James Polson

BSc, MSc, PhD
Associate Professor
Phone: 
(902) 566-0335
Department: 
Physics
Office: 
School of Sustainable Design Engineering Building, 319
Education: 
BSc (Guelph)
MSc (Guelph)
PhD (British Columbia)

James Polson uses computer simulations and analytical theoretical methods to study the physical properties of polymers in solution. Recently, his research has focused on the effects of solvent on the polymer collapse transition. The knowledge gained from this work could contribute to our understanding of the related process of protein folding, which in turn could lead to advances in the health sciences.

  • Dynamics of a Polymer in a Brownian Ratchet. James M. Polson, Brian Bylhouwer, Martin J. Zuckermann, Arthur J. Horton and William Scott. Phys. Rev. E 2010, 82, 051931.
  • A Monte Carlo simulation study of polymer translocation through a nanopore. Mostafa Fatehi Hassanabad and James M. Polson. Physics in Canada 2009, 65(3), 126.
  • Theoretical study of solvent effects on the coil-globule transition. James M. Polson, Sheldon B. Opps and Nicholas Abou Risk. J. Chem. Phys. 2009,  130, 244902.
  • Discontinuous molecular dynamics simulation study of polymer collapse. Sheldon Opps, James M. Polson and Nick Abou Risk J. Chem. Phys. 2006, 125, 194904.
  • Equilibrium conformational dynamics of a polymer in a solvent. James M. Polson and John P. Gallant. J. Chem. Phys. 2006, 124, 184905. 
  • Simulation of the coil-globule transition of a polymer in a solvent. James M. Polson and Neil E. Moore. J. Chem. Phys. 2005, 122, 024905.
  • Modeling Lipid-Sterol Bilayers: Applications to Structural Evolution, Lateral Diffusion and Rafts. Myer Bloom, John H. Ipsen, Ling Miao, Ole G. Mouritsen, Morten Nielsen, James M. Polson, Jennifer Thewalt, Ilpo Vattulainen, Hong Zhu and Martin J. Zuckermann,  Numerical Computer Methods, Part D, Edited by Ludwig Brand and Michael L. Johnson, (Vol. 383 of Methods in Enzymology), 198 - 229, Academic Press, 2004.
  • Simulations of orientational order of solutes in liquid crystals. In NMR of Orientationally Ordered Liquids , eds. E. E. Burnell and C. A. de Lange, Kluwer Academic, 2003.
  • Simulation of short-chain polymer collapse with an explicit solvent. James M. Polson and Martin J. Zuckermann. J. Chem. Phys. 2002, 116 7244-7254. 
  • Integration Schemes for Dissipative Particle Dynamics: From Softly Interacting Models Towards Hybrid Systems. Ilpo Vattulainen, Mikko Karttunen, Gerhard Besold and James M. Polson. J. Chem. Phys., 2002, 116, 3967-3979.
  • Simulation Study of Lateral Diffusion in Lipid-Sterol Bilayer Mixtures. James M. Polson, Ilpo Vattulainen, Hong Zhu, and Martin J. Zuckermann.  Eur. Phys. J. E. 2001 5, 485-497.
  • Towards Better Integrators for Dissipative Particle Dynamics Simulations. Gerhard Besold, Ilpo Vattulainen, Mikko Karttunen, and James M. Polson. Phys. Rev. E. 2000, 62, R7611-7614. 
  • Simulation of Heteropolymer Collapse with an Explicit Solvent in Two Dimensions. James M. Polson and Martin J. Zuckermann.  J. Chem. Phys. 2000, 113, 1283-1293. 
  • Finite-Size Corrections to the Free Energies of Crystalline Solids. James M. Polson, Emmanuel Trizac, Sander Pronk and Daan Frenkel.  J. Chem. Phys. 2000, 112 , 5339-5342. 
  • Entropic Collapse Transition of a Polymer in a Solvent with a Non-additive Potential. James M. Polson, Phys. Rev. E. 1999, 60 , 3429-3431.
  • Numerical Prediction of the Melting Curve of n-octane. James M. Polson and Daan Frenkel, J. Chem Phys. 1999, 111 , 1501-1510. 
  • Intermolecular Potentials in Liquid Crystals: Comparison Between Simulations and NMR Experiments. Raymond T. Syvitski, James M. Polson and E. Elliott Burnell, Int. J. Mod. Phys. C, 1999, 10 , 403-413. 
  • Calculation of Solid-Fluid Phase Equilibria for Systems of Chain Molecules. James M. Polson and Daan Frenkel, J. Chem. Phys. 1998 109 , 318-328. 
  • First-Order Nematic-Smectic Phase Transition for Hard Spherocylinders in the Limit of Infinite Aspect Ratio. James M. Polson and Daan Frenkel, Phys. Rev. E. 1997, 56 , R6260-R6263.
  • Nematic-Isotropic Phase Coexistence in a Lebwohl-Lasher Model Binary Liquid Crystal Mixture. James M. Polson and E. Elliott Burnell, Chem. Phys. Lett. 1997, 281 , 207-211.
  • Monte Carlo Simulations of Solute Ordering in Nematic Liquid Crystals: Shape Anisotropy and Quadrupole-Quadrupole Interactions as Ordering Mechanisms. James M. Polson and E. Elliott Burnell, Phys. Rev. E. 1997, 55 , 4321-4337. 
  • Monte Carlo Simulations of Orientational Ordering of Solutes in a Nematic Solvent: Comparison with Mean-Field Models. James M. Polson and E. Elliott Burnell, Molec. Phys. 1996, 88 , 767--782. 
  • A Multiple-Quantum 1H NMR Study of Conformational Biasing of Biphenyl in a Nematic Liquid Crystal. T. Chandrakumar, James M. Polson and E. Elliott Burnell,  J. Mag. Reson. Series A, 1996, 118 , 264-269.
  • Conformational Equilibrium and Orientational Ordering: 1H NMR of Butane in a Nematic Liquid Crystal. James M. Polson and E. Elliott Burnell, J. Chem. Phys. 1995, 103 , 6891-6902.
  • Guest Dynamics in Carceplexes: A 2H NMR Study. Naveen Chopra, Robert G. Chapman, Ya-Fen Chuang, John C. Sherman and E. Elliott Burnell and James M. Polson, J. Chem. Soc. Faraday Trans.1995, 91 , 4127-4131.
  • Multiple-Quantum 1H NMR Study of Partially Oriented Biphenylene. James M. Polson and E. Elliott Burnell, J. Mag. Reson. 1994, 106 , 223-228.
  • Structure and Dynamics of Solid Tris(trimethylsilyl)amine by Deuterium NMR Spectroscopy. Glenn H. Penner and James M. Polson J. Chem. Soc. Dalton Trans. 1993, 803-806.
  • A Deuterium NMR Study of Molecular Dynamics and Geometry in Two Classes of Onium Salts: CH3E+X- and C6H_5(CH3)3+I-. Glenn H. Penner, James M. Polson, Stephen Daleman and Kara Reid,  Can. J. Chem. 1992, 71 , 417-426.
  • Deuterium NMR and X-Ray Crystallographic Studies of Guest and Host Motions in the Thiourea/1,4-Di-tert-butylbenzene Inclusion Compound. Glenn H. Penner, James M. Polson, Cameron Stuart, George Ferguson and Branko Kaitner. J. Phys. Chem. 1992, 96 5121-5129.
  • The Reorientation of t-butyl Groups in Butylated Hydroxytoluene: a Deuterium Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectral and Relaxation Time Study. James M. Polson, J. Dean Fyfe and Kenneth R. Jeffrey J. Chem. Phys. 1991, 94 , 3381-3388.
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