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Natural Sciences and Engineering; Fundamental Sciences; Engineering

Alain Caillé

Development of Caillé exponents

Professeur émérite

Faculté des arts et des sciences - Département de physique


Research expertise

The modeling of the thermodynamic properties of complex materials, such as liquid crystals, lipid multilayers and soft materials.


In 1970, André Caillé obtained his doctorate in physics from McGill University, under the direction of Philippe Wallace. The same year, he decided to work with Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, whom he accidentally met aboard a plane making a trip to Grenoble in France. It will be a turning point in his scientific career. In 1971, he moved to Paris to study fluid mechanics. He decides to determine the mathematical model explaining the behavior of liquid crystals. He succeeds, developing what will be called the Caillé's exponents. Subsequently, while continuing to work on crystals, he held various positions at the Université du Québec à Montréal, Université de Sherbrooke and the Université de Montréal.

Awards and recognitions

  • Prix Adrien Pouliot 2009 - Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas)
  • Société royale du Canada : Les Académies des arts, des lettres et des sciences du Canada 1990 - Société royale du Canada

Affiliations and responsabilities

Teaching and supervision

Student supervision

Theses and dissertation supervision (Papyrus Institutional Repository)


Développement d'une fonction potentielle pour la dynamique moléculaire de biomolécules

Graduate : Lamoureux, Guillaume
Cycle : Doctoral
Grade : Ph. D.

Diffusion thermique des rayons X sur un modèle de cristal liquide en colonnes

Graduate : Lacombe, Alexandre
Cycle : Master's
Grade : M. Sc.



Publications and presentations


  • Physics
  • Physical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Biology and Related Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biomedical Sciences