Dr. David Yarusso (3M Company), presented the 2016 Award for Excellence in Adhesion Science sponsored by 3M to Professor Ken Shull. The award was for “his fundamental insight into the balance between surface functionality, polymer physics, and mechanics in adhesion.” Shull is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University, where he has been a faculty member since 1993.
The 39th Annual Meeting began with a special session honoring Shull’s contributions with talks by Rong Long (University of Colorado Boulder) on "Time Dependent Mechanics of Polymers with Dynamic Bonds", followed by Diethelm Johannsmann (Clausthal University of Technology) who discussed "Use of the Second Generation QCM in the Life Sciences", Constantino Creton (ESPCI Paristech-Paris) on “Advances in Micromechanisms of Fracture of Filled Elastomers” and concluded with Michelle Seitz (DSM) on “Adhesion in overmolding Applications”.
A few of Shull’s most impactful publications include: “Deformation and failure modes of adhesively bonded elastic layers,” “JKR studies of acrylic elastomer adhesion to glassy polymer substrates”, “Deformation behavior of thin, compliant layers under tensile loading conditions,” and “Fingering instabilities of confined elastic layers in tension.” Undoubtedly, Prof. Shull has been one of the most productive and impactful adhesion scientists over the past two decades, with significant contributions in the understanding of the Johnson, Kendall, and Roberts (JKR) theory and contact mechanics of soft solids, the behavior of block copolymers at interfaces, the mechanics and fracture of polymer gels, as well as numerous other fundamental and applied topics.
Additionally, Prof. Shull is one of the distinguished members of our adhesion community. He has served in several roles for the Adhesion Society. Most recently, as President of the Society, he showed incredible leadership in rejuvenating the Society and the Annual Meeting.