John H. Dillon Medal


John H. Dillon
CountryUnited States
Presented byAmerican Physical Society
First awarded1983

The John H. Dillon Medal is a medal that has been awarded annually by the American Physical Society (APS) since 1983. The recipients are young polymer physicists chosen for "outstanding accomplishment and unusual promise in research in polymer physics" One medal is awarded each year to a nominee who received their terminal degree (e.g. PhD) less than 12 years prior to nomination. The award consists of a $2,000 prize, and $1000 allowance for traveling to the APS March Meeting to present their work, and receive the medal. The award is sponsored by Elsevier.[1]


Year Recipient Institution at the time award Award for Ref
1984 Charles C. Han
1985 Andrew J. Lovinger "For outstanding investigations of the structure and properties of ferroelectric polymers."
1986 Murugappan Muthukumar
1987 Matthew Tirrell "In recognition of extensive research accomplishments leading to greater understanding of the diffusion and interfacial properties of polymers." [2]
1988 Dale S. Pearson
1989 Frank S. Bates
1990 Jean-Michel Guenet CNRS at Institut Charles Sadron "For distinguished research on polymer chain conformation in semicrystalline polymers and for major contributions to the understanding of the nature of the gel state"
1991 Kenneth S. Schweizer
1992 Glenn H. Fredrickson
1993 Mark D. Ediger
1994 Scott T. Milner
1995 Stephen Z. D. Cheng University of Akron "For outstanding productivity in research on semicrystalline, liquid crystalline, and high performance polymers."
1996 Julia A. Kornfield California Institute of Technology "For incisive experiments to relate microstructural dynamics to macroscopic behavior of polymer blends, block copolymers and liquid crystals."
1997 Nitash P. Balsara Polytechnic University "For innovative and illuminating optical and neutron experiments to probe the state of order in multi-component polymer systems."
1998 Spiros Haralambos Anastasiadis University of Crete "For pioneering studies of the structure and dynamics of polymer solutions, melts, interfaces, and thin films."
1999 Anne M. Mayes Massachusetts Institute of Technology "For her unique combination of theoretical and experimental insight into polymer self-organization."
2000 Wesley R. Burghardt Northwestern University "For important discoveries in the structure and flow properties of complex polymeric materials and pioneering experimental methods to study them."
2001 Klaus Schmidt-Rohr Iowa State University "For his creative development of new NMR methods and their insightful use to elucidate polymer structure and dynamics."
2002 Timothy J. Bunning Air Force Research Laboratory "For his outstanding accomplishments in developing polymer based materials for optical applications and for elucidating the physics and chemistry underlying their formation."
2003 Helmut Strey University of Massachusetts Amherst "For contributing significantly to our understanding of the physics of biopolymers and polyelectrolytes."
2004 Marcus Muller Johannes Gutenberg University, Germany "For the development of powerful analytic and computational methods, and their application to the structure and dynamics of polymers."
2005 Jan Genzer North Carolina State University "For his highly creative manipulation of surface properties via monolayer and macromolecular films."
2006 Kenji Urayama Kyoto University "For insightful experiments that probe the nature of polymer networks."
2007 Darrin J. Pochan University of Delaware "For advancing our understanding of the physics of assembly and chain conformation of synthetic polypeptides."
2008 Kari Dalnoki-Veress McMaster University "For significant and innovative experiments in glass formation and polymer crystallization at the nanoscale." [3]
2009 Venkat Ganesan University of Texas at Austin "For exceptional contributions to innovative computer simulation approaches and analysis of equilibrium and dynamic properties of multicomponent polymetric materials and nanocomposites."
2010 Yueh-Lin Loo Princeton University "For insightful experiments connecting structure with performance in conducting polymers, organic electronics, and functional block copolymers" [4]
2011 Raffaele Mezzenga ETH Zurich "For exceptional contributions to the understanding of self-assembly principles and their use to design and control materials with targeted functionalities."
2012 Rachel A. Segalman University of California, Berkeley "For fundamental and technological contributions to the field of polymer science and engineering, especially in the area of rod-coil block copolymers." [5]
2013 Mahesh Mahanthappa University of Wisconsin "For fundamental studies of block copolymers with controlled dispersity." [6]
2014 Ryan C. Hayward University of Massachusetts Amherst "For remarkably innovative and creative approaches to the design, realization, and analysis of responsive polymer gels and self-assembled systems."
2015 Chinedum O. Osuji Yale University "For fundamental insights into block copolymer self-assembly under applied fields." [7]
2016 Thomas H. Epps, III University of Delaware "For significant advancement in the control, characterization, and understanding of polymer nanoscale-structure and energetics." [8]
2017 Moon J. Park Pohang University of Science & Technology "For incisive experiments elucidating the interplay of transport and morphology in nanostructured ion-containing polymer materials."
2018 Bradley D. Olsen Massachusetts Institute of Technology "for significantly expanding our understanding of the physics of polymers, including the self-assembly of block copolymers incorporating a fully folded protein, the influence of polymer shape on diffusion; for engineering novel gels; and for updating the theory of the modulus of a network."
2019 Zahra Fakhraai University of Pennsylvania "For exceptional investigations of surface effects in polymer glasses and amyloid aggregation."
2020 Rodney Priestley Princeton University "For impactful experiments illuminating the glass transition, and for novel processes for the controlled formation of polymer thin films and structured nanocolloids." [9]
2021 Bryan W. Boudouris Purdue University ""For fundamental insights connecting polymer structure with charge transport in free radical conducting polymers, organic electronics, and functional block copolymers." [10]

See also


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  2. ^ "1987 John H. Dillon Medal Recipient".
  3. ^ "Kari Dalnoki-Veress receives 2008 John H. Dillon Medal". EurekAlert!. Retrieved 2020-08-22.
  4. ^ "Lynn Loo *01 awarded John H. Dillon Medal by American Physical Society". School of Engineering and Applied Science. 2010-05-01. Retrieved 2020-08-22.
  5. ^ "Segalman Receives APS Dillon Medal". Retrieved 2020-08-22.
  6. ^ Cleave, Vicki (2013-03-13). "Mahesh Mahanthappa wins 2013 Dillon Medal". Advanced Science News. Retrieved 2020-08-22.
  7. ^ anonymous. "Chinedum Osuji Awarded 2015 John H. Dillon Medal". Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science. Retrieved 2020-08-22.
  8. ^ "Engineering honors". UDaily. Retrieved 2020-08-22.
  9. ^ "Medal honors polymer scientist for illuminating the nature of materials | Chemical and Biological Engineering". Retrieved 2020-08-22.
  10. ^ "News : CEMS : University of Minnesota". Retrieved 2021-01-28.