spherical vapour-liquid interfaces of water, Journal of Chemical Physics, Vol:142, ISSN:0021-9606

Mueller EA, Jackson G, 2014, Force-Field Parameters from the SAFT-gamma Equation of State for Use in Coarse-Grained Molecular Simulations, Annual Review of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Vol:5, ISSN:1947-5438, Pages:405-+

Papaioannou V, Lafitte T, Avendano C, et al., 2014, Group contribution methodology based on the statistical associating fluid theory for heteronuclear molecules formed from Mie segments, Journal of Chemical Physics, Vol:140, ISSN:0021-9606

Lafitte T, Apostolakou A, Avendano C, et al., 2013, Accurate statistical associating fluid theory for chain molecules formed from Mie segments, Journal of Chemical Physics, Vol:139, ISSN:0021-9606

Llovell F, Galindo A, Blas FJ, et al., 2010, Classical density functional theory for the prediction of the surface tension and interfacial properties of fluids mixtures of chain molecules based on the statistical associating fluid theory for potentials of variable range, Journal of Chemical Physics, Vol:133, ISSN:0021-9606

Sampayo JG, Malijevsky A, Mueller EA, et al., 2010, Communications: Evidence for the role of fluctuations in the thermodynamics of nanoscale drops and the implications in computations of the surface tension, Journal of Chemical Physics, Vol:132, ISSN:0021-9606

Haslam AJ, Galindo A, Jackson G, 2008, Prediction of binary intermolecular potential parameters for use in modelling fluid mixtures, Fluid Phase Equilibria, Vol:266, ISSN:0378-3812, Pages:105-128

Wensink HH, Jackson G, 2009, Generalized van der Waals theory for the twist elastic modulus and helical pitch of cholesterics, Journal of Chemical Physics, Vol:130, ISSN:0021-9606

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